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Economic and political reforms

Landmark US immigration bill clears key Senate hurdle

A sweeping overhaul of the US immigration system took a major step toward viability on Tuesday when a Senate panel gave bipartisan approval to a landmark bill offering a path to citizenship for millions.

Wednesday, 22 May, 2013, 4:16pm

US senators unveil immigration reform bill

A group of Democratic and Republican US senators on Tuesday unveiled long-awaited landmark legislation to remove the threat of deportation for millions of illegal immigrants and give them an opportunity to eventually become US citizens.

17 Apr 2013 - 4:08am

China must keep opening up to boost reform

From the start, China's reform and opening up have been two halves of a whole. Yet, in recent years, signs of "closed-door reform" have emerged and in some cases have been put into practice. This is why Premier Li Keqiang's renewed call to push for reform by opening up is notable.

11 Apr 2013 - 3:03am

Myanmar becomes a land of opportunity with political reform

Joseph bought his US$50 Chinese Huawei cellphone and a SIM card from a government-run telecom operator two months ago. The SIM card cost him another US$250, compared with just paying a monthly fee for the service in Hong Kong.

3 Apr 2013 - 3:14am

Premier Li: strong, or just moderate?

The premier's news conference on the closing day of "the two meetings" is an important date on the calendar, not only for journalists but also ordinary mainlanders.

18 Mar 2013 - 5:28am 1 comment

What does the 'Chinese dream' really mean?

Since the United States' founding in 1776, Americans have considered it an exceptional nation. Chinese, too, view themselves as exceptional with their connection to the celestial empire. Chinese "exceptionalism", however, diverges from the American concept. The political ideology of the US resonates with the Enlightenment values of democracy, freedom and individual rights. Meanwhile, China strives to preserve and perfect its exceptional nature based on the Confucian model of virtues.

14 Mar 2013 - 2:59am 4 comments

Breaking up the railways ministry would send the right signals

Finally, it seems the railways ministry may soon be restructured as part of a wider exercise by the Chinese government to streamline its ministries. Putting railway reform on the agenda of this year's meetings of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference will be highly significant.

7 Mar 2013 - 2:35am

Don't hold your breath for major reform plan at NPC meeting

This year's National People's Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference meetings are important in the sense that a new government will be "sworn in". The new premier will take up his position, together with a whole new cabinet - following the forming of a new Central Committee, ministers are expected to be reappointed as well, with a five-year term ahead.

6 Mar 2013 - 2:51am

Can real reform take root in Qianhai?

Experts remain divided on whether Qianhai will meet its lofty goal of helping to transform today's China like the first special economic zones in Shenzhen and Zhuhai did 30 years ago.

4 Mar 2013 - 5:42am 1 comment

When China's collective vision meets America's individual voice

The governing systems of the world's two largest economies are in crisis. As the United States has been grappling with a fiscal cliff, China faces a social cliff. Without major reform, both will falter.

4 Feb 2013 - 3:02am