Date
17 September 2019

SC Yeung

EJ Insight writer
  • China's leaders have to manage the country's shrinking pool of workers and the challenges to urbanization. Photo: Bloomberg

    POLICY WATCH: Racing against a demographic tide

    - Nov 13, 2013 6:29am
    One is a demographic tide that it must race against and the other is a wave it wants to ride to greater prosperity. At the Communist Party’s direction-setting meeting in Beijing from Nov. 9, China’s leaders...
  • General Economy Images As Li Pledges Graft-Smog Battle

    POLICY WATCH: Life under a blanket of smog

    - Nov 12, 2013 6:30am
    Stung by criticism over the lack of effective response to the choking smog that frequently shrouds major Chinese cities, Beijing has announced some measures to contain the damage during the worst periods and protect people’s health....
  • As the gift-giving season approaches

    POLICY WATCH: When you care enough to send the very best, don’t!

    - Nov 11, 2013 6:41am
    What’s wrong with sending greeting cards? A lot of things, if you’re a government official or a boss at a state-owned enterprise, according to the Communist Party’s anti-graft watchdog. On Nov. 1, the Central Commission for Discipline...
  • Most of China's electricity comes from coal-fired power stations like this one in Ordos

    POLICY WATCH: China’s hands-on approach to freer energy prices

    - Nov 8, 2013 7:01am
    One number released late last month was enough to signal that China’s natural gas pricing reforms still have some way to go. In the third quarter, energy major PetroChina Co. Ltd. (00857.HK) reported a net loss...
  • 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...