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China's Growing Meth Addiction

In the summer of 2013, a 50-year-old chemistry professor in the Chinese province of Xi'an apparently decided to emulate "Breaking Bad." Teaming up with a Mr. Chen, Professor Lu (full names haven't been released) straddled between his classroom duties and a growing methamphetamine business -- at …


Taliban Says Peace Talks in China Never Happened

The Taliban is denying reports that it attended peace talks in China with Afghan officials.

According to Wall Street Journal, the Chinese Communist …


China warned over 'insane' plans for new nuclear power plants

China’s plans for a rapid expansion of nuclear power plants are “insane” because the country is not investing enough in safety controls, a leading Chinese scientist has warned.

Proposals to build plants inland, as China ends a moratorium on new generators imposed after the Fukushima disaster in …


China’s aviation authority to produce blacklist of unruly passengers

China’s civil aviation authority is to introduce a blacklist of passengers who behave badly on flights.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China …


China’s coming crash?

It’s time to worry about China.

On any list of calamities threatening the world economy, a China crash ranks at or near the top. Just what would constitute a “crash” is murky. Already, China’s sizzling rate of economic growth has declined from 10 percent annually — the average from the late 1970s …


China wants private investors to help build $318 billion of projects

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's state planning agency on Monday released a list of more than 1,000 proposed projects totalling 1.97 trillion yuan ($317.75 billion) that it is inviting private investors to help fund, build and operate.

The National Development and Reform Commission said the 1,043 …


Trial Tests Beijing's Nerve on Pollution

BEIJING—An environmental dispute involving a stone quarry in southeastern China marks the first test of a government effort to use the courts to help deal with a nationwide pollution problem.

In a trial that began Friday in China’s southeastern Fujian province, environmental groups accused four mine …


China's one-child policy created ruthless 'little emperors'

One of China's most influential expat writers says the country's one-child policy has had alarming unforeseen consequences and produced a generation …


China to its drivers: Rein in your road rage

On the sprawling ground of Beijing Gongjiao Driving School, hundreds of white Volkswagen sedans crawled at a snail's pace as students behind the wheels practiced starting, turning and parking their cars one recent afternoon.

"When students become impatient because of the long queue, I tell them to …


China's Massive Internet Investment Undermined By Tightening Controls

Demonstrators protest for freedom of opinion in China during the opening day of the CeBIT technology fair in Hanover, central Germany, in March …


The China Bubble That Wasn't

The world wanted China to go capitalist, did it not? Well, welcome to capitalism, people. When a country as powerful and as large as China is allowing for its investor class to ship money out of country, and is allowing foreigners to ship money into its stock market for the first time ever, this is …


China officials taken on prison visits in warning against corruption

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese authorities have taken government officials and members of their families on tours of prisons as a "warning" against corruption, the official China Daily newspaper reported on Monday, citing the country's top disciplinary body.

In China's eastern Hubei province, 70 …


Experts Debate Mao's Legacy in China Today

'Does Xi Jinping Represent a Return to the Politics of the Mao Era?' (1 hr., 11 min.)

At the May 21 Asia Society event ChinaFile Presents: Does Xi …

World Politics

A Particularly Chinese Dilemma: Why Chinese Students Game College Admissions

A new day, a new scandal -- such has been the rhythm of Chinese-U.S education exchanges for the last few years, as the number of Chinese students applying to American colleges and universities has skyrocketed. In 2014, 274,439 Chinese students studied in the U.S. -- that's five times more than in …

College & University

Wikipedia Disturbed Over Fresh China Censorship

Wikipedia is yet again being censored by China’s Great Firewall. The Chinese-language version of the site has been blocked for the last three days and the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that supports Wikipedia, said it was investigating. The censorship comes two weeks ahead of …


Sterile mosquitoes released in China to fight dengue fever

This spring, a team of scientists has been driving around a small island in Guangzhou, southern China, releasing more than half a million mosquitoes from plastic pots on board trucks.

Rather than chasing the researchers away, families have welcomed their incursion: “Some residents have even asked to …


10 beautiful places to visit in China you’ve never heard of

Posted on: May 22nd in Asia, Beautiful Places by Becky Padmore.
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China the endlessly fascinating destination that seemingly everyone


What's in a name? Plenty, when it reopens an old wound

Territorial issues are a sensitive issue often likely to fan the flames of nationalism among the Chinese public.

Disputes between China and Japan over …


Tulips and cherry blossoms - Flower Power in Toyama Prefecture, Japan.

Tulips and cherry blossoms – Flower Power in Toyama Prefecture, Japan.

Posted by Claire Usmar on May 21, 2015 in Nature, Photos | Leave a comment


Karaoke bars in Tokyo

Ever since arriving in Japan I’d been nagging Dominic about needing to go to a Karaoke bar before leaving, and on our last night we finally got to …


Li Hejun, a solar billionaire feels the heat

When rich list compilers wade through the holdings of China’s wealthiest men they encounter two types of billionaire: those who want to hide their …

Renewable Energy

China Stops Tibetans Leaving The Country on Vacation

The ruling Chinese Communist Party has implemented new regulations banning Tibetans in China from traveling overseas on package tours, sources in the …


China's new silk road could change global economics forever

Part 1: The New Silk Road

Beginning with the marvelous tales of Marco Polo’s travels across Eurasia to China, the Silk Road has never ceased to entrance the world. Now, the ancient cities of Samarkand, Baku, Tashkent, and Bukhara are once again firing the world’s imagination.

China is building the …


Is China’s Environmental Tide Turning? 4 Things to Watch

After decades of stalled or blocked reforms, China’s environmental protection effort may finally be gaining traction. There are scores of new …


Red Beach Panjin. China


Panjin Red Beach is one of the most mysterious places on earth! This beach is located in Shuangtai Hekou Nature Reserve, on the river …


Drivers jailed over Lamborghini-Ferrari race through Beijing

Two young drivers have been jailed over a "Fast & Furious" style race through the Chinese capital that ended in the destruction of two luxury sports cars.

Yu Muchun, 20, and Tang Wentian, 21, were jailed for four and five months respectively and fined a total of 18,000 yuan (US$2,900), Xinhua …


How China's pollution problem impacts on its people - in pictures


Aspiring Asia leader China takes no role in Rohingya crisis

BEIJING (AP) — Malaysia has begun searching for thousands of boat people believed stranded in the Andaman Sea. From a hemisphere away in Washington, the U.S. said it will send navy planes. Even the small African nation of Gambia has offered help, saying it could take in the migrants.

The Asian …


Leave ‘Feng Shui’ to the Chinese, Taoist Priest Tells U.S. Official - China Real Time Report - WSJ

A Taoist priest is refuting a U.S. official’s understanding of the concept “feng shui,” a whimsical twist to Sino-U.S. relations amid an increasingly tense row over sovereignty claims in the South China Sea.

Last week, Daniel Russel, U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asia, told the …


China Inc. Is Coming To America

Japan led a wave of investment into America in the 1980s. Now it's China's turn.

A new report described as the first of its kind has broken down how …