General/Domestic Part 2

China opens ‘most beautiful’ high-speed railway

2017-01-05

  • Rail passengers in Shanghai from Thursday will be able to travel to the beautiful southwestern province of Yunnan in just 11 hours, as China opens its latest high-speed railway connecting the eastern metropolis with Yunnan’s capital, Kunming. From Jan 5, three China Railway High-speed (CRH) trains will depart daily from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station each morning, reaching Kunming the same evening. The new railway will connect six provincial capital cities along its route from the east coast to the far southwest of the country, namely Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanchang, Changsha, Guiyang and Kunming.

http://www.ecns.cn/2017/01-05/240313.shtml

China’s graft watchdog turns camera on itself in TV series

Jan 4, 2017

  • China’s top graft watchdog has begun airing a three-part television series highlighting corruption within its ranks, sending a message that there will be no omissions in Chinese President Xi Jinping’s war on corruption. In nightly episodes beginning Tuesday the series reveals how inspection officials traded on their position of power for expensive gifts, such as pearls, designer watches and gold bars, and cash bribes dating back to the 1990s.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-china-corruption-television-idUKKBN14O0B6?il=0

China considering strong measures to contain Taiwan: sources

Dec 31, 2016

  • China’s military has become alarmed by what it sees as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s support of Taiwan and is considering strong measures to prevent the island from moving toward independence, sources with ties to senior military officers said. Three sources said one possibility being considered was conducting war games near the self-ruled island that China considers as a breakaway province. Another was a series of economic measures to cripple Taiwan. It was not clear whether any decisions had been taken, but the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Taiwan issue had become a hot topic within the upper echelons of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in recent weeks. “We’re ready. If Taiwan wants to make trouble so can we. Let’s hit them hard,” said an official in Beijing who meets regularly with China’s most senior military officers, including those who work directly with President Xi Jinping.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-taiwan-usa-idUSKBN14K03S

NFL is first to stream live sports on a key Chinese social network

12.28.16

  • If you enjoy Twitter’s live NFL games, you might just feel jealous very shortly. The NFL has struck a deal that will make it the first sports league to livestream on Sina Weibo, one of China’s largest social networks. The service has already streamed six regular games so far, but the pact will also have it provide the last Sunday Night Football game, a trio of playoff games and even the Super Bowl. Yes, you read that correctly — in one way, Chinese fans will have easier access to the biggest football game of the year than their American counterparts.

https://www.engadget.com/2016/12/28/nfl-to-stream-live-games-on-sina-weibo/

Baby boom after China ends one-child rule

29 Dec 2016

  • Now China is undergoing a minor baby boom, with almost one million more newborns expected this year, National Health and Family Planning Commission deputy director Wang Pei’an said according to official media reports. More than 17.5 million births were expected in 2016, he told a conference in November — which would reverse a decline last year and be the highest figure since 2000.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/1170793/baby-boom-after-china-ends-one-child-rule

Top brass in China’s ruling Communist Party pledge their loyalty to President Xi Jinping

Dec. 28, 2016

  • The ruling Communist Party’s two dozen top brass made a face-to-face pledge of political loyalty to President Xi Jinping, one month into the official preparations for a major power transition next year. In a self-criticism session that recalled the era of former leader Mao Zedong, members of the 25-strong decision-making Politburo made soul-searching reports about their ideological orientation and behaviour.

http://www.businessinsider.com/top-brass-in-chinas-communist-party-pledge-loyalty-to-xi-jinping-2016-12?IR=T

KFC Opens AI Powered Outlet In China To Recomend Food To The Customers

26/12/2016

  • Fast food restaurant chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) launched its first Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enabled cafe in Beijing, and said it plans to create more innovative and interesting dining experiences for customers. With the cooperation of Baidu Inc, China’s largest search engine, KFC started its first smart restaurant in the Financial Street area in Beijing on Friday, the People’s Daily reported on Sunday.

http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2016/12/26/kfc-opens-ai-powered-outlet-in-china-to-reccomend-food-to-the-cu/

China to hold Catholic conference after six-year hiatus

26 December 2016

  • China said Monday it will restart a conference of local Catholics, ending a years-long hiatus, as it expressed goodwill towards the Vatican after six decades of estrangement. The country’s roughly 12 million Catholics are divided between a government-run association, whose clergy are chosen by the Communist Party, and an unofficial church which swears allegiance to the Vatican.

http://www.france24.com/en/20161226-china-hold-catholic-conference-after-six-year-hiatus

Football: China to lower club quotas for foreign players

25 Dec 2016

  • China will lower the number of overseas players allowed on domestic teams from five to four in an effort to cool the red-hot market for foreign talent, its football authority said. Clubs in the mega-rich Chinese Super League have splashed out more than US$400 million on domestic and foreign players this year after President Xi Jinping laid out his vision of turning the country into a football powerhouse.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/sport/football-china-to-lower-club-quotas-for-foreign-players/3392710.html

China’s Xi says supports efforts to curb Hong Kong independence

Dec 23, 2016

  • China’s central government strongly supports efforts by the government in Chinese-ruled Hong Kong to curb moves by some promoting independence for the global financial hub, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Friday. Chinese leaders are increasingly concerned about a fledgling independence movement in the former British colony that returned to mainland rule in 1997 with a promise of autonomy and recent protests in the city.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-china-hongkong-idUKKBN14C0UA

China’s Tiger Moms Are Spending Big on Tech Classes for Their Kids

December 20, 2016

  • It starts with the idea that kids must be trained early to prevail over robots in the workforce. Then it snowballs from there—$3,000 a year for tuition, $350 for a Lego robotics set, and $7,300 to test the newly acquired engineering skills in a competition in the U.S. That’s what Zhuo Yu is spending on her 10-year-old son for a so-called STEM education in China—a problem-based approach to learning that combines knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The concept created in the U.S. is now stirring a craze across China, where about 10 million students are being fast-tracked for STEM success.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2016-12-20/china-s-tiger-moms-are-spending-thousands-for-stem-education-and-robot-classes-for-their-kids

China begins construction of first domestically produced polar icebreaker

December 20, 2016

  • On Dec. 20, Shanghai-based Jiangnan Shipyard Co. Ltd. officially began to build China’s first domestically produced polar icebreaker. Expected to be completed in 2019, the ship will establish an icebreaker fleet with Xuelong, China’s current largest polar icebreaker, bought from a Ukrainian company. With a designed draft of 7.85 meters and displacement of 13,990 tons, the new vehicle will be 122.5 meters long and 22.3 meters wide. It will be able to sail as fast as 12 to 15 knots, covering a range of 20,000 nautical miles. It will accommodate 90 crew members and be able to sail at 2 to 3 knots even in 1.5-meter-thick ice and 0.2-meter-thick snow.

http://en.people.cn/n3/2016/1220/c90000-9157245.html

Chinese women spend big on beauty surgery

2016-12-19

  • The survey found that Chinese women spent the equivalent of about 581 yuan ($83.50) per month. That’s more than twice the global average of about 254 yuan, and 145 yuan higher than the second group on the list-women from South Korea. The report also said that 74 percent of Chinese respondents associate beauty directly with facial appearance, the highest of all surveyed countries. The biggest concern for Chinese women is flabby skin and crow’s feet-the little wrinkles at the corners of the eyes.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2016-12/19/content_27704380.htm

