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December 2015 Issue

Commentary | by Tang Liming

Local governments’ hunger for land threatens sustainable development

The enthusiasm for urban overexpansion may have catastrophic consequences

Editorial | by News China Magazine

China needs to speed up its own free trade initiative to counter the TPP

Two years after the scheme’s establishment, progress made in the free trade zones has been limited.

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Politics | by Xi Zhigang, Xie Ying | Military Downsizing

Fewer, Fast-er, Stronger

President Xi Jinping has announced that China will downsize its total number of military personnel in order to streamline and modernize its armed forces. What does that mean for the People’s Liberation Army?

Politics | by Min Jie | Foreign Investment

Going Negative

China has recently announced that in 2018 it will further open up to foreign investment by adopting a nationwide “negative list” that outlines restricted investment sectors while emphasizing that anything unlisted is fair game

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Politics | by Yu Xiaodong | China-US Relations

Cooperative Competition

While the recent US-China summit appears to have temporarily arrested the downward spiral in relations between Washington and Beijing, the future of the Sino-US bilateral relationship remains replete with uncertainties

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Politics | by Yu Xiaodong | China-US Relations

One Song, Two Tunes

With visibly different approaches and objectives, China and the US are not on the same page regarding the significance of Xi Jinping’s recent state visit to the US. Is this what is meant by the ‘new normal’?

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Society | by Zhou Qunfeng, Hua Xuan | China’s Homeowner Committees

Trouble at Home

Since their launch more than two decades ago, China’s homeowner committees have struggled to remain effective in the face of corruption, apathy and a legal vacuum, but, as self-governing organizations are rare in China, they are pushing to develop

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Society | by Fu Yao | Odor Testers

Nasal Officers

Perfumiers require a sharp nose, but to become an “odor tester,” whose profession is to sift safe from potentially dangerous smells, it seems any nose will do

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Special Report | by Qian Wei | Alzheimer’s in China

Mounting Threat

As China’s older demographic swells rapidly, its Alzheimer’s-affected population also booms, yet the general public remains unaware of the disease’s severity and the massive challenges it poses for families and society as a whole

International | by Li Jia | Japan’s Constitutional Reinterpretation


Japan recently passed legislation that reinterprets its pacifist constitution. NewsChina examines what this reveals about the tense tug-of-war that is Sino-Japanese relations

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Economy | by Li Jia | Commentary

Down to Business

China needs new perspectives and new actions to convince the market and alleviate fears that the world’s second-largest economy is spiraling

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Economy | by LuHai Liang | Virtual Reality

Seeing is Believing

How are Chinese companies engaging in one of the tech world’s most exciting frontiers?

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