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In China, Officials Battle Pollution (Data) with Cotton Gauze

In China’s “war on pollution,” five local officials stand accused of fighting back with cotton gauze. Investigators detained the five officials, from a local environmental protection office in the city of Xi’an, after finding they had jammed the cotton gauze into air pollution monitors to make smog levels air appear cleaner than they really were, […]

Chinese City Snuffs Out Cigarette-Butt Campaign

Government officials' plan to rid Shengzhou city of errant cigarette butts by offering tissues in exchange for them attracted people from other cities, forcing officials to suspend the program earlier than planned.

Chinese Film Producer Behind Ticket Subsidies Shifts Tactics

Wang Yibing, a Chinese movie producer, pioneered the online ticket-selling subsidies that helped box-office sales soar in recent years. Now, as those subsidies fade and growth in ticket sales slows, Mr. Wang is banking on young Chinese filmmakers.

5 Things to Know About China Oceanwide

Little-known Chinese conglomerate China Oceanwide Holdings Group Co., just struck a deal to acquire Genworth Financial Inc., a big player in the U.S. long-term-care insurance industry, for $2.7 billion. It is the company’s first major foray into the insurance sector overseas.

In China, Close to 8,000 People Are Vying for One Government Job

The hottest government job in China this year involves serving tea to visitors at the offices of a toothless political organization that’s barely been relevant since 1949.

Seafood Banquet in the Conference Room: One Executive’s Demise

For 10 years, Zhang Jianjin headed Tianjin Pharmaceuticals. Now he is in detention, undone by a passion for seafood banquets and the throat-scorching Chinese spirit Moutai.

Hot Property: China Says New Controls Are Taming Prices

When new data showed already high-flying housing prices soaring even further last month, China’s official number-crunchers had a message: Things are getting better.

A 23-Foot-Tall Bid to Clear the Air in Beijing

Residents of notoriously smoggy Beijing have grown used to the sounds of air purifiers buzzing inside their homes. A Dutch innovator has a new proposal: installing giant purifiers outdoors to suck up the smog there as well. In northeast Beijing, a group called the Smog Free Project has erected a 23-foot-high air purifier that it […]

China Lags Behind in Rule-of-Law Ranking

BEIJING—The Communist Party has widely touted a campaign to improve rule of law in China. Beijing’s critics call that a farce. A new global ranking released on Thursday reaches a more nuanced conclusion: China is making limited progress—though not necessarily in ways likely to impress the West. China ranked 80th out of 113 countries surveyed […]

Economists React: As China Growth Concerns Ease, Risks Rise

Chinese government efforts to arrest a slowdown in the economy by expanding credit and fiscal spending seem to have worked, putting the country on track to once again reach this year’s official growth target. The world’s second-largest economy grew at a rate of 6.7% in the third quarter, the same as the previous two quarters, […]

Protecting Workers’ Rights in China: Q&A with Aaron Halegua

Aaron Halegua, a practicing lawyer and consultant, has spent more than a decade studying labor issues in China and advising companies, law firms, and nonprofits on such matters. In an interview, he discussed the state of labor relations in China. Edited excerpts below:

War of Words: Alibaba, Baidu Trade Barbs over Mapping Services

Alibaba and Baidu both claim to offer China's most popular mobile map service. Who's right? The answer depends on whether they're evaluated using monthly or daily metrics.

Responsible Drinking: China Teachers Rapped Over Booze at Lunch

After high-school teachers in northern China were rapped by local disciplinary inspectors for consuming alcohol during a lunch outing, many Chinese said that the group had done nothing wrong.

Yawn: China’s Space Program Is Making Advances Look Routine

China spent decades trying to send one of its citizens into space. It finally accomplished that feat in 2003, making China the third country, after Russia and the U.S., to accomplish manned space flight. Since then, such flights have become almost routine.

‘The Last Free Lunch’: PBOC’s Zhou Had Early Qualms on Debt Swaps

Seventeen years ago, Zhou Xiaochuan, then president of one of China's oldest and largest banks, wrote an essay in an economics bimonthly magazine addressing the hottest policy topic of the day: a controversial new government program that let selected state-owned companies unwind loans they couldn’t repay with massive equity transfers to banks.

It’s Electric: Chinese Tech Titans Reach for the Same Historic Analogy

The latest analogy blowing up the Chinese tech world is comparing new technologies to the momentous, globe-shaking discovery of electricity. On Thursday, in his annual letter to shareholders of e-commerce goliath Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., executive chairman Jack Ma reached for the analogy when discussing applications for cloud computing. Show More Summary

Economists React: One Less Worry for Beijing as Industrial Prices Finally Rise

China’s more than four-year long battle with industrial deflation finally came to an end last month—a relief for policy makers as Beijing struggles with issues such as soft foreign trade, mounting debt and an overheating property market.

China Questions Soccer Largesse Amid Tattered World Cup Dreams

For all the lavish spending by China’s professional soccer clubs this summer, its national team simply can’t buy a win.

Early Look: China’s Economy Appears Stable, But Watch the Housing Bubble

Stimulus measures appear to have stabilized China’s economy over the past few months, but the government now faces a resulting housing bubble that it needs to contain without choking off growth, economists say.

Building Collapse Illustrates Peril of Do-It-Yourself Construction

A fatal building collapse in southern China has highlighted a practice that more than once has produced death traps: structures built with little oversight by villagers on former farmland.

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