The national public service exam, or guokao as it is known in Mandarin, is a hotly contested annual event, with this year’s entrants having just a one-in-60 chance of success. Photo: Xinhua

China’s civil service exam attracts 1.4 million applicants with eyes on the prize of an ‘iron rice bowl’ job

  • The national public service exam, or guokao as it is known in Mandarin, is a hotly contested annual event, with this year’s entrants having just a 1-in-60 chance
  • Most popular positions are at the National Archives Administration and State Administration for Market Regulation, report says
Topic |   China economy

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The national public service exam, or guokao as it is known in Mandarin, is a hotly contested annual event, with this year’s entrants having just a one-in-60 chance of success. Photo: Xinhua
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China’s consumer price index jumped to 3.8 per cent in October, the highest since January 2012. Photo: Reuters

China’s rising prices, driven by pork crisis, leaving a bad taste in the mouths of Chinese consumers, businesses

  • China’s consumer price index jumped to 3.8 per cent in October, the highest since January 2012, driven by the price of pork doubling from a year earlier
  • Businesses are on the verge of closing, while the make-up of the Chinese dinner table is changing, after African swine fever destroyed the pig population
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China’s consumer price index jumped to 3.8 per cent in October, the highest since January 2012. Photo: Reuters
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