• China Unveils Colossal Mars Training Base Camp in Gobi Desert


    China unveiled a colossal Mars survival simulation base camp on in the Gobi desert of Jinchang, Northwest China’s Gansu Province.According to a project spokesperson, the simulation camp will become an astronaut training facility in the future.The project, codenamed “Mars Base 1,” is situated in the midst of barren hills, some 20 kilometers away from Jinchang’s urban area. It covers 67 square kilometers, with a total investment of more than 2.5 billion yuan ($373 million), read a press releas

  • China Releases New Rules on Game Approvals


    Source:buisnessinsider.comChina’s press and publication regulator has issued new rules on applications for publishing online games in China, signaling a possible acceleration in the handing out of formal approvals.China stopped granting licenses to monetize online games in March 2018, hurting the industry and developers such as Tencent Holdings Ltd and NetEase Inc. It started up approvals again in December, only to ask local governments to pause on submitting applications in February.The State

  • Freckled Tanned Chinese Pop Star is Challenging Beauty Standards


    Source:scmp.comDubbed China’s Beyoncé, pop star Naomi Wang Ju boasts physical traits that are unusual for female pop stardom in Asia. Her tanned, freckled skin and stout legs are worlds apart from the cookie-cutter look of China pop princesses, with their slim, shapely thighs and porcelain white skin.Her meteoric rise to pop stardom, following her appearance on the reality TV showProduce 101, was unexpected. Broadcast last year, the hit show selected 11 out of 101 girls to form the pop band Ro

  • Chinese Barber Turns Heads with his Scalp Sculptures


    Source:reuters.comWang Jianfeng is no ordinary barber. The 39-year-old from Shaoxing in eastern China specializes in sculpting images of famous faces on to the backs of his clients’ heads.From the likes of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong to KFC’s Colonel Sanders, to film stars such as Bruce Lee and Jean Reno, Wang can do them all.Inspired by a video he saw online of renowned U.S. hair artist Rob Ferrel, who creates portraits of celebrities on his clients’ scalps, Wang wanted to do the same f

  • Migrant Worker Detained in China Over Song About being Beaten


    Source: thestar.comA migrant worker in Guangdong was detained in Yunnan province for two weeks for song lyrics he posted on social media two years ago describing the beating of a man by government officials.Huang Ming was taken from his dormitory at a factory in Heyuan, Guangdong, by two officers who had travelled more than 1,000km from Yunnan’s Zhenxiong county early this month, the news portal reports.Huang, who is from Zhenxiong, was put into custody in the county on a charge of pi

  • Canadian Envoy Says It Would Be Great If U.S. Drops Huawei Case


    TORONTO -Canada’s ambassador to China said Friday it would be “great” if the United States dropped its extradition request for a Chinese telecommunications executive arrested in Canada.John McCallum made the remarks to the Toronto Star in Vancouver on Friday. It comes a day after he issued a statement in which he said he misspoke about the case and regretted his comments about Meng Wanzhou having a strong case to avoid extradition.“From Canada’s point of view, if (the U.S.) drops the extrad

  • Putting The Brakes On China’s Slowdown


    China’s economic performance in 2018 was rather disappointing. According to official statistics, the country’s growth rate during the year was 6.6 per cent, the lowest since 1991. The real situation was probably even worse.Two engines have driven the Chinese economy for decades: fixed asset investment and exports. Both lost steam in 2018. In the first three quarters of 2018, fixed investment grew by just 5.4 per cent year on year (compared to 7.5 per cent in 2017). This was largely because gro

  • China’s Car Slowdown Begins to Bite as Hyundai Lays Off Workers


    As China’s car industry loses its shine, automakers are starting to buckle up for the downward slope with Hyundai Motor Co. announcing it is letting workers go and is reviewing production plans in the world’s biggest market.Beijing Hyundai Motor Co., the joint venture between Hyundai and BAIC Motor Corp., is accepting voluntary retirements from employees and reviewing “production optimization” to enhance plant efficiency around the Chinese New Year holidays, Hyundai said Jan. 25.Once hailed

  • US Warships Sail Through The Closely-Watched Taiwan Strait


    US Navy warships sailed through the Taiwan Strait Thursday, potentially putting pressure on Beijing.The Areligh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell and the Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Walter S. Diehl conducted a Taiwan Strait transit, demonstrating the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific, US Pacific Fleet spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Tim Gorman told CNN.The US Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows, he added.The rhe

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