A new chapter in China’s electricity market reform

Written by Xiying Liu. After more than a decade of stagnation in the field of electricity market reform, the Government of China has started a new round of reform in its electricity market and industry. The official document that initiated this reform is entitled “Further strengthening the institutional reform of electric power industry”. Major tasks of the …

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 …

What “quiet diplomacy” drowns out

Written by Jackie Sheehan. When China specialists are called upon to brief companies making their first foray into the market, the presentation will always include the advice: “don’t confront your Chinese partners. Never use ultimatums, because backing down means losing face.” There is a sound cultural basis for this advice, and it’s nearly always worth …

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 …

The Health of the ‘Left-behind Parents’

Written by Zhong ZHAO. Statistics in 2012 showed that 194 million Chinese were 60 years old and over, accounting for 14.3% of the total Chinese population. Of these senior citizens, 117 million were based in rural China, making up 17% of the total rural population. Meanwhile, China had a total of 168 million rural-to-urban migrant workers in …

Self-employment Activity and Ascension to Urban Citizenship for Rural-to-Urban Migrant Workers in China

Written by Guangjie Ning. By 2013, the total number of rural migrant workers reached 160 million (National Bureau of Statistics of China (NBS), 2014). However, due to various institutional barriers and restrictions such as the hukou system (the resident registration system), most of these migrants cannot live in the cities long-term – because they cannot …

HS2: the trouble with relying on China for high-speed rail

Written by Michael Synnott. George Osborne has made a major commitment to investing in UK infrastructure with the announcement of a new independent commission to oversee it. In particular, he has emphasised the role of railways in making Britain “great”. But, as with Osborne’s plans for nuclear energy, he will be turning to China for help in building …

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 …

The return of the Taiwan issue to U.S.-China relations

Written by Richard C. Bush III. President Xi Jinping is likely to make Taiwan a major issue at his summit with President Obama. The island is having presidential and legislative elections in January. There is a good chance that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which China doesn’t like, will come back to power. Xi’s message to Obama …