First Gender Textbook for Boys Supported by Schools in Shanghai

Dec.16 2016

  • Media outlets blamed ‘feminine’ men on a lack of paternal education and the influence of Japanese and Korean culture. Supporters said the first gender textbook is challenging and innovative, and could promote boys’ “manly” development.

http://www.newschinamag.com/newschina/articleDetail.do?article_id=1068&section_id=25&magazine_id=

Foreign NGOs on back foot as new Chinese law looms

Dec 15, 2016

  • Foreign organisations including social and environmental advocacy groups fear they could inadvertently break broadly defined new rules that take effect in China next month, with some even shutting up shop to avoid such pitfalls. China says the NGO law, which grants broad powers to police to question NGO workers, monitor their finances and regulate their work, is necessary to regulate an unruly sector and that only those operating illegally have anything to fear.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-china-lawmaking-ngos-idUKKBN1440TX

For China’s State Media, Trump Victory Can’t Cure ‘American Disease’

DEC. 14, 2016

  • “Mainstream Chinese views of the United States have shifted from admiration to doubt, especially after the financial crisis, and now increasingly to rejection of its values,” Shi Yinhong, the director of the Center for American Studies at Renmin University in Beijing, said in an interview. “Among elite scholars, fewer and fewer voice awe of the United States,” Mr. Shi said. “Trump’s victory, like ‘Brexit,’ is seen as an opportunity for the official media to teach the public they have no reason to envy the West.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/14/world/asia/china-media-america-trump-election.html

China Declares May 30 ‘Sci-Tech Workers’ Day’

Dec 14, 2016

  • The Chinese government has designated May 30 of each year “Sci-Tech Workers’ Day” to honor the country’s 81 million science and technology (S&T) workers. The State Council, China’s Cabinet, agreed to hold the first Sci-Tech Workers’ Day in 2017, according to a statement from the China Association for Science and Technology and the Ministry of Science and Technology.

http://en.yibada.com/articles/179011/20161214/china-declares-30-sci-tech-workers-day.htm

Chinese Police to Be Given Authority to Block Internet Access

Dec 11, 2016

  • A proposed law will allow Chinese law enforcement officials to cut Internet access to the public in times of natural disasters, public health crises or social unrest. The draft requires police authorities at the county level to get approval from the provincial or central governments before controlling the Internet to deal with emergency situations.

http://en.yibada.com/articles/177592/20161211/chinese-police-to-be-given-authority-to-block-internet-access.htm

China’s president looks to universities, schools to uphold ideological conformity

Dec. 12, 2016

  • Universities must be strongholds for the Communist Party, while schools are on the front line of the battle against the infiltration of hostile foreign forces and their subversive ideas. That’s the message coming from China’s top leadership in the past few days, as President Xi Jinping steadily expands the ideological clampdown that has marked his rule.

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/12/12/chinas-president-looks-to-universities-schools-to-uphold-ideological-conformity.html

Shanghai eases access for foreign talent

December 10, 2016

  • Shanghai unveiled measures on Friday aimed at attracting talented people from overseas, including high-level professionals and young graduates, as it tries to build itself into a global technological innovation hub by 2030. The new measures also include preferential policies for overseas Chinese and family members of talented expats to live, work or study in Shanghai. Overseas Chinese holding a PhD or having worked for four years in enterprises in Zhangjiang, the free trade zone or other qualified areas can apply for permanent resident permits.

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2016-12/10/content_39889352.htm

China sets 2020 target for clean air in big cities

Dec 5, 2016

  • China aims to provide clean air in its largest cities for 80 percent of each year, or more than 9-1/2 months, by 2020, up from a figure of 76.7 percent last year, the country’s cabinet said on Monday. The clean air goal for 338 cities was laid out in a five-year development plan on ecological and environmental protection that said China would push structural reforms to cut excess capacity in polluting industries.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-environment-idUSKBN13U0ZG

Number of new births in China to fall within prediction in 2016: health authorities

2016-11-27

  • A total of more than 17.5 million babies are expected to be born by the end of the year, and the number is roughly consistent with the official prediction after the two-child policy was implemented at the beginning of the year, said a Chinese health official at a population and development conference in Beijing on Saturday.

http://www.ecns.cn/2016/11-27/235493.shtml

Hiking becomes most popular outdoors activity in China

November 25, 2016

  • With 2,788 routes developed by China’s outdoors clubs, hiking was the country’s most popular outdoors activity from 2015 to 2016, a survey revealed recently. The survey, issued last month by the 8264 Platform of Outdoors Clubs, one of the country’s earliest online networks of outdoors businesses, also shows that in-depth travel follows hiking as the second favorite outdoors activity among Chinese backpackers.

http://www.china.org.cn/sports/2016-11/25/content_39785860.htm

China Wants to Be the Next Hockey Heavyweight

November 22, 2016

  • China wants to flex again, as it did during the 2008 Summer Olympics. This time, the country is training to be a hockey heavyweight. Like Russia, the United States, or Canada. Really. China has the capital. And right now, it has the motivation: In just six short years, all eyes will once again be on Beijing for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

https://sports.vice.com/ca/article/china-wants-to-be-the-next-hockey-heavyweight

The Chinese success as example of the future of digital education

Nov 21, 2016

  • The numbers provided by the largest education platform in China surpassed every forecast with an 180.9 percent year-over-year increase in net revenues, and 135.2 percent in gross billings. The number of paying students doubled to 40 thousand from 2015, providing the program with over $135 billion gross billings contributed just by K-12 students. COE provides Chinese students with live one-on-one interactive English lessons taught by foreign teachers (mostly American ones) with either online or mobile platforms. The education program is a first effort to provide teaching courses in a fully digitalized environment, and takes full advantage of the informatics medium to pool all the data analyzed as well as teacher feedback in order to improve its efficiency year by year.

http://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-science/technology/the-chinese-success-as-example-of-the-future-of-digital-education/article/480065

Daimler fires official accused of calling Chinese ‘bastards’

Nov. 22, 2016

  • A top executive at German automaker Daimler’s China operation has been fired after being accused of yelling insults about Chinese people and using pepper spray in a dispute over a parking spot. Rainer Gaertner, chief executive of Daimler’s Chinese truck and bus division, was accused of starting an argument in an upscale Beijing neighborhood last week. A post that circulated on Chinese social media alleged that Gaertner said that he had lived in China for a year and that he believed all Chinese were “bastards.”

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/18128e86ce8a4a159674e570efb64583/daimler-fires-official-accused-calling-chinese-bastards

How The NFL Is Growing In China

19 November 2016

  • NFL teams have already played three games in London as part of this season’s International Series. This week’s Monday Night Football game is scheduled to be played under the lights of Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, Mexico, featuring the Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders in the NFL’s first regular season game in Mexico since 2005. Much has changed in the sports landscape since 2005, however. Not only has the NFL experienced healthy growth domestically, but they have also continued to expand their popularity internationally.

http://thesportsquotient.com/nfl/2016/11/19/how-the-nfl-is-growing-in-china

China’s African population declines amid slowdown, crackdown

Nov. 19, 2016

  • Dreams are fading in China for African traders like Mouhamadou Moustapha Dieng, who in 2003 was among the first wave of Africans to set up homes and companies in this port city and forge trading links between China and the African continent. Young African traders who want to follow in the footsteps of Dieng’s generation complain of difficulties getting visas, police crackdowns and prejudice, which come amid rising nationalism and slowing economic growth. Guangzhou is believed to have the largest African population in Asia, but many are leaving as long-time traders struggle against a slowdown in the Chinese economy and increased competition from Chinese traders and the internet.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/cf519303ea77422b8365a4f7c978c1d5/chinas-african-population-declines-amid-slowdown-crackdown

