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China to rev up bullet train revolution with world's fastest service on Shanghai-Beijing line

China will officially start operation of the world’s fastest train service next month, knocking an hour off the 1,318km journey between Beijing and Shanghai. Seven pairs of bullet trains – named Fuxing, which means rejuvenation – will start operating from September 21, Thepaper.cn, ...

How a humanitarian naval mission is boosting China's global ambitions

In a few days, the PLA Navy’s hospital ship Peace Ark will arrive in Djibouti as part of a ritual charm offensive of the Chinese military. This will be the PLA’s sixth “harmonious mission”, an operation during which a ship initially built to treat wounded soldiers in wartime ...

All that glitters is profit in China's gold mines as demand for safe haven boost precious metal sales

Zijin Mining Group and Zhaojin Mining Industry, among two of the Chinese gold industry’s leading miners, reported bumper interim profits, bolstered by surging gold prices amid rising global demand for safe haven investments, and increasing ales at home. Zijin’s net profit almost tripled ...

How a ban is forcing China's single women to put their fertility on ice overseas

Shanghai lingerie designer Le Le has been to Japan many times, but her trip in March to Osaka was not for sightseeing or shopping – she went to freeze her eggs. “I have been thinking about this for more than a year. For me taking some out now when their quality is good and preserving ...

Inside the Chinese dumpling factory where robots do all the work

A factory in northern China is now making frozen dumplings without a single human. Instead, rows and rows of robots work 24 hours a day in the unmanned factory in Qinhuangdao, Hebei province. They knead the dough, add stuffing, fold the dumplings, package them and fast freeze them. A video ...

Conflict movies lift China's second-half box office as studios find more yuan in every bang

With Wolf Warrior 2 crossing the 5 billion yuan mark at the mainland Chinese box office on Sunday, analysts see the trend of patriotic military and action films continuing, not only boosting sluggish Chinese movie ticket sales in the second half but also lifting the fortunes of companies that ...

Patriotic action films set to lift China's box office in second half as Wolf Warrior 2 crosses 5bn yuan mark

With Wolf Warrior 2 crossing the 5 billion yuan mark at the mainland Chinese box office on Sunday, analysts see the trend of patriotic military and action films continuing, not only boosting sluggish Chinese movie ticket sales in the second half but also lifting the fortunes of companies that ...

Chinese courier rescues driver from river – then gets back in his van to finish his round

A courier in Shanghai is being hailed as a hero after he rescued a driver who had driven into a river, then carried on with his deliveries. The rescue took place last Tuesday afternoon after two cars collided at the corner of a road in Shanghai’s Songjiang district, causing one car to lose ...

And baby makes three... now strollers are the latest trend to hit China's sharing economy

In China, the road to convenience is paved by the sharing economy: first there were ride-sharing vehicles, then the bike-sharing boom, and now the debut of shared baby strollers. A firm in Shanghai, Dimeng Xiaoche, has unveiled its first batch of around 500 strollers, with a second batch ready to go ...

Lack of insurance hampers Chinese county's recovery after deadly earthquake

Thirty-six hours after a magnitude 7 earthquake shattered the mountainous Sichuan county of Jiuzhaigou earlier this month, a white sedan carrying four employees of China Pacific Insurance company was among a fleet of ambulances, bulldozers and trucks risking rock falls and cracks in the ground to ...

Chinese man arrested for letting six-year-old son drive motorbike

A man in southwestern China has been fined for letting his six-year-old son drive a motorcycle on the road. The boy and his father, identified by their surname Li, were seen speeding across a road in the Nanchuan district of Chongqing late in the evening with the child at the helm, state broadcaster ...

Chinese man detained for complaining about hospital food

A man has been detained for complaining online about the quality and cost of the food at a public hospital canteen. The local government said it was reviewing the case now after it caused an outcry across the country. The man, identified by his surname Zhang, was taken in last week by She county ...

