Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Gangs busted for smuggling over 5,000 tonnes of garbage into China

Gangs busted for smuggling over 5,000 tonnes of garbage into China

Two gangs have been detained by police in southern China accused of smuggling electronic and plastic waste from Vietnam, state television reported. The arrests were made in Nanning in the Guangxi region last Friday, CCTV said. The gangs are alleged to have smuggled in more than 5,000 tonnes of waste since last May. China announced…
Surveillance under the sea: how China is listening in near Guam

Surveillance under the sea: how China is listening in near Guam

China has planted powerful listening devices in two strategic seabeds deep in the waters near Guam, America’s biggest military base in the Western Pacific. The cutting-edge acoustic sensors – some of which have a listening range of more than 1,000km – are being used for scientific research such as studying earthquakes, typhoons and whales, according…
Experimental Chinese GM rice strain wins landmark US approval. But it’s still banned in China

Experimental Chinese GM rice strain wins landmark US approval. But it’s still banned in...

US food and environmental authorities have for the first time approved the use of a Chinese strain of genetically modified rice, opening the way for the commercialisation of the controversial experimental crop in the United States. The US Food and Drug Administration said on Saturday that there were no safety or regulatory issues with food…
A little praise goes a long way … it did for me, Jack Ma tells China’s teachers

A little praise goes a long way … it did for me, Jack Ma...

Chinese billionaire Jack Ma Yun urged teachers to find the strength in each child as his charitable foundation recognised the efforts of rural educators on Monday. Drawing on his own experience, Ma, a former English teacher and the founder of Alibaba Group, which owns the South China Morning Post, said a teacher’s encouragement could play…
Look for the strength in every child, Alibaba’s Jack Ma urges China’s teachers

Look for the strength in every child, Alibaba’s Jack Ma urges China’s teachers

Chinese billionaire Jack Ma Yun urged teachers to find the strength in each child as his charitable foundation recognised the efforts of rural educators on Monday. Drawing on his own experience, Ma, a former English teacher and the founder of Alibaba Group, which owns the South China Morning Post, said a teacher’s encouragement could play…
Crunch time nears as Trump mulls trade sanctions against China

Crunch time nears as Trump mulls trade sanctions against China

The next month will be crucial in signalling whether US President Donald Trump’s threats to get tough on China over trade turn from rhetoric into reality. A year into his presidency, Trump has failed to stem growth in China’s trade surplus as an economic upswing in the US fuels imports from the world’s factory floor.…
China says US forcing it to strengthen presence in South China Sea

China says US forcing it to strengthen presence in South China Sea

China’s Communist Party mouthpiece, decrying Washington as a troublemaker, said on Monday US moves in the South China Sea like last week’s freedom of navigation operation would only cause China to strengthen its deployments in the disputed waterway. China’s foreign ministry said the USS Hopper destroyer came within 12 nautical miles of Huangyan Island, which…
Could online classrooms be the answer to teacher shortage in rural China?

Could online classrooms be the answer to teacher shortage in rural China?

One of the biggest barriers to educating China’s rural poor is finding enough teachers willing to take up jobs in remote and impoverished areas, but a group of tech-savvy teachers in the east of the country say they may have a solution. Over the past 4½ years, Wang Fei and her colleagues have incorporated online…
Pakistan’s stance on militants alienated the US. Is China next?

Pakistan’s stance on militants alienated the US. Is China next?

Self-serving politics threaten not only to strain Pakistan’s relations with the United States, but heighten tensions in the geostrategic region of Balochistan, a vital node in Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative that has been earmarked as home for China’s second foreign military base. Pakistan’s short-sighted political battles are being fought at a time of worsening…
One of 60 million: life as a ‘left-behind’ child in China

One of 60 million: life as a ‘left-behind’ child in China

The day that changed Huang Yuzhong’s life forever started normally enough. It was in the middle of March 2005 when he was a few months shy of his eighth birthday. On that spring morning, the boy awoke in his upstairs bedroom to a cold grey day, usual weather for that time of year. But his…
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