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China Launches “Official” Living Buddha Database and Leaves Out Key Figure

China Launches “Official” Living Buddha Database and Leaves Out Key Figure

The Dalai Lama never made it to the Chinese government’s official public database of “verified” living Buddhas, which it launched on Saturday. Among the ranks are 870 state-approved members. According to a statement by China’s State Administration for Religious Affairs, anyone who claims the holy title and is not on the list should be considered […]

A Dozen Chinese Officials Charged Over Shenzhen Landslide

A Dozen Chinese Officials Charged Over Shenzhen Landslide

A dozen Chinese government officials have been charged over the collapse of a construction-debris hill that engulfed homes and factories in the city of Shenzhen killing 69 people and leaving eight others missing. The Supreme People’s Procuratorate, which acts as the nation’s prosecutor, announced the charges on Monday, according to the state-run news agency Xinhua. […]

Vietnam Pondering Closer Relations with China or US

Vietnam Pondering Closer Relations with China or US

As Vietnam’s ruling communist party prepares for a leadership transition later this month, the party has one major question: Would it back leaders that would strengthen ties with the US or those that would favor China. Recently, tensions over the disputed South China Sea and Vietnam’s agreement to the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal have pushed Hanoi […]

Taiwan Official to Meet with US Diplomats Despite Chinese Warnings

Taiwan Official to Meet with US Diplomats Despite Chinese Warnings

Following a landslide presidential victory for the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party in Taiwan, the party’s senior national security official is visiting the US. Joseph Wu is making his way to the US to deliver a speech at a Washington D.C.-based think tank on Tuesday. The trip comes after the DPP won presidential and parliamentary elections […]

ISIS Allegedley Hacks Website of Chinese University

ISIS Allegedley Hacks Website of Chinese University

The Islamic State has claimed another victory. This time, on the digital front. According to local news reports, the website of a prominent Chinese university was hacked to display pro-ISIS propaganda.Several pages on the official website of Beijing’s Tsinghua University were hacked and left with imagery and audio snippets promoting jihad, according to the state-run […]

China Reacts: Taiwan Should Give Up Independence ‘Hallucinations’

China Reacts: Taiwan Should Give Up Independence ‘Hallucinations’

China reacted strongly to the news that the DPP candidate won the presidency of Taiwan, putting the Taiwanese national government back under independence-leaning leadership. Tsai Ing-wen and her independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won a decisive victory on Saturday. Tsai, who supports a Taiwan more independent from China, will take succeed Ma Ying-jeou who increased […]

Wrap Your Mind Around the New Harbin Opera House

Wrap Your Mind Around the New Harbin Opera House

Resting on Harbin Cultural Island is a massive, curved, metallic structure that seems to resemble a space craft straight out of a science-fiction blockbuster. It’s actually the recently-completed Harbin Opera House devised by the geniuses at MAD Architects. The designers sought to pay tribute to the dramatic climate in the northern Chinese city by erecting […]

China’s Income Inequality is One of the World’s Worst

China’s Income Inequality is One of the World’s Worst

China’s income inequality is among the worst in the world, according to a new study by Peking University. According to the report, China’s richest 1 percent owns about one third of the country’s wealth, while the poorest 25 percent own 1 percent of the country’s wealth. The data is part of the university’s Institute of […]

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 […]

CCTV Airs Confucius Doc.

CCTV Airs Confucius Doc.

A historic documentary on Confucius aired on China Central Television (CCTV) Friday night. The 90-minute, six-part documentary took two years to make and it is the first documentary to be produced by China and a foreign company. It was produced by state-run CCTV in cooperation with Britain’s Lion TV, China International Television Corporation and the […]