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Civilizations

Grain finds in Yunnan province may shed light on a Bronze Age civilisation

Illustration: Sarene Chan

Pottery and grains traditionally found in northern China were recently unearthed in the southwestern province of Yunnan, renewing a long-standing debate about how Chinese civilisation evolved in the region and offering clues about an ancient migration route.

Sunday, 9 December, 2012, 4:30am

Bringing the holistic thinking of the East to bear on market failure in the West

Life is a journey of different cycles. Travelling last month with old university friends - an Indian from Zambia, two Americans, a Spaniard and two from France - made me realise that communication between East and West remains a gulf to be bridged, despite our common use of the English language and English education.

7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Web users blase about breakthroughs

The response by the online community was lukewarm yesterday as China celebrated grand achievements in both space and beneath the sea on the same day, with bitter web users using microblog accounts to criticise the government for favouring technological advancements over improving people's lives.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

US moves raise stakes with China

The US foreign policy shift that has come to be known as the 'pivot to Asia' has been much discussed, but little defined since being unveiled last November. Defence secretary Leon Panetta made the strategy's military dimension less cloudy in Singapore at the weekend, announcing that most of America's warships would be based in the region by the end of the decade.

7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Morality in tatters

A minibus that should seat only nine people was crammed with 64, all but two of them children. On its way to a kindergarten, the minibus collided with a coal truck and, as a result, 21 people were killed and the others injured. This tragic accident that happened last month in Zhengning county, Gansu, sparked a nationwide debate on the safety of school buses in China.

6 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Writing the wrongs

Why would a 75-year-old businessman spend 20 months of his retirement writing a book on a sweeping topic like the relationship between China and the West?

17 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

How foreign shores lost their lustre

Many Chinese who have attended graduate school and worked in the West are moving back to their homeland to start up their own enterprises or serve international companies. They are commonly called haigui, literally 'sea turtles', or overseas returnees.

18 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

As the tide of history turns, China may yet save capitalism from the capitalists

This summer holiday, I finally read the book Thirty Years River West, Thirty Years River East, written by the grand old man of Chinese cultural linguistics, Professor Ji Xianlin. The title is the summation of his view that culture and civilisation are like a river that flows east for 30 years and then west for the next 30.

20 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

HK finds back cradle-of-culture theory

The unearthing in Hong Kong of pounded tree bark, used as clothing by ancient people, shows the city's history of human habitation may date back at least 7,000 years. The finds provide new evidence of links between southern China, Southeast Asia and the Pacific islands.

5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Libya a reminder that citizens must come first

Libya's oil and gas and poor infrastructure were an obvious draw for China when its leaders began encouraging companies to invest overseas a decade ago. Dictator Muammar Gaddafi's iron-fisted and often brutal rule was not a deterrent because of the potential economic benefits at stake.

4 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Hu garners good reviews for stopover in Chicago

President Hu Jintao was in Chicago for less than 24 hours but his choice of the Midwestern city as a second stop appeared to have hit the right note with Americans.

23 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Echoes of conflict

Neck hairs tingle to attention as a quartet of buglers sounds the nightly Last Post at the imposing Menin Gate cenotaph, in Ypres, Belgium.

12 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Be thankful that Chinese think differently

The 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic has just been celebrated but, 12 years after the handover, there are still citizens in Hong Kong who don't support the regime. Throughout these years, there have always been small demonstrations on October 1; this year there was a bigger protest.

2 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

China ready to flex wings as world power

From successfully hosting the 2008 Olympic Games to recognition as a so-called G2 partner with the US, China's clout on the global stage has had a boost. And significantly, this has been achieved in a year, not decades.

8 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Salamander may help amputees

Scientists are genetically modifying a strange-looking Mexican salamander in the hope that its ability to regenerate body parts will one day help human amputees.

6 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

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