As China conquers Everest, tourists are big winners

November 13 2016

  • China has big plans for Mount Everest. Although the south-facing side of the mountain, in Nepal, might be better known, the Tibetan north face also has a rich mountaineering history, and China has outlined an ambitious new vision for commercialising it. Earlier this year, China opened a new paved road that winds 14,000 feet up the slope and stops at the base camp parking lot.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/destinations/asia/86405698/as-china-conquers-everest-tourists-are-big-winners

China’s first home-made big passenger plane C919 closer to debut

2016-11-13

  • China’s first domestically produced large passenger aircraft, C919, has successfully completed key tests on its engines, marking the final stage of its testing phase. Production for use of the C919, the Commercial Aircraft Cooperation of China (COMAC), is secheduled for sometime of next year. 21 foreign and domestic customers have already placed over 500 orders for the jet. COMAC estimates the potential market of C919 is worth more than 650 billion yuan (100 billion US dollars).[Photo from Sina Weibo]

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2016-11/13/content_27359721.htm

Buying peace? Chinese money brings Tibet growth, apathy

November 13, 2016

  • Traditional teahouses and fashion boutiques have sprung up in Bayi, one of the liveliest districts of Lhasa, and are owned and patronised by both Tibetans and Han Chinese. But some say increasing prosperity is just Beijing buying peace. “I don’t care about politics,” said Gesan, a Tibetan tucking into a bowl of chilli fries in a Bayi tavern. The 22-year-old spent two years in the Chinese army and now works for an insurance company. “My life’s not so bad,” he added, playing with his smartphone. “Lhasa jumped from the Middle Age into modernity” says Jens-Uwe Hartmann, a Tibet expert at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/buying-peace-chinese-money-brings-tibet-growth-apathy-043215606.html

Coal boomtown in China warms to renewables

November 10, 2016

  • While China’s push for clean energy threatens to transform former coal boomtowns such as Shaanxi Province’s Yulin into so-called “ghost cities,” the city’s government plans to buck the trend. Officials in Yulin hope to ride a wave of expansion in renewables and other sectors to diversify the city’s economy. The government-backed Jingbian Photo-voltaic Industrial Park is regarded as a poster child for new energy projects across China, with the more than 2,000-acre solar-voltaic installation supplying power to the country’s northwest.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/china/local-news/shanghai/2016/11/10/483535/Coal-boomtown.htm

China says ‘no grace period’ for foreign NGOs under tough law

November 9, 2016

  • There will be no “grace period” for the implementation of new regulations limiting the activities of foreign nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in China that are slated to come into effect in 2017, according to the Ministry of Public Security. Western governments have lambasted the foreign NGO law passed in April, saying it treats the groups as a criminal threat and would effectively force many out of the country.

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201611090052.html

Chinese Teaching Methods More Superior Than Global Approaches, Study Says

Nov 07, 2016

  • The Chinese-style math teaching is the highest form of teaching the subject, according to a study released by Oxford University. The study indicated that students who were subjected to Chinese teaching methods did significantly better in mastery than students who learned under the conventional method. Findings focused on the Inspire Math program which is widely used in Singapore. Students from have shown to excel and international rankings that showed how 15-year-olds compared in math.

http://en.yibada.com/articles/171708/20161107/chinese-teaching-methods-more-superior-global-approaches-study.htm

Two democratically elected Hong Kong lawmakers have been banned from taking office by Beijing

November 07, 2016

  • China’s top law-making body issued a rare interpretation of the Basic Law that governs Hong Kong on Monday (Nov. 7) that effectively ousts two democratically elected officials from office permanently. The action by Beijing, which has increasingly tightened its grip on free speech and demonstrations in Hong Kong after 2014’s Umbrella Movement protests, could spark widespread protests in a city where demonstrators have already taken to the streets over the issue.

http://qz.com/829114/two-democratically-elected-hong-kong-lawmakers-from-the-youngspiration-party-have-been-banned-from-office-by-chinas-communist-party/

China to Encourage Filipino English Teachers by Loosening Restrictions; Philippines to Be Added in English-speaking List

Nov 01, 2016

  • Sixto Julio Piso is a 33-year-old Filipino who teaches English in Beijing. He knew about the loosening of requirements for Filipinos to work in China as teachers. He said, “I saw on social media that the Chinese government is considering adding the Philippines to the list of native English speaking countries for English teachers. If it comes true, it is really good news for us.”

http://en.yibada.com/articles/170749/20161101/china-encourage-filipino-english-teachers-loosening-restrictions-philippines-added-speaking.htm

Chinese lawmakers poised to ban some private schools: report

Nov 2, 2016

  • China may ban for-profit, private elementary and middle schools in a move likely to tighten government control of education and cool a fast-growing but poorly regulated sector. Leaders of the country’s legislature are considering changes to a law this week that would make it illegal to run profit-making private schools for students in the first through ninth grades, an age group that is entitled to free, compulsory education from the state.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/11/02/asia-pacific/social-issues-asia-pacific/chinese-lawmakers-poised-ban-private-schools-report/

All hail the mighty uncle – Chinese welcome Xi as the “core”

Oct 28, 2016

  • Hailing “mighty Uncle Xi”, Chinese people have taken to social media using an old imperial term to welcome President Xi Jinping’s naming by the Communist Party as its “core”, despite party efforts to limit his cult of personality. Indeed, the party’s lengthy communique after the plenum said “boasting” about leaders should be banned and all publicity about them based on fact. That message has seemingly been lost on enthusiastic users of the Weibo social media service, where posts about Xi praising him as “mighty Uncle Xi” – echoing an expression used to greet an emperor – have appeared despite online censorship blocking searches for the expression.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-politics-xi-idUSKCN12S0AA

Party members called on to unite around CPC Central Committee with Xi as “core”

2016-10-27

  • A key meeting of the Communist Party of China (CPC) has called on all its members to “closely unite around the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core.” The call was included in a communique released Thursday after the sixth plenary session of the 18th CPC Central Committee, which was held from Monday to Thursday.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-10/27/c_135785387.htm

Overseas NGOs in China uneasy about new oversight law

22 October, 2016

  • Under the rules, registered overseas NGOs that receive the go-ahead for their annual activities will still need to seek approval for short-term projects – as will unregistered groups doing one-off activities on the mainland.

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2039279/overseas-ngos-china-uneasy-about-new-oversight-law#add-comment

(LEAD) ‘Comfort women’ statues erected in China

2016/10/22

  • Two statues of a Korean and Chinese girl were unveiled in China on Saturday, the first monument in China to honor the victims of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery, officials said. The statues were erected inside Shanghai Normal University in the Chinese city with the help of donations from citizens of Hwaseong, a city located south of Seoul, according to the Hwaseong municipal authorities.

http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2016/10/22/34/0200000000AEN20161022001851315F.html

Locals come first: the end of the golden era for expats in China?

