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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    This time it looks like Beijing is serious about tackling smog

    Posted Mar 06th 2014, 04:08am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial The war on smog gets serious China's leaders have for some time signalled that their focus for development is quality of life rather than pace of growth. The unchanged economic expansion rate of 7.5 per cent forecast in the government's annual work report is in line with this aim. But Premier Li Keqiang pulled a surprise by making the war on pollution ...

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    Cleaning the air will need best efforts of officials on both sides of border

    Posted Feb 20th 2014, 04:39am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Cleaning the air needs joint effort Getting people to rally behind the government has become increasingly difficult. Not only is the environment now more politicised, ... But the fight against air pollution is, thankfully, an exception. No issue unites the public like the crusade to improve the air we breathe. Consensus and unity alone are not enough, though. What ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    China should lower taxes, not increase spending, to spur growth

    Posted Apr 17th 2014, 04:33am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Lower taxes to spur growth The mainland's GDP growth of 7.4 per cent in the last quarter was the slowest since 2012. It beat market expectations of 7.3 per cent but came in just below the government's 7.5 per cent target for the y ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    China and US slowly building trust between militaries

    Posted Mar 03rd 2014, 03:18am by SCMP Editorial

    ... Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel visits China next month; it is to be hoped that similar arrangements for the air force and navy will also be established. But it is not just at the highest levels that dialogue has to take place. The near collision in the South China Sea on December 5 of the US cruiser Cowpens and a landing vessel during exercises involving the aircraft carrier Liaoning ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Amid Japan tensions, China and US must continue efforts to build trust

    Posted Nov 27th 2013, 04:19am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Building trust amid rhetoric Tense China-Japan relations could do without a new flashpoint. But it was predictable after Beijing set up an air defence identification zone across the East China Sea which encompasses islands over which the two countries dispute territorial possession. China has warned that it will take "defensive emergency measures" ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    A prosperous China is good for the European Union

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 02:40am by SCMP Editorial

    ... Crimea, the 10-day visit offered Brussels a welcome diversion and perhaps a solution. For China, there was the opportunity to strengthen economic and diplomatic relations. The billions of euros ... by the amicable resolution of a dispute over Chinese solar panels that had threatened to cause a trade war. There was every reason for the changed atmosphere: China and the EU need one another. ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Cultural district's bike-hire plan could be start of a revolution in cycling

    Posted Apr 17th 2014, 04:33am by SCMP Editorial

    ... fault with the scarcity of bicycle paths and facilities, citing health and air pollution issues. Hopefully, the cultural district will one day be seen as instrumental in winning greater ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Leaders of China and the US must lead way in strengthening ties

    Posted Feb 19th 2014, 03:44am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Top-down answer to Sino-US ties China and the US know they need to have good relations. Presidents Xi Jinping and Barack Obama have agreed to have a broad-based, ... of State John Kerry's talks in Beijing last week, seemed of less importance than the maritime disputes, angry rhetoric over Beijing's air defence identification zone (ADIZ) ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    The devil is in the detail of China's urbanisation blueprint

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 04:09am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Devil in detail of urbanisation plan China's long-awaited urbanisation blueprint raises the proportion of urban residents from about 54 per cent of the population to 60 ... to be conducted in tier-two and three cities. Urbanisation elsewhere has been driven incrementally by industrial and technological change. It says something about the scale of China's vision ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Maoming chemical plant failed to build trust with residents

    Posted Apr 13th 2014, 03:57am by SCMP Editorial

    ... to win support for the project. The days when industrial plants could be built without community consent have long gone. Citizens are worried about the air they breathe and water they drink; ...




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