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Winners and losers of China’s green transformation

The willow trees and pagodas lining the shore of the canal in a newly-built park in Jishuitan, Beijing are all meant to evoke the sights and smells of the Qing Dynasty, which ruled China for over three centuries. A park placard quotes a poem written during the reign of Emperor Qianlong, which evokes the fragrant…

From Dragon Heads to Farm Drops, Chinese agriculture has many faces

In Beijing last week, STEPS member Adrian Ely hosted a roundtable with social enterprises, NGOs and firms involved in food and agriculture to discuss the findings of the Low Carbon Innovation in China: Prospects, Politics and Practice project. Based on fieldwork by Sam Geall (SPRU), and support from Yiching Song (Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy,…

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What can development learn from China’s approach to reform?

By Lewis Husain and Adrian Ely At the launch of the STEPS China hub in Beijing this year, there was much talk of learning from China’s development experiences. A key question was how the Chinese government has been able to manage such massive change at a national level, whilst at the same time catering for…

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China Daily covers launch of China Sustainability Hub

Mutual learning across continents is one of the key imperatives behind the launch of our China Sustainability Hub and the focus of a China Daily article about the Hub, which is coordinated by Beijing Normal University School of Social Development and Public Policy (BNU-SSDPP) In Research hub helps China’s sustainable development Cecily Liu today reports…

Made in China? Mutual learning in a global development era

This week marks the 60th anniversary of the Bandung conference when Asian and African countries gathered in Indonesia to discuss independence, peace and prosperity. The conference resulted in 10 principles based on friendship, solidarity and cooperation in this newly post-colonial era for many of the states involved, prefiguring what many now term ‘South-South’ cooperation in…

MANIFESTO IN CHINA: MOVING AND NON-MOVING PICTURES

Photos and video of the Manifesto discussion in Beijing, held at Tsinghua University in March, are now on the website. Take a look for some top academics’ takes on innovation, sustainability and development in China and across the globe. There are lots more videos, reports and documents at www.anewmanifesto.org, which also includes the full text…

BLOG FROM THE WORLD CONGRESS ON HEALTH ECONOMICS, BEIJING

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member ‘Harmonising health and economics’ sounds like a tall order, nonetheless it is the title of this year’s World Congress on Health Economics being held in Beijing. Our colleagues from Future Health Systems and POVILL, Samantha Reddin and Adrijana Corluka, are blogging live from the event, and have already covered…

ANOTHER WORLD IS INEVITABLE?

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member, reports from the Asia-Europe People’s Forum in Beijing Thirty years ago, the idea that the Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF) would be held in China would have been inconceivable, but the fact that civil society organisations from all across Europe, Asia and other areas of the world have come together…

BEIJING: GLOBAL FORUM FOR HEALTH RESEARCH

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member The world is likely to fail to meet the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals related to health, the head of the World Health Organization said this week at the Global Forum for Health Research.Speaking at the annual conference in Beijing, Margaret Chan said a rise in funding for research…

ECOSUMMIT DAY 4: BEIJING DECLARATION

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member Finally, on the last day of the Ecosummit, the organisers presented a ‘Beijing declaration’, which called for more environmentally sensitive development and highlighted the important contribution that ecology could make in reaching this goal. Having greatly enjoyed his previous talks, I decided to attend Rusong Wang’s morning session on…