22 October, 2016

  • Rising living costs, new visa rules and a move towards hiring locals are making life on the mainland harder for foreigners, expats say

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2039288/locals-come-first-end-golden-era-expats-china

China increases limits on construction of coal-fired power plants

20 October 2016

  • China will further limit construction of coal-fired power plants by cancelling some projects that were already approved this year, its national energy bureau said on Thursday, as Beijing ramps up a years-long effort to shift to cleaner fuels. China will postpone construction of some coal-fired plants that have already secured approval, in addition to taking other measures, said a statement posted on the National Energy Administration (NEA) website.

http://news.trust.org/item/20161020095541-xs80y/

The Future of Music Streaming Lies in China’s Small Cities

Oct 19, 2016

  • Founded in 2004, Kugou — whose name translates to “cool dog” — has succeeded by tapping into the world’s largest market. China’s major cities have long served as the driving forces behind the domestic tech industry, with many startups targeting city-dwellers in the early stages of business. While some services are still firmly aimed at that demographic, Kugou isn’t.

http://www.sixthtone.com/news/future-music-streaming-lies-china%E2%80%99s-small-cities

Overseas studies pay off

October 15, 2016

  • More than half of companies in a survey said they favor Chinese students returning from overseas over their domestically educated peers. Multinationals and private companies, particularly startups founded by people who themselves were students overseas, are more likely to offer better benefits to returned students, compared with what is offered to those who graduated from domestic universities, according to the 2016 Employment Report on Chinese Students Returning from Overseas. It found that 82.5 percent of employers were willing to offer preferential benefits, such as better posts and higher starting salaries, to returned students.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/china/china-business/2016/10/15/481079/Overseas-studies.htm

Ride-Hailing Gets Green Light

Oct.15 2016

  • New national regulations give legitimacy and oversight to China’s nascent ride-hailing app industry and tear down long-held restrictions on the traditional taxi sector

http://www.newschinamag.com/newschina/articleDetail.do?article_id=803&section_id=31&magazine_id=

No force can stop cross-Strait reunification: Official

October 10, 2016

  • Denying the 1992 Consensus and seeking to cut off cross-Strait ties and incite confrontation will only lead to a dead end, a mainland spokesman has told Taiwan’s leadership, adding that no force can stop cross-Strait reunification.

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2016-10/10/content_39458520.htm

Xi: Harness web to ensure security

2016-10-10

  • President Xi Jinping urged officials at all levels to increase their familiarity with the internet and improve their skills in using technology to better safeguard China’s cyberspace sovereignty and security. Information technology is developing rapidly worldwide and penetrating into all aspects of people’s lives, and although China has made progress in developing IT and ensuring cybersecurity, it still lags far behind international levels, Xi said at a meeting attended by members of China’s decision-making political bureau on Sunday.

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2016-10/10/content_27007817.htm

China is no walk in the park for foreign models trying to make a buck

08 October, 2016

  • Blond, blue-eyed, long-legged foreign models are a frequent feature of mainland China advertisements, whether on the streets, on television or online. The demand for such models has increased over the past decade as the Chinese economy, especially e-commerce, flourishes and locals tend to favour foreign looks and concepts over their domestic counterparts. She said Chinese companies had evolved from “blindly using models with foreign faces” to considering whether the model suited their products. “I see it is a good trend,” she said.

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2026357/demand-exotic-european-models-stronger-ever-chinese-consumers

Chinese Papers Mock U.S. Election

October 8, 2016

  • Two of China’s main state-run newspapers heaped scorn on the U.S. presidential elections on Saturday, saying the endless stream of scandals surrounding both main candidates showed the United States had no right to lecture others on democracy.In a commentary, the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily termed the U.S. election “chaos”, pointing to tax-related issues for “big mouth” Republican candidate Donald Trump and the dispute over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton’s use of private email and worries over her health.

http://fortune.com/2016/10/08/chinese-papers-mock-us-election/

Xi says China must speed up plans for domestic network technology

Oct 9, 2016

  • China must speed up plans to replace insecure internet technology with domestic alternatives, President Xi Jinping said on Sunday, the latest indication that China is advancing policies that have raised concerns among foreign businesses. Foreign business chambers have urged Chinese officials to revise a series of new and pending regulations mandating “secure and controllable” network technologies in industries from banking to insurance, calling them vague and discriminatory.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-internet-security-idUSKCN1290LA

Cantonese food dominates Shanghai’s Michelin guide

Oct 7 2016

  • The arrival of Michelin’s restaurant guide in any city is always a magnet for controversy and this year’s launch in Shanghai was no exception. Its favouring of Cantonese food over local fare and five star hotels over independent establishments has been heavily criticised. Of the 26 Shanghai restaurants awarded a “star”, nine specialise in Cantonese cuisine, while seven are housed in the unadventurous surrounds of international hotels.

http://www.afr.com/lifestyle/travel/world/cantonese-food-dominates-shanghais-michelin-guide-20161006-grwvet

China’s deep-sea mission to mine the wealth beneath the ocean floor

06 October, 2016

  • Resource-hungry China is stepping up activity in one of the final frontiers of mineral wealth – the remote seabeds lying kilometres beneath the Indian and Pacific oceans. The world’s largest consumer and importer of minerals and metals is now studying the core technologies of seabed mining in the Indian Ocean, according to Tao Chunhui, one of the country’s leading oceanographers and a researcher at the State Oceanic Administration.

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2025456/chinas-deep-sea-mission-mine-wealth-beneath-ocean-floor

China to roll out 5G broadband mobile equipment trials across 100 cities

05 October, 2016

  • China, home to three of the world’s largest mobile network operators, has started conducting trials of so-called 5G telecommunications equipment that will span more than 100 cities, as it aims to get a head start in the race to lead the next generation of cellular phone systems. High-speed 5G networks can theoretically transmit data 20 times faster than current 4G speed, with less than one tenth of the latency, or the time for a data request to receive a reply. The 5G technologies being tested include massive multiple-antenna systems capable of handling more users and increased capacity to support greater mobile data usage, according to Bernstein Research.

http://www.scmp.com/tech/china-tech/article/2025031/china-roll-out-5g-mobile-equipment-trials-across-100-cities

China announces nine new state-level marine parks

October 3, 2016

  • The State Oceanic Administration (SOA) has announced nine new state-level marine parks, bringing the total number of such parks in China to 42. The new parks are located in the provinces of Liaoning, Shandong, Fujian, Guangdong and Hainan, according to an SOA circular. The SOA has ordered local marine authorities in these provinces to start demarcating the parks, and not to arbitrarily adjust or change the parks’ boundaries and zoning.

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2016-10/03/content_39420748.htm

Domestic Cars’ Quality Approaching That of Foreign Models, Expert Says

09.30.2016

  • Chinese domestic cars will catch up with international brands in terms of quality in the next two years, an executive at the China unit of J.D. Power said Thursday. The largest gap in quality between Chinese and international brands is in the engine and transmission, Jeff Cai, general manager of auto product and quality at J.D. Power China, while discussing the firm’s 2016 China Initial Quality Study. J.D. Power is renowned for its surveys on product quality and consumer satisfaction.

http://english.caixin.com/2016-09-30/100993733.html

China’s largest lead and zinc mine discovered in Xinjiang – Xinhua

Sep 25, 2016

  • China’s largest lead and zinc mine has been discovered in the country’s far-western region of Xinjiang, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday. The mine is located in Hotan county and has almost 19 million tonnes of lead and zinc reserves, Xinhua said, citing a statement from the Xinjiang Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-metals-mine-idUSKCN11V0BC

Chinese deep-sea explorer ship completes maiden voyage

2016-09-24

  • The Chinese deep-sea research ship Zhang Jian returned to her home port in Shanghai on Friday after finishing a 74-day scientific research trip to the Southern Pacific. The vessel is the mothership for the Rainbow Fish, a manned submersible capable of diving to 11,000 meters. During its 9,000 nautical-mile maiden voyage, the research vessel travelled across the South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean to reach the New Britain Trench, which is more than 8,000 meters-deep in the Solomon Sea near Papua New Guinea.

http://english.cri.cn/12394/2016/09/24/2021s941133.htm

China sets world record for scientific ocean coring

2016-09-20

  • China has set a new world record for scientific ocean coring, successfully drilling 2,843.18 meters into a continental shelf in the Yellow Sea. Shandong No. 3 Institute of Geology and Mineral Resources said Tuesday that the drilling operation had helped verify that there were oil and gas deposits in the stratum. The institute developed and established a drilling platform for the project in March 2015 in the waters some 83 sea miles east of Lianyungang City in the eastern province of Shandong, where the water is about 30 meters deep. The platform is capable of holding up in gales of up to 150 km per hour.

