Xiao Yu

A summer spent in parenting practice

'After tucking them in for their afternoon naps, I found the Barbie doll lying barefoot on the floor; the shoes had been taken off by the two children! What a cute scene! It made me laugh,' university student Chen Wentian says.

Tuesday, 6 September, 2011, 12:00am

Newspaper director out of jail early

Executive's six-year sentence cut to three, but bold tabloid's former manager must serve another year

A former director of the Southern Metropolis News has been released after completing half of his six-year jail term for corruption, but the newspaper's former manager is serving out an eight-year sentence.

14 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Beijing women sate sexual appetite with new dish of the day

Beijing is famous for its duck. Since the first roast duck restaurant opened in the city nearly 500 years ago, Peking duck - served finely sliced, with crisp skin and succulent meat, wrapped in a delicate pancake pasted with plum sauce - has been one of China's signature dishes.

22 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Sadly ever after

While wartime 'comfort woman' Yuan Zhulin's ashes will be laid to rest in a Wuhan Catholic church in June, her adopted daughter, Xiao Mao, knows that the stigma of her mother's past will continue to haunt her.

22 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Cadre system overhaul designed to cut graft

Party officials have issued a new directive requiring all levels of government and state bodies to prepare for an overhaul of the cadre system to stamp out corruption and other malpractices.

15 Aug 2000 - 12:00am

Cadres targeted in graft-busting blitz

The Communist Party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection has suggested a series of measures to strengthen the supervision of the Government to prevent corruption.

One measure is to push ahead with separating enterprises from the Government to prevent abuses by officials.

1 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Overseas firms give job relief

FOREIGN enterprises based on the mainland have become an important source of re-employment for laid-off state workers.

The 300,000 foreign enterprises that have opened since 1980 have provided 17 million jobs, about 70 per cent of them industrial.

19 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

Graduates tested by gloomy job prospects

University graduates are increasingly concerned as government restructuring and lay-offs at state-owned enterprises cast gloom over job prospects.

Provincial governments and tertiary institutions this year stepped up their efforts to find work for graduates and some have organised large-scale recruitment trade fairs.

17 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Rising star on tour

Tang Jiaxuan, who has been travelling with Mr Zhu in London, is seen as a rising star in both the party and Government.

Mr Tang has been charged with establishing foreign policy lines and boosting China's international status, analysts say.

He will also try to create a successful domestic trading environment for multinational business.

3 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Cheap foreign newsprint threatens jobs

High-quality cheap imported newsprint is threatening to overrun the mainland market.

Its emergence has resulted in heavy overstocking of domestic newsprint and some newsprint production companies going bankrupt.

14 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Worker brain-drain reaches crisis point

THE shortage of talented people in the mainland's workforce has reached a crisis point, according to a survey.

With highly qualified people going overseas and a lack of new blood, the situation had become 'very serious', said a survey by the China Old Age Association.

26 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Export of workers eases growing unemployment

Labour authorities plan to 'export' more workers to relieve growing unemployment.

'A huge number of workers, suspended by state-run enterprises under reforms in recent years, are finding new jobs overseas,' said an official of the China Foreign Labour Service Company.

20 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Public puts hope in future

The majority of Chinese are dissatisfied with their current situation, but most believe in a brighter future, a survey has shown.

A study by the social research department of the State Commission for Restructuring the Economy dissected and traced the psychological changes of the mainland Chinese towards economic reforms over the past 10 years.

5 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Chefs wild about the past

WILD vegetables, staple food for the poor in China in the 1950s and 1960s, have become favourite dishes of gourmets in Beijing today.

Aside from being the latest in Beijing's remember-the-old-days trend, the craze for wild vegetables also reflects people's desire for fresh, natural food.

23 Nov 1994 - 12:00am