China Society & Culture
Chinese communities worship ancestors on Tomb Sweeping Day - ASEAN/East Asia
China’s Xi Jinping warns against corruption in scandal-plagued city
China's Xi warns against corruption in scandal-plagued city
What ‘blackface’ tells us about China’s patronising attitude towards Africa
China's tumbling space station may crash near NZ
No child left behind is China’s 2020 target - ASEAN/East Asia
A Chinese couple died in a car crash. Four years later, their child was born.
2018-04-12 20:46:39 In March 2013, Shen Jie and Liu Xi were on the cusp of starting a family — a scheduled in vitro fertilization procedure was only days away — when the Chinese couple's car slammed into a tree in Jiangsu province. Liu was killed right away; Shen died five days later, reports said. At the Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital, Liu's fertilized embryos sat in a tank of liquid nitrogen, preserved at minus-320 degrees Fahrenheit   Read More ...
Baby is born in China four years after parents died in car crash
2018-04-12 17:00:42 A Chinese couple who had been trying to have a baby through in-vitro fertilization were successful 4 years after they both died. Susana Victoria Perez (@susana_vp) has more.   Read More ...
Chinese politician accused of conspiracy admits to graft
2018-04-12 12:53:44 BEIJING (AP) -- A former Chinese political high-flyer who has been accused of plotting against the ruling Communist Party pleaded guilty to bribery on Thursday, setting the stage for one of the highest-level convictions in President Xi Jinping's campaign against corruption and political disloyalty. Sun Zhengcai, former party leader of the western megacity of Chongqing, pleaded guilty to the charges in court and expressed repentance, according to the No   Read More ...
Intellectually-disabled boy found bound and mutilated in China
2018-04-06 03:01:54 A man has been arrested for the murder of a 15-year-old boy with learning difficulties whose mutilated body was found tied to a pole in a village in northern China. A 39-year-old man has admitted killing the boy on Tuesday night, according to a statement published on Thursday midnight by police in Zhouzhi county in Shaanxi province. The body was found outside a house in Zhendong village   Read More ...
Chinese communities worship ancestors on Tomb Sweeping Day - ASEAN/East Asia
2018-04-05 21:49:37 Hong Kong (AFP) - Chinese communities across East and Southeast Asia flocked to cemeteries on Thursday to honour their ancestors during the annual "Tomb Sweeping Day". Also known as the Qingming or Ching Ming festival, the public holiday is a traditional day of remembrance for the dead, where it is customary for Chinese to sweep off the grave stones and air out the ash boxes of their loved ones   Read More ...
Massive raids in California shut down China-based marijuana-slavery syndicate
2018-04-05 21:12:16 Say, wasn’t marijuana legalization supposed to eliminate trafficking by organized crime, especially foreign operations? It didn’t work out that way for California, where a massive federal and state operation seized over one hundred houses and several businesses linked to a China-based syndicate. The operation grew marijuana on an industrial scale and shipped it to all corners of the US, the Department of Justice announced: Hundreds of federal and local law enforcement agents have seized roughly 100 Northern California houses purchased with money wired to the United States by a Chinese-based crime organization and used to grow massive amounts of marijuana illegally, authorities said Wednesday   Read More ...
Uighur Muslims Around the World Protest China's Aggressive Security Crackdown
2018-03-16 20:05:07 (BEIJING) — Members of the Uighur Muslim ethnic group held demonstrations in cities around the world to protest a sweeping Chinese surveillance and security campaign that has sent thousands of their people into detention and political indoctrination centers. Overseas Uighur activists said they planned demonstrations Thursday in 14 countries in total, including the U.S., Australia and Turkey. More than a hundred Uighur protesters gathered at a plaza near the United Nations in New York to call on the body to protect their culture against Chinese government efforts to assimilate the Turkic-speaking people   Read More ...
Chinese woman murder: Five suspects committed to High Court
2018-03-16 20:01:09 Five suspects in the murder of a Chinese national were on Wednesday committed to high court by Mukono grade one magistrate Mariam Nalugya. Apart from Fredrick Edward who is currently nursing wounds after being shot while trying to escape, the others including; Kaluga Muleefu, Francis Ogwal, Omala Kokasi, Joseph Nalodha. and Edison Musinguzi were committed to High Court. The prosecution states that on September 1, 2017, the accused shot a Chinese woman, Yei Su, who was a cashier at Nile Steel and Plastics Company in Mukono District   Read More ...
