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May 2015 Issue

Commentary | by Wang Tao

One Belt, One Road will bypass the Middle East, and for good reason

Past lessons and ongoing concerns over open competition with the US has led China to circumvent the Middle East in its program to expand its global influence

Politics | by Fu Yao | Criminal Lawyers

In Their Defense

China’s latest round of judicial reforms aims to shield criminal defense lawyers from stress, risk and discrimination, but experts say it will be years before any impact is felt

Politics | by Min Jie | Family Planning Policy

CALL TO CANCEL

Academics continue to call for an end to the population control policy to address the dual issues of an aging society and a looming labor shortage. Why are their requests still being rebuffed?

Politics | by Cai Rupeng, Liu Ziqian | Two Sessions

THE WILL OF THE PARTY

With discussion of legal reform dominating China’s annual Two Sessions, China’s leadership continues to push forward its ‘rule by law’ agenda

Politics | by Wang Quanbao | Two Sessions

GRAFT, FRONT AND CENTER

This year’s Two Sessions provided an unprecedented opportunity for China’s leadership to publicize, intensify and broaden its anti-graft campaign

Politics | by Li Jia | Two Sessions

START YOUR ENGINES

For the new ‘twin engines’ of China’s economy, conventional concepts of entrepreneurship like passion, professionalism and patience are still required

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Society | by Wang Yan | Under the Dome

BREAKING THE SILENCE

An independent documentary discussing China’s air pollution problem, released online in February and erased from most video sharing websites in March, has rekindled debate over how best to tackle the country’s most pressing environmental issue

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Society | by Yang Di | International Education

EGALITARIAN ELITISM?

Will joint programs between China’s public high schools and foreign institutions help reform the country’s education system, or simply prove to be yet another privilege restricted to the children of the wealthy?

Special Report | by Rowan Williams, Shirong Chen | AIIB

A GENUINE GAME-CHANGER

When the UK ignored the special relationship and threw its weight behind the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank on March 12, it secured the future of a project crucial for Beijing’s long-term goals

Special Report | by Kerry Brown | AIIB

WE MUST OPEN OUR MINDS TO A CHINA-LED BANK

The positive aspects of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank far outweigh the negatives highlighted by Washington. A more nuanced understanding of international relations is required

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International | by Li Jia | Prince William

A ROYAL MAIL

The Duke of Cambridge’s recent visit helps further exploit already strong business and cultural ties between the UK and China. However, whether Xi Jinping’s upcoming state visit will iron out some remaining political wrinkles will be down to the politicians, not royalty

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International | by Yu Xiaodong | Myanmar Conflict

A Diplomatic Dilemma

With the escalation of ethnic conflict close to its border with Myanmar, China finds itself in an awkward position between its strategic interest in closer ties and mounting domestic pressure to toughen its position on security

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