China Policy Institute Blog

One More Challenge for China: The Growing Burden of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs).

Written by Tsung-Mei Cheng. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have become a major component of China’s disease burden in recent years. As of 2012 NCDs accounted for 70% of the total disease burden and 70% of total national health expenditure in China. The problem poses a major challenge not only to China’s health care system, but also …

Repairing the safety net: The challenges for health care reform in China.

Written by Alex Jingwei He. Everybody talks about China’s rise as a global power but few appreciate the fragility of its social welfare system, especially in the area of health care. An average Chinese household reputedly saves as much as 30 per cent of its total income, an incredulous amount by Western standards. What’s often …

Where is China’s Textile and Apparel Industry Going?

Written by Sheng Lu and Marsha A. Dickson. China is well known as the largest textile and apparel (T&A) producer and exporter in the world, yet China’s T&A industry is also under-going tremendous restructuring and transformation. This article intends to shed light on the broad landscape of China’s T&A industry in the years ahead. Capturing where …

Unequal Opportunities, Unequal Outcomes

Written by Jane Golley. In the six and a half decades since the foundation of the People’s Republic, China has achieved remarkable advances in educating its vast population. This increase in human capital has contributed to, and in recent decades been facilitated by, the rapid rates of economic growth that have transformed China into the …

Voices from China’s Rural Ethnic Margins

Written by Jinting Wu. In the broad strokes of media accounts, China presents a success story in education. Not only are many foreign universities vying to tap into its rich educational appetite by setting up offshore campuses, its “ruthlessly dedicated students” both home and abroad have impressed the world. In the 2010 Programme for International Student Assessment …

Left-behind children: Who to blame?

Written by Xiaogang Wu. A tragedy took place in June 2015 in the countryside of Guizhou Province, China. A local family of four brothers and sisters in Bijie, the oldest 13 and the youngest only 5, committed collective suicidal by taking poison. In 2012, also in Guizhou, five homeless children were found dying in dumpsters—it was …

Migrant Children’s Education

Written by Anita Koo. During the past three decades, China has experienced massive rural-to-urban migration as people leave the farmlands to search for higher income jobs in the cities. Since the beginning of the 2000’s rural migrants have increasingly brought their families with them when they relocate to the cities. In 2010, there were approximately 35.8 million ‘migrant …

Education in China – A Historical Perspective

Written by Nan Li. China has a long tradition in valuing education and respecting teachers. There is a cultural root for this tradition. Historically, teachers are categorized as government officials. For instance, long before China’s unificatio

School Education for Migrant Children in Urban China

Written by Ting Liu, Kathryn Holmes and James Albright. China’s rapid economic growth during the past 30 years has fuelled an increased demand for skilled workers, and has resulted in unprecedented internal migration to urban centres. In turn, the focus has turned to the provision of education, particularly in cities, as children previously educated in rural …

China’s Responsiveness to Internet Opinion: A Double-Edged Sword

Written by Jonathan Hassid. China’s obvious press censorship can mask the surprising reality that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) responds quickly to public opinion, especially when it is expressed online. The system strongly discourages political discussion and criticism but is highly responsive to incidents that evade the gauntlet of censorship and capture public attention. Commentators, reporters …