Chinese investors warned of dangers that lie in wait along the new Silk Road

Chinese investors are being given risk maps to guide them along the New Silk Road. The initiative coincides with the country’s shift away from property and hotels towards projects aligned with the Belt and Road Initiative. Minsheng Securities, a local brokerage house, published its own risk ...

Mainland China snubs 'Little Olympics' opening ceremony in Taiwan

Mainland China boycotted the opening ceremony of the World University Games hosted by Taiwan on Saturday in the latest reflection of deteriorating relations between the two sides. The biennial Summer Universiade, dubbed the “Little Olympics,” is the largest ever sporting event Taipei has ...

China's solar panel vendors shine a spotlight on trade ties to North Korea

Traders from North Korea visit Yuan Huan’s shop in the Chinese border city of Dandong several times a month to place orders, bringing their own translators and wads of cash. Yuan, manager of Sangle Solar Power, said sales to North Koreans have soared in the past two years. Hers is one of the ...

Trump warms up for Nafta trade tiff as a bigger battle with China awaits in the wings

And so it begins. After eight months of faltering progress on so many of his policy priorities, and staffers joining and resigning from the White House at accelerating speed, Donald Trump’s “America First” trade agenda is being edged to centre stage. How he and his trade team ...

Chinese doctor tells children and elderly: don't go to Hong Kong because of flu risks

The Hong Kong authorities have dismissed a warning by a doctor who said the mainland’s children and elderly people should avoid travelling to the city because of the high flu risk. Xu Jinghang, the deputy chief physician at Peking University First Hospital’s infectious diseases division, ...

How Chinese tourists are teaching the country's top colleges about crowd control

This summer, travelling Chinese parents and their children aren’t just crowding top universities overseas; they haven’t spared prestigious institutions at home, either. In Beijing, the city’s two top institutes of learning, Tsinghua University and its neighbouring Peking ...

Finally, a Chinese superhero who can take on Chuck Norris

Back in the 1980s, I was addicted to American action movies, especially the First Blood series starring Sylvester Stallone and the Delta Force series starring Chuck Norris. They were the coolest badasses on the earth, invincible and ruthless yet kind-hearted. I was particularly struck by ...

Archaeologists discover story of China's ancient military might carved in cliff face

An inscription carved into a cliff face in Mongolia almost 2,000 years ago that tells the story of one of China’s greatest military successes has been rediscovered. Known as the “Inscription on the Ceremonial Mounding at Mount Yanran”, the work was created by historian Ban Gu in ...

Trump's nuclear standoff with North Korea: why this is no Cuban missile crisis

There is an interesting, somewhat counter-intuitive aspect to the current North Korea-United States war of words: the further one gets from the source of the threat, the more frantic they seem to become. South Koreans, always sitting under the shadow of North Korea’s long-range artillery, are ...

How China is helping Malaysia's military narrow the gap with Singapore, Indonesia

From new surveillance aircraft to a revamp of the naval fleet, the hardware wish list drawn up by Malaysia’s military to keep up with amply funded regional peers like Singapore and Indonesia is no small ask – especially for Prime Minister Najib Razak’s cash-strapped government. ...

Taiwan blackouts cast long shadow over leader's plans for nuclear-free future

Taiwan suffered its worst ever power outage earlier this week, with close to 7 million households in 17 cities and counties being left in the dark for up to five hours. The August 15 incident has not only exposed how vulnerable the government’s current energy policies are, but also prompted ...

Zhu Jianer, symphonist of a changing China, dies at 95

Chinese composer Zhu Jianer, whose celebratory work Days of Emancipation gained wider fame as pianist Lang Lang’s favourite encore piece, has died in Shanghai. He was 95. Initially self-taught, Zhu trained as a formal orchestral composer in the Soviet Union and was best known for large-scale ...

Editor fears chilling effect after articles blocked in China

Censors could be trying to “kill a chicken to scare ­a monkey”, Tim Pringle, editor of London-based ­The China Quarterly, said on Saturday after more than 300 articles from the journal were pulled from its online platform on the mainland. Cambridge University Press withdrew the ...

