The Third Plenum and Document No.9
It is becoming increasingly clear that the Third Plenum communiqué was not the most significant document to have emerged from the bowels of Zhongnanhai this year. That honour goes to the innocuously named ‘Document No.9′. It’s fair to say that policy sessions of authoritarian regimes are not typical media fodder. But this month’s Third Plenum […]
Is China buying the world?
Investment protection is self-harming. Efforts by Chinese companies to invest abroad should be encouraged in order to provide much-needed jobs in developing countries and poorer regions of developed economies. Security and monopoly issues can easily be dealt with under existing laws.
Long way to go for disability rights
Despite official statistics that suggest things are getting better for disabled people in China, there is still a long way to go. The story of Yi Xiao Yuan, a student at the prestigious Tsinghua University, illustrates the issues very clearly.
Government statistics – still not fit for purpose
Too many people in China have a vested interest in fabricating statistics. Officials in the provinces routinely talk up figures for production to make themselves look better and their counterparts in central government are rumoured to keep more than one set of books. Time for a bout of house-cleaning.
Chinese supercomputers begin to make a mark
China has recently developed the fastest supercomputer in the world. It is an impressive achievement for a country that 10 years ago had none at all. Now only America has more of these giant machines, but it will be some time before China can compete in terms of computing power with Silicon Valley.
Third Plenum reforms vague, but carry a hidden bite
The communique issued after the Third Plenum was short on words and vague on some important questions. Behind it was a determination to ensure the Party stays in control even as it wrestles with growing problems such as rural migration, state-owned enterprises, justice and economic reform.
Chollywood here we come
Chinese entrepreneur Wang Jianlin is planning to build multi-billion-dollar, state-of-the-art film studios, resort hotels, movie theatres with up to 3,000 seats, an indoor amusement park and a hospital. He says his goal is to produce 100 films a year at the Qingdao complex, including 30 foreign films. Hollywood better watch out.
4th Dec 2013
“Land Mines” and other evils
In August 1966 Mao’s Red Guards rampaged across China leaving in their wake a trail of destruction and despair. Weili Fan was a 10-year-old schoolgirl then, but even she was not immune from the effects of their activities during the Cultural Revolution. Here she reflects on impact those events continue to have on her life. […]