Chinese Society

Chinese tourists carving out a bad reputation abroad

The boy's offending graffiti on the temple in Luxor.

The recent online exposure of a teenager from Nanjing who defaced a 3,500-year-old Egyptian temple has provoked nationwide introspection on such poor behaviour abroad, which many said had damaged the image of mainland tourists.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 11:24am 7 comments

Deadly bus arson fuels debate on social ills

Forty-two people died and 33 others were injured after the bus burst into flames in Xiamen on June 7, 2013. Photo: Xinhua

Mainland media revealed more details last week about the life of Chen Shuizong, the arsonist who killed himself and 46 other passengers this month in a bus fire in Xiamen.

16 Jun 2013 - 2:25am

The old-age crisis facing China

An old woman with her grandson in Beijing. No nation is ageing as quickly as China. Photo: Simon Song

A country's population is its fate, 19th century philosopher Auguste Comte observed. He was referring to his post-revolutionary France, but he could well have been offering sage advice to Chinese authorities. By focusing on the economy, they have transformed the nation, pulling hundreds of millions out of poverty and creating spectacular growth and wealth. All that could be in danger, though, unless greater attention is paid to its fast-rising numbers of old people.

9 Jun 2013 - 2:40am 1 comment

Child sex attacks and treatment of elderly shame China

Photo: AP

China has long prided itself on showing respect for the old and caring for the young. But news of a spate of child molestation cases and a landmark report revealing the problems of the growing elderly population should make mainlanders feel truly ashamed and prompt deep soul-searching.

3 Jun 2013 - 10:04am

Presumed guilty in China

Presumed guilty in China

The case of Zhu Ling has hit the headlines again recently. Zhu was a promising chemistry student at Beijing's prestigious Tsinghua University before she was left paralysed after being poisoned with thallium, a toxic chemical, nearly two decades ago. The renewed interest in her tragic case was ignited by a similar poisoning case in April that led to the death of a Fudan University student.

3 Jun 2013 - 2:33am 2 comments

Underdiagnosis of hypertension reveals bigger health system gap in China, experts say

Many older people on mainland suffer from hypertension without realising it

Xiao Mingying, 64, a retired worker in Shanghai, is among the 100 million old people on the mainland who have high blood pressure.

2 Jun 2013 - 1:25pm 1 comment

Urbanisation may be one of China's greatest challenges

A yard outside migrant workers' makeshift houses is seen next to a city residential compound in central Beijing. Photo: Reuters

In recent months, Premier Li Keqiang has targeted urbanisation as a priority for the economy. Indeed, urbanisation will boost economic growth and create a better living environment for all. In terms of both geographic scope and size of the population, the process in China will break records. What could the consequences be on residential property markets at city levels?

22 May 2013 - 2:53am

How to fund China's urbanisation

How to fund China's urbanisation

After extensive consultation, co-ordinated by the National Development and Reform Commission, the long-term plan for China's urbanisation is being finalised. Behind all the complex issues is one fundamental question: how will it be paid for?

13 May 2013 - 1:52am 6 comments

Police under fire as petitioners call on Washington for help

We The People, US government's public website

In recent days, tens of thousands of mainlanders have signed a petition to the US government's public website, We The People, calling on the Obama administration to intervene in the two-decade-old poisoning case and help bring the suspect, believed to be living in the US, to justice.

12 May 2013 - 4:00am 1 comment

China bans military licence plates on luxury cars

Soldiers at a People's Liberation Army unit in Qinhuangdao, Hebei province, display new and old military vehicle licence plates. Photo: Xinhua

Under a new registration system, all military vehicles must be given new car plates by Wednesday, and blacklisted sedans include those made by Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Lincoln, Cadillac, Bentley, Jaguar and Porsche, as well as the Volkswagen Phaeton, according to a ministry website.

29 Apr 2013 - 8:10am 6 comments

Critic of one-child policy in from cold

Yi Fuxian

Yi Fuxian was trained as a clinic medicine specialist before obtaining a PhD in medicine in the United States, but the Hunan native is better known as a staunch critic of the mainland's one-child policy, or family planning as authorities prefer to call it. 

28 Apr 2013 - 7:32am

Quake survivors find extraordinary strength in life-or-death moments

A doctor attends to an injured five-year-old boy in Lushan county. Photo: AFP

Remarkable tales of courage and survival continued to appear in mainland media yesterday, a day after a magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck Sichuan.

22 Apr 2013 - 7:49am

Broadcasters carry stories of hope; social media helps relay messages

A mother with her new-born baby, who was delivered in an ambulance, in Yaan, Sichuan. Photo: Xinhua

Quake victims reached out yesterday via mainland media with tears, sorrow and even a few smiles with reports of selfless deeds, successful rescues and at least one birth.

21 Apr 2013 - 6:40am

Poisoning, death of Fudan student recalls disturbing case of Zhu Ling

Huang Yang, a postgraduate student in Fudan University's medical school in Shanghai, died after he drank water that was allegedly poisoned by his roommate. Photo: Xinhua

The strange and tragic death by poisoning of a postgraduate student - possibly by his room-mate - at a prestigious university in Shanghai last week prompted editorials across the nation.

21 Apr 2013 - 4:56am

Xi will be pushed to make good on his China Dream

Xi will be pushed to make good on his China Dream

Ruling elites almost everywhere - whether in democracies or in authoritarian regimes - believe that clever sloganeering can inspire their people and legitimise their power. There are, of course, crucial differences. In functioning democracies, government leaders can be held accountable for their promises: the press can scrutinise their policies, opposition parties are motivated to show that the party in power lies and cheats. As a result, incumbents are frequently forced to carry out at least some of their promises.

19 Apr 2013 - 2:48am 1 comment