- New monopoly rules 'will not impact ore'
China's newly unveiled draft regulations aimed at ending monopolistic price-fixing may not apply to ongoing negotiations between foreign iron ore producers and Chinese companies, an insider said Thursday.
- Charity cannot be compulsory
The Xingyang government in Henan province reportedly plans to turn itself into a "charitable city", for which administrative power could be used to get mandatory donations. Local authorities should stop wasting taxpayers' money on such vanity projects.
- PLA tests battle effectiveness in modern warfare environment
The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) started its largest-ever military exercise on Tuesday.
- Officials setting too great a store on GDP growth figures
Some of China's local officials still set too great a store on gross domestic product (GDP) growth figures, which could lead to unreliable reporting of data, said Xu Guangjian, a professor at the prestigious Renmin University of China, Wednesday.
- Build an army that suits modern requirements
"In war it's speed that counts," the traditional Chinese military wisdom goes. The real deterrent capability of a military force isn't based on its scale, but rather the combat force it can deliver to a strategic location at the key moment.
- Legislators should be committed to people
Legislators should pass the Social Security Law as soon as possible for the benefit of the people, says an article in the Beijing Times.
- Reduce wrong cases
Innocent people being prosecuted and sentenced is the last thing a society with a mature rule of law should tolerate, but no judicial system can be free of wrong cases.
- Proposal on clinic appointment service applauded
More than 70 percent of Chinese netizens said in an online survey, released by the Beijing News on Sunday, that they agreed with the government's proposal demanding public hospitals to offer clinic appointment services.
- Pension for villagers
Extending pension to rural residents is an important step towards an equal social security system. It is another milestone policy by the central government after the abolition of agricultural tax and launching of the rural medical care cooperative system.
- Congestion fee won't reduce traffic jams
To help ease traffic jams, the traffic authority of Guangzhou in south China's booming Guangdong Province recently issued a proposal to charge a congestion fee to cars that enter the city center during peak hours.
- Congestion fees must be open
Car drivers should be charged traffic congestion fees. But where and how the money so collected is used should be decided by the public, especially car drivers.
- Remedies not enough
The local government has finally taken action to address the pollution caused by cadmium from a chemical plant in the city of Liuyang in Central China's Hunan province. The action comes five years after it was first reported to the local environmental protection department and after a protest by thousands of local villagers last week.
- Public has to be told the truth
The government should pay attention to the questions raised by netizens and find evidence to prove the rumors about a convict swap wrong.
- Check power abuse by local gov'ts
Before starting transport reforms for officials throughout the country we have to understand how much money is wasted in the name of providing transport to officials
- Deeper party exchanges mirror more harmonious Taiwan Strait
Deeper exchanges between the the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Kuomintang (KMT) party mirror a Taiwan Strait that is becoming more harmonious.
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