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Trump Enters Office With Historically Low Approval Rating

Donald Trump starts his presidency Friday with the lowest-ever ratings for an incoming president, but also with some signs of increasing optimism for the country, according to results from a brand-new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.<p>A majority of Americans — 52 percent — say they disapprove of …

Donald Trump

China's Xi Jinping At Davos, World's Most Powerful Beggar

Xi Jinping will address the World Economic Forum on Tuesday in Davos, the first time a Chinese leader has done so.<p>Chinese state media tells us he will speak strongly in favor of globalization. That message will be difficult to accept, however, as his country is closing off its market, restricting …

China

The Way Of The Waltons

He liked to imagine himself as the next Larry Bird, a player he had watched practice alongside his dad, Bill, a key member of the mid-'80s Celtics. One of Luke's most vivid memories—along with John Wooden on his lunch box, Carlos Santana at his dinner table, Phil Jackson in his daydreams and Karl …

Basketball

With Trump as president, China—China!—will be the world’s biggest champion of fighting climate change

Could a Trump presidency, in effect, ruin the global climate forever?<p>The answer is yes. The global, delicate effort to mitigate climate change already faced so many challenges, took so long to build, and came into being so desperately late. Trump, who has denied climate change is real and has an …

Climate

What Now, Mr. Trump? Three Steps To Governance

“A brick through a window” was how one commentator summed up the Trump victory.<p>Trump’s message of “fix Washington, throw the bums out” resounded with voters who have elected him as our 45th president. Would that this call be so simple? Our political process is broken; relations between the …

Donald Trump

America Should Drop Philippines Alliance: Thank Rodrigo Duterte For Encouraging Divorce

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is making a state visit to what until recently had been his nation’s “Great Satan”: China. As the Obama administration pivoted to Asia, the Duterte administration is pivoting from the U.S. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi greeted Duterte in Beijing: “This is a …

Geopolitics

Memories of valor[1]

During the Long March, a pivotal battle was fought by the Red Army when 22 soldiers risked their lives to cross a 103-meter suspension bridge under …

China's Protesting Army Veterans Are Getting the Government's Attention

Protests happen in China, but rarely in the capital of Beijing, and more rarely still outside a major government ministry.<p>Yet that’s what happened …

North Korea's Missile Test Progress 'Leaves Japan Vulnerable'

(TOKYO) — Successful rocket tests have propelled North Korea ahead in a two-decade long arms race with Japan, leaving Tokyo unsure it could fend off …

China Hits Record High M&A Investments In Western Firms

“The Chinese aren’t coming, they’re already here.”<p>I’ve been told this repeatedly as I’ve traveled across Eurasia looking into Chinese investments along the New Silk Road. But it’s not just trans-continental highways and rail lines, industrial and special economic zones, and new cities that China is …

China

Did Kim Jong Un Just Nuke China's Economy?

Friday, North Korea detonated a nuclear device, claiming it to be a “warhead.” The warhead, Pyongyang said, would pave the way for “a variety of smaller, lighter, and diversified nuclear warheads of higher strike power.”<p>The boast seemed nothing out of the ordinary for bombastic ruler Kim Jong Un, …

North Korea

Iverson, Shaq and Yao Enter Hall of Fame with a Trail of Memories and Questions

Link to Media<p>SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — <i>Hall of Famer</i> is a powerful phrase, an almost mystical title conjuring greatness and grandeur. Once earned, the moniker becomes a de facto first name, demanding reverence.<p>As of Friday night, he is no longer Shaquille O'Neal, but <i>Hall of Famer</i> Shaquille O'Neal. The …

Hall of Fame

'Paradise' blessed with immortal love stories

The West Lake with Leifeng Pagoda in the background. [Photo provided to China Daily] I had not set foot in Hangzhou before I was admitted to a …

China

The World's Most Powerful Women: August 30

France’s highest court has overturned a burkini ban in the seaside town of Villeneuve-Loubet near Nice, but it hasn’t ended the debate. The <i>New York</i> …

China Turns Up Heat On Corruption: 'No Mercy Against Law Breakers'

