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Personal bankruptcy law needed in China’s growing credit card society

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With the huge availability and take-up of consumer credit in China over the past five years, new legislation for consumer bankruptcy is necessary, argues Huifen YIN in an interview with Stacey Steele SS: Many people would be surprised to know China does not have a personal bankruptcy law. Why is there such a gap in […]

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New program aims to make China a society of book readers

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China’s new ‘quality’ reading program is about furthering the political aims of the Party–state, writes Yi Zheng In an official document entitled Reading Nationwide: a Program for the Thirteenth ‘Five-Year Plan, released on 27 December 2016, the Chinese State Administration for Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) outlined its blueprint for building a new […]

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China set to lead on global climate politics

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China is poised to step into the leadership void left by the Trump administration’s likely withdrawal from international climate politics, write Nicholas Procter and Benjamin Habib As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump left no ambiguity about the stance his government would take on climate change. He infamously tweeted that climate change was a hoax perpetrated […]

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China turns to ecology in search of ‘civilisation’

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From obscure origins, China’s ecological civilisation model has grown into an international movement In 2007, then Premier Hu Jintao announced that China would become an ‘ecological civilisation’, eschewing the previous development model that had seen economic growth take priority over environmental health. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has a history of using the concept of […]

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Navigating China’s archives

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Restricted access to the Chinese Foreign Ministry archive is a great loss for China scholars This June I published my first book, China–Japan Relations after World War Two: Empire, Industry and War, 1949–1971 (Cambridge University Press). The book examines a key puzzle in the China–Japan relationship: why, in the immediate aftermath of their bitterest war […]

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Television dating shows—China’s new matchmakers

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Love and marriage in today’s China are increasingly being conducted in the spotlight If not bread and butter, television dating shows have become an important ingredient of the Chinese diet. For singles, they are a platform for seeking potential spouses. For the mass audience, they are a topic for gossip. For the cultural elites, they […]