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  1. Get with the programme: 5-year plan still has targets

    Posted Nov 03rd 2010, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... China will set growth targets after all. Despite much speculation that Beijing would scrap rigid goals for GDP and CPI in the next five-year plan, when the blueprint's full version is unveiled at the annual meeting of the National People's Congr ...

  2. Hopes of political reform hit brick wall

    Posted Oct 20th 2010, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Talk of political reform in the run-up to the just-ended Communist Party plenum now appears to have been merely hot air. The talk included a string of calls for democracy from Premier Wen Jiabao, retired officials and intellectuals. The party has pledged ...

  3. Five-year plan to attack rich-poor divide

    Posted Oct 19th 2010, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... The Communist Party approved an economic blueprint yesterday that aims to narrow the yawning gap between rich and poor and pledged to advance 'active but steady' political reform, as leaders wrapped up their annual meeting in Beijing. The party ...

  4. System a many-headed beast

    Posted Oct 13th 2010, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... The planning system has three tiers - national, provincial and local (city and county), and three categories - general, special and regional. But, in practice, there can be more than three tiers. For instance, governments of townships and development zone ...

  5. Gender bending gives a lift to fashions for those who aren't ready to say goodbye to the summer

    Posted Sep 13th 2010, 12:00am by Jennifer Huang

    ... For those not yet ready to bid farewell to summer, Max Mara injects a bit of uplift to the upcoming season with a bit of gender bending. The Italian brand, well known for its luxury coats, staged its autumn/winter fashion show at the atrium of the Landmar ...

  6. Hu names 3 issues as top priorities

    Posted Jun 19th 2010, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... President Hu Jintao has identified Tibet , Xinjiang and the wealth gap as the three issues that must be given top priority by the central government in the coming years. Hu has mentioned the three several times recently, including at two Politburo meeting ...

  7. Major changes among PLA's top officers

    Posted Jul 20th 2010, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Twenty senior military officers have been moved in a significant reshuffle of the top ranks of the army and armed police, with eye-catching leadership changes at the most politically sensitive PLA corps. Three officers have been promoted to top positions ...

  8. Go-west push paying off for dusty region

    Posted Jul 17th 2010, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Northwestern China is still portrayed in song and film as a land of vast, windswept plateaus, full of dust and dismay. But award-winning photographer Zhang Xiping, who has documented the region's changing landscape over the past two decades, says the ...

  9. Cut emissions with scissors

    Posted May 31st 2010, 12:00am by Chris Huang

    ... Call them the 'scissoring generation'. Young people on the mainland concerned about the carbon footprint their lifestyle leaves on the planet are using scissors to get the most out of their purchases before throwing them away. Kam Xie, an office ...

  10. Strife-hit Xinjiang set for economic boom

    Posted May 22nd 2010, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... The central government's massive programme to help revive Xinjiang is set to usher in a new round of development - but there is concern that an economic boom may not end ethnic strife if Beijing fails to implement corresponding reforms in social and ...




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