Daily Archives: April 18, 2011

App gives Net users a unique insight

China’s 457 million Internet users are now able to do more than follow pop star’s micro blogs for news about their next concerts or romantic breakups. Thanks to a test-run of new media platforms, they can now keep tabs on government agencies.

The government’s first app for the iPad, from the State Council Information Office (SCIO), became available on April 6 and was downloaded more than 20,000 times in the first three hours, said chief developer Ling Chen. The free application, available from Apple’s App Store, targets the more than 15 million iPad users worldwide.

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Law must be more than just words

After decades of legislation, China has finally established its own basic legal system. But that system leaves much to be desired; there are still loopholes to fill. Therefore, in the coming years, more effort is needed.

In China, the economic and political, as well as many other social institutions, are still immature and need to be further developed. As a result, the laws governing finance, the transfer of land-use rights, housing, and ecological protection are far from adequate to meet the needs of healthy growth. So they need to be constantly amended to adapt to changing circumstances.

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