Date
24 February 2019

SC Yeung

EJ Insight writer
  • Innovation could help steel and other traditional manufacturing industries to resolve overcapacity problems. Photo: Bloomberg

    POLICY WATCH: Innovation to fuel economic restructuring

    - Nov 8, 2013 7:00am
    China’s old reputation as the world’s factory no longer holds true as rising wages and lack of workers with adequate skills are prompting some global manufacturers to relocate to other countries in Asia and elsewhere. Which is...
  • Implementation of reforms at the local level will be key to their broader success. Photo: Bloomberg

    POLICY WATCH: Local hands key to unlocking national reform

    - Nov 7, 2013 7:12am
    For months Beijing’s focus has been on one big idea: overhauling the way the government operates to pave the way for structural changes to the economy. It involves pushing the authorities to the market sidelines so...
  • China's leaders are realizing that the anti-corruption drive is a complicated and long-haul process. Photo: Bloomberg

    POLICY WATCH: No let-up in the anti-graft fight

    - Nov 7, 2013 7:00am
    As the ruling elite were readying for a key policy-setting meeting in Beijing, the Chinese Communist Party’s top disciplinary body sent a fresh signal that it will not step back from its campaign against corruption and...
  • Mainland authorities want internet firms to promote the Chinese dream to their users. Photo: Bloomberg

    POLICY WATCH: China’s dream state of virtual harmony

    - Nov 6, 2013 6:48am
    Social media may be a useful way for individuals on the mainland to express discontent with government officials but its true social purpose should be much bigger. Lu Wei {魯煒}, Minister of the State Internet Information Office,...
  • TV stations have been told to tone down promotions and keep them off prime time. Photo: Bloomberg

    POLICY WATCH: Govt targets ‘infomercial’ pollution

    - Nov 6, 2013 6:47am
    China’s television broadcasters are being told to clean up their act and keep prime time free of “infomercial” pollution. Starting Jan. 1, they will not be allowed to air shopping-related shows between 6 p.m. and midnight...
  • China is targeting 36 million affordable homes by 2015 covering 20 percent of all residential areas. Photo: Reuters

    POLICY WATCH: Xi Jinping restates housing agenda

    - Nov 5, 2013 6:59am
    President Xi Jinping {習近平} wants construction of affordable homes speeded up and imbalances in allocating completed units tackled — another sign the central government is getting impatient with the slow progress of the national housing program....
  • Food safety remains a pressing concern in China. Photo: Bloomberg

    POLICY WATCH: More teeth for food safety law

    - Nov 5, 2013 6:58am
    Food safety is a recurrent concern in China, given the array of scandals in recent years over tainted products ranging from baby food to meat and cooking oils, to name just a few. As people’s anger...
  • The new law provides better protection to online shoppers and help ensure hassle-free transactions in cyberspace. Photo: Bloomberg

    POLICY WATCH: New law seeks to protect rights of online shoppers

    - Nov 4, 2013 6:46am
    Whether it’s because of the convenience, the fabulous discounts, the variety of goods being offered or all of these, Chinese consumers have taken to online shopping with much relish. Today, e-commerce accounts for more than 5...
  • China aims to make it easier for entrepreneurs to set up small businesses. Photo: Reuters

    POLICY WATCH: Helping more start-ups get off the ground

    - Nov 4, 2013 6:45am
    As the Communist Party’s Central Committee prepares to hold a key policy meeting in November, China’s cabinet has unveiled a corporate registration system reform that aims to ease market access for smaller firms and stimulate private...
  • Photo: Bloomberg

    POLICY WATCH: Keeping up in the information age

    - Nov 1, 2013 6:32am
    As new communications technologies begin changing the face of society, Chinese authorities are putting fresh emphasis on promoting informatization to drive social and economic development, deeming the initiative as vital in the nation’s broader push to...
  • A freer hand for commercialization of scientific and technological innovations is vital for China's R&D sector. Photo: Bloomberg

    POLICY WATCH: The long road to R&D success

    - Oct 31, 2013 6:55am
    China has seen its expenditure on research and development (R&D) as a proportion of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) rise steadily in recent years, boosting the country’s innovation capabilities. But it is still a halfway...
  • Each stage of construction is geared toward the safety of the entire railway network. Photo: Reuters

    POLICY WATCH: Better late than sorry

    - Oct 30, 2013 6:32am
    Remember Wenzhou? In July 2011, the coastal city of three million in Zhejiang province was the scene of a horrific high-speed train crash that killed 40 people. In its aftermath, the government ordered a nationwide review...
  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has stressed the need to consolidate the gains of the past with more reforms. Photo: Reuters

    POLICY WATCH: Staying the course on reforms

    - Oct 29, 2013 6:43am
    Encouraged by the recent positive data, China’s leaders plan to push the reforms button further to provide fresh impetus to the economy and lay the ground for long-term sustainable growth. Outlining the need for more action was...
  • POLICY WATCH: TV stations get a reality check with new guideline

    - Oct 28, 2013 6:32am
    Television stations in China are bracing for a tighter operating environment as authorities seek to further limit reality TV shows, talent contests and other populist entertainment in a bid to promote diversified and locally produced programming,...
  • An employee holds back passengers at a bus stop outside the main railway station in Hefei

    POLICY WATCH: Time to break with tarnished holiday system?

    - Oct 25, 2013 7:05am
    Twice a year, every year China’s tourist sites and transport systems are swamped by a deluge visitors as the nation’s workers all take the week off. The seven-day breaks in May and October are called golden...
  • POLICY WATCH: Transparency seen in a new light

    - Oct 24, 2013 6:59am
    China’s army of bureaucrats has just received its latest marching orders: No more beating around the bush. In an Oct. 15 circular, the State Council, China’s cabinet, told them to be upfront, prompt and cordial when...
  • POLICY WATCH: China smartens up national logistics ambitions

    - Oct 23, 2013 6:48am
    If plans don’t miscarry, China will have a “smart” logistics park in every major city. When that would be depends on the speed and efficiency of their roll-out. The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the...
  • POLICY WATCH: Beijing takes the knife to industrial excess

    - Oct 22, 2013 7:13am
    Five years. That’s how long China is giving itself to cut overcapacity in a range of industries regarded as some of the biggest obstacles to economic reform. To get there, Beijing has mapped out a route...
  • POLICY WATCH: Private capital tapped to boost health services

    - Oct 21, 2013 7:04am
    China has opened the health service industry to private capital to meet the people’s growing demand for such services while boosting public consumption as an engine of economic growth. The State Council, the nation’s cabinet, has...
  • POLICY WATCH: High-speed rail a ticket to better Sino-Thai ties?

    - Oct 17, 2013 6:36am
    He promoted it in the Thai Parliament. He promoted it in meetings with Thailand’s prime minister. He promoted it at an exhibition in Bangkok. In his trip to the Southeast Asian nation earlier this month, Premier...

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