Category: Social Policy

Energy Transition Increases Need for US Technology

China’s energy planners seek to increase production, distribution, and consumption of renewable energy as a means to diversify energy supply. However, as China attempts to transition from coal to other energy sources, it struggles to utilize existing renewable capacity. This...

/ February 6, 2017

How Can Individuals, Companies be Limited by  Bad Social Credit in China?

A new government system that evaluates and tracks “untrustworthy” individuals and companies could limit eligibility for financing, employment, and Party membership, as well restrict real estate transactions and travel. The Chinese government intends to fully implement this nationwide social credit...

/ February 3, 2017

Disability Employment Security Changes Could Be Costly

Companies operating in some of China’s major cities are facing significant cost increases following a change to employment social security fund payment calculations. Although announced by the central government, provincial governments are implementing the new calculation in different ways—if at...

/ February 1, 2017

A Clear Opportunity

Air pollution continues to pose a major health threat in China. China’s recent Air Pollution Prevention and Control Law and Atmospheric Pollution Prevention Action Plan demonstrate the government’s resolve to significantly improve air quality. With appropriate planning, this large-scale deployment...

/ January 27, 2017

Funding China’s Civil Society – Tax Incentives, Donation Law, and the Role of Foreign Charities

China passed two new laws in 2016 that will play a major role in shaping its civil society sector. The Charity Law, already in effect, and the Overseas Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Law, set for implementation in January, are closely intertwined,...

/ January 13, 2017

VIDEO: The Role of NGOs in Cultural Heritage Conservation

Heritage preservation has long been associated with the conservation of grand monuments driven by the state, but Kuanghan Li, director of Global Heritage Fund's China Program, explains to Asia Society that NGOs could play the role of instigator and facilitator...

/ October 21, 2016

China’s New National Fitness Plan and Emerging Opportunities in the Sports Industry

The 2016-2020 National Fitness Plan creates great potential for foreign investment. This is particularly true with football, where foreign input is highly valued in China. However, sport is only one side of the coin: fitness also provides a large opportunity....

/ October 14, 2016

Healthcare

The United States accounts of 14 percent of global healthcare spending. China, home to 22 percent of the world's population, only accounts for 2 percent of healthcare spending.

/ June 7, 2016

Hiring Disabled Workers in China: Incentives and Challenges

The Chinese government plans to increase the monthly subsidy for families whose only child is disabled and unable to support the family as the parents age. The announcement—widely reported in Western media—has re-energized discussion of the role of the disabled...

/ May 25, 2016

Poverty in China

China's government plans to reduce the number of people in poverty by 1,000,000 a month.

/ May 23, 2016