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China Cuts Cash Flow to North Korea

China Cuts Cash Flow to North Korea

As North Korea sticks its finger at the international community through grandiose demonstrations of military might, its largest economic backer is finally cutting off its cash flow. Chinese banks have frozen the assets of all North Korean depositors, and they have halted all cash transfers to Kim Jung-Un’s regime. The move is almost unprecedented as […]

China’s Winter Wonderland

China’s Winter Wonderland

Between January and February, China’s most northeastern province bordering Siberian Russia, hosts a winter wonderland which many describe as something out of a “fantasy movie.” Harbin, in Heilongjiang’s capital, is the home of China’s International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. Here, visitors and competitors are greeted to life-seize ice sculptures of international landmarks. The Athens […]

Xi Jinping says China Deserves its Cyber Sovereignty and Right to Regulate the Internet

Xi Jinping says China Deserves its Cyber Sovereignty and Right to Regulate the Internet

While speaking at the World Internet Conference in Zhejiang province, Chinese President Xi Jinping called on world leaders to respect China’s “cyber sovereignty.” He argued that China had a right to choose how to develop and regulate the Internet within its borders. China has come under intense scrutiny from cyber activists for keeping its roughly […]

Chinese Cutting Back on Foreign Travel as Economy Slows

Chinese Cutting Back on Foreign Travel as Economy Slows

A slowing Chinese economy along with a weakening currency and plunge in the stock market seems to be quenching Chinese citizens’ appetites for extravagant adventures abroad. International-travel services spending totaled about $19 billion in October, according to services trade data released Monday. This reflects a dip from the $25 billion spent in September. By October, […]

Bi-partisan Committee Urges State Department to Issue Travel Advisory for China After Detention of Houston Woman

Bi-partisan Committee Urges State Department to Issue Travel Advisory for China After Detention of Houston Woman

A congressional committee is urging Secretary of State John Kerry to issue a travel advisory for China, saying the case of a Houston woman detained there since March without clear charges is “deeply troubling.” Sandy Phan-Gillis, a naturalized U.S. citizen of Chinese ethnicity, visited China in March along with a trade delegation that included Houston’s […]

Chinese Bank Expansion Challenging U.S. Laws

Chinese Bank Expansion Challenging U.S. Laws

As Chinese banks expand in the U.S., they seem to be bringing with them their secrecy laws and challenging how far U.S. judges can go in accessing records stored in China. In case closely being watched by legal experts, Kering SA’s Gucci and its other luxury brands have issued subpoenas demanding information about transactions made […]

Can’t Find a Seat on the Metro? Bring Your Own Bean Bag like this Dude in Chongqing

Can’t Find a Seat on the Metro? Bring Your Own Bean Bag like this Dude in Chongqing

Commutes on the Metro can be a nightmare especially when you can’t find a place to sit – an unfortunate reality for several people who happen to hop on at the wrong time. But, one rider figured out a solution: Bring your own seat. Over the weekend, a commuter boarded a train on Line 3 […]

New Study: China Ranks Lowest in Internet Freedom

New Study: China Ranks Lowest in Internet Freedom

China is “the world’s worst abuser of Internet Freedom,” according to a new report which ranked it last among 65 nations in openness among countries. “The Freedom on the Net 2015” report published by Freedom House explored ways in which China regulates use of the Internet from strengthening its website censorship capabilities to jailing citizens […]

China, Taiwan Presidents to Meet for First Time Since 1949

China, Taiwan Presidents to Meet for First Time Since 1949

For the first time since the Chinese Civil War ended in 1949, the leaders of the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan will gather for a formal meeting. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou will meet Saturday at Singapore and will address each other as “Mister” rather than their honorific titles, then […]

China Ends One-Child Policy

China Ends One-Child Policy

The Chinese Communist Party now will allow all families to have up to two children eliminating a policy that barred several rural couples from having more than one child for more than three decades. The state-run Xinhua news agency broadcasted the announcement made by the party’s Central Committee on Thursday. “I have looked forward to […]

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