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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 i

Monday, 25 June, 2012, 12:00am

Exodus by the rich a worrying trend

The mainland has long held up the welcome sign for high-achieving expatriates who return to contribute to the country's development. Many have leapt at the chance to go back to their roots to seize opportunities created by dynamic economic growth.

7 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Learning from 'jasmine revolutions', but it's not about democracy

Should Beijing take a lesson from the 'jasmine revolutions' in the Arab world? 'Yes,' say researchers at government think tanks. But the lesson is not one about democracy, but about how the government can effectively deliver development and general welfare.

10 Apr 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

The fragility of autocrats

How stable and confident is a nation that prevents internet users searching for the words 'Egypt' and 'Tunisia'? In democracies, no one feels the need to block news from North Africa, but in China the government won't allow people to know what's going on. This is hardly surprising, because what autocracies fear most is contagion from popular movements.

5 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

The People's Republic of China at Sixty

Sixty years ago, Mao Zedong famously declared 'The Chinese people have stood up'.

1 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

The likeliest doomsday scenarios

In this column, we spend a fair bit of time debunking ill-conceived doom scenarios for the Chinese economy. This might lead some to believe that we hold a naively optimistic view of China. In fact, there are a few things that worry us, and today we will discuss some.

10 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Early building date

CHINA is set to begin construction of its representative office at a prime site in Central as early as mid-1995, a senior Chinese source revealed last night.

The source, who is close to the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group, said the two sides were close to striking a deal on the final site for the Foreign Ministry's office in the future Special Administrative Region.

27 Oct 1994 - 12:00am

US should think again

I AM angered by the US House of Representatives urging the International Olympic Committee to refuse Beijing's bid for the 2000 Games, claiming it is doing so on human rights grounds.

Of course, I am critical of China's human rights record, but one of the reasons China has made a bid for the Games, is because it wants to improve its international record.

2 Aug 1993 - 12:00am