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  1. Now the Games are over

    Posted Oct 01st 2008, 12:00am by Michael Standaert

    ... A strong economy will help in dealing with difficult tasks that still need tackling. Reports by Michael Standaert This has certainly been a trying year for China- snowstorms brought much ... safety crises such as the recent melamine-tainted milk scandal have further shaken confidence in 'Made in China' brands. The central government, though, must be breathing a sigh ...

  2. Snowstorm death toll rises as Net critics rap 'slow response'

    Posted Nov 14th 2009, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... short speculation that artificial weather controls could have had an impact on the scale of the snowstorms. On Wednesday, China Daily quoted an unidentified official in the Beijing Municipal ...

  3. North Korea must be kept at negotiating table

    Posted Sep 26th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... North Korea has made it plain through five years of talks on ending its nuclear programme that its concerns must at all times remain centre stage. The global financial meltdown let ... is followed has to be a foreign policy priority for all the countries concerned. Events unfolding in the North are similar to those in December 2002 that prompted China to chair negotiations ...

  4. 'New hardware, but software still the same'

    Posted Aug 08th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and the difficult 'er' sound in the Beijing dialect are still what I encounter every day. In some ways, China has remained unchanged for 100 years; but in other ways, the changes are dramatic. ... It was not that I could stand at a bus stop and take a breath of fresh air- the improvement was not that great. But if you take into account that China is the country that had the fastest-growing volume ...

  5. Around the nation

    Posted Nov 27th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... festival. Thirty-seven people died in the stampede. NORTH/NORTHEAST World's biggest yacht club gets planning approval TIANJIN- The municipal government has approved a plan to build ... fund the 5.3 billion yuan project. Relatives begin identifying victims of aviation disaster INNER MONGOLIA- DNA tests on the victims of Sunday's China Eastern Airlines plane crash ...

  6. Future water supply at risk in China's parched breadbasket

    Posted Jul 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Vivien Cui in Hebei Even as some mainlanders battle floods, the heart of the nation is beset by drought Summer on the North China Plain, the largest alluvial plain in East Asia, has ... in drought has become a fact,' Mr Tian said. 'If we don't gain some control, several generations from now there may be no water to drink.' Although the North China Plain is famed ...

  7. China must lead the way on North Korea

    Posted Oct 07th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to the Beijing-sponsored six-party disarmament talks. The US is a key player, but northeast Asia has the biggest interest in a deal being struck. China has the most at stake and must take the lead. North Korea ... have positions that will strengthen the chance of the North scrapping its nuclear weapons. Of the five, though, China has the greatest bargaining power. Wen has gained a concession, albeit ...

  8. Time for Beijing to act and rein in North Korea

    Posted Nov 25th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for Beijing to use its influence to rein in its neighbour. China has been reluctant to apply too much pressure even though it has more economic and political leverage over the North than any other player. Critics argue that Beijing has decided that an unstable, economically moribund and repressive North Korea must be supported because it enhances China's national security. This view ...

  9. Heavy snow causes havoc in north

    Posted Nov 12th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in the morning, China National Radio reported. Officials rushed to close primary schools for a day, fearing falling tree branches and slippery roads would cause injuries. Several areas reported power ... on Tuesday was also partly induced, according to China Daily. The China Meteorological Observatory said heavy snow was expected to continue until today. It said heavy snowfalls were forecast ...

  10. Why China's next generation could be fed by Africa

    Posted Feb 10th 2011, 12:00am by Michael Martin

    ... hectares of arable land between 1996 and 2009. 'There is a lot of room for China to engage Africa in food production,' Leung said. A severe winter drought in the North China Plain ... consulting firm Beijing Axis reported that natural resources like minerals and fuels comprise more than 90 per cent of China's imports from Africa. The firm found that between 2006 and 2008, ...




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