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2016-09/20/content_26840859.htm

For Confucius and His Descendants, a Cultural Comeback

SEPT. 19, 2016

  • Over the centuries, the ancient philosopher has become one of the most important and recognizable symbols of traditional Chinese culture. Across East Asia, his teachings about harmony, benevolence, and righteousness have influenced everything from the makeup of political institutions to the dynamics of everyday relationships. “The Kong family’s significance has always waxed and waned depending on their relationship to the state,” he added. “In both dynastic times and today, that relationship has hinged on the extent to which the state sees Confucius and Confucius’ thoughts as relevant to its agenda.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/20/arts/international/for-confucius-and-his-descendants-a-cultural-comeback.html

China to invest $450 billion modernizing agriculture by 2020

Sep 18, 2016

  • The Agricultural Development Bank of China [AGDBC.UL], one of the country’s main policy lenders, agreed to loan at least 3 trillion yuan ($450 billion) by 2020 for the modernization of China’s agriculture industry, state media said on Sunday. The Ministry of Agriculture and the bank, which lends in line with government policy, signed an agreement to protect national food security, support the sector doing business overseas and develop China’s seed industry, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-agriculture-idUSKCN11O0MX

China Wants to Dig Deep into the Earth for Resources

Sep 10, 2016

  • China has unveiled an ambitious plan to dig deeper into the Earth’s crusts and tap into the resources locked inside. The new plan was outlined in a report released by the Ministry of Land and Resources entitled “Developmental Planning of Territorial Resources for Scientific Innovation During the 13th Five-Year Plan,” the Global Times reported. Under the proposal, China will conduct a five-year survey of urban underground spaces to determine the extent of resources found under Chinese cities and how they can be better utilized. The project is also tasked with determining how to effectively use the underground space itself.

http://en.yibada.com/articles/158697/20160910/china-dig-deep-earth-reseources.htm

China is making “big stride” in quality education: UNESCO chief

2016/9/8

  • China is making “a big stride” in quality education and is moving towards education for sustainable development, a top UN official has said. In a recent interview with Xinhua in London, Irina Bokova, director-general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), highlighted China’s progress in reducing poverty and illiteracy and developing quality education for urban and rural areas.

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1005337.shtml

Giant panda no longer endangered – WWF

2016-09-05

  • The giant panda’s population grew by 17 percent in the decade leading up to 2014, announced the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). A census found 1,864 pandas in the wild in China in 2014. The number of panda reserves in China has jumped to 67 from 13 in 1992. Nearly two-thirds of all wild pandas live in these reserves, according to the WWF.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2016-09/05/content_26705450.htm#Content

Chinese women increasingly in control of family finances

2016/09/01

  • Around 60 percent of Chinese women hold the purse strings in their families, according to a new report by tongbanjie.com, hexun.com and Aliresearch. The reports show that besides taking control of paying family bills, more Chinese women are taking part in the investment decisions taken by the family. 59.5 percent of Chinese women choose to manage the family fortune, rather than spending it, and the number is even higher for the women between 25 to 45. Meanwhile, 52 percent of elite women in China say they will put 30 to 50 percent of their yearly income into investments.

http://gbtimes.com/china/chinese-women-increasingly-control-family-finances

Chinese firm to complete world’s third largest mosque

August 31, 2016

  • A Chinese construction giant will complete the world’s third largest mosque in Algeria at the end of December, the housing department of the Algerian government said recently. According to Agencia EFE, the Algerian housing department said that 85 percent of the construction work of the new Great Mosque in Algeria’s capital Algiers had been finished by the China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC). The service life of the new Great Mosque could last for 400 to 500 years, the Algerian housing department added.

http://www.china.org.cn/world/2016-08/31/content_39200720.htm

China regulator to curb news that promotes ‘Western lifestyles’

Aug 30, 2016

  • China will crack down on social and entertainment news that promotes improper values and “Western lifestyles”, the country’s broadcasting regulator said, the latest effort at censorship in an already strictly regulated media environment. News content should not make improper jokes, defile classics, or “express overt admiration for Western lifestyles”, the regulator said in a circular, according to Xinhua.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-media-idUSKCN11509M

Just ‘proud to be Chinese’: gold-medal volleyball coach Lang Ping thanks Hongkongers for support during Rio Olympics

29 August, 2016

  • In an exclusive interview with the Post on Monday, Lang, fresh from leading her team to gold in Rio, said it was very normal for Hong Kong to have different political opinions. Lang said it was a “huge deal” for US – a country great in sports – to invite her to be the head coach for their national squad. “I am very proud of myself because I am Chinese,” she said, but added that it was a “great experience” to coach American players.

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education-community/article/2010726/just-proud-be-chinese-chinas-volleyball-legend

A city of 50 million? China wants 3 of them

August 28, 2016

  • By any measure, Shanghai is one of the world’s biggest cities. It’s home to more than 24 million people. Its subway system is the longest ever built, extending to its rural limits. Crowds are so thick that burly “shovers” get paid to help pack the trains. Now the local government is saying enough is enough: Documents released this month reveal that Shanghai intends to admit a mere 800,000 new residents over the next 24 years, on its way to becoming an “excellent global city.” That might sound preposterous. But the Yangtze Delta Cluster, as it’s known, is one of at least 19 such projects in the works. The idea is to use an extensive hub-and-spoke rail system, much of it high-speed, to better integrate China’s burgeoning urban areas. The big three clusters — located along the Pearl River, the Yangtze River and the Beijing-Tianjin corridor — will each have 50 million people or more.

http://www.stripes.com/opinion/a-city-of-50-million-china-wants-3-of-them-1.425922

China tops the world for having 70 million ha of planted forest

2016-08-28

  • China is home to 69.3 million hectares of artificial forest, the most in the world, following more than six decades of afforestation work, said Zhang Jianlong, head of the State Forestry Administration. Total forest acreage has grown to 3.12 billion mu (208 million ha) from 1.24 billion mu in early 1950s, covering 21.66 percent of the land area, compared with 8.6 percent more than 60 years ago, Zhang said at a national conference on accelerating afforestation over the weekend in Hohhot.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2016-08/28/content_26619846.htm

Turning to tradition: Why China’s super wealthy don’t want western-looking homes anymore

August 28, 2016

  • The house’s rock gardens and curved roofs epitomize a historical aesthetic now being replicated — to varying degrees of authenticity — across China’s luxury market. While high-end buyers overall still prefer Western-style villas and apartments, demand is changing, says Sunny Liu, general manager of property research firm China Index Academy. “We can see this trend of traditional styles becoming more and more popular in the market, especially in the very top-end of the luxury sector,” he says. “In Beijing, most of the high-value villa products are traditional now.”

