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Novel exploring excesses of 1950s land reform draws criticism from Maoists

For many Chinese, “landlord” used to be a derogative term that’s often associated with slavery, exploitation and decadence. The term is most associated with land reform in the 1950s, an important step in what Chairman Mao Zedong called “the New Democratic Revolution,” which destroyed the landlord class, and with it the old feudal system that lasted for thousands of years.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/22 18:55:16

Film trails drifting Westerners who impersonate qualified people for a living in China

“Nobody cares whether you are an accomplished actor or what do you do for a living. If you have a foreign face, you will be put on the stage, playing an architect or a musician in activities organized by real estate developers. White people are more popular,” he explains, summarizing the premise of his 73-minute film Dream Empire.
Source: Agencies-Global Times | 2017/3/21 18:28:39

Caught between THAAD and North Korea, China’s Northeasterners ponder patriotism and safety concerns

As THAAD is deployed in South Korea, protests and anti-South Korea sentiment inside China are reaching a peak. Even though many people support this kind of nationalist action, others in the Northeast feel it's irrational, given that they live on the border and feel threatened by North Korea.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/20 19:00:46

Beijing woman dreams to be lifelong mermaid

Many little girls dream of being a mermaid. Liu Yan is one of a few girls who have made the dream come true. A mermaid dancer in an aquarium in Bejing, 36-year-old Liu is determined to continue her work as long as she can.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/19 17:48:11

Unable to reach Chinese audiences behind Firewall, foreign Internet celebrities flock to China’s social media

More and more foreign celebrities who made their name on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have begun to make their debuts on Chinese social media and try to build popularity with Chinese netizens.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/16 19:43:39

Promising proposals at two sessions may improve livelihoods across China

China concluded the annual two sessions of its national legislature and top political advisory body on Wednesday. From among the thousands of proposals and motions submitted by delegates, the Global Times has chosen eight that we believe may have the greatest impact on the livelihoods of Chinese people.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/15 22:38:39

Decades after demolition, locals divided on whether to rebuild Ji’nan’s German-designed train station

China boasts a long history and diverse culture, but many modern Chinese cities look virtually identical, and visitors often have to search hard to uncover what remains of their cultural legacy. Many of China’s ancient relics were lost during chaotic rebellions, foreign military incursions, the Cultural Revolution (1966-76), and most recently, massive demolition under the drive for urbanization.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/14 20:43:39

Xinjiang police fight the flow of guns, drugs and terrorist media from across border

Standing on the vast snowy plain around boundary marker No.7 at Khunjerab Pass in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, one can see Pakistan stretching beyond the horizon. Every day, tourists and merchants pass through on their way into China.
Source: The Beijing News | 2017/3/13 19:18:39

Beijing police's high-tech hounds ensure a safe two sessions

Two pairs of black boots, a special jacket and a VR recording device make up the standard gear given to every police dog doing security work at the ongoing two legislative sessions in Beijing that host more than 5,000 lawmakers and political advisors and last for two weeks.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/12 18:23:39

South Koreans in China fearful as rumors about safety spread, ties worsen

Hong Seong-hun came to China from his homeland of South Korea to pursue his passion for Traditional Chinese Medicine. But the 30-year-old has found it hard to focus on his studies recently, as the relationship between Seoul and Beijing seems to keep getting worse.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/9 19:38:39

Boycotting Korean firms, products over THAAD triggers ideological conflict online in China

"They only have one gesture all the time. They always say, 'get out of China, boycott something,'" he wrote. "Whenever you love your country, you don't let us eat KFC or Japanese food … but has any country's economy flopped because of your boycotts?"
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/8 18:38:36

Failure to explain pollution problems on live TV leads to officials losing jobs

Li Xiaobing, head of the environmental protection bureau in Huxian county, Northwest China's Shaanxi Province was removed from his position soon after appearing on a recent live TV show on provincial television.
Source: Agencies | 2017/3/7 19:13:39

Lanzhou govt resurrects plans to divert water from Siberia to China’s arid northwest

China is no stranger to massive engineering projects, and the most recent addition to its roster of landscape-reshaping solutions is a recent plan by a city-level institute to divert water from Siberia hundreds of kilometers south to Lanzhou, capital of Northwest China’s Gansu Province, to quench the region’s desperate thirst.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/6 17:58:39

Female representatives put forward women-centric ideas at two sessions

China’s two annual national legislative sessions kicked off last Friday. Among the attendees of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the National People’s Congress (NPC), the female representatives in particular drew a lot of attention.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/5 18:27:57

Chinese dog owners spend thousands to protect their pets from smog

Pets may suffer more from smog as the amount of air they inhale with each breath is relatively large. Many owners have tried methods like taking their pets to the gym and feeding pricey TCM ingredients to pets to enhance their resistance to air pollution. But some say food and medicines that are believed to be good for humans may be ineffective on animals.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/2 18:58:39

Thanks to TCM, large numbers of pangolins are smuggled to China from Southeast Asia

In China, pangolins are extremely endangered. They are a second-class protected animal in the country, but are still being killed on a huge scale for food and medicine, because of traditional beliefs.
Source: Global Times-Agencies | 2017/3/1 19:18:39

Hong Kong’s foreign judges target of criticism amid political tension

Some mainland commentators have alleged the verdicts against seven Hong Kong policemen were harsh and politically motivated, suggesting Beijing revise the region’s law to increase the central government’s power.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/28 19:33:39

Villager teaches himself law to fight against polluting State-owned firm

For nearly two decades, Wang Enlin has been fighting the Qiqihar Chemical Group, a State-owned company based in Qiqihar, Northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province on behalf of his village after the company polluted hundreds of acres of their land. By teaching himself the law, pushing the government to test for pollutants and collecting evidence, Wang, now in his 60s, successfully brought his community’s case to court in January 2015. The Angangxi District People’s Court in Qiqihar ruled against the Qiqihar Chemical Group in the first trial, demanding it to pay compensation of 820,000 yuan ($61,095) to 55 households in Yushutun village whose land were polluted.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/27 18:53:39