Jane Cai

Government income jumps 34pc to 755b yuan

The mainland's fiscal revenue surged 34.4 per cent last month from a year ago, keeping Beijing with sufficient funds to manage a slowdown in economic growth in the face of an escalating European debt crisis and a possible double-dip US recession.

Wednesday, 14 September, 2011, 12:00am

Appeals for caution on 'rumours'

While electronic bulletin board postings expressed sympathy for the crash victims, speculated on the cause of the accident and criticised government departments, warning messages were also prevalent yesterday.

29 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Outlay on fixed assets rises 24pc despite storms

The mainland's capital investment in factories, property and public facilities in urban areas grew 24.3 per cent year on year in the first two months of the year, even as disastrous snowstorms disrupted general business.

15 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Snowstorms cool industrial output

US economic woes, yuan strength and further tightening steps to extend slowdown

Mainland industrial output in the first two months of this year grew at the slowest pace since December 2006 as the worst snowstorms in 50 years disrupted production in central, southern and eastern provinces.

14 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Rate rise feared as mainland inflation surges

The mainland's consumer price index rose 6.5 per cent year on year last month, statistics chiefs announced yesterday, making a rise in interest rates more likely and causing stock prices to dive.

The increase, bigger than expected and the highest in nearly 11 years, was fuelled by soaring food prices.

12 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Families struggle as price rises outstrip income

The sharp rise in food prices has left medium- and low-income families, like that of Beijing native Shen Yaoqiu, struggling to cover basic living costs as rises in income fail to keep pace.

Mr Shen, 65, lives in a 60-square-metre inner-city courtyard home with his wife, son, daughter-in-law and grandson.

14 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Jack-of-all-trades finds world-class demand in mainland's blossoming fashion industry

Beauty industry professional Mei Lin , a 49-year-old native of Taiwan, has been commuting between his New York home and various mainland cities in the past year, since taking his friends' advice to get involved in the takeoff of the mainland's fashion sector. He talks about the excitement and disappointment in the burgeoning sector.

3 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Hong Kong a temptress for crooked cadres

In a confession written from behind bars, a crooked Wuhan cadre has blamed Hong Kong's luxurious and enticing lifestyle for luring him from the straight and narrow.

12 May 2007 - 12:00am

Real city not on itinerary

Mainland tourists are not content with package-tour arrangements under which they are compelled to shop without getting a feel for the essence of this consumer paradise.

6 May 2007 - 12:00am

How to survive the hard sell in HK

Mainland visitors lured by a cheap holiday are dragged around the stores but manage to resist a desperate guide's entreaties to open their wallets

The tour guide was not happy, and she showed it. 'You didn't support my work,' she said grimly. 'My boss has called to ask why the spending was so low. I could be fired.'

6 May 2007 - 12:00am

The long and winding road to filing a return

Shirley Xu, assistant to the general manager of a joint venture company, did not think it was hard to be a law-abiding citizen - until she set out on a journey to file her tax returns.

A nationwide publicity campaign, launched in November, has repeatedly informed the public that those with a yearly income over 120,000 yuan should now file tax returns at local taxation bureaus.

2 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Most high-income earners set to ignore tax deadline

Many play a wait-and-see game over revised law

The first year of the mainland's new taxation system is expected to be a failure, with the overwhelming majority of high-income earners not lodging returns despite the deadline falling today.

2 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Chongqing orders dog cull following death from rabies

Thousands of dogs will be culled in a Chongqing district following the death of a resident from rabies last month.

7 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Writer uses old values to reflect new realities

In a time of great social change, the author's work remains grounded in tradition

The tide of pirated DVDs of overseas TV hits such as Friends and Sex and the City means few mainlanders have to go far in search of a 21st century view on relationships.

22 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Consultant seeks leniency for guilty

Management consultant Li Su has sent a letter to the National People's Congress appealing for the 'original sins' of the mainland's business community to be absolved or, at most, subject to leniency.

17 Feb 2007 - 12:00am