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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - WHAT THE MAINLAND MEDIA SAY

    Prostitution thrives as officials say one thing and do another

    Posted Aug 10th 2014, 04:50am by Cary Huang

    ... in this city of seven million people. The crux of the matter is that the sex trade is one of the pillars of the local economy, generating 50 billion yuan (HK$62.5 billion) or 10 per cent of Dongguan's 550 billion yuan gross domestic product last year. That economic role was one reason that the central government's crackdown rebounded in unintended ways, triggering a rarely seen ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1570077/prostitution-thrives-officials-say-one-thing-and-do-another
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - WHAT THE MAINLAND MEDIA SAY

    Between state media's lines often lies the crux of an issue

    Posted May 04th 2014, 04:15am by Cary Huang

    ... "Li's visit suggested that the central leadership has finally come to a consensus on how to solve the issues left over by Bo," another wrote. Bo spent as much as 1 trillion yuan (HK$1.2 trillion) on his populist social welfare policies, which was as much as three times the city's fiscal revenue of 290.8 billion yuan in 2011. "The central government has to find a way ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1503519/between-state-medias-lines-often-lies-crux-issue
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - WHAT THE MAINLAND MEDIA SAY

    To give or not to give- that is the tricky New Year question

    Posted Feb 09th 2014, 02:56am by Teddy Ng

    ... are getting round the ban by giving lai see to officials' children. Hence, the Beijing Times reported, one youngster was handed a red packet containing 10,000 yuan (HK$12,700). The newspaper ... as "useless" for restricting his lai see and said his parents must give him 100 yuan pocket money every day to compensate him. One government official in Jiangsu province got around the problem ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1424165/give-or-not-give-tricky-new-year-question
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - WHAT THE MAINLAND MEDIA SAY

    Practice among some Chinese students of mailing dirty laundry home prompts debate

    Posted Mar 16th 2014, 03:33am by Zhang Hong

    ... the newspaper they were willing to help wash clothes if their children sent them. The Times noted that laundromats cost 3 yuan (HK$3.80) to 5 yuan per load, while inter-city express delivery services cost dozens of yuan for every 10kg. The Chongqing Business Daily criticised students' inability to take care of their own laundry, suggesting many were overly pampered. Most university ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1449520/practice-among-some-chinese-students-mailing-dirty-laundry
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - WHAT THE MAINLAND MEDIA SAY

    Report on wealth of mainland Chinese creates a credibility gap

    Posted Jan 26th 2014, 05:00am by Adrian Wan

    ... of 29,547 yuan (HK$37,563). And there was no argument that those earning less than 11,434 yuan were low-income. What was laughable to many was the notion that 56,389 yuan a year could be considered ... in China's Gini coefficient, a measure of income inequality. But, as a China Youth Daily editorial pointed out, someone earning 56,000 yuan a year would be living hand-to- mouth if they were paying ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1413660/report-wealth-mainland-chinese-creates-credibility-gap
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - WHAT THE MAINLAND MEDIA SAY

    Rich-list rankings blur the reality for many of China's authors

    Posted Dec 15th 2013, 04:14am by MANDY ZUO

    ... on the state of Chinese literature in a society that increasingly devalues the profession. Online writer Jiang Nan came in first this year, earning just over 25 million yuan (HK$31 million) in royalties. Nobel laureate Mo Yan was a close second, taking in 24 million yuan. Children's author Zheng Yuanjie was third, at 18 million yuan. In all, 60 people were on this year's list, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1380568/rich-list-rankings-blur-reality-many-chinas-authors
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - WHAT THE MAINLAND MEDIA SAY

    Cadres' smoking ban good but not enough, Chinese media say

    Posted Jan 05th 2014, 05:11am by Zhuang Pinghui

    ... contacts. Luxury cigarettes, costing thousands of yuan a carton, are a status symbol on the mainland and are often given as gifts to government workers. A senior official in Nanjing was investigated ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1397463/cadres-smoking-ban-good-not-enough-chinese-media-say
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - WHAT THE MAINLAND MEDIA SAY

    Chongqing girl's savage attack on toddler blamed on her violent parents

    Posted Dec 08th 2013, 04:58am by WU NAN

    ... the girl's family has paid 58,000 yuan (HK$74,000) to cover the boy's medical treatment. That has not satisfied the boy's family, who have sued the girl's parents for 300,000 yuan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1375560/chongqing-girls-savage-attack-toddler-blamed-her-violent
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - WHAT THE MAINLAND MEDIA SAY

    Crackdown on accident victims who extort Good Samaritans wins praise

    Posted Dec 01st 2013, 05:38am by Zhang Hong

    ... had fractured her thigh bone. She insisted the families of the children pay her 20,000 yuan (HK$25,300) hospital bill, but the parents resisted, saying she was the one at fault. The matter ... Fang, a professor at South China Normal University, has set up a private fund to honour good deeds. The fund rewarded 40 people last year, including Peng Yu, who received a 20,000 yuan bonus. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1369797/crackdown-accident-victims-who-extort-good-samaritans-wins
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - WHAT THE MAINLAND MEDIA SAY

    Reaction cool to CCTV criticism of Starbucks' prices

    Posted Oct 27th 2013, 04:59am by Raymond Li

    ... the price of a Starbucks latte in several world cities. It found the company charged 27 yuan (HK$34) for the 354ml size on the mainland, and the equivalent of 24.25 yuan in London, 19.98 yuan in Chicago and 14.60 yuan in Mumbai. It said the high prices helped the company achieve a 32 per cent profit margin in the region in the second quarter. Noting an overwhelming disapproval of the CCTV ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1340734/reaction-cool-cctv-criticism-starbucks-prices

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