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02.25.2015

The Sun Kings

Mark L. Clifford

In 1992, Shi Zhengrong completed his doctorate and found himself an expert in a field that wasn’t quite ready for him. He’d studied physics at Australia’s University of New South Wales, focusing on crystalline technology, the basic...

Books

02.25.2015

The Greening of Asia

Mark L. Clifford

One of Asia’s best-respected writers on business and economy, Hong Kong-based author Mark L. Clifford provides a behind-the-scenes look at what companies in China, India, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, and Thailand...

China’s Mystery Transportation Infrastructure Deal with the African Union

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden, James Schneider

It’s not really news anymore when China announces yet another massive infrastructure construction deal in Africa. Typically these deals are done at the national level, so when Beijing and the African Union signed a major transport...

Books

02.10.2015

The People’s Republic of Chemicals

Maverick environmental writers William J. Kelly and Chip Jacobs follow up their acclaimed Smogtown with a provocative examination of China’s ecological calamity already imperiling a warming planet. Toxic smog most people figured was...

Media

02.05.2015

Why Chinese Promote Confining New Mothers for a Month

Rachel Lu

HONG KONG—Giving birth is never easy, but for new Chinese mothers the month following a baby’s arrival is particularly fraught. Immediately after I became pregnant for the first time, I started to hear about zuoyuezi, or “sitting the month...

Infographics

02.03.2015

Wealthy Chinese Are Fleeing the Country Like Mad

David M. Barreda

Last year, Chinese millionaires maxed out the quota for EB-5 visas under the U.S.’s Immigrant Investor Program, and recently it was reported that 90% of Australia’s Significant Investor visas were given to Chinese nationals. All over the...

Sinica Podcast

02.02.2015

Shanghai and the Future Now

Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn, Anna Greenspan

Expats in Beijing may be partial to our rugged smogtropolis, but even the most diehard northerner will admit that Shanghai is the more romantic of the two cities, with its very name conjuring up images of 19th century opium dens, jazz bars...

Photo Gallery

02.02.2015

Rolling In It

Lauren Greenfield

How one might best translate “Bling Dynasty” into Chinese, I have no real idea. (Maybe “A Possessor of Uncouth Wealth,” Tuhao wangchao (土豪王朝), “Era of Dazzlement,” Liangxia shidai (亮瞎时代), or even the more straightforward “Bling Dynasty,”...

Excerpts

01.28.2015

The View from Wasteland

Michael Meyer

In winter the land is frozen and still. A cloudless sky shines off snow-covered rice paddies, reflecting light so bright, you have to shield your eyes. I lean into a stinging wind and trudge north up Red Flag Road, to a village named ...

Caixin Media

01.27.2015

China Boots Up an Internet Banking Industry

Premier Li Keqiang recently launched a new era for banking in China by ceremonially pressing the “confirm” button for a 35,000 yuan loan issued to a Shenzhen truck driver. Li’s gesture on January 4 on behalf of Shenzhen Qianhai WeBank was...

Conversation

01.26.2015

Does Size Matter? (In the U.S. and Chinese Economies, That Is...)

Taisu Zhang

Last week, President Obama’s State of the Union Address touted a U.S. economic recovery.

Sinica Podcast

01.26.2015

Inside the Property Revolution

Jeremy Goldkorn

Luigi Tomba, expert on municipal government in China, fellow at the Australian Centre on China and the World, and author of the book The Government Next Door: Neighborhood Politics in Urban China, is this week’s Sinica Podcast guest. Since...

Media

01.22.2015

Xi Jinping’s Pay Raise

Alexa Olesen

It just got slightly less difficult to be a clean Chinese official. State media reported on January 20 that Chinese civil servants had received their first pay raise in ten years, a move that includes a 60 percent bump for President Xi...

Caixin Media

01.20.2015

Good Times Are Over for Local Governments

Two pieces of recent news have piqued the public’s interest. First, local governments reported their latest debt figures to the Ministry of Finance. The numbers have not been made public, but sources say many officials reported large...

Environment

01.16.2015

Can the Potato Help Feed China, Cut Pollution, and Alleviate Drought?

The Ministry of Agriculture’s move to make potatoes an increasingly important staple in Chinese kitchens, including the propagation of recipes that rely on the humble tuber, at first glance might appear slightly odd and surprising.

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