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/28/architecture/luxury-china-homes-most-expensive/

New policies are making it easier for Chinese descendants to apply for permanent residence permits

2016/8/28

  • On the morning of March 1, Huang Ying arrived at the new service center for foreigners applying for permanent residence permits in Beijing’s Zhongguancun, known as China’s Silicon Valley. One hour later, the Chinese American man finished submitting his paperwork for the permit or Chinese green card. He was informed the permit would be issued in 50 days. “I didn’t think it would be so efficient,” Huang told the US China Press, adding when his relatives filed for the permit previously, the wait time was much longer. Huang, the vice president of Chinese IT giant Lenovo, was among the first group of foreigners working at Zhongguancun who was granted the permanent residence permit, following the implementation of favorable visa policies providing foreign talents easier entry and exit, which took effect on March 1. As China’s economy continues to develop, the demand for foreign talent that can bring in core technologies and innovation is huge. Among the targeted talents are a large number of waiji huaren – foreign nationals with Chinese ethnicity either born overseas or new immigrants – who are increasingly drawn back to China by the country’s opportunities.

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1003237.shtml

The New Face of Chinese Nationalism

August 25, 2016

  • ‘Little pink’ web users are jumping onto Twitter and Instagram to call out enemies of the state. But members of this latest group jumping over China’s so-called great firewall of censorship don’t necessarily fit the well-worn trope of the young, angry male internet troll. On what seems to be Horton’s personal account on Chinese social media site Weibo, for example, Chinese users left over 243,000 recent comments under a 2015 post, most calling Horton a “loser.” A Weibo analytics tool developed by prestigious Peking University shows 83 per cent of these users identifying as female. Some were likely part of an increasingly high-profile, active, and female-dominated online group commonly called the “Little Pink.” While less known to Westerners than the so-called 50 cent party, a much-reviled online group that praises the ruling Communist Party (whose members may be paid, at least indirectly, for their support), the Little Pink group is gaining momentum in China’s online spaces. While many 50-centers may actually be government workers, and skew male, Little Pink members are known to be predominately young women, both in China and abroad, who genuinely believe that they have a sense of duty to guard their country against unwelcome opinions or criticism.

http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/08/25/the-new-face-of-chinese-nationalism/

UN envoy: China must give public voice to stamp out poverty

Aug. 23, 2016

  • China’s efforts to reduce poverty have improved the lives of hundreds of millions of people, but they could be undermined in the future without efforts to root out corruption and better address public complaints, a United Nations representative for human rights warned Tuesday. Unless it takes action, China risks sparking mass protests and unrest, said Philip Alston, the U.N.’s special rapporteur for extreme poverty and human rights. Alston visited China for nine days and presented his preliminary findings at the U.N. mission in Beijing.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/7e7ef9105c294afbbb2b5f13e0926330/un-envoy-china-must-give-public-voice-stamp-out-poverty

China over-reliant on hospitals, needs more family doctors: WHO

Aug 19, 2016

  • China’s healthcare system is overly reliant on large, over-burdened hospitals, which will struggle to cope with a spike in diseases linked to the fast-ageing population, the World Health Organization said on Saturday. Even for minor ailments, Chinese patients often shun family doctors or general practitioners in favor of big city general hospitals, a trend that creates often snarling queues and fierce competition for treatment.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-healthcare-idUSKCN10V05B

China’s Dwindling Working Age Population Causes Surge in Automation

Aug 17, 2016

  • Chinese companies are now leaning toward automation as the country’s working age population dwindles if only to maintain the expected production rate the nation has previously offered. China’s population is rapidly aging and, with no other choice, many manufacturing firms in the country are beginning to rely on artificially intelligent machines to solve the problem.

http://en.yibada.com/articles/152179/20160817/chinas-dwindling-working-age-population-causes-surge-in-automation.htm

Surge in Hong Kong students applying to mainland universities contrasts sharply with anti-China sentiment

15 August, 2016

  • The number of Hong Kong ­students applying to mainland universities has seen a tenfold ­increase over the past decade, ­despite the common perception that the city’s youth are wary about studying across the border. Research by the Post found that the percentage of secondary school graduates applying for places at mainland universities swelled from below 1 per cent in 2006 to a peak of over 7 per cent in 2012, followed by a slight tapering to about 6 per cent last year.

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education-community/article/2003819/number-hong-kong-students-applying-mainland-china

China’s goal to score some top soccer talent from the West

9 Aug 2016

  • Manchester United today completed the transfer of French player Paul Pogba from Juventus for a record-breaking transfer fee of £89 million ($115.5 million). But in recent months, European soccer clubs have had to tackle a new player in the international transfer market: China. Investment on new soccer stars from teams in China’s domestic Super League (CSL) is on the rise, with top foreign players being offered eye-watering sums to uproot and join clubs in the Middle Kingdom. In this industry at least, China seems to be paying considerable attention to importing, rather than exporting.

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/08/09/chinas-buying-of-top-international-football-players.html

Chinese youth boosts hopes for ice hockey in China

2016/08/08

  • Beijingers have been doing what they can to escape the recent blistering heat, and it may surprise you to know that includes entering the ice stadium. There they have been witnessing some entertaining ice hockey games between local and foreign children. This is one of the games of this year’s international youth ice hockey tournament in Beijing – Tiger Ice Hockey Team from China against Ice Lion from South Korea.

http://gbtimes.com/china/chinese-youth-boosts-hopes-ice-hockey-china

China Starts to Lose Its Taste for McDonald’s and KFC

August 3, 2016

  • When it comes to China’s multi-billion dollar fast food industry, Yum! Brands Inc. and McDonald’s Corp. are living large, enjoying a combined 38 percent share of the market in 2015. Yum’s KFC restaurant chain and the Golden Arches have long enjoyed a run of super-sized growth as consumers craved a taste of Americana. Now, as both these giants eye spinoffs of their mainland operations, analysts are wondering whether the glory days might be over. There are signs that both companies’ absolute dominance of a fast food industry they helped create is starting to slip away as consumers shift to healthier options and Chinese-style food chains—from huoguo (hot pot) to tangbao (steamed dumplings)—proliferate.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-03/china-starts-to-loses-its-taste-for-mcdonald-s-and-kfc

China’s online population exceeds 700 million: govt

August 3, 2016

  • The number of web users in China—already the world’s largest online population—has risen over 700 million, authorities said Wednesday as they seek to turn the internet into a new growth driver. The country had 710 million internet users—defined as those who have gone online at least once in the past six months—by June, up 3.1 percent from the end of December, the government-linked China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) said in a statement.

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-china-online-population-million-govt.html

China starts building its first polar icebreaker

2016-07-31

  • China is planning to build its first domestically produced polar icebreaker. Shanghai-based Jiangnan Shipyard Co Ltd made the announcement Friday, saying construction will start by the end of this year. “Xuelong”, or Dragon Snow, is currently China’s largest polar icebreaker which was bought from a Ukrainian company in 1993. China refitted it into a polar research vessel at a cost of 31 million yuan, about $4.6 million, and put it into service in place of the Research Vessel Jidi in 1994. “Xuelong” has completed 32 expeditions in Antarctica and is now on its 7th Arctic expedition.

