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China's Highest Grossing Film Ever Coming to US Cinemas
“Lost in Thailand,” which has pulled in a record-breaking $192 million at home, will open at select AMC theaters in North America on Friday. our editor recommends. China Appoints Jackie Chan to Top Political Advisory Body · 'Iron Man 3' Shoots Scenes ...

Ninja miners: Four pitfalls for Mongolia's astonishing growth
Traditionally, Mongolian life has been based around herding, with nomadic families sleeping in yurts and tending livestock. That's why it's surprising to hear stories like that of Khorloo, a 65-year-old Mongolian who spends her days digging through the ...

'Soft' nationalism is good for China
Chinese nationalism is bad; or so it seems to the rest of the world. For most of the 20th century, China viewed itself as a victim of foreign bullying, and Chinese leaders drew on the emotion of resentment in order to strengthen the state. Now that ...

Cadillac Sales Fall in China as GM Posts Record Month in January
General Motors Co. (GM) said Cadillac sales dropped last month in China, bucking gains by Buick and Chevrolet that helped the automaker post record monthly deliveries in the world's largest vehicle market. The Detroit-based automaker sold 1,570 ...

China Gold Imports From Hong Kong Gain to All-Time High in '12
Gold imports into mainland China from Hong Kong surged 94 percent to an all-time high last year as rising incomes in the world's second-largest economy underpinned increased demand and helped the metal to post a 12th annual gain. Mainland China ...

Worse Than Poisoned Water: Dwindling Water, in China's North
A signboard on the bank of a river channel warns people not to drink water polluted Imaginechina, via Associated Press Images A signboard on the bank of a river channel warns people not to drink water polluted by the chemical aniline, following a ...

Chinese Blogger Thrives in Role of Muckraker
BEIJING — With his five cellphones constantly ringing, it is not easy these days to get the undivided attention of Zhu Ruifeng, a self-styled citizen journalist whose freelance campaign against graft has earned him pop-star acclaim and sent a chill ...

Latest Corruption Scourge in China Centers on Housing
HONG KONG — The Chinese police said on Tuesday that they had detained Gong Aiai, popularly known as “House Sister,” in a corruption case that has gripped China for weeks after it was revealed that Ms. Gong and her family had accumulated dozens of ...

How Beijing Hid the Smog
Last month Beijing's air quality horror show reached a nightmarish crescendo. January 2013 recorded by far the highest levels of pollution in recent years. Judging by the statistics, the smog that engulfed China's capital was as inevitable as it was ...

China's January Data Gap Vexes Economists
China's campaign to upgrade its economic data, from plugging leaks to expanding sample sizes, has yet to tackle one gap: the monthlong delay each year in releasing some key January numbers. Government agencies on Feb. 8 will report slower inflation of ...

Mud Could Stick to China's Heavy-Equipment Makers
China's construction-equipment sector promises the earth. But the industry is struggling to shake some problems. Practically across the board, the sector suffered in 2012 as customers—many of them state-owned businesses—either stopped ordering ...

REFILE-GLOBAL ECONOMY-US service sector grows, Europe more optimistic
Tue Feb 5, 2013 12:29pm EST. * U.S. service sector grows, housing prices vault higher * Euro zone economy starting to recover, Germany leads way * European services firms most optimistic in eight months * Chinese services sector at 4-mnth peak ...

Seoul Bets on Chinese Tourists for Lunar New Year
As both countries celebrate the Lunar New Year starting this weekend, South Korea is expecting a 25% jump in the number of Chinese visitors from last year's holiday period. For all of 2012, tourist arrivals from China rose 28%, accounting for one in ...

The surprising Chinese origins of common English phrases
English derives the bulk of its vocabulary from French, German and an assortment of other world languages. But we don't often think of China — which is half a world away from England — as influencing our speech. Writing in the blog Tea Leaf Nation ...

All the Milk in China
"Dicyandiamide," or DCD, sure sounds scary. It's actually not, at least when present only in vanishingly small amounts. That hasn't quieted the alarm of mainland Chinese parents when they learned that traces of the chemical had been detected in milk ...

