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By James Skywalker | Curated China News & Selected Stories

China Could Dominate the Global (Armed) Drone Market

Written by Scott N. Romaniuk and Tobias J. Burgers<p>The United States (US) – most specifically the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) – has been …

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China's red-hot housing market is now starting to cool

Chinese new home prices continued to moderate in January.<p>According to China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), prices rose by 0.2% in January, continuing the deceleration that began in the final quarter of last year.<p>They previously grew by 0.3% in December, and have now decelerated in each of …

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Chinese president Xi Jinping has vowed to lead the “new world order”

Chinese president Xi Jinping has vowed for the first time that China should take the lead in shaping the “new world order” and safeguarding international security, one of the latest moves putting him in stark contrast to Donald Trump and the US president’s “America First” policy.<p>Xi had on numerous …

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Whistleblowing in China — A Gamble Few Dare Take

For Gao Chun, 2010 was a bad year. He suffered heart failure after getting beat up by officials, and a ban on accepting media interviews dealt a serious blow to his campaign to expose fraud within China’s pharmaceutical industry.<p>Gao had once been a respected medical researcher, working as the …

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How one Chinese region shows risks of relying on heavy borrowing

SHENYANG, China (Reuters) - A flurry of construction in the Chinese city of Shenyang belies a regional economy in crisis, a striking example of the increasingly diminishing returns from a policy of investing heavily in infrastructure to prop up economic activity.<p>A new exhibition center has just …

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How the Communist Party Guided China to Success

Sebastian Heilmann, 51, is the founding president of the Mercator Institute of Chinese Studies (Merics) in Berlin and a government professor at the University of Trier. He has published extensively on Chinese industrial and technological policies, the Chinese Communist Party’s organizational …

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China plans its first "Forest City" to fight air pollution

Just weeks after Stefano Boeri announced plans for China’s first vertical forest, the Italian architect unveiled an even more ambitious vision: …

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Half of mainland China affected by bird flu as WHO asks authorities to be vigilant

Chinese health agency says situation is 'controllable' but urges maximum effort from local authorities.<p>Almost half of mainland China has been …

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China’s appetite for fresh chicken is making its bird flu epidemic worse

China has seen an alarming number of bird flu cases so far this year.<p>In January alone, the H7N9 avian flu virus has resulted in 79 deaths out of 192 reported cases in China, according to the country’s National Health and Planning Commission. It’s the worst bird-flu season since the virus first …

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Are China's Property Curbs Starting to Take Hold?

China home prices increased last month in the fewest cities in a year, signaling property curbs to deflate a potential housing bubble are taking …

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The gruelling, six-hour commute of Beijing’s workers

High rental costs in China's capital have forced workers to travel for six or more hours a day to work. Danny Vincent follows one young mother on her long daily journey.<p>On some days, Zhang Xia spends more time commuting to work than she does in the office.<p>The 39-year-old marketing manager lives in …

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Will China be the First to Have a Workforce Dominated by Robots?

China could well be the first country in the world to have a workforce dominated by robots. This comes following the challenges China’s currently …

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New Bird Flu Variant Found in Southern China

Deadly to poultry, latest outbreak of H7N9 prompts market closures, other preventative measures.

The Man Restoring Eastern China’s Iconic Circular Homes

In the face of government inaction, one individual is empowering locals to return their ‘tulou’ homes to former glory.

