Revised environment law describes eight violations for which local leaders should resign

On April 24th, the eighth meeting of the 12th National People’s Congress Standing Committee voted to adopted the revised “PRC’s Environmental Protection Law”. The first major revision to the Environmental Protection Law in 25 years, the new law will go into effect on January 1st, 2015. The new law clearly states that “local people’s governments at all levels are … more

Salt licensing retooled, monopoly remains

On 21 April, the National Development and Reform Commission released a notice announcing the cancellation of the Measures on Exclusive Licensing for Table Salt 食盐专营许可证管理办法, regulations implemented in 2006 to govern the licensing process for salt production, distribution, and sales. The announcement does not have any immediate significance, according to a post made the same day by the … more

Premier Li writes letter to first 24-hour bookstore in Beijing

On April 22, the day before World Reading Day, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang wrote a letter to Sanlian Taofen Bookstore, a Beijing bookstore that recently launched 24-hour services. In the letter Premier Li spoke highly of this 24-hour idea and expressed hope that the store could become a spiritual landmark in the city.  According to a report in the Global Times, Fan … more

“Olympic babies” see increase in primary school enrollment in Beijing

Beijing’s Mirror Evening News (法制晚报) yesterday reported that Beijing’s intake for primary school students for 2014 reached 176,000 pupils, which is 10,000 more than last years intake. Statistics show that the primary as well as middle school intakes in the city have increased in recent years, but this year the increase is being ascribed largely … more

15 years of Tencent’s popular QQ messaging app

The City Express newspaper, published in Tianjin, today ran a piece looking back at 15 years of the popular Tencent messaging app QQ, and included an expansive infographic on use of the app as well. The newspaper recounts tales of young men who recount how they first met female friends on QQ, maintained an ongoing … more

New policy to regulate food wastage of Party, government and SOEs

On March 18, the General Office of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the General Office of the State Council published a policy document on regulating food waste of official activities of the Party as well as government organs at all levels and state-owned enterprises. The following are some of the regulations included in the new … more

All military Party offices to display quotations from Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping

Xinhua reports: With the approval of Chairman Xi and the Military Commission of the Central Party Committee, all offices of all levels of Party committees of the entire military and People’s Armed Police will consistently display important quotations by Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao, and Xi Jinping… …Comrade Mao Zedong: “A firm … more

Reactions in the Chinese media towards the missing Malaysia Airlines flight

The ongoing mystery of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 has brought chaos to  China’s media sphere, which is brimming with confusing information, comments and rumors. While most netizens as well as mainstream media frequently post updates about the search for the plane, they themselves become an object of discussion as well.  It started with … more

Two injured boobies make unexpected appearance on Xiamen beach

The front page of the Strait Times from Xiamen today displays a picture of a rare bird, not in a terribly good condition, that suddenly appeared on the beach in Xiamen yesterday after not having been seen in the area for ten years. The bird in question is a red-footed booby, which is not critically … more

Yu’ebao will not be outlawed by China’s central bank

Zhou Xiaochuan, the governor of the People’s Bank of China, on Tuesday stated that China’s central bank will not outlaw Yu’ebao, Alibaba’s popular low-entry online investment product, which are seen by some as a threat to more traditional financing. Zhou stated that there are generally not yet a lot of restrictions in place in China on … more