Urbanization and its discontents
China is now entering an urban age. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, China's urban population reached 690 million in 2011, accounting for 51.27 percent of the total population.
WTO ruling on China not justifiable
On Jan 30, the World Trade Organization Appellate Body released its reports on China's appeal against a WTO Panel report on its exports of raw materials on July 5, 2011.
Trade essential for growth
Premier Wen Jiabao made clear the Chinese government's stance on the European debt crisis during German Chancellor Angela Merkel's fifth official visit to China since taking office.
How to boost agro-technology
The priority of the No 1 Document of the Chinese central government has changed from water conservancy investment in 2011 to agricultural science and technology in 2012.
Promoting innovation in science and technology for agriculture as the main theme of this year's No 1 document not only demonstrates the central authorities' concern for agriculture. It also points to their consideration for the long-term development of agriculture.
Luxury shoppers ring alarm bells
In the United States, Chinese and Brazilian tourists have become the top spenders. On average, a Chinese tourist spends $6,200, compared with the $4,000 average for foreign tourists to the US.
High-tech edge is needed
China's long-held, low-cost manufacturing advantages are dwindling and it must make greater inputs into innovation.
Transparency needed to fight pollution
How can transparency and better information disclosure help solve the heavy metal pollution problem China is facing today? The cadmium pollution incident in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region provides a vivid example.
Costly meal for Hainan
When a tourist to Hainan Island complained on his micro blog that he was charged 3,600 yuan ($571) for a simple three-dish meal at a seafood stall in Sanya during the Spring Festival holiday, local government officials responded to the widespread criticism it triggered by saying it had received no complaints about the service industry during the holiday week.
Protectionism won't help
Are these protectionist measures the right remedy for solving the US' grim unemployment problem?
Tighter supervision needed
That efforts to dilute the cadmium content in the Longjiang River in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region are still being made, more than two weeks after it was first discovered, shows the seriousness of the contamination.
Tapping growth potential
China's economic growth declined to 9.2 percent in 2011, down from 10.4 percent a year earlier, as the result of the tightened monetary and banking policies adopted to rein in inflation. This moderate decline is within government expectations and still overshadows economic performance in the rest of the world.