23 January 2019

Greater China

  • A D&G video ad (inset) featuring a Chinese woman struggling to eat Italian food with chopsticks has come under fire from mainland netizens and celebrities who called it racist and insulting. Photo: CNSA/YouTube

    When dealing with impertinence, don’t lose your sense of humor

    - Dec 7, 2018 1:06pm
    A recent advertising campaign mounted by Italian fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana (D&G) has provoked a firestorm of controversy in the mainland. The online video ad, which features a Chinese woman struggling to eat spaghetti, pizza...
  • Fentanyl is legally used as a pain medication and together with other medications for anesthesia. However, it is also abused as a recreational drug due to its rapid onset and powerful effects. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    China’s crackdown on fentanyl

    - Dec 5, 2018 4:41pm
    China has pledged to stem the supply of the opioid fentanyl flowing into the United States, according to a statement from Washington on the results of the meeting between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi...
  • Many young mainlanders feel left out in China's rapid economic growth. They feel "qiou". Photo: Bloomberg

    And the Chinese Character of the Year award goes to…

    - Dec 5, 2018 1:16pm
    Nothing is worse than being poor. And it is doubly unfortunate if you are poor and ugly. Lest I be accused of being offensive and discriminatory, let me hasten to explain that I am simply relating...
  • China plans to implement a system that would force local governments to give renewable electricity sources priority access to the power market. Photo: Bloomberg

    China to launch renewable power quota system by year-end

    Dec 5, 2018 9:43am
    China plans to launch a new renewable power quota system before the end of the year, in an effort aimed at making better use of the nation’s renewable energy resources and reduce waste. The new quota...
  • Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen: "Democratic elections are our most cherished asset and our greatest difference with China." Photo: AFP

    Taiwan’s Tsai says ‘status quo’ policy on China won’t change

    Nov 30, 2018 1:14pm
    Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Friday her policy of maintaining the status quo with China won’t change despite a drubbing at local elections for the ruling party, Reuters reports. The pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)...
  • Scientist He Jiankui said he employed CRISPR-Cas9 to alter the embryonic genes of twin girls born this month. Photo: Reuters

    China orders halt to gene-editing after outcry over babies

    Nov 30, 2018 7:31am
    The Chinese government ordered a temporary halt to research activities for people involved in the editing of human genes, after a Chinese scientist said he had edited the genes of twin babies, Reuters reports. Scientist He...
  • File photo of the guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale. The voyage risks further heightening tensions with China. Photo: Wikipedia

    Two US Navy ships pass through Taiwan Strait, opposing China

    Nov 29, 2018 8:46am
    The United States sent two Navy ships through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday in the third such operation this year, as the US military increases the frequency of transits through the strategic waterway despite opposition from...
  • Scientist He Jiankui attends the International Summit on Human Genome Editing at the University of Hong Kong on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Chinese scientist ‘feels proudest’ of genetically edited babies

    Nov 28, 2018 4:52pm
    A Chinese scientist at the center of an ethical storm over what he claims are the world’s first genetically edited babies said he is proud of his work and revealed there is a second “potential” pregnancy...
  • Han Kuo-yu overcame enormous odds to conquer Kaohsiung, a traditional stronghold of the Democratic Progressive Party. Photo: CNSA

    Deconstructing Han Kuo-yu’s political comeback

    - Nov 28, 2018 4:21pm
    Among Taiwanese netizens, a highly searched name on the internet in recent months has been Han Kuo-yu, the Kuomintang (KMT) candidate who won the mayoral contest in the southwestern city of Kaohsiung last Saturday. So how exactly did...
  • Firefighters work next to burnt vehicles following a blast near a chemical plant in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Blast near chemical plant kills 22 in Hebei

    Nov 28, 2018 2:17pm
    A blast near a chemical plant in Zhangjiakou city in China’s northern Hebei province early on Wednesday killed 22 people and injured at least 22 others, Reuters reports, citing the local government. A video of the...
  • People queue to cast their votes at a polling station in local elections and a referendum on same-sex marriage, in Kaohsiung, Taiwan on Nov. 24. The opposition KMT pulled off a major upset in a mayoral contest in the city. Photo: Reuters

