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  1. A capital question arises: now what happens?

    Posted Aug 25th 2008, 12:00am by Josephine Ma, Shi Jiangtao

    ... Josephine Ma and Shi Jiangtao There is little doubt that the Olympic Games have transformed Beijing with glittering new rail links and magnificent venues, but time will tell what intangible legacies will remain. Wang Yongchen, of Beijing-based Green Earth ...

  2. English tests tainted by cheating scandals

    Posted Jan 12th 2005, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... into how test questions and answers were leaked on the internet. The Beijing Evening News reported that five of those detained had hired fellow students from the same Haidian district university ... of possessing fake identification cards. The detentions came amid a scandal over the publication of CET questions and answers on a popular website, www.mop.com. The CET is the most prominent English ...

  3. Still no official toll of students killed in quake

    Posted Mar 09th 2009, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... of total quake victims still uncertain, it is very hard to give an exact number of student victims.' Analysts questioned the authorities' refusal to publish the key information about ... the tragedy, but government officials have dodged questions on the responsibility of local officials. 'We fully understand the feelings of those parents who lost their children and tried to make ...

  4. US embassy uses Twitter to post own Beijing air readings

    Posted Jun 25th 2009, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... few weeks, and has quickly become popular among locals who often question official pollution figures. But both mainland environmental authorities and American diplomats have sought to play ... and the American expatriate community. Du Shaozhong, deputy director of Beijing's environment protection bureau, was unaware of the US embassy's move, but said: 'Any attempts to question our ...

  5. Smog casts a shadow over controversial Beijing traffic efforts

    Posted Apr 16th 2009, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... week, authorities said the ban had markedly eased congestion and reduced pollution, citing a government-sponsored evaluation. However, the report has been widely questioned as several other ... questioned the legitimacy of prolonged restrictions and their long-term effects. Pollution data for the first half of this month last year recorded four 'slightly polluted' days, suggesting ...

  6. Outdated smog index to be overhauled

    Posted Mar 12th 2009, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Olympics, during which China's air-pollution measurement system was widely questioned. The mainland's air-pollution standards measure only three main air pollutants: sulfur dioxide, ... questioning our air-pollution index and wondering why we publish good air-quality figures even on smoggy days.' Experts have long argued that the outdated standards, which have failed to reflect ...

  7. Wen renews vow to curb graft; analysts see it as defence of economic stimulus

    Posted Apr 10th 2009, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... in what analysts called a bid to appease public dissatisfaction over questions surrounding Beijing's stimulus package. In a recent long speech that was released by Xinhua yesterday, Mr Wen ... Junning, a Beijing-based political analyst, said the clich?-ridden policy speech had failed to answer questions about problems in the anti-graft effort, such as enlisting the media's ...

  8. The waiting-game strategy raises doubts

    Posted Mar 16th 2009, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao Beijing appears confident in playing what is essentially a waiting game with the Dalai Lama over Tibet, but some experts say there are good reasons to question ... Lama's death and is not thinking beyond that'. Experts say Beijing holds the key- that China should break the political stalemate and negotiate a solution to the Tibet question while ...

  9. Traffic bans remain key Games legacy, but do they work and are they fair?

    Posted Aug 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Although authorities said the move was necessary to keep skies clear and ease congestion, the legitimacy of prolonged restrictions was widely questioned. Despite criticism, authorities announced ... said the government had 'illicitly infringed' the property rights of car owners by attempting to make a one-off measure permanent, and questioned the practicality of using polls ...

  10. Trying to keep his head above the fog, environmental chief deflects criticism

    Posted Aug 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao The reporters came from all corners of the globe, and the questions came in all shapes and sizes- but the topic was always the same. Smog. Du Shaozhong, the deputy director of the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau, found himself on the front line of the mainland's attempts to ensure pollution would not tarnish national prestige during the Olympics. Along with his ...




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