Don't expect much from China's offer to open more sectors of its economy to foreigners

... foreign firms operating in China have expressed growing frustration over limited access to markets and government policies that they say discriminate against overseas companies. SCMP, August 18 You are forgiven if you are puzzled by the initials WTO. Few people any longer have reason to burden ...

Protests, rumours of terrorist attack, mar opening of university games in Taipei

Taiwan went on high alert as the 2017 Universiade kicked off in Taipei on Saturday amid public protests and rumours of a possible attack by Islamic State terrorists. The global event, which was opened by Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, was dogged by ideological debates over whether Taiwan – as ...

China's military battles new enemies at home: soft drinks and smartphones

The world’s second-largest standing army is battling unconventional domestic enemies as it tries to build itself into a modern force – soft drinks, video games and smartphones. On its WeChat account on Saturday, the PLA Daily, the military’s official mouthpiece, said more than half ...

Inside the US$4.5 billion business of education tourism, the latest frontier for China's 'tiger' parents

Shanghai middle-schooler Chen Mingxuan doesn’t intend to study at Oxford or Cambridge but her visit to the two top British universities this month left a deep impression on her. “Every house ... has centuries-old stories to tell,” the teenager wrote in her travel diary. “Just ...

Donald Trump's trade chief starts investigation into China's 'unreasonable' practices

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has begun a formal investigation into whether China’s intellectual property policies are “unreasonable or discriminatory”, but Chinese analysts say the US will have its work cut out. “On Monday, President Trump instructed me to look ...

How did a fancy wedding, grilled fish and Deng Xiaoping help make a billionaire?

Inspiration can come in many forms. Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney has often told that the melody for his smash hit Yesterday came to him in a dream. Sir Isaac Newton might never have concocted his laws on gravity were it not for a falling apple. And without the smell of grilled seafood and the gentle ...

Red-letter days: top tips for getting a written response from a Chinese leader

Thousands of people write to President Xi Jinping each week but young people and favoured industry groups have a higher chance of being among the handful each year who receive a reply, according to Chinese media reports. According to the Southern Metropolis News, about 2,000 letters from the public ...

Donald Trump's trade chief starts investigation into China's 'unreasonable' policies

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has began a formal investigation into whether China’s intellectual property policies are “unreasonable or discriminatory” following an order from President Donald Trump that Beijing has warned will hurt bilateral trade ties. “On ...

'We call them criminal nomads': 200 Chinese scam suspects took over 11-storey block in Cambodian capital

No sooner had the 11-storey flat building in Phnom Penh’s affluent Tuol Kouk district been finished than dozens of young Chinese men and women moved in loaded with desks and laptops, said neighbours. “I thought they were moving an office in,” said Eng Somnang, 20, who owns a noodle ...

How a luxury Hong Kong home was used as cover in deal for China's first aircraft carrier

The high-profile purchase of an opulent home on The Peak in 1998 by a Hong Kong-based businessman was cover for the purchase of what would become China’s first aircraft carrier, the buyer has told the South China Morning Post. Xu Zengping, 65, the People’s Liberation Army Navy proxy who ...

US-South Korea alliance 'strong' despite Washington's mixed messages, Korea Society president says

Following a week of conflicting messages from the administration of US President Donald Trump about North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme, Korea Society President Thomas Byrne commented on the relationship between Washington and Seoul. Speaking to the South China Morning Post at the Korea ...

Hong Kong's role in the yuan's ongoing journey to achieve global prominence

As a finance professional working in Hong Kong for the past two decades, John Tan Ming-kiu never dreamed he would end up dealing with Beijing regulators, nurture a Taiwanese banking franchise, or see the dim sum bond market kick off. But the changes heralded by Hong Kong’s handover to Chinese ...

