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November 2011 Issue

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Politics | by Peng Xirui, Li Jingrui, Wang Quanbao | Official Spokespeople

Truth Won’t Out

China’s government spokespeople are supposed to facilitate communication between the government and the public. However, with few allowed full command of the facts due to government restrictions, many find themselves the target of public anger

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Politics | by Yuan Ye | Criminal Procedure Amendment

Whose Law Is It Anyway?

A new draft amendment to China’s Criminal Procedure Law has sparked questions over the possible extension of police power. The debate has centered on clauses apparently authorizing the use of wiretaps and secret detentions, with critics asking whose rights are most protected by China’s legal system

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Society | by Yu Xiaodong | Marriage Law


A controversial change to China’s marriage law has raised concerns that it fails to protect women’s rights

Society | by Yu Xiaodong | Marriage Law


Changes to China’s marriage law aim to deal with increasing materialism among young Chinese. Will they be effective?

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Special Report | by Yang Shiyang, Yuan Ye | Academicians

Martyr or Maverick?

Why would any academic turn down a high-profile, lucrative lifetime fellowship? NewsChina meets Rao Yi, an accomplished neuroscientist who renounced his candidacy for a prestigious full membership to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

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Society | by Sun Zhe | ConocoPhillips Spill

There Won’t be Blood

The aftermath of the US company’s ecological disaster has been rife with concealment, lies and negligence on all sides, but will there be consequences?

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Society | by Dong Chao, Liu Yanxun | Marrying Rich

The Gold Digger Academy

As China continues to churn out wealthy bachelors, a Beijing-based school is teaching young Chinese women how to bag a billionaire

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Special Report | by Zhao Jie, Xie Ying | Academicians

Dishonorable Honors

The election process for academicians employed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), handing control directly to political powerbrokers rather than academics, prevents the development of a merit-based, open academic environment

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Special Report | by Dong Chao, Liu Yanxun, Xie Ying | Academicians

Boffins with Benefits

Full-time membership to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) or the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) means promotion, funding, government patronage and numerous other commercial benefits. NewsChina looks into the special interests that govern academia in China.

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Economy | by Zhou Zhenghua | Minsheng Takeover

Battle for a Bank

China’s fledgling financial industry has been unsettled to learn that a State insurer may seize control of the country’s only private bank. Could the move further restrict loans to small and medium-sized private enterprise?

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Economy | by Li Jia, Wang Quanbao | Land Reform

Feed the People, Starve the Market

Efforts are being made to create China’s first open market allowing rural residents to buy and sell land. If implemented, it could spell the end of China’s decades-old State monopoly on land ownership

Economy | by Li Jia | Yuan Goes Global

Pink Power

With the commitment of China’s leaders and interest from major international financial centers, the process of turning the Chinese yuan into a global currency is gathering pace. But, despite growing international faith in the yuan, is it backed by a sustainable economy?

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