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    • 'I feel like slapping her': Woman in China under fire for shaming dad who knelt down for not buying her iPhone
      by Lim Kewei on May 24, 2024 at 2:15 am

      Upset that her father could not afford to buy an iPhone for her, a woman in China launched into a tirade against him. The man then knelt on the street as an apology, much to the shock of passers-by. The bizarre incident occurred in Shanxi province, China, on May 4, reported Chinese media. According to the South China Morning Post (SCMP), the girl had said: "Other parents can buy their children an iPhone. Why don't you have the money?" A clip of the incident circulating on Weibo and Douyin showed the father crawling on all fours while the woman pulled on his backpack, shouting: "Get up!" The passer-by who filmed the video, surnamed Zhang, told media that the scene had made him feel wretched. "I felt like walking up and slapping her," he added.  The viral video, which was viewed 91 million times on Weibo and six million times on Douyin, led to netizens blasting the unbecoming behaviour of the father-daughter duo, reported SCMP.&nbs […]

    • China's food security dream faces land, soil and water woes
      on May 23, 2024 at 7:33 am

      BEIJING — China, the world's biggest agriculture importer, has set targets to drastically reduce its reliance on overseas buying over the coming decade in line with its push for food security, but they will be exceedingly difficult to meet, experts say. With limited land and water, China will have to sharply increase farming productivity through technology, including genetically modified crops, and expand area under cultivation to meet Beijing's 10-year projections. The government envisions 92 per cent self-sufficiency in staple grains and beans by 2033, up from 84 per cent during 2021-2023, according to a document released in late April, on a path towards President Xi Jinping's goal to become an "agriculture power" by the middle of the century. Cutting the country's imports would be a blow to producers from the US to Brazil and Indonesia, who have expanded capacity to meet demand from China's 1.4 billion people, the world's largest market for soybeans, meat and grains. Over the 10 years to 2033 the agriculture ministry projects a 75 per cent plunge in corn imports to 6.8 million tons and a 60 per cent drop for wheat to 4.85 million tons. […]

    • Suspected gas blast in China's Harbin kills 1, injures 3
      on May 23, 2024 at 7:10 am

      BEIJING — A suspected gas explosion at a residential building in China's northeastern city of Harbin killed one person and injured three as it tore off a balcony, state media said on Thursday (May 23), while scattering rubble in the street. It is China's latest such incident after two people were killed and 26 injured in March following a massive blast caused by a suspected gas leak at a restaurant in the northern province of Hebei that ripped facades from buildings and crushed cars. Smoke rises from an explosion at an apartment building in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China, in this screengrab taken from a dashcam video released May 23, 2024. Video obtained by Reuters. PHOTO: Reuters Thursday's blast, suspected to have been caused by an explosion of a gas tank, happened at about 7 am (2300 GMT) at a building in the city's district of Xiangfang, the official China Daily said, citing district officials. […]

    • Incoming Taiwan president courts diplomatic allies with shrimp fishing
      on May 19, 2024 at 3:31 am

      TAIPEI - President-elect Lai Ching-te took leaders from some of Taiwan's handful of remaining diplomatic allies shrimping on Sunday, the day before he takes office and has to deal with China which believes the island has no right to the trappings of a state. Lai, detested by Beijing as a "separatist", is expected to pledge to secure stability by maintaining the status quo in the island's relationship with China in his inauguration speech on Monday. Beijing views proudly democratic Taiwan as its own territory, over the strong objections of the government in Taipei, and has never renounced the use of force to bring the island under its control. Only 12 countries now maintain formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, mostly poorer developing nations such as Paraguay, Eswatini, Palau and St Lucia. Taiwan has faced a sustained campaign from China, which snatched back Nauru from Taiwan shortly after Lai won election in January, to get the remaining allies to recognise Beijing. […]

    • Bird flu found in western China as US combats cattle outbreak
      on May 19, 2024 at 1:46 am

