Guo Dong Director of the Earth Institute China Initiative, Columbia University
Feb 12 , 2018
Unless we achieve a set of commonly agreed upon indicators to measure sustainability or what is high quality, and be able to compare the performance of cities and provinces based upon it, the chance to successfully implement any sustainable policy vision and hold policymakers accountable is grim.
Guo Chen Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center
Jan 18 , 2018
Chinese cities have developed rapidly and this pace would not have been possible without relocating/displacing large numbers of both urban natives and migrants. Over the past decades, millions of such people have been mobilized to leave their original communities for the express purpose of making way for the new structures and amenities necessary for a modern city life.
Dec 07 , 2017
China’s cabinet on Wednesday released broad new definitions of conduct punishable under its three-year-old counter-espionage law, as China seeks to bolste
Sarah Cook senior research analyst for East Asia at Freedom House
Jun 29 , 2017
As unusual as the recent detention of three labor activists in Jiangxi may seem, particularly given the case’s connection to the U.S. president’s daughter, it actually reflects broader trends related to labor rights in China. While new labor reform laws have yielded some positive results for Chinese workers, they’ve triggered new challenges. A strong response from the United States could not only help the men avoid prison, but also offer critical support to all Chinese workers.
Cynthia Estlund Professor, New York University School of Law
Jun 27 , 2017
Ivanka Trump’s brand was bruised when China detained several worker activists investigating her shoe brand. The specter of an independent labor movement both drives and constrains every facet of China's labor policy, both its reforms and its use of repression. Can China’s leaders get past the current period of rising – yet localized and non-political – labor unrest without going down the time-tested road of collective bargaining through independent trade unions?
Wang Huiyao Founder, Center for China & Globalization
Miao Lv Founder, Center for China & Globalization
May 02 , 2017
The Chinese government’s recent decision to issue “Foreign Permanent Residence Identity Cards” to foreign nationals working in China is a great step forward in facilitating the introduction of overseas talents. The change is not just in name, from the previous “residence permit” to the present “residence ID”.
Curtis S. Chin Former U.S. Ambassador to Asian Development Bank
Mar 27 , 2017
Cities in China and across Asia are growing outwards and upwards at breakneck speed. Livable, dynamic and vibrant cities are greater testament to a country’s prosperity and policy successes than any number of skyscrapers, no matter how big or how tall. As cities in America and China build higher, it is what is sustained below that will matter most.
Stephen Harner Former US State Department Official
Jul 30 , 2015
Western press has negatively portrayed China’s Draft Foreign NGO Management Law, framing it as a drive to purge Western values from China. This misses China’s broadening citizen participation and NGOs established by the 2011 NPC.
Apr 30 , 2015
The system-wide social and economic transformations experienced by China have profoundly affected social and psychological relations. Rong Zeng and Patricia Greenfield studied the words used in 277,189 Chinese language books published in the few decades, finding evidence rising individualism and materialism in concert with growing urbanism, increasing wealth and higher levels of formal education.
Susan Chan Shifflett Program Associate, Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum
Apr 20 , 2015
While conversations about China’s environmental challenges are often dominated by coal, the culprit for the endless smoggy days in cities across the country, progress in cleaning the air cannot be achieved without greater attention to resource interdependencies from an integrated water-energy-food lens. Susuan Chan Shifflett outlines sustainable policy development that is particularly promising for Sino-U.S. collaboration.