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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...

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