China's Xi further expanding power with anti-corruption body
2018-03-13 10:13:00 BEIJING (AP) — Following passage of a constitutional amendment potentially making him president-for-life, China's Xi Jinping moved to further expand his powers Tuesday with the establishment of a powerful new anti-corruption agency. The move is part of a sweeping government reorganization aiming to boost the authority of the ruling Communist Party headed by Xi, who has firmly established himself as China's most formidable leader since Mao Zedong, the founder of the communist state   Read More ...
China's Xi gains power with merger of anti-corruption bodies
2018-03-13 09:10:33 BEIJING (AP) - President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign stood to gain a major boost as China's ceremonial legislature moved Tuesday to establish a powerful new agency with authority over vast numbers of workers in the public sector. The National People's Congress began a third and final reading Tuesday of the draft supervision law described by state media as "aiming at a centralized, unified, authoritative and efficient supervisory network under the (Communist) Party's leadership   Read More ...
Weather forecasting services are world leaders, meteorological chief says
2018-03-13 08:00:43 Liu Yaming, head of China Meteorological Administration, receives an interview after the fourth plenary meeting of the first session of the 13th National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 13, 2018. (Photo/Xinhua) China's meteorological and weather forecasting services are world leaders, Liu Yaming, head of the China Meteorological Administration,said on Tuesday at the sidelines of the ongoing annual session of the national legislature   Read More ...
China's Xi gains power with merger of anti-corruption bodies
2018-03-13 07:07:33 BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign stood to gain a major boost as China's ceremonial legislature moved Tuesday to establish a powerful new agency with authority over vast numbers of workers in the public sector. The National People's Congress began a third and final reading Tuesday of the draft supervision law described by state media as "aiming at a centralized, unified, authoritative and efficient supervisory network under the (Communist) Party's leadership   Read More ...
China's Xi gains power with merger of anti-corruption bodies
2018-03-13 06:43:34 BEIJING – Chinese President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign stands to gain a major boost as the ceremonial legislature moves to establish a powerful new agency with authority over vast numbers of workers in the public sector. The National People's Congress began a third and final reading Tuesday of the draft supervision law described by state media as "aiming at a centralized, unified, authoritative and efficient supervisory network under the (Communist) Party's leadership   Read More ...
China's Xi gains power with merger of anti-corruption bodies
2018-03-13 05:40:43 BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign stands to gain a major boost as the ceremonial legislature moves to establish a powerful new agency with authority over vast numbers of workers in the public sector. The National People's Congress began a third and final reading Tuesday of the draft supervision law described by state media as "aiming at a centralized, unified, authoritative and efficient supervisory network under the (Communist) Party's leadership   Read More ...
Chinese passenger dies in Nepal plane crash
2018-03-13 04:30:35 Rescuers work at the plane crash site in Kathmandu, Nepal, on March 12, 2018. At least 49 people were killed and 17 injured after a passenger plane of the US-Bangla Airlines crashed at Nepal's Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on Monday afternoon, authorities confirmed. (Xinhua/Sunil Sharma) A Chinese man was among the 49 victims in a passenger plane crash of the US-Bangla Airlines on Monday in Nepal, the Chinese Embassy said on Tuesday   Read More ...
Draft supervision law to pave way for Party-led unified anti-graft network
2018-03-13 03:01:33 China's draft supervision law was submitted for its third reading at the national legislature Tuesday, aiming at a centralized, unified, authoritative and efficient supervisory network under the Party's leadership. The new law, an essential part of China's reform of supervisory institutions, is expected to serve as a fundamental and guiding law against corruption and for state supervision, said Li Jianguo, vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC), when elaborating the bill to the 13th NPC   Read More ...
French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy dies at 91
2018-03-13 02:01:00 The House of Givenchy announced on Monday its founder Hubert de Givenchy, the aristocratic legend of French haute couture, died at the age of 91. Hubert de Givenchy is "a major personality of the world of French haute couture and a gentleman who symbolized Parisian chic and elegance for more than half a century. His enduring influence and his approach to style reverberates to this day," said the house in a statement   Read More ...
