Saturday, October 20, 2018

Chinese property prices cool after six months of accelerating gains

Chinese property prices cool after six months of accelerating gains

China’s home-price gains slowed in September, breaking a half-year streak of accelerating inflation in the housing market. New-home prices gained 1 per cent from the previous month, according to Bloomberg calculations based on data released by the National Bureau of Statistics on Saturday. That compared with a 1.5 per cent increase in August. The Chinese…
Chinese hero of Thai boat tragedy marries his sweetheart and fellow survivor

Chinese hero of Thai boat tragedy marries his sweetheart and fellow survivor

A Chinese hero of Thailand’s worst tourist-related disaster in years has married his sweetheart in central China three months after the fateful boat tragedy which could have separated them forever. Zhang Haofeng, who helped save a crew member during the boat accident that killed 47 people, was rescued after floating in the sea for 15…
Two die in violent clash over Chinese home demolition order

Two die in violent clash over Chinese home demolition order

A demolition order that sparked violent clashes in eastern China in which two people were killed has reopened a debate about the practice of local authorities hiring private firms to tear down people’s homes. Police in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province, said they had arrested a man accused of driving his car into a crowd after he…
Chinese man accused of defrauding temple out of US$90,000 to buy Porsche

Chinese man accused of defrauding temple out of US$90,000 to buy Porsche

A temple that tried to rent land to build an animal shelter claims it was cheated out of almost 600,000 yuan (US$86,500) when a middleman overcharged it and bought a Porsche, a Shanghai court heard this week. The man, surnamed Yang, was approached by a temple abbot in June last year to find a plot…
In India and China, #MeToo has much further to go

In India and China, #MeToo has much further to go

Both are powerful men in their industries: one, a famous television host who is recognised by millions, and the other, a veteran newspaper editor who went on to become a powerful cabinet minister. Both also rose to the top of their professions – and stayed there – despite what some in their own industries long…
Outcry as Chinese police chief accused of detaining primary schoolteacher for punishing his daughter

Outcry as Chinese police chief accused of detaining primary schoolteacher for punishing his daughter

A police chief in central China has been suspended after he was accused of detaining a teacher who had punished his daughter, mainland media outlets reported. The teacher, surnamed He, said a group of police officers turned up at Yuhong Primary School in Hunan province at 8am on Tuesday and took her to the police…
Fake moon plans for Chinese city laughed off as pie in the sky: ‘Is this The Onion?’

Fake moon plans for Chinese city laughed off as pie in the sky: ‘Is...

A Chinese city’s plans to launch a man-made moon to replace street lights has been met with derision and incredulity online. Chengdu, in southwest China’s Sichuan province, announced on Tuesday it was planning to launch an “illumination satellite” by 2020, People’s Daily reported, adding that it would have eight times more light than the real…
Thailand’s fertility industry is booming and this Singaporean ‘Dr Love’ wants to help more Chinese couples conceive

Thailand’s fertility industry is booming and this Singaporean ‘Dr Love’ wants to help more...

From a luxury spa in central Bangkok, Wei Siang Yu hopes to lure Thailand’s latest tourist target: couples needing a bit of extra magic to make babies. Billed as “second honeymoon” breaks, Wei provides wellness treatments in tranquil surroundings designed to boost the chances of naturally conceiving and bearing a healthy child. The Singaporean national…
Young Chinese women angered by TV blockbuster’s ‘twisted’ patriarchal values

Young Chinese women angered by TV blockbuster’s ‘twisted’ patriarchal values

While US television viewers await the return of the award-winning The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, about a traditional woman’s transformation into a stand-up comic in the male-dominated America of the 1950s, a Chinese drama set in a similarly patriarchal context has triggered controversy over its portrayal of traditional female virtues. Mother’s Life, about a Chinese woman’s…
Wang Baoqiang’s ex-agent – the ‘other man’ in the Chinese film star’s messy divorce – is jailed for 6 years for embezzlement

Wang Baoqiang’s ex-agent – the ‘other man’ in the Chinese film star’s messy divorce...

Chinese film star Wang Baoqiang’s former agent Song Zhe – the ‘other man’ in Wang’s messy divorce from actress Ma Rong – has been ordered jailed for six years for embezzling 2.35 million yuan (US$338,733) from Wang’s entertainment studio. Song, who was also the studio manager, was sentenced by the Beijing Chaoyang People’s Court on…
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