The latest book on China's position in the world this century offers a nuanced picture of the country's strengths and weaknesses.
Transport system put to test
Is this the year in which China can convince the skeptics that it can make the transition to a modern, high-productivity economy? Or will powerful vested interests block change, prolonging structural weaknesses in the economy as aging places a growing burden on the country, and the environment degrades further?
"Traditional PC vendors are no longer our top rivals. Our next step is to challenge Apple and Samsung in the portable consumer electronics sector."
Long-term separation from family members has become a top reason for migrant workers to consider quitting their jobs, a survey shows. This poses many problems for companies in maintaining an efficient and stable workforce, it says.
A back injury led Rose Oliver to tai chi, which led her to her husband and then took both of them to China. But three years after moving to Shanghai in 2000 to pursue their dream, Oliver's husband died, leaving her alone to follow their shared passion for tai chi.
Renowned filmmaker Zhang Yimou has found himself in deep water. Not only has he been fined 7.48 million yuan ($1.24 million; 907,000 euros) for violating the family planning policy, but many Chinese want even harsher punishment. The tidal wave of malignancy as displayed online is nothing short of unsettling. It's like a virtual lynching.
Eight months after a Chinese company announced plans to transform a derelict dock in East London into a business center that hosts the European headquarters of Chinese businesses, it says it is making rapid progress to deliver on its promises.
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