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China's anti-graft body investigates statistics bureau chief

World / Politics Jan 27, 2016

China's anti-graft body investigates statistics bureau chief

The head of the bureau that gathers China's economic data is under investigation by the anti-graft agency in a possible expansion of an anti-corruption campaign that has shaken state companies and securities firms. Wang Bao'an, chairman of the National Bureau of Statistics and a former ...

Business Mar 15, 2015

China's economic evolution causes small town upheaval

This city in China's northern coal country hardly looks like it is in trouble. After three decades fueling China's industrial boom, its wide, tree-lined avenues are filled with late model cars. Markets are crowded with people. That activity masks malaise. Surging demand for coal that ...

China enforces amnesia about Tiananmen

Asia Pacific / Politics Jun 2, 2014

China enforces amnesia about Tiananmen

Remember June 4, Shi Shusi asked the 1.5 million readers of his popular microblog last year. Moments later, his postings were erased. A note from the microblog operator said they were "inappropriate publicity." This year, a discouraged Shi hasn't posted anything about the anniversary of ...

Olympics a test for ambitious developing countries

World Feb 18, 2014

Olympics a test for ambitious developing countries

Playing host to the Olympics or World Cup can showcase an ambitious country's rise and cast a harsh light on its weaknesses. In Sochi, the eye-popping cost of Russia's Winter Games and logistical fumbles have gotten as much attention as figure skaters and snowboarders. But ...