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Water release at Yunnan dam sparks SE Asian alarm

Water release at Yunnan dam sparks SE Asian alarm


A huge hydroelectric facility in southern Yunnan is causing tension between China and several of its downstream Southeast Asian neighbors. The Jinghong dam (景洪大坝), which stretches across the Mekong River, is currently discharging water in an effort to lower reservoir ...

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Three sentenced to death for Kunming Train Station attack

Three sentenced to death for Kunming Train Station attack


The Intermediate Court of Kunming has found four defendants guilty of carrying out a deadly knife attack that claimed the lives of 31 civilians and injured 141 in March of this year. Three of the defendants, all men, received the ...

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The Red Line, Bottom Line, and Direction of State-Owned Enterprise Reform (translation)

The Red Line, Bottom Line, and Direction of State-Owned Enterprise Reform (translation)


Translators note: This essay was first published in Qiushi's online journal Red Flag in early June and then recirculated on various CCP and government websites/publications including the official CCP News website, SASAC website, and most recently SinoPec's  official site.  Its analysis provides ...

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Roger Hamilton via The Baltimore Sun

China forbids some rice imports from Vietnam


Beijing has banned what trade authorities are calling "unofficial rice imports" from neighboring Vietnam. The move, ostensibly announced as closing a previously existing tax loophole, appears to be specifically targeted at Hanoi and does not affect other Southeast Asian countries sharing a ...

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Understanding China’s housing reforms

Understanding China's housing reforms


  Xinhua News Agency reported in late July on the government’s planned hukou reforms, which will begin by facilitating the urban settlement of roughly 100 million people who do not hold urban IDs and which will ultimately lead to the elimination ...

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Bottlenecks to Development: Challenges in the Mekong Delta

Bottlenecks to Development: Challenges in the Mekong Delta


Last week, ExSE took a hard look at the environmental challenges facing the Mekong Delta region and found that the prospects are not good. Due to unenviable geography and global warming, rising sea levels, higher average temperatures and irregular precipitation ...

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