Articles in our Growth Challenges series.

  • 2013-01-04


    Hong Kong lies strategically on China’s southeast coast, on the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea. Serving as a trading port for centuries, it was overseen from Beijing until the mid-19th. In 1842 China’s loss in the Opium Wars saw the area ceded to Britain.
  • 2012-11-16

    As a child I was enthralled by the adventures of Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven. Led by Peter, and together with Janet, Jack, Colin, George, Pam and Barbara, the seven would meet regularly to discuss local problems and adventures requiring their imagination and attention. Their headquarters was a garden shed, entry to which was protected by password and a badge marked SS.
  • 2012-11-05

    Next week the US election and China's once-in-a-decade transition coincide. In China's case not only will the ruling Party anoint a new President and Premier, a new Politburo and Politburo Standing Committee, but furthermore will also replace a full 60-70% of China’s leadership. Little is known of the incoming line-up or their policies, with the exception of Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang, future Chinese President and Premier respectively.
  • 2012-10-15


    With the world watching with held breath as China engineers its race to move up the economic value chain, a city less than an hour away by train from Shanghai appears to be taking the lead. Home to China’s highest per capita millionaire residency, in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang province, even the city’s soon-to-open new rubbish treatment station is solar powered. The city’s bike-sharing programme is the world’s largest, and in 2011 the BBC listed it as one of the world’s top eight public bike initiatives.
  • 2012-09-21

    A Beijing university campus and the launch Science Popularisation day was chosen as the venue and occasion by expected next President of China, Xi Jinping, to return to the public stage after a two-week absence. His public promotion of science arises in the footsteps of a speech at this month’s Russia-hosted APEC Summit in Vladivostok by outgoing Chinese President Hu Jintao highlighting China’s determination to foster innovative growth.