economic development

China’s Top Officials Clash Over Environment and Economics

China’s economic planners have wrested control over climate policy from bureaucrats in the environmental department, potentially jeopardizing efforts to meet emissions pledges made by Xi Jinping before the United Nation’s...

China Rewards Protest-free Macau With Financial Policy

Reuters reports that Xi Jinping is next week expected to announce a series of central policies aimed at diversifying the casino-reliant economy of Macau. This comes as six-month running pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong are...

Second Quarter GDP Slows to 7.5%

Early Monday, Xinhua reported that the GDP for the second quarter had slowed to 7.5%, as many economists had expected: CHINA'S Q2 GDP GROWTH EASES TO 7.5 PCT— Xinhua News Agency (@XHNews) July 15, 2013 Reuters earlier...

Chengdu Opens World’s Largest Building

CNN reports that The New Century Global Center – at 1.7 million square meters, Chinese officials say it is the “largest freestanding building in the world” – opened in Chengdu last week: Though the words...

Anatomy of Two Protests: Kunming vs. Chengdu

East by Southeast, a new group blog on “China’s footprint in Southeast Asia and […] the big questions surrounding China’s global rise”, has posted a detailed account of Saturday’s peaceful PX protests in...

New Database Details China Aid to Africa (Updated)

Reuters reports that economic researchers on Monday published a database detailing China’s aid projects in Africa in an attempt to lift the curtain of secrecy from China’s development assistance on the continent:...

Ordos: A Ghost Town That Isn’t

Ordos city, a development project in Inner Mongolia that was designed to attract one million residents, has frequently been derided as a failure and a “ghost town,” with up to 90% of its construction projects empty....

Can Airport Investment Clear the Runway for Growth?

China’s 12th Five Year Plan (2011-2015) has identified infrastructure development as essential for maintaining economic growth, and under it local governments will be footing the bill for airport renovations, expansions...

Is the Most Famous Peasant a Dictator?

Wu Renbao, the Party chief of Huaxi Village, died of lung cancer on Monday, stirring up a debate over his dictatorial policies that created one of China’s leading rural economies. From Amy Li at South China Morning Post:...

China’s Real Estate Bubble, and Hopes for Democracy

For CBS’ 60 Minutes, Lesley Stahl visits China to investigate the “largest housing bubble in human history” and explore ghost cities, such as Ordos, Inner Mongolia, and housing and shopping developments that...

Three Self-Immolations Amid Crackdown, Debate

Three Tibetan self-immolations have taken place in recent days, according to exile media, amid vigorous discussion of the protests and a continued crackdown by Chinese authorities. From Dharamsala-based Phayul.com: Tsezung Kyab,...

Uncertain Future for Architectural Treasures

Breakneck development and urbanization campaigns often threaten the relics reflecting China’s ancient architectural tradition. An article from Caixin takes us to the northern province of Shanxi, a “treasure trove of...

Henan Officials Commit a Grave Error

China saw 41 self-immolation protests against forced evictions between 2009 and 2011. One might expect that death would at least be the end of the problem; but not in Zhukou city in Henan province, where local authorities are...

China, DPRK Vow to Develop Economic Ties

As a visit to Beijing by Kim Jong-Un’s uncle, Jang Song-thaek, comes to an end, China Daily reports that China and North Korea vow to develop economic ties: China and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea said on...

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