- Morality rules in choice of officials
In an online survey by China Youth Daily, the majority of respondents said they had confidence in the young officials to be fast-tracked through the ranks of the Communist Party of China (CPC). However, they insisted that the officials should, primarily, be selected on the basis of their moral character
- Panacea for a pressing healthcare predicament
The country's long-controversial medical and healthcare system, as well as the endless number of hospital-patient disputes and medical corruption cases, has always been a heated topic and focal point for domestic media in their coverage of social issues.
- Regulations should stay
The World Expo 2010 is widely regarded as a cultural and technological Olympics. In Shanghai, it is also prompting a campaign for a massive cleanup.
- Human rights on students' agenda
It will soon be easier for people in schools and government departments to learn more about their rights and how to protect them.
- Stick to family planning policy
Family planning as a basic national policy must remain unchanged if China is to keep its population within 1.36 billion by the end of 2010 and within 1.45 billion by the end of 2020. So couples should continue to be encouraged to have only one child, although an online survey shows that about 60 percent of those polled prefer two children.
- Importance of fair trials
An unfair trial is worse than several crimes rolled into one.
- Respect voice of the Internet
Local officials should reshape their attitude toward the freedom of speech in cyberspace and stop tarnishing the image of local governments by disrespecting citizen's legal rights, says an article in the Beijing News.
- Living up to its name
Just as how a person in a higher position is not naturally smarter than his or her subordinates, a think tank affiliated to a higher level of government is not necessarily wiser than lower-ranked agencies.
- Urban boom should spread to countryside
Over the weekend, the Tianjin municipal government announced that its investment on the development of small towns will total 44.2 billion yuan this year, an increase of 35 percent over last year. This is part of China's effort to push forward its strategy of integrating urban and rural areas and expedite measures to build small cities and towns.
- Outmoded statistics
If rising public skepticism about statistics means anything, statistical officials should immediately update their data collection and analysis methods to better reflect reality.
- The right prescription
Realizing fair and affordable medical services for 1.3 billion people is a tall order.
- On the right road
The guidelines the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) submitted for public scrutiny in October have been endorsed by the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council.
- Traffic bans a quick fix
The new vehicle restrictions that the Beijing municipal committee of communications announced on Sunday will continue to help improve the Chinese capital's traffic flow and air quality.
- Add safety to reviews
Only by linking the safety of schoolhouses with officials' political performance will local governments really take the issue seriously, says an article on the website of Xinhua News Agency.
- Our educational dream
The Ministry of Education is busy playing down public expectations that the country will soon extend compulsory education from nine to 12 years.
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