China Imposes Consumption Tax on Large Cars, Environmentally Un-sound Goods

Starting April 1, Chinese consumers who buy cars with engine capacities of more than four liters will be required to pay a consumption tax of 20 percent.

China Releases Latest Census Results

China's population was 1,306,280,000 on November 1, 2005, according to the latest census report released by China's National Bureau of Statistics on March 16. The number, which excludes Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan, was estimated to reach 1,307,560,000 by the end of 2005.

China Issues New Regulation on Water Management, Sets Fees for Usage

The Chinese government recently passed a new regulation on water management, updating its system of use permits and stipulating charges for water consumption in agriculture.

Bus Rapid Transit: A Step Toward Fairness in China's Urban Transportation

Rush hour is usually a nightmare for Beijing's bus commuters. Squeezed from all sides, riders endure polluted air and chilly winter winds that seep in through gaps in the windows, or suffer en masse in the scorching summer sun.

Schools Overcharge Students, Revealing Imbalances in China's Education System

China's National Development and Reform Committee (NDRC) announced that eight schools overcharged parents to the tune of 22.7 million RMB (US $2.84 million) during the 2004-05 period, Xinhua News reported on February 19.

U.S.-India Nuclear Deal: Reckless on Every Score

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The security risks from the nuclear cooperation agreement reached yesterday between President Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh far outweigh the energy benefits of the deal, according to researchers at the Worldwatch Institute. Spending the same money on new, clean energy options would provide energy without increasing the risk that terrorists will get their hands on nuclear arsenals.

Yunnan Farmer Learns "Development" Lessons from Failed Fishery

BEIJING—In Chinese development theory, the saying goes that if you build a road, the wealth will follow. That is precisely what government officials have promised unemployed fish farmer Yi Zhuzhi once the new super highway connecting his remote village to larger cities in Yunnan province and neighboring Burma is completed. But Yi is skeptical that this will solve any "real dilemmas" he and other villagers face.

SEPA Releases New Measure on Public Participation in Environmental Impact Assessment Process

BEIJING—The State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA), China’s top environmental body, has released a tentative measure on public involvement in the nation’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process.

China Submits 2,452 International Patent Applications in 2005, Enters World Top 10

Statistics from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) indicate that China was the tenth biggest patent applicant in 2005, submitting 2,452 inventions, designs, and other items to the Geneva-based organization, reports China News.

Local Group Nurtures Indigenous Voices in Development of China's West

Nestled in a small building complex in the heart of Kunming in southwestern China, the Center for Biodiversity and Indigenous Knowledge (CBIK) is easily overlooked. But behind its modest headquarters, this 100-member strong organization is changing the face of development in China's remote western provinces.
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