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  • Hilarious English Names Chinese People Choose to use

     

    Source:padaguidesHi, my name is Owl, my friends call me that because they say my face looks like an owl. Indeed, her moon shaped face surrounded by feathered hair and disproportionately large round eyes, really gave the effect of an owl. To top it off, despite never having traveled outside of China, she had the perfect valley girl accent.I would have her say things like “like, oh my Gawd!” and “gag me with a spoon” to my colleagues when we needed a good belly laugh. As English teachers atRen

  • Construction Worker Loses Job After Exposing Low-Quality Helmets

     

    Source:supchina.comA migrant worker in Qingdao, Shandong Province, claims he was fired by his former employer and is having trouble finding another job after he posted a viral video in which he demonstrated the substandard quality of his helmet while working at a construction site.The man, whose last name is Dòu 窦, found himself at the center of attention since last week, when he posted a clip on the short-video platform Kuaishou that shows the astonishing lack of effective protection at a bui

  • China’s Scavenger Satellites Being used to Develop AI Weapons

     

    Source:scmp.comTechnology from China’s decade-old scavenger satellite programme has been used in the development of new weapon systems powered by artificial intelligence, according to a recently declassified document and scientists involved in the programme.The small satellites, including some lighter than 10kg, can grab onto uncooperative targets such as dead spacecraft tumbling in near-Earth orbit.A triple-eye sensor allows them to gauge the target’s shape, relative speed and random rotation

  • China's Didi Recruits Colombian Drivers Ahead of Bogota Launch

     

    Source:reuters.comChinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing said on Monday it is beginning to recruit drivers ahead of its launch in Colombia’s capital Bogota in the coming months.“We have arrived in Colombia with an attractive offer for those who want to register as drivers and we hope to be able to meet the market’s expectations,” the company said in a statement.The statement did not specify when Didi’s services would begin in the Andean country.Didi is planning to take on U.S. rival Uber T

  • Parked Tesla Car Explodes in Shanghai

     

    Source:reuters.comU.S. electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc on Monday said it had sent a team to investigate a video on Chinese social media which showed a parked Tesla Model S car exploding.The video was widely shared on China’s Twitter-like Weibo, with the hashtag “Tesla self-ignites” becoming one of the most-read topics on the platform, being viewed over five million times.It showed a parked Tesla S starting to emit smoke from its bonnet before exploding and bursting into flames, damaging surr

  • The Racial Stereotyping Asians Face When Traveling

     

    Sourece:scmpI could be in an open-air market, one of those places you go to find key chains and shrink-wrapped T-shirts, or in a restaurant district where men in aprons wave tourists into empty bistros, when I hear: “Konichiwa.Ni hao ma. Chinese, or Japanese?”It’s impossible to overstate how grating I find this comment, and those like it.I travel, in part, to be decontextualised: anonymous, outside the grooves of my routine and home culture. But it’s in these moments I feel shackled by the s

  • Rampant Chinese Cheating Exposed at the Boston Marathon

     

    Source:supchina.comIf it feels like you’ve heard about Chinese marathon runners being less than honest, you’d be right.This time, though, it involves the Boston Marathon.As reported by SCMP, state radio network The Voice of China broadcast a story this week about claims that nearly 100 Chinese runners in this year’s Boston Marathon — from a total of 951 entered Chinese nationals — falsified their previous times in an attempt to bypass the notoriously stringent entry requirements.The report

  • Outrage Over New Housing Project Near Hong Kong Wetland Park

     

    Source:scmpAcademics and environmental groups have urged the government to review its wetland conservation policy after the Buildings Department approved another housing project on the edge of Hong Kong Wetland Park.The department revealed last month that it had approved the building plans of Mutual Luck Investment, a subsidiary of property giantCheung Kong, to build 19 residential towers with nearly 2,000 total flats in Fung Lok Wai, one of the last remaining wetland areas to the east of the na

  • China Extends Holidays in May

     

    Source:amp.ft.comNational holidays are usually set well in advance. So when Beijing abruptly announced an extra three days of official holidays in early May, schools and businesses had to scramble to accommodate the new schedule.The sudden change is just one of the measures the Chinese capital has taken to make sure no untoward gatherings are held to mark the 100thanniversary of the May Fourth Movement, which spurred the modernisation of Chinese politics and society.Songs have been taken off mus

  • How Much of Europe Does China Own?

     

    Source:bbc.comThe European Union has introduced a new mechanism for screening foreign investment.It's widely believed to have been prompted by concerns over China's economic ambitions in Europe.It will allow the European Commission - the EU's executive arm - to give an opinion when an investment threatens the security or public order of more than one member state or undermines an EU-wide project such as the Galileo satellite project.In March, the European Commission called China a sy

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