China-US political tensions have been a key reason for the sharp decline in people-to-people exchanges between the two countries, with study abroad programmes for US students to China halted and Confucius Institutes in the US closing down in droves. Some believe that China’s domestic policies are also to blame for the drop in American students’ interest. Lianhe Zaobao journalist Li Kang finds out more about the downward trend.
Even with a bachelor’s or master’s degree from top universities in China, graduates are facing a tough job market. While some are choosing to remain unemployed in hopes of better opportunities, others are exhausting all avenues to make a living, from taking the civil service examination to becoming "full-time children". Lianhe Zaobao journalists Li Kang and Zhu Yuxuan look into the issue.
While the latest economic data from China show encouraging GDP growth, taken in context, many provinces are actually seeing slower growth as compared with the first quarter of this year. Lianhe Zaobao journalist Li Kang examines the figures and speaks to economists to find out more.