Migrant Workers in China. Photo credit: Feng Cai (枫彩) via Wikimedia

New Semester, No Schools

For some migrant workers’ kids, now they have to choose between moving back to their hometowns, or stopping attending schools as usual.
A Chinese garden in Hong Kong, July 2008 (Photo: Stone Shi)

Why Confucius Institutes Are Good For Democracy

Many Western universities are rethinking their initial enthusiasm for hosting Chinese Confucius Institutes, but they should recognize that public diplomacy cuts both ways.
Tiananmen Square, Beijing (July, 2018); photo by Stone Shi

China’s Urgent Need For Pro-Natalist Population Policies

To eliminate any limit on births and to adopt a pronatalist birth policy with various incentives to childbearing, like in those developed countries, is the best and urgent choice for China.
A happy panda at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Sichuan Province, April 2018

Western Vloggers Are Making It Big In China

YouTube may be blocked in China, but that doesn't stop Westerners from vlogging about their experiences to millions of fans.
Landscape flowers surrounding the Bell Tower, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, April 2018

Who Benefits The Most From China’s Housing Bubble?

It takes an average person more than 48 years of income to buy a property in Beijing.
Scene from a restaurant district in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, April 2018

What Bike Sharing Companies Can Learn From Container Shipping

Chinese netizens named bike sharing services as one of China's "New Four Great Inventions" along with high-speed rail, mobile payment, and online shopping, but does it live up to its reputation?
Heavy traffic in central Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, April 2018

Robo-Taxis Are The Future Of Transportation — And China’s DiDi Is Racing To Get...

China is an ideal environment for the development of robo-taxi ride-hailing because most car travel in China consists of short trips at low speed.
A quiet temple scene in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, April 2018

What India Really Needs Is Better Population Policy

The economic benefits of better population policy and increased women’s empowerment won’t show up in the next quarter’s growth figures, but they will show up in the next generation’s.
An inspirational slogan decorates a high speed rail station in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, June 2018

China’s Constitutional Amendments Are All About The Party, Not The President

Without any organized opponents, Xi may ultimately find himself heading a faction of one.
Nighttime scene in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, April 2018

China Could Be The World’s First All Electric Vehicle Ecosystem

The charging pile model is the key to transitioning entire regions to BEV-only automobile ecosystems.