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China's Aging Population Becoming More Of A Problem

China’s getting old. In fact, they are getting older faster than anywhere else in the world. And the Chinese government has a very weak safety net to cover for them all.<p>According to the United Nations, China is ageing more rapidly than almost any country in recent history. China’s dependency ratio …

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Keeping An Eye On U.S.–China Semiconductor Supremacy Struggles

China’s ambitions for its semiconductor industry will provide a telling bellwether for the future of U.S.-China trade relations. China’s objectives — and the way they intend to achieve them — will raise vexing issues for U.S. policymakers. Similar issues are arising across several other key …

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Scammers in China Fake Road Injuries, but Cameras Capture the Truth

BEIJING — The scam may be as old as the automobile itself: A fraudster throws himself in front of a vehicle and demands that the driver pay for his self-inflicted (or nonexistent) injuries. But in an age of ever-present cameras, it’s getting a lot harder to pull off.<p>There are scores of videos …

Hand-colored portraits offer a glimpse of 1870 China

30 PHOTOS<p>Hand-colored portraits from 1875 China<p>See Gallery<p>Hand-colored portraits from 1875 China<p>Up Next<p>See Gallery<p>Discover More Like This<p>HIDE …

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China jails former head of safety watchdog for 15 years for graft

China on Friday jailed the former head of its safety watchdog for 15 years for graft, the state broadcaster said, wrapping up an inquiry launched after deadly blasts in 2015 killed nearly 170 people in the city of Tianjin, where he worked.<p>Regular mishaps, from factory fires to mine cave-ins, have …

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China's 'New Silk Road' Is Derailed In Sri Lanka By Political Chaos And Violent Protests

It was supposed to be a great new catalyst of transportation, manufacturing, and trade that would be used to stimulate growth in Sri Lanka’s remote Hambantota district. The dream was for Sri Lanka, China, and other nations to join together in the building of a new international city that would rise …

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China's top coal miners push for Beijing to cap output again: sources

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's major coal miners pushed for the government to reinstate limits on thermal coal output at an industry meeting on Tuesday citing weakening demand and growing supply, two sources briefed on the gathering said.<p>It's not clear if a government representative was at the …

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China's new supercomputer expected to be 10 times faster than Sunway TaihuLight

The Tianhe-3 will be capable of performing quintillion calculations per second.<p>China is building a supercomputer equipped with a top-tier processor …

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China’s Richest Man’s $1 Billion Buy of Dick Clark Productions May Have Fallen Apart

Chinese conglomerate and cinema chain operator Dalian Wanda ’s proposed $1 billion purchase of Dick Clark Productions has fallen apart, online …

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Foreigners in China will finally get a ride-hailing app in English again

For most expats living in China, ride-hailing has become tougher since Uber quit the market last August.<p>The company that bought Uber’s China unit, Didi Chuxing, removed some key features of the Uber app about three months later: the English-language interface, the option to pay with foreign credit …

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Foreign investment is not leaving China: commerce minister

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's commerce minister on Tuesday sought to assuage concerns that foreign investment is leaving the country, saying claims to that effect were "biased."<p>In comments made to reporters, Gao Hucheng didn't elaborate on the ministry's views though data over the past few months …

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China's latest robot police officer can recognise faces

It's no RoboCop, but it'll come when it senses trouble.<p>China's new robot police officers have started patrolling streets.<p>The E-Patrol Robot Sheriff (E巡机器警长) is able to track and follow potential criminals or suspicious people via facial recognition, according to the <i>Economic Daily</i>.<p>Besides fighting …

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The Burning Problem Of China's Garbage

Sitting inside a glass-encased cockpit, two men fiddle with joysticks controlling giant claws outside. They look like they're playing at a vending machine at a mall, where you try to grasp a stuffed animal. But these are engineers. The claws they're manipulating are as big as houses, and they're …

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Tianhe-3: China says its world-first exascale supercomputer will be ready by 2020

China already holds the two fastest supercomputers. Now it hopes to knock the USA off the third spot with the first ever exascale machine. Tianhe-3 will handle one quintillion calculations per second.<p>Fast isn't the word. If China's Tianhe-3 supercomputer manages to hit the exascale mark, it will …

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China wants foreign submarines to stop traveling below the surface in the vast waters it claims

Submarines are designed with one primary aim: to travel underwater. But when it comes to foreign vessels operating in the vast waters it claims, China doesn’t much like that idea.<p>According to state media reports posted last week, Beijing is drafting a revision to the nation’s maritime “traffic …

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