Monthly Archives: March 2011

China falters to find branding breakthrough

BEIJING – Does China need global brands on its seemingly inexorable rise to become the world’s largest economy? In the Interbrand Best Global Brands rankings for 2010, the United States, the only economy currently larger than China’s, had 47 brands in the top 100, headed predictably by Coca-Cola. No China brand made the list at […]

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The future is now

The country’s rapid modernization is the stuff of fiction. One sci-fi writer is chronicling its most dynamic dimensions. Chitralekha Basu reports. A writer in present-day China does not have to make an effort to imagine the future, as any day-to-day record of urban China’s dramatic and high-speed transformations is futuristic in itself, Han Song says. […]

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Sharing the pain

The emotional fallout in China from Japan’s disaster offers a walk down memory lane of Sino-Japanese love-hate attitudes. My first exposure to screen depictions of nuclear disaster was in 1984 when a Japanese television drama called Akai Giwaku was aired in China. Roughly translated as “Suspicion of Blood” in Chinese, it portrays a 17-year-old student […]

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Increase in defense budget is timely, reasonable

A few weeks ago, Li Zhaoxing, spokesman for the annual session of the National People’s Congress told a press conference that China’s defense budget for 2011 would increase by 12.7 percent to 601.1 billion yuan ($91.5 billion). Not surprisingly, the news evoked certain “reasonable” response from the international community. Some even believe that the increase […]

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Harmonious Diplomacy

The next five years will be a “period of important strategic opportunities,” although the situation in 2011, the starting year of the country’s 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015), remains extremely complicated, Premier Wen Jiabao said in his Government Work Report delivered to the Fourth Session of the 11th National People’s Congress ended on March 14. As […]

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Prioritize people’s prosperity

The top strategy established by the Fifth Plenary Session of the 17th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, held in mid-October 2010, to promote the country’s scientific development and transformation of its economic development mode, is of an overall and strategic significance to the drafting of the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015) for national economic […]

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