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China embraces corporate farming

“This is going to be a game changer with wide implications both for the economy and the political system,” Erlend Ek, agriculture research manager for consulting firm, China Policy, told VOA. “New opportunities are opening up because Chinese authorities are seeking partnerships with foreign companies in the field of agriculture technology.”

China rumored to impose anti-dumping tariffs on soybeans

According to Erlend Ek of the advisory firm China Policy, Chinese soybean farmers have suffered in recent years due to poor domestic support. New policies aimed to correct these problems are being planned, but have yet to take shape. As a result Ek thinks China may feel it necessary to introduce “some short term protection to the domestic sector,” he told Bloomberg “although it would likely resist doing so.”

China’s parliament expels 45 delegates in vote-buying scandal

“Why would this be an issue now? It doesn’t look like a sudden spurt of interest in the integrity of the electoral process,” said David Kelly, research director for China Policy, a Beijing-based research and advisory group that studies Chinese politics. “There could very well be a standard price of entry to these positions. I don’t think a lot of promotions occur without a gift. This goes to endemic, system-wide features. If you don’t do it, you may be blacklisted. But if you do it, you're on a potential hit list.”

Climate change deal may help China get US support on trade at G-20

Support for protectionism was evident during the Brexit debate in Britain, and in the ongoing presidential race in the United States. Parts of Europe, including Germany, have seen protests by jobless steel workers, blaming China for their plight.'China is worried about growing resistance to its goods in foreign markets. But its own protectionism is politically too costly for President Xi Jinping to alter,' David Kelly, head of consulting firm China Policy told VOA.

China may not have enough arable land to feed its people. But big changes are coming

It’s a revolution with serious risks for the legitimacy of the CCP should food prices soar and farmers struggle to make ends meet. 'There could be massive social unrest if they screw up the agriculture industry,' says Erlend Ek, an agriculture expert at the China Policy research firm. 'There hasn’t been this big of a change maybe since the Great Leap Forward.'

policy development and growth threatened

...'licenced policy contention' exists for broad economic and social policy, and issues that don't directly affect the Party's power. Philippa Jones said: 'Money flows in substantial quantities to the policy community in universities and think tanks who continue to debate and comment on policy as it develops.' Jones says the number of interested parties giving advice has often been a natural check and balance to government. The Party also uses extensive polling to keep in tune with public sentiment.

Beijing grapples with PR crisis after S. China Sea ruling

'Chinese authorities now face a major propaganda challenge within the country,' said David Kelly, research director of the Beijing-based advisory group China Policy, adding, 'The public knew the tribunal would not find in China's favor, but after the Duterte election, followed by the U.S. dispatch of carrier groups into the region, the official response swung from resignation to outrage, allowing the populist temperature to rise.'

China’s charitable turn?

China’s new law on foreign nongovernmental organizations, passed in late April, will regulate how such groups operate for the first time in the country’s history. When the Overseas NGO Management Law goes into effect in January 2017, nearly 10,000 groups in China will have to register with the Chinese police and find domestic groups willing to partner with them. Some will not be able to stay in the country; others will voluntarily depart rather than try to navigate the stricter rules.

Jingjinji integrating a Chinese megapolis

Josh Freedman, a researcher from China Policy, a Beijing-based research and advisory firm, said that despite being close neighbors, Beijing, Tianjin, and the surrounding Hebei province have long been politically and economically divided. 'Each area—and even administrative divisions like counties or districts within these three areas—has its own interests and bases of power. Jingjinji is an attempt to break down some of these divisions through technological and infrastructural integration.'

Chinese billionaires largely stay away from charity

China recently came out with new laws that imposed severe restrictions on foreign non-government organizations, and a set of new regulations for charity organizations. China wants to discourage the growth of an independent civil society and divert funds and energies to certain chosen fields, said Josh Freedman, research manager at consulting firm China Policy. 'The government is trying to redefine charity. It is welcoming donations in charities that support its own goals — like poverty eradication, disaster relief and environmental protection; but, it wants to curb NGOs that encourage labor activism or support political groups,' Freedman said.

cultural revolution: anniversary China wants to forget

'The Cultural Revolution gave the word revolution a bad name. Yet that was what the party's claim to authority wrested on,' David Kelly, director of research at the China Policy think-tank in Beijing, told Al Jazeera. 'Now it has been replaced by the word reform. In the past you had to show that you were part of the revolution that was going transform China. Now the fight is over whether you are inside or outside reform.'

whither China’s economy? parsing a twofer from the People’s Daily

'You’re seeing more open contention,' said David Kelly, research director at China Policy, a Beijing-based consultancy. 'There’s a realization of the risk of stimulus — that they’re hitting the accelerator and the brakes at the same time and the car’s wobbling – while there’s also a feeling that as long as you don’t go crazy you can muddle on.'