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July 2012 Issue

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Society | by Wang Chen | Yunnan Bombing

A Most Convenient Suspect

A hastily-concluded investigation into the bombing of a government building in Yunnan Province has been re-opened due to public pressure. Why aren’t local residents swallowing the official line?

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Politics | by Min Jie | Qingdao Mayor

Branching Out

With endless cycles of tree-planting and reconstruction in Chinese cities, residents are beginning to wonder why urban planners can’t make up their minds

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Economy | by Li Jia | Wenzhou Financial Reform

Gilded Guinea Pig

Financial reform in Wenzhou, the cradle of China’s private economy, aims to “bring private finance into the light.” However,this pilot program may be blunted by its own caution

Economy | by Chen Jiying | People’s Daily Online IPO

Public People

People.com.cn, affiliated to the Party mouthpiece the People’s Daily, became the first government-backed website to go public. But can a State-owned news website really compete with China’s huge commercial Web portals?

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Economy | by Sun Zhe | Ordos

The Coal Curse

Ordos, a city in Inner Mongolia whose massive coal deposits brought it overnight wealth, is now caught in an identity crisis. Diversification is now vital for the city’s sustainability, and may be the only way to balance out its speculation-driven housing market

International | by Li Jia | Sino-Indian Relations

When Neighbors Don’t Speak

While relations between China and India are a popular talking point in international circles, both countries’ respective media remain locked in a cycle of tit-for-tat point scoring. Is negative reporting and its effect on public opinion a threat to the future strengthening of bilateral ties?

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Society | by Yu Xiaodong, Xie Ying | Domestic Violence

A Matter of Will

With domestic violence fast becoming a hot-button issue, the government is being forced to take action

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Society | by Xie Ying | Domestic Violence

Crazy Culture?

Kim Lee’s microblog revelations accusing her celebrity husband and Crazy English founder Li Yang of spousal abuse have forced the debate about domestic violence in China into the open. NewsChina offers an overview of this high-profile case

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Society | by Wang Yan | Taxidermy

Stuff of Life

Taxidermy pieces have become the latest fad to catch the attention of China’s self-styled art collectors. However, the country’s taxidermists are often reluctant to reveal their raw material sources

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Culture | by Yuan Ye | Copyright Law

Singing the Blues

A draft revision to China’s copyright law has caused uproar in the music industry, with musicians and record companies calling it a cynical attempt to earn the government a bigger cut of royalties

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Culture | by Wu Ziru | Forbidden City

Under New Management

NewsChina talks to Shan Jixiang, recently-appointed head curator of the Forbidden City’s Palace Museum, about the institution’s attempts to clean up its tarnished image after a scandal-ridden 2011

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Environment | by Wang Yan | Yangtze Biodiversity

Fished Out

Massive habitat loss caused by human development has left many of the Yangtze River’s unique aquatic species on the verge of extinction. Will government promises of greater environmental protection be translated into action?

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