The issue of food safety is very important to China, particularly in rural areas that lack control and supervision. Although the Chinese government has stepped up supervision of food and dairy products and liquor sold in rural areas at all points in the supply chain, it has to take more effective measures to ensure food safety.
There has been widespread anger among the public in recent years over the numerous service charges imposed by Chinese banks, but so far the banks have turned a blind eye to these concerns. And their arrogant disregard for the public still lingers even after a government rule was introduced that abolished some of the charges.
If desirable urbanization makes a difference to the success of China's modernization, whether community autonomy can be smoothly realized will have a bearing on the role urbanization plays in promoting social harmony and political stability.
Sept 1 sees the first rise in the individual income tax threshold since March 1 2008. The previous increase of tax-free earnings from 1,600 yuan ($251) to 2,000 yuan a month lifted the percentage of population not required to pay income tax from 50 percent to 70 percent.
China's manufacturing industry is showing a declining trend, with production likely to drop again in the third quarter of this year. This is the greatest challenge the industry has faced since the global financial crisis.