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Curious tourists still want a glimpse of North Korea despite sanctions

Tourists can see the houses of North Korean soldiers and ordinary residents, as well as people living across the river, including male and female soldiers on patrol, fishermen and civilians waiting to board ships.
Source: Global Times | 2016/12/4 18:48:39

Doctors from other regions help Tibet with its high rate of child congenital disease

Help came in the form of outside hospitals sending doctors and nurses to Tibet to conduct health checkups and perform surgeries, as well as bringing patients to Sichuan for surgery.
Source: Global Times | 2016/12/6 18:58:39

Overseas NGOs benefit from anti-graft drive but have to adapt to a stringent new law

Overseas NGOs have found themselves facing more suspicion and seen the funds decline. As China counts down toward its deadline in the fight against poverty, they still believe they can help the country.
Source: Global Times | 2016/12/5 19:18:39

Govt tries to use Web to track down the 300k seniors who go missing annually

The government is employing online crowd-based technology to search for the hundreds of thousands of elderly people that go missing in China every year.
Source: Global Times | 2016/12/1 20:13:40

China mulls nuclear safety law as number of reactors set to rank 2nd in world

China has been building nuclear facilities at a rapid pace, and pressure has been mounting in the country to create a specific nuclear safety law. Experts say that apart from technical safety, transparency and participation are equally important in making the public feel safer.
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/30 19:08:39

Slow and steady in SA

A massive urban construction project in South Africa, financed by a Chinese company, has progressed slowly due to business uncertainties and amid concerns of Chinese "neo-colonialism" by a few locals, which have been rejected by others.
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/29 19:43:39

Child labor in clothing sweatshops exposes weak law enforcement

A news video taken undercover at a factory last week revealed how common child laborers are in Chinese clothing factories and the black market chain behind this phenomena.
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/28 19:38:39

Site of former Chinese nuclear factory becomes ghost town

Every day, taxi driver You Zhirong sits in front of a shop, waiting for his next customer. Visitors hardly ever come to his hometown in Northwest China’s Gansu Province. In fact, most don’t even know how to get there.
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/27 15:48:39

Trans people resort to self-dosing, surgery overseas as medical system locks them out

Due to the difficulty of accessing the medical resources they need and the barriers to getting sex reassignment surgery in China, the country’s transgender people are turning to online pharmacies and going overseas for operations. An almost total lack of expert medical guidance poses major health risks, but activists are working to change things.
Source: Global Times | 2016/11/24 19:08:39

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