Tourism and China’s Development

Written by David Airey, In our book dealing with the development of tourism in China since 1949 we emphasise the significance of the public-policy making context and point to the ways in which, in this policy environment, tourism, at least during the early years of change after 1978, was often in the vanguard of, and pointed the …

The Future of Green Construction in China

Written by Sha Yu. China, as the world’s largest carbon emitter and energy consumer, also has the world’s largest construction market. In the past five years, China has added around 3 billion square metres of building floorspace annually (China Statistical Yearbook 2014, Table 10-7). The building floorspace in China today exceeds that of the United …

Preventing Smog Crisis: New Thinking for Energy Policy-Making in China

Written by Jingzheng Ren and Liang Dong. China’s smog crisis and air pollution has become an inescapable topic once more. Almost in the same period as the Indonesian haze made the headlines, China has also been suffering from severe smog, in which straw burning is one of the culprits, despite local governments’ efforts to provide environmental-friendly …

Global labour regimes and local policies: the Chinese-run fast fashion industry in Prato, Italy.

Written by Antonella Ceccagno. With much fanfare, the first results of an ongoing three-year project concerning the legalisation of productive activities are now being presented in Prato, the most famous Italian industrial district. The FACE 新面貌

Competition and collaboration between Chinese and Italian industries and cluster-to-cluster relations

Written by Marco Bellandi and Annalisa Caloffi. A research program begun more than 10 years ago allowed us to look more closely at the relationship between Italy and China. During the course of the 1990s and early 2000s, the two countries competed for first position in world exports of a number of products, including textiles, clothing, …

Migrant children in China: Identity and Stigma

Written by Mingchao Zhou. Established in the 1950s, the hukou system still controls and regulates the settlement of rural migrants in cities. Children of people who have migrated to cities are targeted by specific school policies and subject to categorization and segregation in specific schools. In order to understand how this school segregation is implemented …

Uncertain Encounters: African Migrant Entrepreneurs and Chinese Manufacturers

Written by  Nellie Chu. In Guangzhou the arrival of transnational migrant entrepreneurs from countries across Africa has captured the attention of a growing number of scholars, artists, and documentary film makers. Their works have described in rich detail the complexities of these migrants’ experiences as they labor to establish their work and family lives in …

Challenges to health service systems in China and India

Written by Madhurima Nundy. The historical pathway for the emergence of China and India as global players has been different. The different political regimes have shaped the development of the economy and social sectors. These socio-economic and political differences have shaped health service development in both countries. While up to the 1970s the pathway of health …

Why did George Osborne visit Xinjiang?

Written by Michael Reilly. This week the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer (Finance Minister), George Osborne, made a flying visit to Urumqi following the meeting of the China-UK Strategic and Economic Dialogue. In doing so, he became the first British Minister to visit China’s restive Xinjiang Autonomous Region. According to the Financial Times, in March this …

Stock market volatility in China is not a harbinger for growth collapse

Written by Shang-Jin Wei. It would be a sad end to an amazing story. An economic miracle – one that lifted 300 million people from poverty and shifted the world’s economic center of gravity  – collapsing under the weight of risky investments and a financial crisis. This seems to be the theme about the Chinese …