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Chinese New Year without Fireworks?

Every year in China, the newspapers can be guaranteed to carry stories of exploding fireworks factories that leave workers dead or reeling around the sites, trying to find their ears. On Feb. 2, last year, a tr...
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The One-Child Policy that Wasn’t

Great exaggeration has been made of the headline news from the just-ended Communist Party Central Committee Plenum about China ending its One Child policy. In the first place the policy is merely being “adjuste...
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Can China Really Urbanize?

Plenty of ideas for driving China toward being a modern economy are on view in the run-up to the Party Plenum – interest rate liberalization, rural land rights, abolition of the hukou system, competition for st...
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Caring for Asia’s Growing Elderly Population

What is Asia going to do with its rapidly aging population? Rapidly improving medical care, better diets and social safety nets mean that the so-called “homo hundred” – a term used to describe people living mor...
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The Smog Isn’t Just China’s Problem

The smog choking Beijing, Shanghai and even the northern city of Harbin is not simple industrialization, as much of the smoke comes from rudimentary heating and cooking stoves. But it is related – greatly incre...
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Vatican Diplomacy Looks to China

The new course set by Pope Francis with the reshuffle going on in key Vatican ranks could open a window of opportunity for a future rapprochement between the Holy See and China. For instance, while it has pe...