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Will free trade in Shanghai include digital freedom? | Financial Times

Print this page<p>The new free trade zone in Shanghai is a fascinating experiment by the Chinese government – among the most radical since it …

By 2015, China will be the world’s largest consumer of processed food

In China, the traditional diet of vegetables, rice, noodles, and small portions of meat—a diet hailed as one of the world’s healthiest — is disappearing. Chinese people are eating more Western food, more meat, and on top of that—more packaged, on-the-go food that comes with additives, artificial …

Nutrition

China’s multi-pronged attack in mobile phones | Financial Times

Print this page<p>There is more than one way to lead in the smartphone industry, and China is at work on all of them.<p>No longer content to copy foreign …

Google poised for deal with EU over competition row

Google is poised to strike a deal with European competition watchdogs that will see it avoid court and billions of euros in potential fines over its alleged manipulation of web search results to favour its own services and stifle rivals.<p>Joaquin Almunia, the vice president of the European …

Walmart is becoming a little more like Amazon—and vice versa

Walmart just took a step closer to being more like Amazon, its rival in online retail. Today, Walmart announced the opening of two warehouses dedicated solely to shipping web orders in the US.<p>The warehouses, one in Texas and another in Pennsylvania (just 10 miles away from one of Amazon’s …

Online Life

Thailand uses slaves from Myanmar to peel its shrimp

In some ways, Thailand is a fairytale of economic development. Thanks in large part to exports, its GDP per capita is now eight times what it was in 1980. Its people live 15 years longer than they did in 1970. They’re now better educated, so they are doing more high-value jobs. It’s also an …

Asia