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Escaping the Rat Race: An Emerging Counter-Culture

While the rise of consumerism in China continues to attract attention, Monica Tan turns to the backlash against it. From Tea Leaf Nation: It’s happened all over the world, and it’s happening in China too. As the country’s middle...

Property Investors Rush to “Mini-Hong Kong”

Residential property prices in Qianhai, an economic development zone near Hong Kong, has partly surpassed those of Shenzhen, generating debate over the effectiveness of the government’s economic stimulus plan, as well as the...

CDT Money: Game On

Under a cloud cover of speculation about a potential fiscal stimulus package, China’s central bank announced a 25 basis point cut to lending and deposit rates on Thursday, its first interest rate cut since late 2008 and...

China Richer But Not Happier

At American Public Media’s Marketplace, Kai Ryssdal and Rob Schmitz discuss a recent study from the University of Southern California which suggested that rising incomes in China are failing to bring greater happiness to...

Pressure Building on China’s Property Sector

The Wall Street Journal’s Tom Orlik emerges from the financial weeds and writes that official government data glosses over a growing mountain of liabilities weighing on China’s publicly listed property developers...

Chinese Property Buyers Look Abroad

USA Today describes the throngs of Chinese buyers riding the gradient between the rising yuan and falling American property prices: Chinese interest in U.S. real estate began climbing during the U.S. housing meltdown, when...

“Affordable Housing” Numbers Don’t Quite Add Up

Reuters investigates Beijing’s progress in increasing the country’s supply of affordable accommodation: To gauge the status of the scheme, Reuters visited a dozen building sites in the dusty city of Shijiazhuang...

Cartoon: “Guizhenland”, on Bear Bile Controversy

A repeat of last year’s attempt at an IPO by bear bile farmers Guizhentang has once again sparked uproar, fuelled by celebrity involvement, online video of bile being drained from whimpering animals, and the Chinese...

China Looks to Curb Debt and Regulate Inflation

Amid concerns about slowed economic growth, China’s Ministry of Finance announced that Guangdong, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Zhejiang’s local governments will be allowed to sell bonds on a trial basis. NPR reports:...



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