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1. Museum of the Flat Earth opens in Newfoundland. 2. Interview with Matt Gentzkow. 3. Can a Chinese “straddling bus” carry one thousand people?  And China’s scientific ambitions — scale, scale, scale!  The latter is an important piece,...Show More Summary

Chinese Detergent Ad is the Most Racist Thing Ever

There are some things in life that are questionably raised. Like Justin Bieber in dreadlocks. Many people on the Internet continue to debate that one. But there is no such debate to be had regarding the following video, which is so over-the-top...Show More Summary

Are you Alibaba-literate? 5 things to know about company

Over 420 million people scooped up $485 billion worth of stuff last fiscal year on Alibaba's sites. Alibaba's e-commerce platforms cater to both Chinese and global consumers, though the majority of its transactions are generated domestically. Alibaba...Show More Summary

Six Malaysians, eight Chinese arrested in A$200 million Australian meth bust

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police said on Friday that they had arrested 14 people, including six Malaysian and eight Chinese nationals, in connection with the importation of approximately 200 kilograms (440.92 lb) of methamphetamine into the country.

China’s 5,000-Year-Old Beer Recipe: Q&A with Archaeologist Jiajing Wang

Most people consider beer to have originated from Western dietary culture -- but a recent discovery by Chinese and American researchers tells a different story.

Ancient Chinese pottery reveals 5,000-yr-old beer brew

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Residue on pottery from an archeological site has revealed the earliest evidence of beer brewing in China left from a 5,000-year-old recipe, researchers said Monday. The artifacts show that people of the era had already mastered an "advanced...Show More Summary

A Chinese ADIZ in the South China Sea: The Ultimate Bargaining Chip?

Harry J. Kazianis Security, Asia What the East China Sea could tell us about the South China Sea.  While the world wonders whether the People’s Republic of China is taking incremental steps towards establishing an Air Defense Identification...Show More Summary

A Brand-New Brooklyn Restaurant Specializes in Modern Taiwanese Food

The spread at Win Son. Taiwan's tumultuous history — colonialism by several countries and the Chinese Civil War, which ended with more than 2 million people fleeing to the island — has created one of the world's richest, most diverse cuisines, famous for dishes like three-cup chicken, gua bao or pork buns, and shaved snow. Show More Summary

China just fixed the yuan to its weakest level since 2011 — here's what's happening in FX

Good morning! The big news of the day is that the People's Bank of China fixed the Chinese yuan to its lowest level since March 2011. The PBoC set the midpoint of its yuan fix at 6.5468 per dollar, down 0.34% from Tuesday. This decision comes as the central bank looks to soften the blow of a potential Fed interest-rate hike. Show More Summary

Chinese cities might start using 'straddling buses' that carry 1,400 people at a time

If you start seeing long worm-like vehicles swallowing up cars on Chinese highways, don't be alarmed. The country is just solving its massive traffic problem. These odd-looking vehicles are known as "straddling buses." They're essentially oversized trains that have been hollowed out to allow cars to pass through — sort of like a mobile tunnel. Show More Summary

Archaeologists' discovery of a 5,000-year-old Chinese recipe for beer has them rethinking the history of a staple food

For a few years, Chinese scholars had suspected that a group of people in ancient China were brewing beer before it was cool. But there was no direct evidence of this ancient boozing. Until now. A new study of ancient pottery unearthed...Show More Summary

30.2 Million Chinese Outbound Trips In The First Quarter of 2016

“In 2015, more than 120 million person-time Chinese people traveled abroad” declared Li Keqiang, Premier of the People's Republic of China, during his speech at the opening ceremony of the First World Conference on Tourism for Development on May 20th, 2016 in Beijing. This is the latest version of the [...]

Alibaba lures Chinese shoppers into VR with virtual celebrity dates - CNET

The Chinese e-commerce giant promoted its new virtual reality video player this weekend for May 20, a Valentines Day-esque celebration of romance in the People's Republic.

China Denies Allegations It Sold Corned Beef Made From Human Flesh to Zambia

The claims were cycled with fake images on social media Soylent isn't actually people and Zambia's Chinese-exported corned beef probably isn't either. Chinese officials released a statement this week denying allegations it has been selling marinated human remains as canned corned beef to Zambia, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency. Show More Summary

Hundreds in central China protest lack of college placements

ZHENGZHOU, China (AP) — Around 500 people have protested what they say is a lack of university placements in their central Chinese province, in the latest protest over education reform. Parents holding banners that read “Fair education” rallied in Zhengzhou city against what they say is a serious shortage of college placements in Henan province. […]

Chinese Bank Pledges to Allot Some $460Bln to Fight Poverty in Next 5 Years

Agricultural Development Bank of China (ADBC) will allocate about three trillion yuan ($458 billion at the current exchange rates) in the next five years in order to counter poverty in the country, the People's Daily reported Sunday...

Death Toll in Central China Garment Factory Fire Rises to 6, 7 Injured

The number of killed in a fire at a clothing factory in the central Chinese province of Henan climbed to six with seven people injured, national media reported Saturday.

Strong storm kills 8, leaves 4 missing in southern China

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say a strong storm that hammered a southern city has left at least eight people dead and four missing. The official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday that all deaths and the missing people were reported in the city of Xinyi, which was hit the hardest by Friday’s storm. The […]

A Hilarious Story About Chinese Cannibalism, Zambian Tabloids, and ‘Resident Evil 6’

It starts with a random woman in Ghana posting a photo of an art installation on Facebook and claiming that the Chinese government was selling Africa corned beef made out of dead people.

Chinese people ranked as the most welcoming to refugees, their government less so

The world's most populous nation may also be the world's most willing to open its doors to asylum-seekers and refugees. [ more › ]

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