Round Table Feb 12, 2013: Shuffling ministries, train tickets prices, the power to create taxes

On Tuesday, February 12, Zhao Xiaohua, Liu Yan, and I discussed:

  • the coming reshuffle of China’s central ministries
  • train ticket prices as Ministry of Railways is split
  • old-for-new furniture scheme in Beijing
[audio http://media.iphone.cri.cn/magazine/chinadrive/2013/03/031218a.mp3]
  • who has the power to create taxes and fees in China
  • toxic school uniforms
  • professional TV audience members
[audio http://media.iphone.cri.cn/magazine/chinadrive/2013/03/031218b.mp3]

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Round Table Feb 11, 2013: Hukou reform, human flesh search, and negligent parents

On Monday, February 11, Zhao Xiaohua, Yan Yinan, and I discussed:

  • hukou reform and urbanization
  • huge waste of funds for environmental protection
  • rating professional drivers in Shanghai
[audio http://media.iphone.cri.cn/magazine/chinadrive/2013/03/031118a.mp3]
  • negligent parents and laws punishing them
  • paperless office
  • the dangers of human flesh searches 人肉搜索
[audio http://media.iphone.cri.cn/magazine/chinadrive/2013/03/031118b.mp3]

 

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China Drive’s Round Table Jan 22, 2013

On Tuesday, Zhao Xiaohua, Zhou Heyang, and I discussed:

  • Demoted official from Sanlu melamine scandal promoted
  • An official fired after mistress posts details of their affair
  • High class restaurants see decline in revenue as government implement “austerity”
[audio http://media.iphone.cri.cn/magazine/chinadrive/2013/01/012218a.mp3] [audio http://media.iphone.cri.cn/magazine/chinadrive/2013/01/012218b.mp3]

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China Drive’s Round Table Jan 21, 2013

On Monday, Zhao Xiaohua, Zhou Heyang, and I discussed:

  • Upgrading petrol to reduce air pollution
  • Eeijing’s new taxi rules to encourage more taxis to take passengers
  • Apple’s payment plan in China
[audio http://media.iphone.cri.cn/magazine/chinadrive/2013/01/012118a.mp3]
  • National labor shortage
  • 195 million graduates by 2020
  • Universities charging students to use athletic facilities
[audio http://media.iphone.cri.cn/magazine/chinadrive/2013/01/012118b.mp3]

 

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China Drive’s Round Table Jan 15, 2013

On Tuesday, Zhao Xiaohua, Zhou Heyang, and I discussed:

  • Public hospitals refusing patients with public insurance
  • Chinese literature majors tested in English
  • The nonsensical public holiday schedule for 2013
[audio http://media.iphone.cri.cn/magazine/chinadrive/2013/01/011518a.mp3]
  • Sina forcing users to share ad revenue
  • Three geoparks in China told to shape up by UNESCO
  • Getting annulments for marrying a homosexual
[audio http://media.iphone.cri.cn/magazine/chinadrive/2013/01/011518b.mp3]

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China Drive’s Round Table Jan 14, 2013

On Monday, Zhao Xiaohua, Zhou Heyang, and I discussed:

  • Horrible pollution in Beijing
  • Whether tier 2 and 3 cities need subways
  • Kindergartens only for government workers’ children
[audio http://media.iphone.cri.cn/magazine/chinadrive/2013/01/011418a.mp3]
  • The impact of fake shark fin
  • Copying architecture
  • Meaningless phrases from officials
[audio http://media.iphone.cri.cn/magazine/chinadrive/2013/01/011418b.mp3]

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Round Table on China Drive Jan 8, 2013

Zhou Heyang, Zhao Xiaohua, and I discuss:

  • CASS 2nd annual Social Psychology Blue Book
  • Buying tickets for 春运 (Spring Festival travel)
  • Chengguan in Xiamen cutting power and water to illegal construction sites
  • Hainan capping hotel and buffet prices
  • Creating superhero movies for Chinese market
  • Millionaire street cleaner

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Round Table on China Drive Jan 7, 2013

This week, Liu Yan, Zhao Xiaohua, and I discuss:

  • A fire at an unregistered/illegal orphanage and who is responsible
  • A 353 million RMB fine against LG and Samsung for price fixing
  • Fake goods on Tmall sold on singles day (anyone else not surprised?)
[audio http://media.iphone.cri.cn/magazine/chinadrive/2013/01/010718a.mp3]
  • Teaching materials at vocational schools
  • Native English speakers taking the CET-4 and CET-6 and failing
  • Home schooling groups in Wuhan
[audio http://media.iphone.cri.cn/magazine/chinadrive/2013/01/010718b.mp3]

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China Drive’s Round Table Jan 01, 2012

On the first day of 2013, Zhao Xiaohua, Zhou Heyang, and I review four of the biggest issues of 2012.

  • Wealth inequality
  • Pension shortfalls
[audio http://media.iphone.cri.cn/magazine/chinadrive/2013/01/010118a.mp3]
  • Impact and future of Weibo
  • Patient-doctor relationships
[audio http://media.iphone.cri.cn/magazine/chinadrive/2013/01/010118b.mp3]

 

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China Drive’s Round Table Dec 17, 2012

Zhou Heyang, Zhao Xiaohua, and I discuss:

  • Decreasing arable land in China
  • Turning farming into a successful business
  • Legal dispute over scholarships
[audio http://media.iphone.cri.cn/magazine/chinadrive/2012/12/121718a.mp3]
  • China’s massive number of patent applications and if it means more innovation
  • Developer Vanke to build mini apartments in Beijing, if anyone wants them
  • “Naked resignations” and what it means for Chinese society and youth
[audio http://media.iphone.cri.cn/magazine/chinadrive/2012/12/121718b.mp3]

 

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