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Earlier this year, former San Francisco planning advisor Eugene Leong looked at the legacy of air pollution in San Francisco. Here he draws out ten key policy lessons for China's leadership.Recognize PM2.5 pollution as a complex problem that needs long-term solutions.There are literally thousands of sources of PM2.5 pollution, many of which are not well understood. Data on the problem—for example, on source...
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Many Chinese Are Surprised To Find How Much They Pay

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It is tax day in the United States, when many citizens groan and grumble at the size of their refund (what refund?) or scratch their heads as they try to maximize deductions. Our partners at Sohu recently published an infographic, which we have translated and adapted below, that reveals some of the hidden taxes that Chinese pay. The original graphic was removed from the website after netizens began commenting on its...
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SHANGHAI—This week, while U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s trip to China was underscoring bilateral tensions between the two powers, the Chinese masses were busy embracing another U.S. visitor. The Marvel superhero sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier—which (spoiler alert) sees World War II hero Steve Rogers adjusting to life in the twenty-first century after a seventy-year-long sleep, all while...
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A ChinaFile Conversation

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's whirlwind tour of China this week saw a tense exchange with his Chinese counterpart, Chang Wanquan, over the intention behind America's "pivot" to Asia, followed by a more measured back-and-forth with President Xi Jinping. Reactions to the visit have run the gamut, from fearful—that the U.S. is not ready for an unlikely but possible Chinese invasion of Japan—to reassuring,...
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Officials Ignoring Effects of More Meats, Sugars, and Oils

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Tom Levitt: What are the dietary changes going on in China today?Barry Popkin: There are three or four big changes taking place. Firstly, people in China are purchasing more and more of their food from retailers, be they convenience stores, medium-sized supermarkets, or mega-markets. And with this is coming an increase in the purchase of processed and prepackaged foods. Secondly, one of the biggest changes in terms...
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On March 18 some 200 Taiwanese, mostly college students, stormed the offices of Taiwan’s legislature, beginning a protest over a proposed trade agreement between the self-governed island and mainland China, which considers it a “renegade province.” The deal’s advocates, including Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou who favors closer ties with the mainland, say it will boost trade and create jobs. But the...
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Some might say, “a half-million Taiwanese can’t be wrong.” That’s how many islanders descended upon their capital city, Taipei, on March 30 to shout their support for the several thousand students who have occupied the nation’s legislature for the past two weeks in a so-far successful bid to derail Taiwan’s sweeping new Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) with China.{article, 5311}By Wednesday morning,...
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