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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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1441343/time-it-looks-beijing-serious-about-tackling-smog
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

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

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

    ... not underestimate the challenges ahead when she made the pledge. As pollution knows no boundary, it will not help if air quality in the neighbouring Pearl River Delta does not improve in tandem. The recent ... 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, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1431104/cleaning-air-will-need-best-efforts-officials-both-sides
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    A welcome move to clear the air

    Posted Dec 23rd 2013, 04:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... issue. But the government has made little effort to put the health and economic impacts into perspective. The use of air quality standards that are less stringent than those recommended ... mean the city's air quality is deteriorating. Given the growing concerns about polluted air, it is not surprising that officials play down the severity of the problem. But if health alerts ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1388579/welcome-move-clear-air
  4. 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; ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1479170/maoming-chemical-plant-failed-build-trust-residents
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Consumers should use the right channels to air grievances

    Posted Feb 14th 2014, 03:36am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Air grievances in civilised manner Consumers who do not get what they pay for have every right to pursue compensation and there are well established channels to do so. ... they want. Shortly before Christmas, scores of mainlanders en route to Taiwan refused to leave the tour bus at the Lok Ma Chau border crossing due to a visa row. Two years ago, a group of air ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1427358/consumers-should-use-right-channels-air-grievances
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Quality of growth is what counts in China now

    Posted Jan 23rd 2014, 03:18am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Quality of growth is what counts China's economic growth in each of the past two years- 7.7 per cent- is the lowest since 1999. Last year it may have been just above ... signalling, the quality of growth counts for more than absolute numbers. Now is the time to push ahead with restructuring. It is a harder idea to sell during boom times. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1411237/quality-growth-what-counts-china-now
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Automatic bailouts no longer an option in China

    Posted Mar 28th 2014, 03:54am by SCMP Editorial

    ... amid concerns about asset quality. These can be early signs of systemic stress. Much of the lending spree after the global financial crisis went into dubious projects and overcapacity ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1458787/automatic-bailouts-no-longer-option-china
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Proposing barbecue ban to ease smog is at least an admission of problem

    Posted Mar 17th 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... Draft proposals for improving air quality submitted by the Ministry of Environmental Protection for public feedback are timely, given the smog that has blighted large parts of the mainland recently. But timing has not been matched by execution, with the feedback from internet users including scathing comments that it is "empty talk", that "we are not fools like some ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1192384/proposing-barbecue-ban-ease-smog-least-admission-problem
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Regulator made the right call in spurning Alibaba

    Posted Mar 24th 2014, 03:33am by SCMP Editorial

    ... if they lose majority ownership. They essentially argue: "Trust us, we know what we are doing." The acceptability of such share structures, in the end, depends on the quality ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1455779/regulator-made-right-call-spurning-alibaba
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Education vital to cut cancer rates

    Posted Feb 13th 2014, 03:54am by SCMP Editorial

    ... four types of malignancies- liver, oesophagus, stomach and lung- variously linked with smoking, drinking, air pollution, consumption of processed foods and lack of exercise. This is a reminder that China has only just begun to reconcile rapid development with the need to maintain the quality of air, water and food, and that a lucrative state monopoly still presides over 40 per cent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1426709/education-vital-cut-cancer-rates

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