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Opinion Columns

Eco-pessimists underrate human ingenuity in plundering resources

After reading my “Rush to dam Jinsha River for ‘clean’ energy ignores myriad ecological risks” (August 13, Shanghai Daily),...

Wan Lixin | August 22, 2014, Friday


Real-life skills wither as disaffected youth without jobs take refuge in the virtual world

For senior college students, August should have been a hectic month of transition and fresh beginnings. After years of study, they are now ready to enter the job market.Two decades ago,...

Wan Lixin | August 20, 2014, Wednesday


Technocrats’ creative ways of obtaining patents indicate latest form of corruption

CHINESE bureaucrats are sometimes referred to in Western press as dull technocrats. Indeed, some of them appear exceptionally worthy of the term because they churn out “high-tech inventions” at a speed ...

Ni Tao | August 18, 2014, Monday


Sage advice from a little Suzhou eatery: Take only the food you need and don’t talk

ON Saturday, our friends introduced us to a newly opened eatery tucked into a deep alley in downtown Suzhou. The tiny restaurant offers simple vegetables and rice at a flat price of 7 yuan per patron, ...

Wang Yong | August 15, 2014, Friday


Rush to dam Jinsha River for ‘clean’ energy ignores myriad ecological risks

ANOTHER backwater mountain area in China’s southwest recently imposed itself on our national consciousness, in a tragic manner. On August 3 a deadly magnitude-6.5 quake struck Yunnan Province, catapulting ...

Wan Lixin | August 13, 2014, Wednesday


Thieves expose cadres’ dubious fortunes

AMID the ongoing clampdown on “tigers,” a byword for corrupt senior cadres, China’s graft busters can be assisted in their efforts by an unlikely helper: thieves. Two female thieves, named Tang Shuiyan ...

Ni Tao | August 11, 2014, Monday


Ecoliteracy might save the planet

WE saw an unusually cool July this year. There were altogether five days when the high temperature exceeded 35 degrees Celsius, compared with 25 in July last year. But such is human forgetfulness that ...

Wan Lixin | August 8, 2014, Friday


Deadly blast and land grab show need to reflect on anything-goes mode of growth

A deadly blast on Saturday at a wheel hub-polishing workshop in Kunshan, Suzhou, has already killed over 70 workers. On such occasions, there are customary charges of negligence of safety standards. I ...

Wan Lixin | August 6, 2014, Wednesday


Pushing firms to expand global footprint

WITH the disclosing in early July of a new “negative list,” which frees up more sectors for investment in the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone, the business world is rife with talk of a new round of growth ...

Ni Tao | August 1, 2014, Friday


Scandal should prompt reflection on what fast food is doing to Chinese diets, culture

In Chuang Tzu, there was mentioned the feat of “turning something foul and rotten into the rare and ethereal.” In the wake of the Husi food scandal, I think we can safely credit that fast-food supplier ...

Wan Lixin | July 30, 2014, Wednesday




 

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