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CCTV Architect Channels Future and Past for New Beijing Monument

To architect Ole Scheeren, his latest Beijing project is in a fitting location, by a well-known shopping strip, a street where university students protested a century ago, and China’s National Art Museum.

China Environment Minister’s Inconvenient Silence on Pollution Video

China's call for more transparency in the fight against pollution comes amid the censoring of a film about smog.

Early Look: China’s Economy Starts 2015 on Soft Note

After a brief rebound in economic growth late last year, China’s economic activities may have weakened again at the beginning of the year -- which could partly explain why the central bank moved to cut interest rates at the end of last month.

China Parliamentary Meeting is Xi’s Show, Even When It’s Not

China’s annual legislative gathering in Beijing is only rarely an inspirational event for participants or the public at large. But at least from the standpoint of politics, this year’s edition is already proving to be different.

Getting Fuzzier: China Economic Planners Lean on Wiggle Room

Remember the good old days when the China’s policy makers could set their economic targets while blithely ignoring reality? Their growth targets were more a vague and distant road sign to be waved at as the economy sped by.

China’s Long, Slow Road to Reform

A new Chinese policy plan that promotes a shift to an economy driven by consumers and entrepreneurial vigor also recognizes that the transition from state spending and smokestack industries is years away.

Not Part of the Bargain: Chinese Premier’s Speech Omits Key Phrase for Workers

Sputtering economic growth may have claimed a new victim in China’s policy toolkit: Promoting collective bargaining among the country’s vast and increasingly disgruntled workforce.

What Did China’s President Just Say to the Premier? Caption Contest

How many words is a picture really worth? In an ongoing feature, China Real Time is asking readers to dream up captions for recent news photos.

‘Tigers on the Road’ Clawing Back China’s Reforms, Premier Says

China's planning agency produced a downer of an annual report in Beijing on Thursday. The interesting aspect: The commission’s explanation for why reform isn’t going as smoothly as it might.

China’s Military Spending Swells Again Despite Domestic Headwinds

China's defense budget is set to jump 10.1% to $141.5 billion in 2015, the 26th year of nominal increases in or near the double-digits. The problem: We don't know how it's being spent.

Corruption-Proof Money, Less Concrete: Legislative Meetings Mark China’s Silly Season

The flocks of soberly suited men massing in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People this week may not inspire flights of political fancy. But as China’s most high-profile political meetings of the year kick off, one can make one’s way through...Show More Summary

China’s Military Spending Swells Again Despite Domestic Headwinds

China raised its official 2015 defense budget by double-digits for the 26th straight year, lifting it 10.1% to $141.5 billion. The problem: We don't know how it's being spent.

China’s Plan for 2015 – The Numbers

On Thursday, China outlined its economic plans for 2015. A breakdown of the plans by the numbers.

Eking Out Profits Gets Tougher for China’s Smallest Online Merchants

China’s booming e-commerce market is attracting a growing number of global brands, from Burberry to Apple. But for some small sellers, its appeal is waning.

5 Takeaways From China’s State-of-the-Nation Speech

With a state-of-the-nation speech, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced an era of slower growth, saying “China’s economic development has entered a new normal.” The nearly 100-minute speech inside Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on Thursday outlined the Chinese government priorities for the coming year. Show More Summary

‘Corruption’ Doubles in China’s Annual Government Report

For anyone trying to benchmark how much steam is left in China’s antigraft fight, consider this statistic: a doubling of the use of the word “corruption” by the premier in this year’s work report.

China NPC 2015: The Reports

In keeping with tradition, China Real Time has uploaded English and Chinese versions of all three major reports from the opening day of the National People's Congress as text-searchable PDFs for your reading pleasure.

China Lowers Economic Growth Forecast to About 7%

China lowered its economic growth forecast to about 7% this year at the opening of the country’s biggest political event of the year, ushering in what leaders have dubbed a “new normal” of slower growth in the world’s second-largest economy.

After Chinese Smog Documentary, Oil Industry Pushes Back

While a recent documentary on smog quickly won praise from senior Chinese leaders—including China’s environment minister, who said he personally thanked journalist Chai Jing for her work—it is now drawing criticism from some industry representatives.

The Other 50 Shades of Gray (Men): A CRT Guide to China’s NPC

China Real Time editors, who have sat through decades of political confabs, break this year’s annual meeting down.

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