Opinion / Yao Ying

Character not in need of cosmetic change

[2009-08-27 07:50]

It would be unfair to say that the Ministry of Education didn't conduct thorough research before issuing a list of 8,300 standardized Chinese characters on Aug 12 to solicit public opinion before regulating the way we write.

Western firms, practice what you preach

[2009-08-13 07:45]

Orange trees south of the Huaihe River bear big and sweet fruits. Cross over to the north, and you'll see trees with identical trunks, branches and leaves, but the fruits? Well, your eyes will tell you they are smaller, and your taste bud will react bitterly to their sourness. Why this difference? They're different because the soil on the two sides of the river is different.

Time we stopped spilling blood on streets

[2009-08-06 07:47]

The Hangzhou government has got red-and-yellow hearts painted on the city's major zebra crossings to drive more driving sense into drivers. The wider and more eye-catching crossings are part of a campaign to raise traffic law awareness among both drivers and pedestrians.

A death and the disturbing facts behind it

[2009-07-30 07:48]

Workers of State-owned Tong-hua Iron and Steel Group lynched Chen Guojun, an executive of the group sent by private steel company Jianlong, in Jilin province on Friday. The workers, many of whom hold shares in the State-owned enterprise (SOE), feared that the takeover by Jianlong could either cost them their jobs or force them to take a pay cut despite the company's profit of 42.7 million yuan ($6.2 million) in June.

Will someone solve driver Hu's riddle, please?

[2009-07-23 07:49]

It's difficult to predict what direction public opinion on the Internet will take when the issue is highly controversial; in this case a rich brat running over an innocent pedestrian in Hangzhou and the subsequent court verdict.

Chronicle of two deaths retold as a message

[2009-07-16 07:50]

It's tragic to see two luminous stars of the academic world stop shining on the same day over the weekend. Surprisingly, the mourning and eulogies for Ji Xianlin and Ren Jiyu were not restricted to the academic circle.

Reality of the real estate market is really bitter

[2009-07-09 07:44]

The collapse of a 13-storey apartment building in Shanghai symbolizes the future of the Chinese property market. This is the belief of some commentators, but Ren Zhiqiang begs to differ.

What's the fuss about the young mayor?

[2009-07-02 07:47]

For Zhou Senfeng, every day of the past week must have felt like a year. The newly elected mayor of Yicheng city in Hubei province was grilled 24x7 by the media and netizens. Though not face-to-face, their questions have ranged from his family background and personal connections to his academic record and the brand of cigarettes he smokes. In short, they wonder how he could become a mayor at 29?

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