    Taiwan polls: Why the KMT can’t afford to be smug after its win

    - Nov 27, 2018 5:30pm
    Taiwan’s so-called nine-in-one local elections last Saturday ended in a catastrophic defeat for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), with the counties and cities under its control now standing at just 6, compared to 13 previously....
  • File photo of a researcher working at a laboratory of an AIDS prevention and control center in Beijing. A Chinese scientist claims to have performed gene editing to help protect twin babies from future HIV infection. Photo: AFP

    Chinese scientists condemn baby gene editing

    Nov 27, 2018 10:48am
    More than 100 scientists, most of them in China, have condemned as “crazy” and unethical a geneticist’s claim that he altered the genes of twin girls born this month to create the first gene-edited babies. In...
  • China’s leaders must navigate complex and conflicting pressures, as they seek to address domestic economic inequalities, manage relations with the United States, cooperate with the rest of the world, and pursue effective climate action. Photo: Bloomberg

    China’s four traps

    - Nov 27, 2018 10:37am
    On the 40th anniversary of the launch of China’s “reform and opening up”, the country is well on its way to recapturing its former status as the world’s largest economy, having made substantial progress toward modernizing...
  • Gionee's financial woes are being blamed by some quarters on founder Liu Lirong's alleged gambling addiction. Photo: Sina

    The mystery behind the sudden collapse of handset maker Gionee

    - Nov 27, 2018 8:50am
    Liu Lirong, the founder of Chinese smartphone maker Gionee Communication Equipment Co., reportedly lost US$700 million in one bet in a Saipan casino. The loss led to Gionee’s sudden collapse as Liu had embezzled money from the...
  • Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen announces her resignation as chair of the Democratic Progressive Party after local elections in Taipei on Saturday. Photo: Reuters

    Taiwan rebukes ruling party in local elections

    Nov 26, 2018 7:30am
    Voters in Taiwan have delivered a strong rebuke to the island’s pro-independence ruling party in local elections, emboldening the China-friendly opposition, Reuters reports. The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) suffered major election losses on Saturday, losing...
  • A major exhibition marking the 40th anniversary of China’s opening up is underway in Beijing. Part of the exhibition focuses on the anti-graft campaign, which features a handwritten confession from former internet czar Lu Wei. Photo: Xinhua/CNSA

    Why Lu Wei became the most hated man in China

    - Nov 22, 2018 12:58pm
    The Great Revolution, a major public exhibition to celebrate the 40th anniversary of China’s economic reforms and opening up, is currently underway in Beijing. According to the Beijing Youth Daily, the remarkable achievements of the anti-graft...
  • Dolce & Gabbana said in an apology posted on Weibo that its Instagram account had been hacked. Photo: Reuters

    D&G cancels Shanghai show after ‘chopsticks’ ad causes uproar

    Nov 22, 2018 9:25am
    Dolce & Gabbana canceled a fashion show in Shanghai, after a series of advertisements for the brand in which a Chinese woman struggles to eat pizza and spaghetti with chopsticks drew condemnation from Chinese celebrities and...
  • Women in China have become more demanding in terms of expectations as to what their partners should bring to the table, some observers say. Photo: Reuters

    What Chinese women want from men nowadays

    - Nov 21, 2018 10:35am
    Chinese billionaire Yu Minhong has come under fire over “sexist” remarks he made during an education forum. The founder of New Oriental Education & Technology Group said on Sunday that “If women only care about money...
  • As advertised, the Express Rail Link ride from Hong Kong to Guangzhou took only 50 minutes, but it took me about the same time to travel from home to the West Kowloon terminus. Photo: AFP

    My high-speed rail journey to Big Bay Area and back

    - Nov 20, 2018 5:16pm
    Ah, the Big Bay Area beckons! It takes no more than an hour to travel from Hong Kong to that part of China that holds so much promise. That may be true, but I happen to...
  • China is stepping up efforts to become a big robotics player in the years to come. Photo: Reuters

    Rhapsody of robots

    - Nov 19, 2018 1:00pm
    Recently I encountered five robots, with different functions, within seven days, reminding me that the robotic era is approaching. I recall that when my primary school teacher talked about dreams during my childhood, he said: “What...

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