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2016-07/31/content_26284660.htm

Wage Gap Between Chinese, Foreigners Working in China Narrows as Job Priorities Shift

Jul 31, 2016

  • The gap in earnings between Chinese and foreign employees in China continues to decrease as employers shift priorities, with the rise in skilled local employees who compete with foreign counterparts, Global Times reported. Over the past decade, the salaries of Chinese employees have increased due to supply and demand, according to Lee Quane, the Asia regional director for ECA International, a global consulting firm.

http://en.yibada.com/articles/146875/20160731/wage-gap-chinese-foreigners-working-in-china-narrows-job-priorities-shift.htm

China Gives Ride-Hailing a Green Light

July 29, 2016

  • New guidelines finally confirm the legal status of Uber and its rivals in China, but it’s unlikely that drivers will be considered full employees.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/602034/china-gives-ride-hailing-a-green-light/

Unmanned metro to launch in 2017

2016-07-28

  • Beijing plans to unveil the country’s first self-developed fully automatic subway next year, with the scheduled opening of the Yanfang Line. The line connects Yanshan, a suburb built around a petroleum and chemical enterprise, to Fangshan, where passengers can transfer to trains bound for the center of Beijing. Its operating system, which needs no driver or attendant, is currently undergoing factory testing, and is expected to launch by December 2017.

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2016-07/28/content_26249662.htm

Bye, K-pop idols, it’s China first

Jul 24, 2016

  • Angry Chinese netizens are advocating a boycott of Korean pop stars like boy bands BigBang, EXO, iKon, as well as actors such as Song Joong Ki, Lee Jong Suk and Park Shin Hye as a form of mass protest. Others posted emotional messages like “Farewell my oppas (Korean for big brothers), farewell (Korean variety show) Running Man and Lee Kwang Soo”, “I think I cannot love you any more BigBang”, and “G-Dragon, T.O.P, let’s split up for a while”.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/bye-k-pop-idols-its-china-first

China Bans Internet News Reporting as Media Crackdown Widens

July 25, 2016

  • China’s top internet regulator ordered major online companies including Sina Corp. and Tencent Holdings Ltd. to stop original news reporting, the latest effort by the government to tighten its grip over the country’s web and information industries. The Cyberspace Administration of China imposed the ban on several major news portals, including Sohu.com Inc. and NetEase Inc., Chinese media reported in identically worded articles citing an unidentified official from the agency’s Beijing office. The companies have “seriously violated” internet regulations by carrying plenty of news content obtained through original reporting, causing “huge negative effects,” according to a report that appeared in The Paper on Sunday.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-25/china-slaps-ban-on-internet-news-reporting-as-crackdown-tightens

Life expectancy in China goes up by 1.5 years since 2010

July 21, 2016

  • The average life expectancy in China in 2015 was 76.34, an increase of 1.51 years from 2010, according to statistics released Thursday. The infant mortality rate dropped from 0.89 percent in 2014 to 0.81 percent last year, while the maternal mortality rate lowered from 21.7 in every 100,000 in 2014 to 20.1 in 2015, according to the statistical bulletin released by the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC).

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2016-07/21/content_38932076.htm

US Sinologist reveals links between Confucian culture and founding of US

July 21, 2016

  • Professor Wang Xiaochao, director of the Center for the Study of Greco-Roman Philosophy and Religion, recently hosted Professor Patrick Mendis, a Rajawali senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, at a forum in Tsinghua University to discuss his pioneering research on the Chinese culture and American civilization. An educator, diplomat, and member of the U.S. State Department’s National Commission for UNESCO, the Harvard scholar shared his research and insight regarding the intellectual traditions and architectural symbols of the Confucian and Greco-Roman heritage that inspired America’s founding fathers in their atypical pursuit to establish a flourishing new republic across the Atlantic Ocean.

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2016-07/21/content_38922645.htm

China eyes 8 cruise ships to serve South China Sea

21 Jul 2016

  • Up to eight Chinese ships will offer cruises to the South China Sea over the next five years, a state-run newspaper said on Thursday (Jul 21), as Beijing continues to promote tourism to the disputed waters. Sanya International Cruise Development Co Ltd, a joint venture by COSCO Shipping, China National Travel Service (HK) Group Corp and China Communications Construction Co Ltd, will buy between five and eight ships, the official China Daily reported. It will also build four cruise liner docks in Sanya, a Chinese resort city on the southern island province of Hainan, the paper added.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-eyes-8-cruise-ships/2974506.html

Parcel delivery man heralded as China’s ‘Good Will Hunting’ for math prowess

July 19 2016

  • Yu’s work involves Carmichael numbers, a set of odd numbers also known as “pseudoprimes.” There are certain mathematical tests, like Fermat’s little theorem, that show if a number is prime. Pseudoprimes, like Carmichael numbers, may at first blush appear to pass some of these tests. But repeated examinations show that Carmichael numbers are not actually prime (the numbers are divisible by other factors than 1 or themselves).

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/07/19/parcel-delivery-man-says-hes-solved-tough-number-problem-heralded-as-chinas-good-will-hunting/

Despite High Cost of Gym Membership in China, Young People Consider it Necessity to Attain Sculpted Bodies

Jul 18, 2016

  • Gym membership, yoga lessons and hiring private trainers used to be the domain of the rich in China. Those services cost between 200 yuan and 500 yuan an hour, so before, only wealthy Chinese engage in these activities. However, because many young Chinese dream of sculpted bodies, they consider going to the gym as a necessity and just pay membership using credit card installments. Unless they are able to work out at the end of the day, young Chinese feel they are not at ease, said Zhang Di, a personal coach, reported South China Morning Post.

http://en.yibada.com/articles/142613/20160718/despite-high-cost-of-gym-membership-in-china-young-people-consider-it-necessity-to-attain-sculpted-bodies.htm

China’s Richest Techies Give Millions to Charity

Jul 15, 2016

  • The top three tech giants of China, Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent, made historic contributions to Chinese society recently. The Chief Executive Officer of Baidu, Robin Li, donated 30 million yuan to the Peking Union Medical College last year to support esophagus cancer research. He is a member of the management council of the Aiyu Huaxia Charity Foundation.

http://en.yibada.com/articles/140899/20160715/china-s-richest-techies-give-millions-charity.htm

Hundreds, If Not Thousands, Of African Migrants Are Leaving China To Return Home

07/14/2016

  • It was not that long ago that entire neighborhoods in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou were overflowing with African migrants. Although there are no precise figures, scholars estimated that more than 20,000 African immigrants ― and perhaps as many as 200,000 ― used to lived in Guangzhou, or as it is glibly known, “chocolate city.” Today, those same neighborhoods, once filled with halal food shops and other stores that catered to China’s African migrants, have been completely transformed, or as the Chinese government prefers to characterize it, “beautified.” Across Guangzhou, there are ever-mounting pressures on African migrants that are prompting more and more to just pack up and leave.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/african-migrants-china_us_5786bd19e4b08608d332e8ba

China to spend $40m on weather modification programme as floods kill at least 237

Jul 14, 2016

  • China has allocated 199 million yuan (S$40 million) to spend on its weather modification programme as part of efforts to combat drought and reduce the impact of natural disasters, the finance ministry said on Thursday (July 14), as state media reported that flooding this year caused at least 237 deaths. The Ministry of Finance said the additional funding had been made available in order to help.

