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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

Halloween celebrations in China prompt panic over traditional holiday's decline in popularity

Kindergartens’ zeal for Halloween celebrations has refreshed the debate over the influence of Western culture and the decline in popularity of Chinese traditional festivals. One lawmaker has called on the government to promote traditional holidays so as to boost their profile.
Source: Global Times | 2016/10/30 18:53:41

Volunteers fight an uphill battle to save endangered wild birds from hunters

Setting up illegal nets to trap migratory birds and selling them for meat or as pets is big in China. Every year during this season, volunteers rescue hundreds of thousands of birds. But now volunteers are afraid of setting the birds free again, in fear they might run into more illegal nets.
Source: Global Times - Agencies | 2016/10/27 19:28:39

Ethiopia-Djibouti Railway signals new era of Chinese aid in infrastructure construction

The Chinese-built and -financed Ethiopia-Djibouti Railway, the first electrified railway in Africa, is expected to enter full commercial operations at the end of this year. The railway has fully adopted Chinese standard and is regarded as a “game changer” for regional development.
Source: Global Times | 2016/10/26 19:08:39

Catholics remain split as China, Vatican reportedly finalize landmark agreement

The ongoing negotiations between China and the Vatican, if successful, will be a historic milestone in the relationship between the two parties and bring about mutual benefits. But concerns have also arise as to how many concessions each party will have to make, and what meaning they will have for Chinese Catholics.
Source: Global Times | 2016/10/25 18:58:39

As China enrolls more overseas students to build soft power, locals find the process unfair

Chinese universities are recruiting ever more foreign students as they seek to improve their positions on the list of world's top schools.
Source: Global Times | 2016/10/24 19:28:40

SWAT divers protect national events from underwater terror attacks

The evening party staged on the West Lake for the G20 Hangzhou summit in East China’s Zhejiang Province on September 4 amazed visiting world leaders as well as a global audience. Ahead of the gala and summit, divers from Beijing spent months combing the 6-square-kilometer lake, a surface area equal to about 900 soccer fields.
Source: Global Times | 2016/10/23 18:38:40