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October 2015 Issue

Commentary | by Huang Dong

China needs a coordinated strategy to avoid falling into the middle-income trap

The country must align its policies with the needs of companies and contemporary business trends

Editorial | by News China Magazine

Ensuring public safety is a basic responsibility of the government

This string of accidents and disasters has revealed the deeply embedded problem of lax enforcement of safety standards resulting from China’s rapid urbanization.

Politics | by Li Teng | Administrative Procedure Law

The Power to Sue

China’s new administrative litigation law has made it easier for private citizens to sue the government, but it has shown little effect in curbing abuse of power

Politics | by Han Yong | Environmental Index

Measuring Up

Following a policy pledge to protect the country’s environment from irresponsible developers, China’s leadership is trying to set up a “green index” to hold officials accountable for environmental damage that occurs on their watch

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Society | by Du Guodong | Left-behind Children


China is home to an estimated 61 million “left-behind children” whose parents have left home for work. Although the basic physical needs of most are met, their behavioral and psychological wellbeing go largely ignored

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Society | by Du Guodong | Left-behind Children


The government and welfare organizations have taken steps over the years to ease the plight of China’s left-behind children, but the scale of the problem makes it tough to tackle

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Society | by Wang Shan | Environmental Corruption

First to Fall

The recent downfall of Zhang Lijun, vice minister of China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, may be a prelude to an extended anti-graft campaign that draws out corruption within the nation’s environmental agencies

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Society | by Yu Xiaodong | Taiwan Textbooks

One History, Two Interpretations

Disputes over new guidelines covering history textbooks used in Taiwanese schools reflect greater divisions over the interpretation of the island’s history and identity in the run-up to the general election in 2016

Society | by He Bin, Li Jia | New Expressway Policy


The controversy surrounding China’s revised highway toll policy is more a question of transparency and accountability than whether or not people are willing to pay to use the roads

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Society | by Xie Ying | An Abducted Woman

“Bloody Rouge”

More than 20 years ago, Gao Yanmin was abducted and sold into a rural marriage. Despite attempts to escape, Gao eventually settled in the village and served as its sole female teacher, earning praise from some for ‘repaying evil with good’ even as others slammed the tacit endorsement of human trafficking. NewsChina investigates

International | by Li Jia | Abe’s 70th Anniversary Message


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seems to have bent over backwards during his speech for the 70th anniversary of Japan’s World War II defeat in order to appease those expecting an outright apology while not actually directly admitting responsibility. It may make more sense for observers to look beyond Abe’s speech, instead of waiting for an apology that may never come

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Economy | by Ye Tan | New Growth Engine

Serve the Economy

The service sector has emerged as China’s biggest growth engine. However, the primacy of two sub-sectors, finance and property, will not last long. Opportunities lie in providing China’s growing consumer demographic with innovative new services

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