Issue 06 of 2009 Total issue 233
Cover Story
Last-Minute Challenges for Health Reform
Local government costs and doctor pay are among the unfinished issues for health care reformers, whose task appears far from done.
Shine More Light on Government Budgets
Public scrutiny of China's government budget process is easier than ever. But there are good reasons for more transparency.
Reform, Not Liquidity, Is the Way Out
Trying to pump up another assets bubble with government liquidity will not create lasting growth, and it's likely not to work.
Major Stories
A Soros Solution for the Global Meltdown
"It's the end of an era, as far as the United States is concerned, because the prosperity was built on a false foundation." – George Soros.
Lunar Exploration: Act II
Before 2013, China plans to launch its first moon landing and send an unmanned exploration vehicle out on the lunar surface.
Is Chang Gung Good Medicine for Reform?
A Xiamen hospital operated by Taiwan's Chang Gung was supposed to spark mainland reforms. But the barriers are high.
How Hedging Cost China Eastern Billions
A scheme designed to protect one of China's largest airlines from volatile fuel prices wound up showering the company in red ink.
Netbooks: Hard Choices in Hard Times
Booming demand for portable computers called netbooks has given small PC manufacturers a shot at beating the big boys.
Policy Banking Rides a Pendulum in China
A commercialization push for China Development Bank may be crumbling in the face of second thoughts about its policy role.
One City's Success with Public Health Care
Government-backed public clinics and private health centers have ushered in a new era for affordable care in the city of Zhuhai.
Warming Up to China's Economic Stimulus
Beijing's faith in 8 percent GDP growth for 2009 is grounded in a 4 trillion yuan stimulus package now starting to gel.
Test Time for Chinese Overseas Acquisitions
Chinalco's latest bid for Rio Tinto is one of three Chinese plans for mining investments facing skeptics and regulators in Australia.
Untangling the Hedging Morass at SOEs
Where to draw the line between hedging and speculation? That's a key question now facing China's state-owned enterprises.
A Road Map for Yuan Internationalization
From practical and monetary policy perspectives, rising use of the Chinese currency for international trade makes sense.
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