      BEIJING - Cases of bird flu have been confirmed among wild fowl in western China, the agriculture ministry said on Saturday (May 18), as concerns grow over a US outbreak infecting cattle herds. Two counties in Qinghai province confirmed 275 cases of H5 influenza among dead Pallas's gull and other wild birds, China's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said in a notice on its website. The ministry received a report on the cases from the China Animal Disease Control Center, and the national Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory confirmed the finding, the notice said. The H5N1 outbreak among dairy cattle in at least nine US states since late March has raised questions over whether it could spread to humans. No such cases have been reported. […]

    • China pledges to buy apartments and finish stalled housing projects
      on May 17, 2024 at 7:26 am

      BEIJING/HONG KONG — China on Friday (May 17) announced some of its most sweeping measures yet to stabilise the crisis-hit property sector, allowing local governments to buy "some" apartments, relaxing mortgage rules and pledging further efforts to deliver unfinished homes. Earlier in the day, fresh data showing the fastest drop in new home prices in more than nine years highlighted the worsening state of an industry which at its peak accounted for a fifth of economic activity and remains a major drag on confidence and growth. After waves of support measures over the past two years failed to turn around the sector, Vice Premier He Lifeng told an online meeting with other authorities that municipal governments can buy homes at "reasonable" prices. The homes would be used to provide affordable housing, He said, without giving a timeline or a target for the purchases, nor detailing how they would be funded. He also said local governments, already some US$9 trillion (S$12 trillion) in debt, can repurchase land sold to developers, and promised that authorities will "fight hard" to complete stalled projects. […]

    • Huawei flagship store surge in China signals showdown with Apple
      on May 15, 2024 at 6:38 am

      HONG KONG — Huawei is revamping its retail strategy and aggressively opening flagship stores in China, with some just a stone's throw away from Apple shops, as it seeks to retake the premium electronics throne in the world's biggest smartphone market. Situated directly across from Apple's Shanghai flagship store, Huawei's recently renovated shop spans three floors of a famous heritage architecture building in the financial hub's busy shopping district and includes a coffee shop and a gym. Huawei opened four such stores in major Chinese cities between December and February, an aggressive marketing blitz by a company that had largely relied on licenced distributors and is rebounding from US sanctions imposed in 2019 that had crippled its smartphone business for four years until it could source domestic replacement parts. "The Huawei flagship store is very nice. It looks much brighter inside compared to the Apple Store across the street," said Amy Chen, a 27-year-old physiotherapist who visited the Shanghai store this week to switch to Huawei's top-end Pura 70 Ultra from the iPhone 15 Pro in hopes of better mobile reception. […]

    • YouTube to block Hong Kong protest anthem videos after court order
      on May 15, 2024 at 1:15 am

      CALIFORNIA — Alphabet's YouTube on May 14 said it will comply with a Hong Kong court decision and block access to 32 video links deemed to be prohibited content. The action follows a government application granted by Hong Kong's Court of Appeal requesting the ban of a protest anthem called Glory To Hong Kong. YouTube said it will geoblock the videos, which the injunction deemed to be "prohibited publications", for viewers on its platform in Hong Kong. "We are disappointed by the Court's decision but are complying with its removal order," YouTube said in a statement. "We'll continue to consider our options for an appeal, to promote access to information." Eventually, links to the videos will no longer show up on Google Search in Hong Kong as the company's systems process the changes, YouTube said. ALSO READ: Hong Kong court bans protest anthem, says it can be used as weapon […]

    • China launches campaign to halt school bullying, excessive homework
      on May 14, 2024 at 9:24 am

      HONG KONG — China's Ministry of Education said on May 14 it was launching a campaign to address issues, including excessive homework and bullying in schools, as part of efforts to boost students' mental health. The announcement came a day after the ministry said it was carrying out mental health education for teachers and students, with particular focus on rural migrant children or those "left behind", whose parents work in large cities for much of the year. The ministry's notice, published on its website, detailed 12 negative practises at schools, including encroachment during scheduled breaks, neglect and tolerance of bullying behaviour. Beijing has, since 2021, tried to reform the education sector and ease academic pressure on students, clamping down on a US$120 billion (S$162 billion) private tutoring industry to cut education costs. Many residents have cited high childcare and education costs as reasons not to have children. […]

