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January 2012 Issue

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World | by Li Jia | China in the WTO

Trading Places

The campaign to join the World Trade Organization was the most powerful external force behind China’s unprecedented economic liberalization. But now, with reform losing momentum, has China outgrown WTO influence?

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World | by News China Magazine

Commercial Comfort Zone

Have dynamic and far-reaching economic reforms, initiated in order to qualify China for entry into the WTO, given way to complacency on all sides? NewsChina investigates.

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Society | by Xue Yumeng, Xu Zhihui | Tax Riots

Taking Sides

Rioting in the Zhejiang township of Zhili has unnerved the local government, awakening Chinese administrators to the risks of using taxation to drive small-scale businesses out of the marketplace

COURTESY OF ZHOU RONGYAN

Society | by Yang Zhenglian | Mental Health Law

Psych Revaluation

A Chongqing man whose employers had declared insane has won a 13-year court battle to have the decision overturned. What consequences will this landmark case have?

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World | by Li Jia | China in the WTO

Crying Wolf

While openness to both foreign and domestic investment has led to prosperity in many industries in China, the prospect of increased competition still has the power to spook

Visual Report | by News China Magazine

Mule Logistics

Horseback transportation of goods used to dominate ancient China’s agricultural society. Today horse-drawn carts remain in use in remote mountain regions.

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Politics | by Yu Xiaodong | Cultural Reform

A Hundred Flowers More

China’s authorities are attempting to kick-start a cultural renaissance, but culture itself has never been the problem

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Sports | by Tang Lei | Sports: Basketaball

Hoopes Away From Home

Higher pay and better competition has recently attracted Taiwanese basketball players across the straits to compete in the mainland CBA

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International | by Li Jia | Chinese Investment in Europe

Money Talks

While investment may speak louder than politics, the business communities from both China and Europe will have to adapt in order to fill the widening gaps in the eurozone

Commentary | by Zhou Dawei

Do We Really Need to Fingerprint 1.3bn People?

The new biometric ID card scheme needs serious consideration before we impose it on an unprepared nation

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Culture | by Yu Hua, Yi Xiaohe | Art Market

Masterful Mock-ups

Counterfeiting, driven by booms in speculation and investment, has now become endemic in China’s nascent art market

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Economy | by Yu Xiaodong | Real Estate Industry

Safe as Houses?

A year and a half into the government’s housing market regulation scheme, property prices have at last begun to decline, but tensions remain high

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