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By James Skywalker | Curated China News & Selected Stories

China must broaden its priorities for a successful G20 summit

Author: Adam Triggs, ANU<p>In December 2015, China announced that its priorities for the upcoming G20 Hangzhou summit were to make the global economy …

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Air pollution is making China's cities even hotter — Quartz

Here’s another way China’s notorious air pollution is making citizens’ lives uncomfortable—it’s making the country’s cities hotter.<p>Researchers have found evidence that the pollution engulfing China’s cities enhances the warming effect of cityscapes, raising the temperature by one degree Celsius. …

Air pollution

China’s Crackdown on Dissent Could Lead to Unrest, U.N. Adviser Says

BEIJING — An adviser to the United Nations has sharply criticized President Xi Jinping’s crackdown on dissent in China, warning on Tuesday that the Communist Party’s tight grip on civil society was undermining basic rights and risking mass unrest.<p>The adviser, Philip G. Alston, said that the party’s …

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The 'Panama Papers' law firm has more offices in China than in any other country

Beijing (AFP) - The Panamanian law firm at the heart of a massive leak of offshore banking records has more offices in China than any other country, its website shows, raising questions about its activities in the Communist-ruled country.<p>The scandal erupted on Sunday when media groups began …

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China's confusing media ties with Australia

The China Daily has a deal with Australian media to push its message Down Under, even as other Chinese papers call for a military strike on Australia. Is this just business as usual? Helen Clark reports from Perth.<p>The "Global Times" (GT), a subsidiary of the "People's Daily" and the Chinese …

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How China's Belt And Road Economic Corridors Are Enhanced By The UN's TIR Convention

China is not wasting any time making use of their new membership in the UN’s TIR Convention. Hardly a month after joining the trans-Eurasian transit pact, which enables authorized transporters to move goods through 70 member states across the EU, the CIS, and parts of the Middle East and North …

Asia

The Song in the Heart of Many Chinese Comes From Insects

Mosquitoes. Flies. Cockroaches. The bugs that thrive in the heat of summer vex Chinese urban dwellers just as they do in most of the world.<p>But in China, some insects are viewed not as pests, but as pets — especially if they sing for their supper.<p>Chirping bugs like katydids, cicadas and crickets are …

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WHY IT MATTERS: China

WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: Tensions have been rising between China and the United States. China is modernizing its military and pressing its sovereignty claims over the disputed South China Sea, an important route for global trade. The U.S. is pushing back by increasing its military presence in …

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10 Things To Know About Asia's Most Valuable Tech Company: Tencent

Tencent overtook fellow Chinese tech giant Alibaba as Asia’s most valuable technology company on Thursday after it reported strong quarterly earnings the previous day.<p>The internet giant had a market capitalization of $249 billion compared with $246 billion for Alibaba.<p>Despite operating China’s two …

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US temporarily freezes EB-1 citizenship visa for China and India as applicants hit the limit

A sought-after visa that offers a speedy path to US citizenship is temporarily closed to Chinese and Indian nationals. The US State Department …

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China Is Grappling With Hidden Unemployment

Cracks are starting to show in China’s labor market as struggling industrial firms leave millions of workers in flux.<p>While official jobless numbers …

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Hundreds protest in the streets of Hong Kong as China tightens grip on elections

Hundreds of protesters rallied on Sunday against Hong Kong's disqualification of six candidates from legislative elections, the latest outpouring of anger at a perceived tightening grip on the city's freedoms by China.<p>The former British colony was handed back to China in 1997 under an agreement …

World

Chinese ships, planes hold war games in Sea of Japan

Chinese planes and ships held war games in the Sea of Japan last week, the military said, during which Beijing displayed its latest-generation …

Military

The slow creep and chilling effect of China's censorship

In late March, a mother of five, Sonam Tso, died after self-immolating in protest against Chinese rule outside a monastery in broad daylight. The …

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The owners of these defiant 'nail houses' in China refuse to give in to developers

China has an impressive number of massive developments in the works, from a 1,640-foot-wide radio telescope to a 26-mile-long bridge.<p>But all that new infrastructure and construction requires space, which means residents are sometimes forced to move in order to make room for new projects. Some …

