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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

Caixin

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.

Environment

01.15.2015

China-Latin America Summit ‘A Missed Opportunity’ on Low-Carbon Energy

The first major meeting of Chinese and Latin American leaders agreed closer cooperation on trade, investment, and industry, but is more likely to usher in deals on oil and gas rather than renewable energy, analysts said in response to a...

Caixin Media

01.12.2015

China Turning Gray Over Pension Reform Stress

About 8,000 teachers in the northeastern city of Zhaodong stayed home for three days in November to protest an experimental pension scheme they called tantamount to a pay cut. The teachers claimed they’d been illegally forced to...

From ‘Made in China’ to ‘Made in Africa’

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden

A growing number of Chinese companies are looking to outsource production overseas in a bid to lower costs and meet Beijing’s increasingly stringent environmental laws. Ethiopia and South Africa are among the beneficiaries of this new...

Caixin Media

01.09.2015

Baby Hatch Programs Struggle to Cope With Number of Infants With Birth Defects

Caixin

Giving birth to her first baby granted Zheng Yuling no happiness, but instead brought pain and sadness. The seriously ill girl died hours after birth, and Zheng’s husband, Chen Dafu, was arrested on suspicion he abandoned the newborn...

Infographics

01.09.2015

Think Renting in Your City is Bad? Try Beijing

David M. Barreda

Compared with the numbers of a few years ago, first and second tier cities in China have an oversupply of stock on the housing market. Additionally, restrictions on multiple-home purchases are easing and “expected to be eased completely,”...

Other

12.30.2014

A Look Back at 2014

The Editors

It’s hard to believe, but ChinaFile is almost two years old. It’s been an exciting year for us, and, as ever, an eventful year for China. It was a year of muscular leadership from Xi Jinping, who has now been in office just over two years...

Photo Gallery

12.30.2014

Seeing China in 2014

David M. Barreda

In 2014, ChinaFile published great original work in photography. As always, we worked to look beyond stereotypical images of the country to find nuanced representations of the new and ChinaFile contributors’ commentary on it. Still, many...

Books

12.23.2014

Top Five China Books of 2014

Laura Chang

As the editor of ChinaFile’s Books section, I have the privilege of meeting and interviewing some amazing writers covering China today—academics, journalists, scholars, activists. Based on these conversations, we create short videos of the...

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