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China Commentary

  Welcome to China Commentary [评论中国] Pínglùn Zhōngguó. It is intended to be a forum to comment about China; as well as providing Chinese commentary.

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Eco-driving seat

In April 2017, cities around the world celebrated Earth Hour, a symbolic event where businesses and landmark buildings switched off their lights to raise awareness

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Zombie factories, unborn cities

by John D. Evans  The world is always changing, some economies are growing quickly and some are in a state of decline. This is also true for all…

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Shanghai Debate: Bookshop Barnies

We are delighted to host the next Bookshop Barnie in Shanghai 2017. Bookshop Barnies are salon-type discussions that challenge an author to explain their work

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Transport back on track

– by Nikhil Seewoo, Sui Yingda and Liu Bowei —   China’s love affair with tram systems started in the late 19th century with Beijing opening its first…

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Singapore: Housing as Commonwealth Capitalism

– by Dr. Pietro Calogero — XJTLU is located in Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) in Jiangsu Province; an area initially resourced by Singaporean investment and know-how.

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La Forteresse assiégée:

Why the million-dollar view is bad for our body and our soul. By Xing Ruan

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The Great Mall of China

How Shopping And Socialism Has Inverted The City. – by Nick Jewell — After three and a half decades of double-digit growth, China finally appears to be slowing.

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Shanghai Debate 2015: China Rising

CHINA RISING In 1898, Zhang Zhidong said that China should adopt “Chinese learning for essence, Western learning for use”

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Review: “Ghost Cities in China”

by Liao Longtai, Department of Architecture, XJTLU This essay is a review of Ghost Cities of China: The Story of Cities without People in the World’s Most Populated…

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Tianjin: China’s Urban Revolution stalled?

by Maurizio Marinelli   Urban transformation in China constitutes both a domestic revolution and a world-historical event because it represents the largest construction project in the planet’s history.