Chinese Academy of Social Sciences researcher Yu Jianrong (于建嵘), a rural sociologist known for his...
by Sophie Beach | Jul 24, 2013
The depth of President Xi Jinping’s commitment to reform has come under scrutiny since he took power in March. But in recent comments on an inspection tour of Hubei, he spoke about the need for far-reaching reforms in...
by Sophie Beach | Nov 12, 2012
So far at the 18th Party Congress, observers have found few signs that point to substantial political reforms under the new leadership. But while Chinese political insiders debate the merits of reforming the system from the top,...
by dwang | Jun 27, 2009
The Standing Committee of the 11th National People’s Congress, China’s top legislative body, closed its ninth session on Saturday. The Standing Committee approved several new laws, including one on handling rural...
by Sophie Beach | Oct 20, 2008
In the Times, Rosemary Righter writes about the recent reforms in land ownership and puts them in the context of the recent economic slowdown: The communist leadership has been tiptoeing towards more enlightened policies for...
by Priscilla Jiao | Oct 12, 2008
The four-day meeting of the Party’s Central Committee was aimed to thrash out policies in an effort to tackle economic instabilities. Reuters reports: “The most important thing is to handle our country’s own...
China Vows to Facilitate Stable Development of Agriculture, Sustained Income Growth for Farmers – Xinhua
by Sophie Beach | Dec 24, 2007
Xinhua reports on the two-day rural work conference that ended yesterday: China concluded the annual central rural work conference on Sunday with a pledge to enhance rural infrastructure construction, promote stable development of agriculture and facilitate a sustained income growth for farmers next year. The pledge should be carried out in 2008 and a certain […]
by Liu Yong | Nov 11, 2007
From China.org.cn: On August 20, a large-scale campaign involving tens of thousands of officials was launched in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. These officials, used to working in urban government agencies, were asked to move their desks to the backward rural areas for next two years. Besides their desks, they are expected to bring the villages […]
by Wu Nan | Oct 23, 2007
“If they force us out of our homes, we’ll beat them up. Like peasant rebels in history, there’s nothing else we can do. With sticks and bars, we’ll lock them in the house and beat them to death. Then...
by Liu Yong | Oct 21, 2007
From Financial Times: In designing his economic policy programme for the next five years, President Hu Jintao is well advised to seek counsel from someone virtually unknown to those Chinese who came of age in the 1990s. He is Wan Li, 91 years old and still intellectually alert. Mr Wan was a special guest at […]
by Mo Ming | Mar 3, 2007
From BBC News: In China huge cities are springing up and city jobs are being created for more than 500 million agricultural workers who are no longer needed in the fields. One village in south west China has been designated as the new capital of remote Wuxi county. But progress has not been as smooth […]
by Sophie Beach | Aug 25, 2006
From NPR’s Morning Edition: The village of Xiacheng in Zhejiang province is part of a tiny revolution, which could slowly change the way China is governed. All villages in China now elect their own leaders. And in Zhejiang province, where many households run factories in their front rooms, they’re choosing businessmen like Wu Houhui. “In […]
by Liu Yong | May 14, 2006
From Newsweek International (link): The minutes of the March 4 meeting“ostensibly convened by Communist Party policy advisers to discuss economic reforms and rural poverty”were supposed to be secret. But last month they leaked out on the Web, and ideological sparks have been flying ever since. What started out as a discussion by officials, economists and […]