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Big money signings and investments in storied European clubs, and the backing of a president who is an avid soccer fan: things should be looking up for millions of Chinese supporting the “beautiful game.” Not so, say some long-time football enthusiasts like Bian Minming, who fear the game is being taken away from them.
As you may or may not know, I am in the process of riding my bicycle down the east coast of China for about the next month or so. 1,303 more words
China’s new statistical communique on healthcare is just out, providing another snapshot of how the private sector is doing in this state-dominated field. Although the role of the private sector across the economy has not, unfortunately, increased much in recent years, healthcare has generally been an exception to this worrying trend since the reforms adopted in 2009. 770 more words
China has ordered the halting of news reporting by online media. Companies in the online and mobile sectors have been told to disband their reporting teams and instead carry only news content supplied by state-controlled media firms. 289 more words