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Big promises but little reform in increasingly violent China

Xi Jinping, the most powerful person in China, has promised to crack down on corruption and institute real economic reform. Unfortunately, the reality on the ground shows neither is happening.

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China walks an economic tightrope as Australia holds its breath

By all measures, China’s economic growth is slowing. How much will it slow, and how quickly? And what does that mean for Australia? Local business will be holding its breath.

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Chinese democracy? Let’s put it to a vote

Crikey readers have a lot to say about whether China should become a democracy.

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Why China won’t — and shouldn’t — become a liberal democracy

Western commentators say China can’t keep going as it is without adopting a Western-style government. Former political adviser and University of Melbourne academic Mark Triffitt says it never will — and that’s a good thing.

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The traffic jam on top of the world: the Chinese boom busts into Tibet

A construction boom and Chinese tourism has transformed the road to Lhasa. The way to Shangri-La is now congested with Tibetan truckies, migrant labourers and 4WDs. Journalist Michael Woodhead reports from Kangding.

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Riches beyond compare: China’s new billionaires

Together, the top five richest people in China are as rich as Bill Gates, who recently regained his title as the richest man in the world. Property tycoon Wang Jianlin tops the list.

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Never visit your parents? In China, you’ve been served

Moral and legal obligations clash in China, as the government attempts to protect the family unit. If you don’t visit your parents you might get sued, reports freelancer Kway Teow in Beijing.

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‘Don’t mention this’: China’s economy is worse than you think

The Chinese economy is no longer growing at a rate of knots. Will the new leadership succeed with economic reform — and what would happen to Australia if they don’t?

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In China, landing on the rich list can land you in jail

Life can be tough being young and wealthy in China — especially if you’re a descendant of Chairman Mao. And with exposure on the country’s new rich lists it’s getting tougher.

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Xi’s challenge: addressing China’s income inequality

New leader of China’s Communist Party Xi Jinping has made a commitment to addressing income inequality in China. But without wide-ranging reforms, real change seems unlikely.

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S-x select abortion turns China into boytown

Social engineering is a wonderful thing to behold. Attempts by do-gooders to force changes in human behaviour invariably lead to some fascinating consequences. And nowhere has that phenomenon become more apparent than in modern China where 28 years of rigorously enforced family planning have resulted in the country having 37 million more males than females.

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