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Beijing license plates gone in 10 minutes during car auction as demand skyrockets

2 hours agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Eleven cars with Beijing license plates were scooped up by bidders within 10 minutes after being listed in an online auction held by a Beijing court on Tuesday, with one customer forking out 465,000 yuan for a Jaguar with coveted Beijing plates. [ more › ]

Look out world: Forbidden City reveals new mascots

6 hours agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Just in case you were stuck right on the fence about whether to visit the Forbidden City in Beijing, museum officials unveiled this weekend something that is sure to shock you right off—mascots. [ more › ]

Ferguson unrest spurs worldwide observations about racism in U.S.

10 hours agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

For China's state media, the violence in Ferguson, Mo., was an opportunity to point out the type of rights abuses the United States and its Western allies often accuse Beijing authorities of committing.

Myanmar summitry brings faltering US promises, China cash

Last week's summitry in Myanmar was full of media soundbites and photo ops but the policy scorecard was won by Beijing. During a period of US weakness (with Obama suffering at the midterms and many in the region doubting his Administration's...Show More Summary

China links: APEC, positive energy, one-child policy, pollution, CBMs, Africa and more

Bonnie Glaser writes that the two US-China military CBMs, inked recently in Beijing, signal Xi Jinping's intent to establish a more cooperative relationship with the US military. China's newly built bridge to North Korea remains unused...Show More Summary

A climate breakthrough in Beijing?

Well, this seems like a big deal. In fact, the NY Times is calling it a 'landmark agreement' that 'could galvanize efforts to negotiate a new global climate agreement by 2015.' After nine months of secret negotiations, the US and China...Show More Summary

Cheesy song praising love of China’s first couple goes viral, is mocked

16 hours agoNews : BlogPost

BEIJING – A cheesy musical tribute to Chinese President Xi Jinping and the “legendary” love he shares with his wife is reported to have gone viral online, but has been widely mocked by Netizens as sycophantic and cringeworthy. The song, whose title roughly translates as “Uncle Xi loves Mother Peng,” is the latest manifestation of […]

What to expect from the ASEAN and East Asia summits

This is a big week for political manoeuvring in the Asia Pacific. China is hosting APEC (Beijing spent $1 billion preparing for the event), to be followed by the ASEAN and East Asia Summits in Myanmar this week and next weekend's G20...Show More Summary

How the East Asia Summit can achieve its potential

Asia's summit season kicks off this week with the 20th APEC 'economic leaders' meeting in Beijing. The region's political jamborees have become very cluttered of late and leaders from all of Asia's key powers may become a little tired with one another's company. Show More Summary

APEC in Beijing: Too many trade initiatives and too little progress

The APEC Leaders' Meeting underway in Beijing seems to be finessing the various conflicting and overlapping trade initiatives and avoiding serious damage. But it is not resolving any of the underlying tensions. At the multilateral level, the WTO remains in limbo after India pulled the rug out from under the Bali agreement. Show More Summary

Putin flexes muscle ahead of G20

What to do if you are the leader of a former superpower about to travel to a small-ish country whose leader has promised to shirtfront you? The answer seems to be to flex a little muscle. Russian leader Vladimir Putin is in Beijing today for the APEC meeting ahead of this week's G20 Summit in Brisbane. Show More Summary

China Won't Consider Further Rate Cuts, Easing Until After Fourth Quarter: Official

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's central bank will wait until the fourth quarter economic index is released before considering further rate cuts and easing, a central bank adviser said on Tuesday, adding a decision would depend on U.S. and Japanese monetary policy. Show More Summary

Take a Tour of the New 10 Corso Como Store – Beijing

Taking up 1,100 square meters on the fourth floor at Shin Kong Place in Beijing, 10 Corso Como follow up last year’s Shanghai opening with a (literally) shiny new location. Bold interiors by artist Kris Ruhs, described as the city’s… The post Take a Tour of the New 10 Corso Como Store – Beijing appeared first on Selectism.

China's offshore empires become headache

When is a Chinese company not Chinese? When it's a complex web of offshore vehicles rooted in anonymous tax havens. ||| Beijing - When is a Chinese company not Chinese? When it's a complex web of offshore vehicles rooted in anonymous tax havens. Show More Summary

China Rate Cut No Help to Australian Miners

China’s surprise interest rate cut, coupled with a free-trade deal between Canberra and Beijing, gave only a short-lived lift to Australia’s mining sector.

Beijing Explores Ways to Address Hong Kong Protesters’ Discontent

As Hong Kong authorities move to clear the most volatile of three protest areas, Beijing is exploring ways to address public unhappiness with the electoral revamp package that sparked the nearly two-month-long protests, a person familiar with the discussions said.

China's Air Pollution Solution

China and the US announced a substantial policy down payment on tackling greenhouse gas emissions in Beijing. Related air pollution problems in China are literally breathtaking: my eyes watered and I was coughing all week, even though...Show More Summary

China Makes Diplomatic Overture to Vatican

In its bid for formal diplomatic relations with the Vatican, Beijing is now ready to offer a compromise in the contentious issue of how Catholic bishops are appointed in China. This represents an important departure from Beijing’s hardline position of “no interference” from the Vatican in religious affairs as a condition for relations. Show More Summary

‘China launches corporate probes’

China's corruption watchdog has launched a series of inspections into state-owned enterprises and government bodies. ||| Beijing - China's corruption watchdog has launched a series of inspections into state-owned enterprises and government...Show More Summary

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