Canada pivots to China for a possible free-trade deal as rows with Trump grow

Canada has been in exploratory discussions with China on a possible bilateral free trade agreement that would address the potential and existing challenges of doing business in the world’s second-largest economy, the Canadian foreign ministry said. The talks are a sign that Canada recognises ...

New video shows Liu Xiaobo's widow saying she needs to avoid public eye

A one-minute video of the widow of Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo surfaced on YouTube late on Friday, as officials and advocates worldwide call on the Chinese government to release her from an effective house arrest. In the video, seemingly filmed after her husband’s death, Liu Xia said she ...

Cambridge University Press pulls sensitive journal articles in China at the request of Beijing

Cambridge University Press has blocked online access to certain journal articles in China at the government’s request, as Beijing reins in academic freedom. The articles and book reviews were published in China Quarterly, one of the leading journals on Chinese studies. China holds drill to ...

China pips US in race to start the world's first meltdown-proof nuclear power plant

At a small peninsula facing the East China Sea in Sanmen county in Zhejiang province sits the world’s most advanced nuclear reactor, and China’s clarion call to the clean energy industry. Some day over the next two weeks, the power plant will start loading more than 100 fuel assemblies ...

Business losing out as Chinese officials strive to appear squeaky clean

Beijing is apparently starting to worry about an unintended side effect of its sweeping crackdown on graft – officials are giving the business community a wide berth. A Communist Party journal even warned this week that when bureaucrats stay away from business because they don’t want to ...

The Hong Kong teenager behind China's panda-shaped solar farms being built around the world

When Hong Kong teenager Ada Li Yan-tung came up with the idea of building a solar farm shaped like a panda, she hoped merely to draw people’s attention to sustainable energy options. To her amazement, her proposal became a reality, not just once, but a hundred times, going by an ambitious plan ...

Overseas real estate and soccer clubs in crosshairs as China ramps up investment clampdown

Chinese investors will have to get special approval from Beijing to put their money in overseas property and sports clubs under tough new restrictions released on Friday. Amid fears of broader financial insecurity, the State Council said companies would also need regulatory approval for outbound ...

Ex-leaders' influence 'wanes' at secretive Chinese Communist Party summer getaway

The influence of Chinese Communist Party elders appeared to be on the wane at the key annual summer conclave this year, sources said, underscoring President Xi Jinping’s dominance as he makes final preparations for his second term in office. The annual gathering at the seaside resort of ...

US vows 'immediate and specific action' to intercept missiles if North Korean fires at allies

The US will take immediate and specific actions to intercept any North Korean missile fired at US allies, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said on Thursday. “We would take immediate, specific actions to take it down,” Mattis said in response to a question asked during a press conference ...

Overseas hotels and soccer clubs in crosshairs as China ramps up investment clampdown

Chinese investors will have to get specific approval from Beijing to put their money in overseas property and sports clubs under tough new restrictions released on Friday. Amid fears of broader financial insecurity, the State Council said companies would also need regulatory approval for outbound ...

11 of the best Chinese home-made machines, from helicopters to Transformers

China’s backyard inventors have proven that the only thing standing between you and a home-made helicopter - or tank, or armoured car, or Transformer - of your very own is ingenuity, a lot of determination and some metal. Here are some of the best creations from recent years. 1. Chinese farmer ...

Worker fined after Yangtze River town's drinking water turns green

An employee of a water plant has been fined 2,000 yuan for mistakenly opening the wrong valve – unleashing waste water into the drinking supply of a Yangtze River town on Monday. More than 40,000 residents of Bashui, in Xishui county, Hubei, awoke to find a malodorous, green sticky fluid ...

Flag-carrying man arrested over samurai sword attack at Taiwan's presidential office

Taiwanese authorities have arrested a 51-year-old man who allegedly attacked a military police officer with a stolen samurai sword outside the island’s Presidential Office Building on Friday. The suspect, identified as 51-year-old unemployed man Lu Chun-yi, was also carrying a flag of the ...