Is China's mystery blogger Xi Jinping himself?
BEIJING – A mystery blogger who appears to have close access to the daily activities of China's new leader may be the leader himself, say China watchers. The blog "Study Xi Fans Team" has posted pictures of Communist Party Secretary General Xi Jinping ...

Oreos and Entrepreneurship in China
Last year, seven baby pandas were born in Sichuan Province, China. Their names: Xiao Qiao, Si Yi, Yuan Run, Miao Miao, Cheng Shuang, Cheng Dui and Oreo. Which one of these names is not like the others? Some accept that China will be the world's next ...

China Income Plan Signals Reform Will Come Quick
BEIJING—The breadth of a plan to narrow the gap between rich and poor, and the fact that it came out at all, heightened the sentiment that China's leaders may be ready to take on powerful interests quickly rather than laboriously trying to reach a ...

China bans 'gift' ads in effort to curb corruption
BEIJING — China has banned television advertisements touting expensive watches, gold coins and other luxury items as “gifts for leaders” because of concerns that they will undermine public faith in government. The country has been hit by a wave of ...

Chinese Port Operators Step Up Investment Overseas
HONG KONG—China's state-owned port operators are stepping up their investments abroad, taking advantage of depressed prices as a global shipping downturn forces companies elsewhere to cut debt by unloading assets. Extensive investment and ...

On Paper, China Looks Very Good
Without much fanfare, and without many people even aware of it, in 2009, China overtook the U.S. as the world's leading papermaker. Moreover, they did it in much the same way they became the world's premiere manufacturing beast: with innovative ...

New Bureaucratic Diet Takes Bite Out of Restaurants, Hotels
China's upscale restaurants and hotels are feeling the pain as the government pulls back on public funding for fine dining amid efforts to project an image of increasing official austerity. Upwards of 60% of restaurants have faced cancellations since ...

China's Hydro-Hegemony
New Delhi. ASIA is the world's most water-stressed continent, a situation compounded by China's hydro-supremacy in the region. Beijing's recent decision to build a slew of giant new dams on rivers flowing to other countries is thus set to roil riparian ...

Microsoft to get huge datacentre in China
Summary: Big clouds and big datacentres are big in China. Local company 21Vianet is building a new datacentre which should be completed this year - ready for Microsoft to move in. Liam Tung. By Liam Tung | February 7, 2013 -- 14:27 GMT (06:27 PST) ...

Ctrip-ing Up on China's Online Travel
It's the lunar New Year and hundreds of millions of Chinese are headed home for the holidays. China's online travel sector could use a break, too. The country's burgeoning middle class is spending more money online and enjoying a rapid increase in ...

China's new leader Xi Jinping urges 'sharp' criticism of the ruling Communist ...
China's new leader Xi Jinping urges 'sharp' criticism of the ruling Communist ...

METALS-Copper slips along with euro on Draghi comments
Thu Feb 7, 2013 10:36am EST. * ECB head Draghi's comments about euro zone economy hit currency * Commerzbank says metals correction not likely to last long * Volumes thin ahead of week-long Lunar New Year holiday By Susan Thomas and Eric ...

Jets roar as US, Japan, Australia drill in Pacific
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam — Fighter jets from the U.S. and two key allies roared into western Pacific skies Thursday in the combat phase of annual exercises that have gained importance as the region responds to the rise of China and other ...

Nokia China Stumble Risks Delaying Rebound From 1% Share
On billboards across Beijing, in subway stations and on banners outside its stores, China Mobile Ltd. is inviting subscribers to “Change Phones for the New Year!” with Nokia Oyj's Lumia 920T. That's not as easy as it looks. Most China Mobile outlets ...

Macau Casinos Get Lucky Money Ahead of Lunar New Year
Gamblers booked into Macau resorts over the Lunar New Year can already count themselves lucky as accommodations are sold out, boosting revenue for operators including billionaire Sheldon Adelson's Sands China Ltd. Seventeen major casino hotels in ...


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