Who’s Watching Left-behind Children?

Liz Carter at Tea Leaf Nation gives a summary of recent debates among weibo users over the safety and education of China’s 60 million “left-behind” children: As reports of sexual assault and even murder of...

Wealth, Power Inequality Hang Over Party Congress

In his address to the assembled 18th Party Congress on Thursday, president and Party general secretary Hu Jintao stressed the importance of battling corruption. A survey conducted by China Youth Daily last week, though, showed...

China's Urbanization Paradox

A Monday Global Times piece debunks the urban dream for rural Chinese students, who used to view acceptance to an urban university as a “golden ticket” which allowed them to shift their rural hukou (residence permit)...

The China Model and the Authoritarian State

Suisheng Zhao writes at East Asia Forum about the apparent triumphs and potential pitfalls of the “China Model”: For all its glitter and shimmer, the China model has some clear faultlines that are responsible for...

Hu Xingdou: China’s Poor: Always with Us?

On Open Democracy, Hu Xingdou, professor of economics at the Beijing Institute of Technology, writes about the reasons why it is difficult to break out of the cycle of poverty in China: In China, the cycle of poverty is due to...

The Second Long March: 30 Years of Reform

With this month marking the 30th anniversary of the launch of China’s economic reform policies, the Economist reflects on the prospects for political reforms as the PRC enters its 60th year: Next year the country will mark...

Ministry of Civil Affairs Releases New Statistics for 2006 – Chinese law and Politics blog

The Chinese Law and Politics blog outlines new statistics released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs on the number of social organizations and civil society groups: The official numbers show a steady increase in the numbers of registered Chinese civil society organizations, including 192,000 social organizations (SOs), 161,000 non-governmental, non-commercial enterprises (NGNCE’s), and 1144 foundations. […]

Defend Mao’s Policy – Letters from China

From Letters from China: Much popular literature about China, such as Jung Chang‘s recent biography of Mao, makes it seem as though China did little after the communist revolution in 1949 but lurch from one disaster to another. In fact, China’s national income under a planned economy grew fivefold between 1952 and 1978. Though wages […]

Experts: Improve welfare of 200 million rural workers – China Daily

From China Daily (link): The 200 million rural migrant laborers now working in Chinese cities, one of the major forces creating the economic boom of China and the world as well, need to be taken good care of their rights by the government and the society, experts said. A central government survey has showed that […]

“Our Social System Is Inadequate” – Andreas Lorenz

In Spiegel Online (link), Andrea Lorenz interviews Chinese economist and reformist Chi Fulin: SPIEGEL: The gap between the rich and the poor is wider than ever, and party leader and head of state Hu Jintao called for the building of a harmonious society. How does he expect such a society to function? Chi: Economic development […]

Welfare heating to be stopped in 2007 – Zhu Zhe

From The China Daily: Urban residents in northern China will have to pay for their cozy winter living by the end of 2007. A notice issued on Saturday by the Ministry of Construction and seven other ministries urged a commercialized heating system within two years. Regarded as a public welfare service, heating has been free […]



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