Monthly Archives: May 2015

China: Inventing Innovation

Inventing Innovation (Al Jazeera)

China's government has called on authors and artists to create great works and make China a cultural superpower.

For years, China has been promoting a policy of "indigenous innovation" - favouring domestic firms who develop their own technologies.

But it has also put China on a collision course with major trading partners, some of whom accuse it of unfair trade practices and theft of intellectual property.

Sichuan Earthquake, Remembered

Sichuan Earthquake, Remembered

A video prepared for a UNICEF event to thank donors and supporters of quake-relief efforts in Sichuan. The video and photos were shot by Diego Herrero and others. Edited by Steve Nettleton and Diego Herrero.

Ma Yan: the Girl Who Wanted to Go to School

Ma Yan: "I want to go to school"

Ma Yan, who as a schoolgirl wrote a diary that gave the world an unprecedented glimpse into the lives of families in rural China, now prepares to move to France to study. We look back at how her diary came to touch so many people around the globe, and at how the legacy of her experience is helping more young children in Ningxia stay in school.

China: Citizen Lawyer

Citizen Lawyer: Bian Guanghua

The number of lawyers in China has risen from a few thousand to 230,000 in the past 30 years. However, in many places, licensed lawyers remain scarce. As a result, unofficial "citizen representatives", with little or no legal training, often fill the gap.

One of these is Bian Guanghua. In the city of Zibo, in the eastern province of Shandong, Bian takes cases that many official lawyers won't or can't take