Studying in China? Law, culture, language classes are now compulsory

by Nectar Gan/ June 6, 2017 / SCMP

Foreign students pursuing higher education diplomas in China will have to take compulsory courses in Chinese and about the country’s general conditions and culture starting from next month, the government announced on Monday. Continue reading “Studying in China? Law, culture, language classes are now compulsory”

Traveling With Chinese Characteristics

05·16·2017/ by Hatty Liu/ The World of Chinese

Founder and CEO Liu Shaojun of China’s boutique hotel chain, The Emperor, says he got into the hospitality business by accident. While looking at a rental property for a business incubator he was intending to develop, he came across a building belonging to Tsinghua University just outside the eastern wall of the Forbidden City. “As soon as I saw that view across the rooflines of the palace, I knew,” he said, and the rest, is history; quite literally. Continue reading “Traveling With Chinese Characteristics”

What more does China want from Hong Kong 20 years on from handover?

by Stuart Lau, Jun Mai / 30 May, 2017/ SCMP

When Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor takes the oath as Hong Kong’s next chief executive presumably before President Xi Jinping on July 1, the city she governs will face a sovereign state that has signalled it wants a firmer say in how it is run. Continue reading “What more does China want from Hong Kong 20 years on from handover?”

Facing facts at the Shangri-La Dialogue

30 May 2017 / by Hugh White, ANU / EAF

Each year, the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore provides a platform for Washington to affirm the United States’ strategic commitment to Asia, strengthen US regional leadership and push back against China’s encroachments. And it gives US friends and allies in Asia an opportunity to line up in support. Continue reading “Facing facts at the Shangri-La Dialogue”

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Full text of Constitutional Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage

By S.C. Chang / May 24, 2017 / Focus Taiwan

Taiwan’s Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that the Civil Code provisions that do not allow same-sex marriage are unconstitutional and asked the government to amend relevant laws within two years to protect gay couples’ rights. Continue reading “Full text of Constitutional Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage”

Beijing says yuan policy is actually doing US a favour

by Frank Tang / May 25, 2017 / SCMP

China defended its yuan exchange-rate policy and its interventions in the foreign exchange market on Thursday, saying it hasn’t manipulated its currency but instead sacrificed some of China’s interests to help the world, including the US. Continue reading “Beijing says yuan policy is actually doing US a favour”

 China going nowhere on hukou reform

19 May 2017 /  Bingqin Li / East Asia Forum

China’s hukou (household registration) system is often criticised for hindering the free movement of labour and creating inequality. In recent years the hukou system has undergone considerable reform. But is this enough to turn around the trends in China’s regional inequality? Continue reading “China going nowhere on hukou reform”