Under President Xi Jinping, China has undergone a nearly four year long corruption crack down across all sectors. Power brokers, corporate executives, generals, judges, high ranking government officials, party members and executives of the country’s powerful oil and gas majors have all come under …

China

Kobe Bryant Comments on Kevin Durant Signing with Warriors, More

Link to Media<p>Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant doesn't have any qualms about Kevin Durant leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to sign with the Golden State Warriors during the offseason.<p>Durant's arrival in Golden State has formed the latest superteam in the NBA, as he joined the likes of Stephen …

Basketball

Kobe Bryant Pens Letter to His 17-Year-Old Self

Kobe Bryant announced to the world his intentions to retire from the NBA in a heartfelt letter posted to <i>The Players Tribune</i> which detailed his love …

Kobe Bryant pens a letter to his 17-year-old self

Back in November, while his final NBA season was just beginning, we told you the story of 17-year-old Kobe Bryant as recalled by his high school …

Job Interviews

Learning the language of wine will transform the way you taste it

The ancient Greeks had four distinct words to express the nuances of love. “Eros” characterized love driven by lust and sexual passion, for example, and “storge” described the affectionate kind of love that, say, parents feel toward their offspring. Words give the world meaning. Every time we learn …

Flavors

24 Solar Terms: 7 things you may not know about Grain in Ear[1]

[Photo/IC]<p>The Chinese lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms. Grain in Ear, (Chinese: 芒种), the 9th solar term, begins on June 5 this …

How mahjong can improve your chances with English[1]

Students play the special mahjong at the Jitou Middle School in Chengdu, Southwest China's Sichuan province, on May 31, 2016. [Photo/VCG]<p>Is English …

South China Sea Tensions: How Do We Know What's Really Happening?

Here is the problem, simply put: there are not enough analysts to make sense of every ship or activity at sea; nor enough government assets to persistently monitor them all. This reality is changing however, thanks to the rise of commercial space players who have already affected the national …

China

Iguodala remembers Kobe's legendary trash talk

Tucked away in Marcus Thompson of the Mercury News' excellent postgame story about Andre Iguodala's heroic defensive performance against Kevin Durant …

Most romantic ways to propose on '520'[1]

<b>Editor's Note:</b><p>520, or May 20, sounds like "I love you" in Chinese. Looking for a unique way to propose on this romantic date? Here are some original …

After 8 Years Of Calm, Old Foes Taiwan And China Start Arguing Again

A new president took office in Taiwan Friday without fully agreeing to talks with her government’s old political rival China. Chinese officials have warned that Taiwan must come to the table on their conditions. Despite anxiety from Beijing to Washington about whether President Tsai Ing-wen would …

China

Ten Personal Details Never To Mention In A Job Interview

It is freaking me out to realize that since I started interviewing people for jobs in 1980, I’ve been interviewing job-seekers for 36 years. Since I was 20 years old and a fledgling supervisor in a tiny company in 1980, I didn’t get any training before I was thrown into my first job interview.<p>I …

Employment

China rethinks its sporting obsession as Rio Olympics approach | Reuters

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Change is unfolding at Shanghai’s No.1 Children’s Sports School Pudong New Area, a small cog in a state-run machine that has churned out Chinese Olympic champions for three and a half decades.<p>Students practice badminton at the Shichahai sports school in Beijing, China, March …

China

Chinese language is difficult to learn, sure, but outdated? No! - Culture

Everyone knows that the Chinese language is one of the most difficult languages in the world, but is it "backwards" or "unsuitable for the modern …

Language

Obama's Hiroshima visit at risk of being hijacked|Editorials

The White House has officially announced that US President Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima on May 27, the first-ever such visit to the city by a …

Kobe Bryant Is Obsessed with Becoming a Tech Bro

“He was bringing the same obsessive work ethic to learning about start-ups that he does to training.”<p><b>Kobe Bryant’s</b> sneakers have barely dried from his final game in the N.B.A. earlier this month, and he’s already well on his way to his second act. The Lakers legend, who went pro straight out of …

Silicon Valley