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Jiayun Feng

  • How Beijing’s sky changes before and after major political meetings / SCMP
    When this year’s Two Sessions started on March 3, Beijing’s skies were somewhat smoggy. But as the political meetings progressed, the sky became much clearer because polluting factories were closed and traffic on the roads was limited. Though the air quality during the meetings was still categorized on China’s air-quality scale as “moderate” — rather than “good” or “very good” — it was enough to make local residents happy. But as the meetings came to an end, smog began to appear once more. In a press conference hosted by Li Keqiang 李克强, the premier vowed to make the country’s skies blue again “by removing high-emission cars from the road and closing coal-fired furnaces.”
  • A new baby boom is happening in China’s smaller cities / Bloomberg
    As smaller cities in China struggle to cope with a baby boom that resulted from the new two-child policy, there is a debate over whether an immediate lifting of all birth control restrictions is needed to increase the country’s labor force. On the sidelines of the Two Sessions this year, Sun Xiaomei, a professor at China Women’s University in Beijing and National People’s Congress delegate, insists that it is too soon to further relax the new two-child ceiling because hospitals and schools in rural areas are already having difficulty accommodating the surging population of newly born babies. Others argue that the introduction of a two-child policy is too little and too late to address problems caused by China’s aging population.

By Jiayun Feng
Jiayun is a Chinese native and was born in Shanghai, where she spent her first 20 years and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Fudan University. Interested in writing for a global audience, she attended the NYU Graduate School of Journalism for its Global & Joint Program Studies, which allows her to pursue a journalistic career along with her interest in international relations. She has previously interned for Sixth Tone and Shanghai Daily.
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