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August 2015 Issue

Commentary | by Du Jingqiang

Doesn’t Matter If You’re Black Or White

Improving service quality, not shoring up a pointless monopoly, is the way to save China’s official taxicabs

Editorial | by News China Magazine

One Belt, One Road could be China’s best soft power project

As China’s foreign policy adopts a more global scope, the government should make a serious effort to promote and encourage study of the relevant regions to cope with its shift in diplomatic focus

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Politics | by Li Teng, Wang Yan | Environmental Assessment Racket


Government officials have been caught profiting from composing fabricated environmental assessment reports, a practice that the Ministry of Environmental Protection has finally vowed to curb. NewsChina speaks to whistleblowers who claim that the problem goes far deeper than the government has so far admitted

Politics | by Liu Ziqian | Yu Jianrong

Beneath the Stage

Government critic Yu Jianrong studies China’s most sensitive issues while managing to avoid drawing too much attention to himself

Politics | by Yu Xiaodong | Defense White Paper

Global Scope, Local Priorities

In its latest defense white paper, China envisions greater military capability and a global role for the PLA

Politics | by Yu Xiaodong | Defense White Paper

Reading the Signs

Upon review, China’s eight previous defense white papers reveal two decades of important developments in military strategy. NewsChina analyzes the realities behind the rubric

Society | by Zhou Qunfeng | Data Leakage

Social Insecurity

A recent report indicates serious security vulnerabilities in the government’s social security data banks – who should plug the gaps? NewsChina investigates

Society | by Wang Yan | Genetic Modification

A Step Too Far?

A research paper involving genetically modified human embryos and published in a Chinese science journal has provoked an international backlash, though domestic coverage has been muted. NewsChina tries to find out why

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Society | by Fu Yao | Nursing Home Fire


The blaze that claimed 38 lives in Lushan reflects inadequate care for the aging population

Photo by dong jiexu

Economy | by Yue Wei | Online Diagnosis

Breaking Through

China’s health regulator has tightened its grip on online diagnosis service to curb malpractice. Do the country’s online healthcare providers have what it takes to meet this challenge?

Economy | by Chai Wen, Li Jia | Fiscal Reform


China’s ongoing process of fiscal reform aims to redefine relations between the government, the market and taxpayers. To achieve this, relations between legislative and administrative bodies have to be reformulated

International | by Liu Yutong, Li Jia | Sino-Japanese Relations


Despite unabated political tension, cultural exchanges between China and Japan have increased in recent months. These ties are expected to help ease diplomatic strain

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