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Discussion of Indian film Dangal's ‘patriarchal’ values sparks online backlash

Two weeks since hitting cinemas in China, Dangal has won massive praise and its box office take has almost caught up with Hollywood blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy 2, earning close to 500 million yuan ($72 million).
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/17 18:23:40

Family’s petition ordeal goes on after home regularly hit by cars due to road design flaw

It was a February afternoon and snow was on the ground, speckled with dirt from the road. Xu Renxiang, 29, had just walked out of her house to go to the nearby grocery store to pick up some stuff for lunch and was thinking about what she needed to buy. While she was preoccupied with thoughts of carrots and chili powder, a red truck careened into her yard. Xu whipped around when she heard it hit the goose pen. The 20-ton truck had fallen onto its side and flattened the fence. The truck had pushed the goose pen for a short distance before coming to a stop right in front of her home.
Source: China Youth Daily | 2017/5/16 19:03:39

Family planning official records the suffering of parents who lost their only child

Twenty five years ago, when Han Shengxue was passionate about his work in family planning, he couldn’t have guessed he would spend years chronicling one of the saddest aspects of the one-child policy. Starting in 2005, Han has traveled to more than 10 provinces and municipalities to interview over 100 “shidu” families, those who have lost their only child.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/15 17:56:31

Bittersweet moments for villagers being relocated for development of high-speed rail

These days, when villagers in Zhuangtou, Tianjin bump into each other, they first ask “How much did you get for your house?” The village they call home is being totally demolished this month to make way for the new Beijing-Tangshan high-speed railway that will cut through the area. One of the stations, Baodi South, will be located where the west side of the village now stands.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/14 17:28:08

How the Belt and Road initiative is bringing countries together

The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation will be held from May 14 to 15 in Beijing. About 29 heads of state and government will participate, as well as over 70 leaders of international organizations, 100 ministerial-level officials from around the world and 1,200 other delegates from various countries and regions.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/11 18:46:32

New rules aim to make online platforms take more responsibility for user content

China’s new regulation on the administration of Internet news services, which comes into effect on June 1, made a splash on China’s social media platforms when it was announced last week. According to Article 5 of the regulation, any group or individual that wants to provide news to the public through websites, applications, forums, blogs, microblogs, public accounts, instant messaging tools, online livestreaming and other such methods must obtain a “news information services” license. Launching an Internet news information service without a license or beyond the license’s scope is banned.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/10 18:38:39

Experts weigh in on what to expect from China’s next two aircraft carriers

China’s second aircraft carrier, the first one to be made domestically, was recently launched and the country is on track to field a dual-aircraft carrier strike group in a couple of years. But experts believe that the new Type 001A carrier is just the start of China as a maritime power, as the country will deploy larger and more capable domestic carriers in the coming years.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/9 18:03:39

European brands eager to enter Chinese market struggle with policies, competition from knockoffs

Sitting beside dozens of other representatives of European companies in a Frankfurt meeting hall, Itzel Arriaga listened attentively to every speaker so she didn’t miss out on anything related to doing business in China. As the general manager of Moronni International, a company with both European and Chinese branches that mainly sells cosmetics and fragrances, Arriaga traveled several hours to Frankfurt from the company’s Dutch headquarters to participate in the meeting hosted by Netease Kaola, one of China’s leading e-commerce companies.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/8 17:46:28

After MMA fighter defeats tai chi master, the martial art's business goes on as usual at its birth village

Footage of a rare match between a tai chi master and a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter went viral at the end of last month. In the bout, Xu Xiaodong, a 37-year-old retired MMA fighter, threw a quick succession of punches at tai chi master Wei Lei before bringing him to the floor and pummeling him in Chengdu, Southwest China’s Sichuan Province. Xu was victorious in just 20 seconds
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/7 17:41:24

Psychologists reach out on social media to address Chinese youth’s high suicide rate

Due to a lack of professional therapists, the country’s collectivist mindset and culture of moderation, many depressed Chinese find it hard to talk to psychologists in the real world. Professor Zhu Tingshao and his team of volunteers are trying to help those showing suicidal signs on social media platforms.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/4 18:38:40

NGOs offering green technology to Myanmar may help improve China’s image abroad

A Chinese NGO has brought changes to a Myanmese village by providing clean energy stoves and solar lights.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/3 19:06:12

NGOs call for work to stop on Yunnan dam that may wipe out China’s last green peafowl habitat

Three Beijing-based environmental NGOs are calling for work on a hydropower station in Southwest China’s Yunnan Province to be suspended in order to protect China’s last remaining green peafowl habitat.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/2 19:38:39

Acupuncturists using traditional bee venom therapy cause controversy

Every day, Xiang Meng, an acupuncturist and practiationer of traditional bee venom therapy, works while surrounded by buzzing bees.
Source: Global Times | 2017/5/1 17:08:36

With fading of centuries-old tradition, Chinese elderly can no longer depend on their children for care

For centuries, Chinese people followed the concept of “raising a child to care for you in old age.” But in recent years, this concept has come under pressure
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/27 18:43:41

World's attention on Dalian as China's first homegrown carrier officially launches

At 9:20 am Wednesday morning, the world’s attention was on the port of Dalian, Northeast China’s Liaoning Province, where China’s first domestically-built aircraft carrier, the Type 001A was officially being launched.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/26 17:58:40

Lake once famed for beauty set to get a second chance at cleanliness amid Xiongan project

For many Chinese, Baiyangdian Lake, 120 kilometers south of Beijing, is a literary landmark famous for its association with the writer Sun Li (1913-2002), whose beautiful stories and essays about the wetlands, included in China’s primary school textbooks, have made it a household name, similar to how Henry David Thoreau made Walden Pond famous.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/25 19:23:39

Homemade aircraft carrier to be launched

China’s first domestically-built aircraft carrier will be officially launched soon this year. Construction of the giant vessel, currently called the Type 001A, began in 2013.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/24 20:06:43

First homegrown aircraft carrier has Chinese public buzzing with excitement

China’s first domestically-built aircraft carrier was not launched on Sunday, the anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), as some military fans hoped it would be. But these enthusiasts believe the day is approaching as they discovered that the shipyard where it is being built started to flood the drydock containing the carrier on Sunday.
Source: Global Times | 2017/4/23 19:36:40