Social Policy

Parents sue to recoup huge tuition losses amid China’s education crackdown

Private tutoring firms are collapsing across China, leaving angry customers out thousands of dollars. Meanwhile, some tutors look to cash in via a burgeoning black market, but others are being forced to leave China.

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On or off? Power crunch causes chaos, uncertainty in China’s northeast

After poor planning by local governments and grid operators, a severe shortage of coal continues to fuel questions about when the rolling blackouts will come to an end.

14 Oct 2021 - 11:00PM
Gripped by an energy crisis, China liberalises power pricing

China says electricity generated from coal will be fully liberalised and industrial and commercial users will buy power at market prices.

13 Oct 2021 - 6:30AM
China’s ‘golden week’ travel spending down 40 per cent from pre-pandemic 2019

Local outbreaks of the coronavirus Delta variant across the country also scared many consumers into staying home and tightening their purse strings.

8 Oct 2021 - 8:15PM
Xinjiang’s debt-heavy state firms pose hidden risk to local government

Debt issued by the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, a quasi-military entity in Washington’s cross hairs, has surged in recent years to fund social and security spending.

8 Oct 2021 - 9:12AM
Giving China’s migrants local status could offer 30 per cent spending boost

Granting city residents full urban hukou status would unleash potential spending, according to People’s Bank of China’s monetary policy committee member Cai Fang.

7 Oct 2021 - 9:31PM
‘Golden week’ travel down by a third as China’s consumers stay home

Chinese officials advised against unnecessary travel and gatherings over the ‘golden week’ holiday, citing the risk of further coronavirus outbreaks.

7 Oct 2021 - 10:09PM
Could China’s top theme parks offer a ‘model’ for tourism development?

Theme parks from big global names like Universal Studios and Legoland offer a model for development of more high-end tourism products in China, analysts say.

2 Oct 2021 - 10:51PM
Will Beijing let electricity prices be raised to stop rolling blackouts?

China’s top economic planner vows to increase coal imports and release coal-production capacity to address the nation’s worst power crunch in years, while analysts say power companies must be allowed to charge more.

30 Sep 2021 - 11:20AM
Births in China’s Anhui province are ‘falling off a cliff’, new data shows

Births in the central Chinese province of Anhui will drop by 17.8 per cent this year compared to 2020, indicating the fertility rate is ‘falling off a cliff’, the government says.

29 Sep 2021 - 9:43PM
Local travel saves China’s Covid-hit tourism market from Mid-Autumn doldrums

Short holidays and local tourism saved the day for Mid-Autumn Festival travel, but tour agencies, airlines and railways that rely on longer trips did not fare as well.

29 Sep 2021 - 4:30AM
Which is to blame for China’s power supply crisis – coal shortage, or Beijing?

Over half of mainland China’s 31 provincial-level jurisdictions are rationing electricity as they race to meet Beijing’s annual emissions reduction targets, but analysts are also pointing to the rising price of thermal coal.

30 Sep 2021 - 11:27AM
Why young Chinese are shunning fast fashion giants for local brands

International brands like H&M and Urban Outfitters are being forced to rethink their strategies in China amid changing consumer preferences for fashion.

27 Sep 2021 - 7:27AM
‘The tips are minimal’: China’s desperate tour guides try live-streaming

Struggling Chinese tour guides have begun live-streaming on video platforms such as Douyin during the coronavirus pandemic to make up for lost business.

21 Sep 2021 - 4:07PM
China’s Covid-hit travel market faces new test after Fujian outbreak

Before the Delta outbreak started last week, there were signs China’s travel market was recovering after a bleak summer. But fresh lockdowns and transport restrictions pose a new threat.

16 Sep 2021 - 10:12PM
More young Chinese couldn’t find jobs – then Beijing began its crackdowns

Beijing’s regulatory crackdowns on key industries heap further pressure on the nation’s weak jobs sector amid more signs of a broad economic slowdown.

21 Sep 2021 - 1:36PM
Explainer | Common prosperity and dual circulation? China’s economic buzzwords unpacked

China’s leaders have begun using new economic vocabulary to describe their latest development priorities, from tackling inequality to improving industrial chain efficiency.

12 Sep 2021 - 8:15PM
Common-prosperity push has China’s rich and poor asking: ‘What’s next?’

Beijing’s ambitious strategy to more evenly distribute the nation’s wealth is one of the buzziest topics on Chinese people’s minds these days, with lofty hopes intermixed with questions and concerns.

11 Sep 2021 - 10:15AM