    • Chinese Covid-19 whistleblower due for release after 4 years in jail
      on May 14, 2024 at 1:30 am

      The authorities in China were expected on May 13 to release a citizen journalist jailed for four years after she documented the early phases of the coronavirus outbreak from the central city of Wuhan in 2020. Zhang Zhan, 40, had travelled to Wuhan in early 2020 from Shanghai where she was based, posting first-hand accounts from crowded hospitals and empty streets that painted a more dire picture of the pandemic than the official narrative. After several months of reporting that included videos, she was detained in May 2020. She went on hunger strike in late June, court documents seen by Reuters said, prompting police to strap her hands and force-feed her with a tube, her lawyers said at the time. In December 2020, she was convicted by a Shanghai court of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble" and sentenced to four years imprisonment. An indictment for Zhang's case published by human rights activists indicated she would be released on May 13. One of her lawyers, Zhang Keke, however, told Reuters that he could not yet confirm whether she had been released. "Zhang Zhan's relatives and family haven't yet responded to me," he said. […]

    • International horticulture expo attracts worldwide green fingers to Chengdu
      on May 3, 2024 at 4:00 pm

      THE International Horticultural Exhibition 2024 — which opened in Chengdu, capital of southwest China’s Sichuan Province, last week — offers a comprehensive and on-site “101 handbook” for gardening devotees […]

    • Youth the target as Sanya aims to be international tourist destination
      by Hu Min on October 9, 2023 at 5:04 pm

      A group of young foreign tourists went on a fantastic journey to Sanya, a popular coastal destination in south China’s Hainan Province. The exhilarated youngsters were fascinated by the picturesque scenery, […]

    • It’s visa-free as Chinese get VIP Thai welcome
      on September 25, 2023 at 4:00 pm

      THAILAND extended a warm welcome to the first batch of visa-exempt flights from China yesterday, marking the launch of the nation’s fresh initiative to reinvigorate its Chinese tourist market. Approximately […]

    • China’s gold rush continues at Asiad
      on September 25, 2023 at 4:00 pm

      HOST China snapped up more gold medals at the Hangzhou Asian Games yesterday. A shooting world record fell to Chinese teenager Sheng Lihao in the men’s 10-meter air rifle with his 253.3 points surpassing […]

    • Zhang, Wu: Rivals yet partners
      by Ma Yue on September 25, 2023 at 4:00 pm

      CHINA’S top-two ranked male tennis players Zhang Zhizhen and Wu Yibing will partner each other for the first time. The duo is paired in the doubles competition at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou. Shangha […]

    • Record road trips expected
      on September 21, 2023 at 4:00 pm

      EXPRESSWAYS in China will likely see a record traffic volume during the upcoming holiday due to travel demand, an official said yesterday. According to Wang Xiuchun, from the Ministry of Transport, t […]

    • Xi to attend opening ceremony
      on September 21, 2023 at 4:00 pm

      CHINESE President Xi Jinping will attend the opening ceremony of the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou and hold a welcoming banquet and bilateral events for foreign leaders attending the opening ceremony, […]

    • Academic papers: US lags China
      on September 21, 2023 at 4:00 pm

      CHINA contributed nearly one-third of the academic papers published in the most influential international journals in 2022, marking the first time it surpassed the United States to secure the top position, […]

    • Smart & green opening ceremony set for Asiad
      on September 21, 2023 at 4:00 pm

      TORCHBEARERS in the virtual and physical worlds will jointly light up the cauldron for the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou tomorrow, organizers said yesterday. “A green, digital and intelligent Asian Games […]

    • Figures speak volumes about FTZ’s progress
      by Li Qian on September 20, 2023 at 4:00 pm

      THE China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone has almost witnessed the establishment of a new enterprise every hour over the past decade, statistics show. By the end of 2022, the Shanghai FTZ, which was […]

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