OP-ED >> Counterpoint

Classes calcify as poor kids disappear from best schools

China's poor once had faith in the magic of education to reverse their destiny. Folk wisdom describes entering a college as "a carp leaping over the dragon's gate." But now it seems rural small fry may carp about their fate, as the dragon's teeth have been sown amid the dwindling enrollment of students from poor backgrounds in the nation's top-tier universities.
Source: Global Times | 2011/9/14 9:56:18

Higher education about more than top school numbers

People are understandably worried about the plunge in the numbers of rural students at Tsinghua and Peking University, China's two top schools.
Source: Global Times | 2011/9/14 9:59:28

China's problems no excuse for ignoring rightful criticism

There is no need to answer questions like "Whether the Western news system or journalism values have anything to do with the hacking row" now. Rupert Murdoch and his defunct News of the World were hunted down simply because they had gone too far.
Source: Global Times | 2011/8/3 23:22:17

Politics must consider more than economic factors

Modernization does not only refer to economic development, but also involves many other social and political subjects.
Source: Global Times | 2011/8/16 20:54:06

East Asian model strikes balance of power and rights

<br /> In the process of industrialization, these countries and regions have all adopted systems that both ensure public rights and concentrate state power.
Source: Global Times | 2011/8/16 20:52:37

Broken jobs, slashed services led to London burning

As the draconian public spending cuts enforced by British Prime Minister David Cameron's coalition government take effect, the prognosis for the UK does not look good.
Source: Global Times | 2011/8/11 20:48:57

Looters show ugly reality of UK's father-less underclass

What really shows that this is a cultural problem is the contrast between the looters and those who turned out to defend their communities, like the Turkish shopkeepers in London and the Sikhs in Birmingham.
Source: Global Times | 2011/8/11 20:48:53

Murdoch scandal doesn't tarnish all Western media

Over the past few weeks as the News of the World phone hacking scandal has unfolded, several Chinese media outlets have gleefully reported the events.
Source: Global Times | 2011/8/3 23:19:41

Rage inevitable when popular power has no other outlet

The fatal crash took place in Wenzhou at around 20:00 on July 23. The tragic information soon spread over the microblogs. Netizens, angry or sober, stayed awake for the whole night.
Source: Global Times | 2011/8/1 22:16:43

Violence must be condemned, not rationalized by principles

The world was shocked by the hideous violence that broke out in Norway, supposedly one of the most peaceful countries in the world. The event would not surprise us as much had it taken place in the US, where gun violence is unceasing.
Source: Global Times | 2011/8/1 22:20:43

Metropolises needs guts to seek unique creations

As the saying goes, no destruction, no construction. A firestorm ensued after the release of plans for a new building to be built on the Bund in Shanghai by SOHO China recently.
Source: Global Times | 2011/7/31 19:40:41

Profit motive will never create architecture for the ages

Shanghai's Bund is the most famous street in China, a collection of colonial buildings of both historical and architectural importance. Plans by SOHO China to add a 31-story office building on the Bund have drawn wide criticism from locals, since the building is seen as bizarrely shaped and far too tall.
Source: Global Times | 2011/7/31 19:38:24

Precise ethnic translations can thwart separatists

An article titled "I'm not Chinese, I'm zhongguo ren" published on June 14 by the Global Times raised a serious and long-standing issue. That is, China has been a multi-ethnic country since ancient times, though various ethnic groups experienced very complicated conflicts. But in various Western languages, the translated terms relating to "zhongguo ren" and Chinese ethnic groups are confusing and could hardly represent the view that China is a unified family with various ethnic groups. This seriously misleads foreigners, especially Westerners.
Source: Global Times | 2011/7/26 21:25:09

'Chinese' still covers every citizen of a diverse nation

The Global Times published two articles about the translation of "Chinese" and "zhongguo ren" on June 14 and June 18. I think that understandings on the two words could not be based on historical sentiments. Neither can we impose some regional and national history explanations on the two words. In other words, we should not politicize the word "Chinese."
Source: Global Times | 2011/7/26 21:28:22

Zhu Min bears weight of a nation in new IMF role

New IMF director Christine Lagarde's campaign pledge to allow emerging markets more power at the IMF has now taken definite shape with the nomination of Zhu Min, the special advisor to her predecessor Dominique Strauss-Kahn, as a deputy managing director of the IMF. It is the first time a Chinese citizen has held so high a position within the IMF.
Source: Global Times | 2011/7/17 22:49:14

One man not enough to push fundamental change at IMF

The new IMF Managing Director, Christine Lagarde, nominated Zhu Min to be one of her deputies on July 12. If the nomination is approved, Zhu will become the first Chinese deputy managing director at the IMF since its foundation in 1944.&nbsp;
Source: Global Times | 2011/7/17 22:45:43

Supposed 'patriotic thieves' not the real threat to China

&nbsp;More than 30 years of reform and opening-up in China have created many development miracles. Of course, rapid development has brought about a series of problems, some of which are very serious, including corruption and unfair distribution of income. But the strangest thing is that some people feel guilty about patriotism and are proud of wanting to lead foreign countries to invade our motherland.
Source: Global Times | 2011/7/12 22:34:03

Rabid nationalists care more about profits than patriotism

In 2002-03, several scholars and I proposed some new ideas about China's relationship with Japan. We hoped to promote original thoughts on dealing with the Sino-Japanese relations to develop good neighborhood ties based on China's long-term benefits. New ideas often trigger controversy after they are proposed, and we expected some response.
Source: Global Times | 2011/7/12 22:24:00