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-to-spend-s40m-on-weather-modification-programme-as-floods-kill-at-least-237

Chinese architect’s nature-infused buildings take world by storm

12 July, 2016

  • Awards flow for Beijing-based Ma Yansong, a protégé of Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry, whose work confronts what he sees as the coldness of a lot of modern architecture. Based in Beijing, where he runs MAD Architects, Ma is more often than not on a plane these days. Recently he was overseeing a project in Istanbul before dropping into Los Angeles for a couple of days, where he delivered a keynote speech at the Los Angeles Architectural Awards. He is also working on his first US project, in Beverly Hills, which broke ground in May, and his first European commission, a residential development outside Paris.

http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1988399/chinese-architects-nature-infused-buildings-take-world-storm

5 lighthouses on Nansha Islands aid navigation

July 11, 2016

  • China has completed the construction of four lighthouses on reefs in the South China Sea, and is building the fifth one, to aid sea navigation in the area, a Ministry of Transport official said on Sunday. The four lighthouses on Huayang Reef, Chigua Reef, Zhubi Reef, and Yongshu Reef are already in operation and have significantly improved the security of vessels passing through waters in the area, said Xu Ruqing with the maritime affairs department under the Ministry of Transport. All of the five lighthouses are large and multi-functional with their heights between 50 meters to 55 meters. They are equipped with huge modern rotating lamp device and lanterns with a diameter of 4.5 meters. The lantern can send white light to as far as 22 nautical miles.

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2016-07/11/content_38851643.htm

Alibaba Foundation Hosts First-Ever Philanthropy Conference in China

July 8, 2016

  • The Alibaba Foundation, a charitable organization established by Alibaba Group (BABA), will host July 9-10 a first-of-its-kind philanthropy conference in Hangzhou. The Xin Philanthropy Conference will bring together philanthropy pioneers in China with experts from around the world to foster an exchange of ideas and best practices and inspire a new generation of Chinese to make a positive social impact on the world.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/alibaba-foundation-hosts-first-ever-151900074.html

Large gas field discovered in SW China

July 8, 2016

  • China Geological Survey (CGS) said a large natural gas field that could meet the needs of 10 million people has been discovered in southwest China’s Guizhou Province. Geologists discovered four layers of shale gas and oil gas in Anye Well 1 in Zunyi, according to the Ministry of Land and Resources’ CGS. A test conducted in one of the layers found a steady daily output of 100,000 cubic meters, the CGS said in a statement.

http://www.china.org.cn/business/2016-07/08/content_38834783.htm

Chinese gamers are about to embrace the television alongside smartphones and PC

July 7, 2016

  • China already has the largest gaming market on the planet, but most of that is on PC and smartphones — especially since the country banned consoles for 15 years. Now, the television screen is about to get in on the action. By 2020, 21.5 million people in China will play games on their television screen using a console, an over-the-top box, or app-enabled “smart” TV, according to research firm Niko Partners. In 2015, only 7.8 million people played games on their TV. Niko is predicting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.3 percent over the next half decade, which would represent an enormous surge in spending. Last year, China surpassed the United States and Japan as the top gaming market with $21.2 billion in game-related revenues, according to intelligence company Newzoo. And the growing console and TV space could benefit already massive entities like Tencent even more.

http://venturebeat.com/2016/07/07/chinese-gamers-are-about-to-embrace-the-television-alongside-smartphones-and-pc/

50,000-200,000 N. Korean Defectors Estimated to be Residing in China

Jul 07, 2016

  • According to sources in China well informed of North Korea, the move came as a significant number of North Koreans are residing in China. Unofficially, there are at least 50,000 up to 200,000 North Koreans residing in China. Most of them are illegal immigrants, namely refugees, except 5,000-10,000 estimated female restaurant staffers and workers sent abroad by the regime. Needless to say, they life is miserable. Their everyday life is like a nightmare. Those workers are called modern-day slaves.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/asiatoday/50000-200000-n-korean-def_b_10857816.html

Hugo-nominated Chinese author Hao Jingfang talks sci-fi, inner journeys and inequality

06 July, 2016

  • Hao Jingfang is part of a rising generation of young Chinese science-fiction writers who have built a following abroad. The 32-year-old, who holds degrees in physics, economics and management from the prestigious Tsinghua University, likes to experiment in her writing with new, theoretically possible social systems. But her passion is to explore the inner journeys of her characters. Hao’s sci-fi story about class inequality, Folding Beijing, has been nominated for a Hugo Award for best novelette. (The Hugos are the prestigious awards for science fiction and fantasy writing.) The work, which depicts China’s capital as divided between three spaces based on social class, has also been optioned for a film by Korean-American director Josh Kim.

http://www.scmp.com/culture/books/article/1985587/hugo-nominated-chinese-author-hao-jingfang-talks-sci-fi-inner-journeys

China is building the world’s largest city — and it already has more people than South Korea

Jul. 1, 2016

  • For the past decade, China has been on a mission to build the world’s biggest city by combining a number of large cities into one giant megacity. With a current population of roughly 57 million housed inside a 15,000-square-mile perimeter, the Pearl River Delta is a region roughly the size of West Virginia but with 30 times more people. It’s made up of the cities of Shenzhen, Dongguan, Huizhou, Zhuhai, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, Guangzhou, Foshan, and Zhaoqing.

http://www.techinsider.io/china-is-building-the-worlds-largest-city-2016-7

First Chinese-made regional jet makes maiden passenger flight

Jun 28, 2016

  • China’s first locally built regional jet made its maiden commercial flight on Tuesday, carrying 70 passengers from the western city of Chengdu to Shanghai on the east coast in what state-owned planemaker Commercial Aircraft Corp of China Ltd (COMAC) [CMAFC.UL] hailed as a milestone.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-jet-idUSKCN0ZE0RP

Niu Gensheng is at the forefront of China’s philanthropy new wave

June 27, 2016

  • When he was one month old, Niu Gensheng was worth Rmb50. He knows, because that was the price he fetch­ed in 1958 when his impoverished parents sold him to a more prosperous family in a neighbouring village in Inner Mongolia. By the time he was 46, in 2004, Mr Niu’s circumstances and net worth had been transformed. That year he listed China Mengniu Dairy, the milk company he founded five years earlier, in Hong Kong. Virtually all his proceeds, hundreds of millions of dollars, he immediately put into the Lao Niu Foundation, which is based in Inner Mongolia and works to improve education and the environment in China and beyond.

https://www.ft.com/content/e9a16066-15f1-11e6-9d98-00386a18e39d

The African migrants giving up on the Chinese dream

July 4, 2016

  • Over the past 18 months, although concrete numbers are hard to come by, hundreds — perhaps even thousands — of Africans are believed by locals and researchers to have exited Guangzhou.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/26/asia/africans-leaving-guangzhou-china/

Chinese internet regulator to ‘cleanse’ websites of ‘harmful comments’

Jun 22, 2016

  • China’s internet regulator has launched a new campaign to clean up the comments sections on websites to prevent the spread of what it calls harmful information and to encourage what it considers more helpful, well-intentioned comments to appear. The Chinese government already exercises widespread controls over the internet and has sought to codify that policy in law.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/06/22/asia-pacific/chinese-internet-regulator-cleanse-websites-harmful-comments/

China to launch cruises to Spratly Islands: reports

22 June 2016

  • Chinese cruise ships will regularly bring tourists to the contested Spratly Islands in the South China Sea by 2020, according to Chinese media. Companies have already been operating cruises to the disputed Paracel Islands further north for Chinese nationals only.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/06/china-launch-cruises-spratly-islands-reports-160622075846810.html

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