Minxin Pei Professor, Claremont McKenna College
Mar 18 , 2015
Casual observers of the proceedings of the annual National People’s Congress (NPC) may be tempted to dismiss them as a ritualistic exercise with little impact on the lives of the Chinese people. Such a conclusion, while not totally groundless, nevertheless misses an important public policy debate revealed during this year’s NPC session – reforming China’s troubled retirement system. The challenge confronting Beijing is simply the lack of money to fund the explosive growth of pension benefits.
Nathan Gardels Editor-in-chief, THEWORLDPOST
Mar 17 , 2015
In Western media, the National People's Congress -- China's legislative body which just ended its annual three week session -- is perfunctorily conjoined with the phrase "rubber stamp." This characterization is less and less true every year and does a disservice to understanding the most significant historic shift taking place in China today: the long march toward "rule according to law" from administrative fiat.
Wu Chengyi Associate Professor, Luoyang Foreign Languages University
Mar 24 , 2014
China’s defense budget growth has been a way to realize its military modernization and overall national rejuvenation. China does not intend to threaten any other country in the world, writes Wu Chengyi.
Chen Qun Former VP, China Law Press
Mar 24 , 2014
There are of course still many problems in China such as corruption, polarization and privileged classes. We need the rule of law to constantly develop and improve, and we need to rebuild our morals and values, writes Chen Qun.
Li Zheng Assistant Research Fellow, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations
Mar 21 , 2014
Premier Li Keqiang has revealed more information about his ‘Likonomics’ plan, and the future prospects for China's economic reform, writes Li Zheng.
Zhang Monan Senior Fellow, China International Economic Exchanges Center
Mar 20 , 2014
Examining the government work report from the National People’s Congress, Zhang Monan outlines the major issues facing China’s leadership as it continues economic reforms.
Ding Yifan Deputy Director, China Development Research Center
Mar 20 , 2014
The reform of State-Owned Enterprises has become a major focus for the Chinese government. Ding Yifan explores what the reform may mean, and shows why the government is addressing the issue now.
He Weiwen Senior Fellow, Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies
Mar 17 , 2014
China’s former model of growth is not sustainable and balanced. China has to shift its growth model to one that is quality-based, environment-friendly, and consumption-driven, writes He Weiwen.
Kerry Brown Professor of Chinese Studies, Lau China Institute at King's College, London
Mar 13 , 2014
The meeting of the Third Plenum late in 2013 made clear that the reform agenda that Li Keqiang and his colleagues are facing is a formidable one – formidable enough to have set up a leading group entirely focused on reform alone, writes Kerry Brown.
Qin Xiaoying Research Scholar, China Foundation For Int'l and Strategic Studies
Mar 12 , 2014
After last week’s annual meeting of the National People’s Congress, Qin Xiaoying examines Chinese President Xi Jinping’s continued anti-corruption crackdown and his efforts to stabilize the country through reforms.