Rent a car in Shanghai, drop it off in Beijing a couple days later — all for RMB 1,200. We have our doubts whether this deal is available to foreigners, but right now it is only open to Shouqi Car Leasing Co.’s 10,000 members. Why? They don’t want people driving off with their cars: “The high proportion of people who rent cars but fail to return them has been a major hurdle in China. About 6 percent of the entire Beijing rental fleet of 20,000 were stolen last year.” Ouch.
Prime Minister Wen Jiabao: Chinese websites should “refrain from misleading the general public or exerting negative impacts on social order.” The quote comes from a press conference in which Wen also admitted China has a “high concentration of all kinds of acute problems.”