Asia

AI cruise control: China wants high-level artificial intelligence for next-gen missiles

Marine corps vehicles carrying ship-to-air missiles drive past the Tiananmen Square during the military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the …

Asia

Massive dam project at center of China-Myanmar talks

BEIJING (AP) — Efforts by Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi this week to bolster ties with her country's dominant northern neighbor China may hinge on whether she can resolve the fate of a massive, Chinese-funded dam project blocked by overwhelming local opposition.<p>Suu Kyi was welcomed by Premier Li …

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Tencent's 'Super App' WeChat Is Quietly Taking Over Workplaces In China

Forget about office apps like Slack, or Alibaba’s DingTalk. In China, people don’t have much need for corporate communication tools because business is done on the country’s top social media platform: WeChat.<p>The app, called Weixin in Mandarin Chinese and operated by Chinese web giant Tencent, is …

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What Would China Look Like Today Had Zhao Ziyang Survived?

<i>Following is an edited transcript of Tom Brokaw’s recollections of his 1987</i> Meet The Press <i>interview with Zhao Ziyang, as told to ChinaFile. —The</i> …

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Made in China: The World's Most Expensive Market

Investors are about to be welcomed to New China. But can they afford the entry ticket?<p>The long-awaited announcement of the Shenzhen-Hong Kong trading link means easy access to a market favored by the privately owned consumer, health-care and technology stocks that ought to be the winners from the …

Financial markets

Chinese travellers embrace credit options for travel

Worldpay has looked at traveller payment preferences in six major markets and has found that the Chinese are now more likely to fund a trip on credit …

China Travel

Myanmar's Suu Kyi arrives in China for critical talks

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi needs Chinese support to deal with ethnic conflicts on the two neighbors' shared border. The Nobel laureate is also under pressure to proceed with a Chinese-funded hydroelectric project.<p>At a meeting in Beijing on Thursday, Suu Kyi told Chinese Premier Li Keqiang that …

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The 'Gangster grannies' and China's shadow banking

<b>Think of the words shadow banking, and you'll probably conjure up an image of a slick-suited, smooth-talking mafia-esque character who will most likely be found in seedy bars or night clubs.</b><p>But in China, sometimes it could be a 60-year-old woman running the show, and that may have serious …

Asia

The human cost of China’s slowdown

On a visit to a Chinese shipyard, our correspondent met a man prepared to resort to extreme measures just to get paid<p>The first time I met Wang …

World

China staff fined for not liking boss's Weibo posts

<b>Employees at a travel company in eastern China have been fined for not commenting on their boss's social media posts, it's reported.</b><p>More than 200 members of staff at the business in Jinan were slapped with penalties of 50 yuan each ($7.50; £5.70) under the policy, the official Beijing Youth Daily …

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What China's Cooling Housing Market Means for Its Economy

The latest data is helping quell concerns of property bubbles.<p>Home price rises in China‘s biggest cities showed signs of easing in July, adding to concerns that one of the economy’s key growth drivers is losing steam but offering some relief for policymakers worried about property bubbles.<p>A robust …

Real Estate

2015 Bordeaux Wine Futures Miss Their Chance With Chinese Consumers

Any hotelier or restaurateur in China will tell you that the past several years have been tough – but there are signs that perhaps the worst is over.<p>Meiyu Li, Wine Director of Park Hyatt Beijing, says China’s falling demand for wine since 2012 has now stabilized. “I believe there will be increasing …

Bordeaux Wine

The Tibetan nomad traditions defying the modern world

<b>Despite decades of change and development, nomads still migrate to the Tibetan Plateau every summer, from where China Correspondent Stephen McDonell reports.</b><p>There was a time here when tribal Tibetans roamed across a vast dramatic landscape with no specific place to call home.<p>For generation after …

Chinese philosophy

Luxury Retailers must understand this Shift among Chinese Consumers

Understanding the shift in focus related to how Chinese consumers are defined is among the main challenges luxury retailers with big exposure to …

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