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  1. Politics is corroding Chinese love of learning

    Posted Dec 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... failed- and this trend is rising. So, what makes the idea of reading rank so highly yet, in reality, so few books are read? Politics. In China, a degree or diploma not only brings honour ... be to quicken the pace of advances in military technology. Yet such projects cannot improve Chinese educational quality and the learning environment. For China, the key problem is the fact that politics ...

  2. Misguided to let key historic site rot out of political timorousness

    Posted Apr 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... I refer to the report ('Revolutionaries' secret base left to decay despite heritage', March 28) concerning the grade one heritage building called Hung Lau (Red House) in Tuen Mun. The report sheds considerable light on a building long forgo ...

  3. Wenzhou crash response exposes rot in political system, say analysts

    Posted Aug 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... and exposed serious flaws in the Ministry of Railways and the political system, according to mainland analysts. They have called upon Beijing to introduce political reform. A disrespect for life, ... of people's core values, they said. Analysts said the problems laid bare by the ministry's much-criticised response could only be addressed if political power were restricted under an improved ...

  4. Special suppliers blur boundaries between politics and business

    Posted Nov 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... In truth, no one can tell whether the designated oil has ever been used for cooking at the venue, according to a columnist in the Changjiang Daily, Hubei province's official newspaper. China ... A Beijing Youth Daily editorial said that if politics and commerce mixed, both would be damaged; they could only do their jobs if they operated apart. It also said that appropriating state symbols ...

  5. Political weapon

    Posted Sep 27th 2011, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... of Chinese financial support to the euro zone remains opaque, so does the political price beyond Wen's specific demands for Europe to declare China a market economy - a move that would end EU ... Army - even though mainland scholars note the way the long years in the cold have forced China to stand on its feet - it also carries political and diplomatic weight. The issue flared late last ...

  6. Another book keeps Jiang in the political limelight

    Posted Jun 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... of mainland politics Johnny Lau Yui-siu said yesterday that the function was a reflection of Jiang's determination to have an influence on the personnel reshuffle of top leaders at the 18th party congress. 'It is conspicuous that Jiang wants to be in the limelight and show that he is still on the country's political stage, so as to secure a pole position for his son after the party ...

  7. Political reform is needed, Wen insists

    Posted Mar 15th 2011, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao in Beijing Premier Wen Jiabao reiterated his support for political reform yesterday, but rejected comparisons between China and the unrest-torn nations in the Middle East ... the lack of transparency in Beijing's political culture. Professor Wang Jianxun, from the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, said: 'It can be interpreted ...

  8. People, not politics, as Taiwan celebrates

    Posted Oct 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com The celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of China, or the 1911 revolution, was carefully planned to avoid touching on any political issues ... politically sensitive issues, such as the big difference between the territory of the Republic of China in 1911 compared with today, while encouraging young people to learn about the spirit ...

  9. Premier undaunted in call for political reform

    Posted Apr 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Choi Chi-yuk and Minnie Chan Since last August, Premier Wen Jiabao has positioned himself as a champion of political reform on the mainland, and his campaign has since intensified. Wen, 69, known for his populist image, triggered a slew of debates over political reform following a speech on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone. 'Without ...

  10. Wen in renewed plea for wider political reforms

    Posted Apr 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... a surprising plea for China to tolerate dissenting opinion and criticism. Most political observers said Wen's remarks indicated frustration with the pace of reform rather than any fracture within the party. Speaking to Chinese embassy staff and representatives of the Chinese community in Kuala Lumpur, Wen said China needed to carry out political, economic and judicial reforms to balance its ...




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