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Myanmar border residents flee to China to wait out latest clashes

Thousands of Myanmar border residents enter China to flee heavy fighting at home as armed ethnic groups combat Myanmar army in Shan State
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/23 18:33:39

New movie accused of whitewashing panda trafficking by Westerners

A movie now under production about an American socialite who in 1936 became the first person to take a living giant panda to the West from China has drawn concerns among Chinese panda fans. They say that the film’s plot summary filed with the government that claims Ruth Harkness “rescued” the baby panda is wrong, and that she actually trafficked it for profit.
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/22 18:58:39

Adults abandoned as babies and sent across China search for lost families

Between 1959 and 1961, over 50,000 infants and children were abandoned by their starving parents in East China and sent to the country’s north to be adopted by better off families. Now in their late middle age, some of them are traveling south to search for their birth families, but many will return disenchanted.
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/21 18:53:39

School combines soccer with kung fu to train players

A teenager was doing cartwheels on a soccer field. All of a sudden, a coach asked the boy to kick him in the gut.
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/20 19:03:40

China’s most populous province fights uphill battle against prejudice

China’s most populous province, Henan, is struggling with stereotypes which say it is the “cradle of liars.” A combination of past refugees, who fled the region after their homes were flooded by the Yellow River, and the new wave of migrant workers from Henan, spurred by China’s urbanization and industrialization, have contributed to the abuse the region’s people now face.
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/17 18:48:39

Villagers try to retrieve stolen corpse of their ancestor from the Netherlands

Chinese villagers filed an international lawsuit against a Dutch collector to get a sculpture they claim contains their ancestor Master Zhang, a Buddhist monk, returned to Yangchun village in Fujian Province after it was stolen over 20 years ago. After months of negotiations, the contentious case will finally begin next week.
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/16 19:03:39

Liaoning carrier crew explain how they perfected onboard operations from scratch

After thousands of tests and training missions, China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, is combat ready. A Global Times reporter recently visited the carrier, to find out how its crew members are selected and what roles they perform. After four years, the crew of the Liaoning went from knowing virtually nothing about the vessel to achieving an astonishing series of firsts.
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/15 18:28:39

Infamous 'ghost city' hopes housing coupon system may solve real estate glut

Erdos in North China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, widely known as a “ghost city” for its huge surplus of unsold homes, has recently experimented with a coupon system which it hopes will solve its real estate crisis. However some are concerned that this smacks of securitization and may actually bring further problems if not properly regulated.
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/14 18:48:40

Female pilots endure hardship to serve in China's air force

China has a significant number of female pilots. According to, the PLA Air Force (PLAAF) has had 545 female student pilots in its history, of which 328 have graduated and 52 of them are currently flying military aircraft.
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/13 19:13:39

Agents help overseas clients get their hands on cheap Chinese products

As demand for Chinese products rises overseas, e-commerce firms are working hard to expand abroad and meet this demand, with giants like Alibaba and small private Taobao agents both exploring ways to entice more consumers to buy directly from China.
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/10 19:33:39

Chinese join tour groups to observe US presidential election up close

This US presidential election season, more Chinese are taking an interest in American politics than ever before. Many watched the presidential debates on the Internet, discussed the candidates on forums, and even took “election tours” to the US. In the past, academics and even officials from China were also invited to go on tours. Analysts say this year’s election has proven to be entertaining to many Chinese people and some of the issues discussed are relevant to bilateral ties.
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/9 19:43:39

Chinese bachelors find consolation in silicone partners amid gender imbalance

Due to changing views about marriage and parenthood among China’s younger generation and the country’s serious gender imbalance, a growing number of men are seeking the company of lifelike dolls, instead of real relationships.
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/8 19:53:39

Spamming pseudoscience shows generation gap in China

Chinese parents and their adult children are disagreeing over posts circulated on WeChat. One side says forwarding these posts shows love and care, the other says they are too controlling, a trait all too common with Chinese parents and may actually pose risks to those who take pseudoscientific advice too seriously.
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/7 19:38:39

Bucking economic slowdown, Chinese border cities see North Korea sightseeing boost

“Look out there!” a sailor suddenly shouted at me while clapping my shoulder. Looking in the direction he was pointing, I saw several women taking a group of children to bathe in the river. “Shoot quickly, otherwise you will miss the chance.”
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/6 18:23:39

China's largest ever rocket a big step forward for space program

The Long March-5 rocket, nicknamed “Fatty Five” by its builder due to its size, is a big step forward for the country’s space station and moon exploration programs.
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/3 20:38:39

NGO giving migrant kids sex-ed battles cultural conservatism

China’s remarkable economic growth over the last few decades would have been impossible without the hundreds of millions of rural laborers that packed up and headed to cities for work. While most of their children have remained back in their villages, usually being raised by their grandparents, many other have made the journey toward urban life with their parents.
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/2 19:08:39

Owning toy guns leads to life imprisonment in China due to strict laws on firearms

One of the strictest countries in terms of gun control, China has seen many military enthusiasts unknowingly landing themselves in hot water for buying replica guns that are considered toys in other parts of the world but are seen as deadly weapons by the Chinese authorities.
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/1 19:53:39

These ‘ghosts’ make a living by scaring the life out of customers

While most businesses want to keep their customers happy, Jin Lu’s job is to ensure that customers are left shaken, scared and satisfied.
Source: Global Times | 2016/10/31 18:38:39