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China's Congress Revitalizes NDRC
Caught in a current of reform that has spun off five new "super ministries", the NDRC, a colossus of Chinese bureaucracy, is being re-defined.
3月21日 19:13
Officials Weave China's Housing Safety Net
The last of our five-part special on the "five haves" delves on guaranteed housing in China. With the days of housing allotments arranged under the planned economy long gone, the Chinese government is now looking to guarantee housing through market means.
3月19日 14:42
Calls for Tax and Budget Reform Echoed at Congresses
Against the backdrop of China's state revenues growing faster than its GDP, representatives at the country's top legislative sessions called for lower taxes and more transparency.
3月14日 20:23
State Council Reform: Break Down, Rebuild, Rinse, and Repeat
Two new reform plans take up the torch for a leaner State Council with clearer jurisdictions for its member organs. But can it make sense of managing China's colossal energy resources?
3月6日 19:25
Expert: China's Price Intervention Six Months at Most
Interviews: The Chinese government's interventions in food prices have stirred concerns among businesses. The EO interviews a government official and a market researcher.
2月21日 14:25
Shi Yajun: Surveying the Chinese Government
In what is possibly the largest ever survey on Chinese government administration since 1949, academics go from province to province to interview officials and collect data. The EO has an exclusive interview with Shi Yajun, director of the project.
1月23日 18:52
Drafter: China's State Asset Bill Still Flawed
Despite 15 years of deliberation and significant progress, the latest draft of a state-owned assets bill still leaves much to be desired, says Li Shuguang, a drafter.
1月10日 15:02
Tax Reform in 2008
China's Finance Minister has provided clues to the major emphasis of 2008's tax reforms, including VAT amendments and environmental tax studies.
1月2日 13:32
Central Dossier No. 1 to Focus on Agriculture
The Chinese government is expected to highlight agriculture issues and raising rural incomes in the next of its annual policy priority reports.
12月25日 18:29
New Party Chiefs in Chongqing and Guangdong
Two new party leaders are taking charge of Chongqing and Guangdong, fueling hopes of further reform and opening up.
12月20日 13:45
China Welcomes its First Judge in WTO
An exclusive interview with Zhang Yuejiao, the first Chinese national who has made it into the WTO appellate body. Zhang reflects on her career and shares a lighther side of her personality with EO journalist Meng Fanhong.
12月5日 14:19
Limiting Foreign Investment in Real Estate
The Chinese government has passed stricter guidelines on foreign investment in real estate, chiefly to prevent the manipulation of prices on residential units.
11月13日 17:35
Drug Price Reform in Crisis
A year after the Department of Health began a drug price reform pilot in Beijing, government funding and drug inventories at clinics are drying up, leaving many customers unable to buy the medicine they rely on.
11月1日 17:56
Spending Spree for the Bureaucracy
The government has urged various ministries to spend the rest of their budgets on time or risk having cuts next year. The call has led to a knee-jerk reaction, but are the funds being well-spent?
10月26日 15:36
The Lowest Subway Fare in China
Against the backdrop of an emerging traffic crisis, Beijing has slashed subway fares and introduced unlimited transfers to coax commuters into leaving their keys at home.
10月10日 12:35
SEPA: After the Storm
Months after the state environmental watchdog shut down a slew of polluting businesses, a city on the brink of an environmental meltdown turns around key industries.
9月17日 22:05
Audit Storm is a Paper Tiger
The National Audit Office has wrapped up the latest report in its "audit storm", but the sweeping malfeasance discovered has still gone unpunished.
7月27日 18:30
Cadres in Hubei: The Right Stuff
Hubei province is in the midst of a pilot project to scatter its best and brightest throughout the countryside to manage towns and villages with official sanction. But it's not good news to all...
5月30日 11:30
The World's Largest Umbrella
An interview with Guan Zhiqiang reveals sobering figures about the current state of China's health care system.
5月10日 19:16
Closing the Income Inequality Gap
An influential report is driving dialogue and policy-making towards closing China's widening income gap.
3月16日 18:59


NDRC Sets Benchmark Price for
The new benchmark price is likely to help boost the profitability of photovoltaic projects and encourage more investment...
China Shuts Down 583 Lead-acid
A total of 583 lead-acid battery manufacturing plants have been shut down over recent months as part of a campaign to st...
Reluctant Transparency
Central government departments grudgingly reveal glimpses of spending on cars, overseas tr


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