Passenger plane crashes at Nepal's Tribhuvan Int'l Airport
2018-03-13 02:00:56 (ECNS) -- A passenger plane of the US-Bangla Airlines crashed at Nepal's Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on Monday afternoon. At least 49 people were killed and 22 injured in the accident. The UBG211 flight was en route to Kathmandu from Dhaka, Bangladesh. A spokesman for the US-Bangla Airlines has said that the passengers onboard included 32 people from Bangladesh, 33 from Nepal, one from China and one from the Maldives, according to Xinhua report   Read More ...
49 killed, 22 injured in US-Bangla Airlines plane crash in Nepal
2018-03-13 02:00:53 Photo taken on March 12, 2018 shows the crash-landing site in Kathmandu, Nepal. A passenger plane of the US-Bangla Airlines crashed at Nepal's Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on Monday, with dozens feared dead and at least 17 people injured. (Xinhua) Forty-nine people were killed and 22 injured after a passenger plane of the US-Bangla Airlines crashed in course of landing at Nepal's Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on Monday afternoon, government authorities said   Read More ...
Plane crash near Kathmandu airport kills 49
2018-03-12 20:05:44 At least 49 people were killed when a Bangladeshi plane crashed and burst into flames near the Kathmandu airport yesterday, in the worst aviation disaster to hit Nepal in nearly three decades. There were 71 people on board the US-Bangla Airlines plane from Dhaka when it crashed just east of the runway and skidded into a nearby football field. Rescuers had to cut apart the mangled and burned wreckage of the upturned aircraft to pull people out, some of whom were buried under the scattered debris   Read More ...
Aristocratic French fashion designer Givenchy dies at 91
2018-03-12 20:05:33 Hubert de Givenchy, the aristocratic French fashion designer famous for the “Little black dress” and styling Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy, has died aged 91. Givenchy set the template for ladylike chic in the 1950s and 1960s, and his restrained style still informs the way Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and older American and Chinese socialites dress. His longtime partner, the former haute couture designer Philippe Venet, announced his death through the Givenchy fashion house yesterday, saying he had died in his sleep on Saturday   Read More ...
At least 49 killed in US-Bangla Airlines plane crash in Nepal, one Chinese onboard
2018-03-12 16:01:58 Photo taken on March 12, 2018 shows the crash-landing site in Kathmandu, Nepal. A passenger plane of the US-Bangla Airlines crashed at Nepal's Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on Monday, with dozens feared dead and at least 17 people injured. (Photo/Xinhua) At least 49 people were killed and 17 injured after a passenger plane of the US-Bangla Airlines crashed at Nepal's Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on Monday afternoon, authorities confirmed   Read More ...
U.S. still top arms exporter, conflicts drive sales to Mideast: study
2018-03-12 10:30:14 The United States has extended its lead in global arms exports over the past five years, said the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) on Monday. According to new data on arms transfers published by the Swedish-based institute, violent conflicts in the Middle East and regional tensions in Asia drove growing arms imports in the 2013-2017 period. U.S. LEADS ARMS EXPORTS   Read More ...
China's attendance at Vatican organ conference hailed as boon to ties, peace
2018-03-12 09:01:42 BEIJING: China's attendance at a Vatican conference on combating organ trafficking underlines improving ties between China and the Church and will build momentum for better relations in other areas, a former senior Chinese official said. Communist China and the Vatican do not have formal diplomatic relations but negotiations towards what would be a breakthrough agreement on the appointment of bishops have made progress, the deputy head of the official Chinese Catholics association said last week   Read More ...
China's attendance at Vatican organ conference hailed as boon to ties, peace
2018-03-12 08:46:45 BEIJING (Reuters) - China's attendance at a Vatican conference on combating organ trafficking underlines improving ties between China and the Church and will build momentum for better relations in other areas, a former senior Chinese official said. Communist China and the Vatican do not have formal diplomatic relations but negotiations towards what would be a breakthrough agreement on the appointment of bishops have made progress, the deputy head of the official Chinese Catholics association said last week   Read More ...
China's attendance at Vatican organ conference hailed as boon to ties, peace
2018-03-12 08:40:08 BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s attendance at a Vatican conference on combating organ trafficking underlines improving ties between China and the Church and will build momentum for better relations in other areas, a former senior Chinese official said. Communist China and the Vatican do not have formal diplomatic relations but negotiations towards what would be a breakthrough agreement on the appointment of bishops have made progress, the deputy head of the official Chinese Catholics association said last week   Read More ...
Ai Weiwei: Chinese dissident artist critiques Australia's treatment of asylum seekers ahead of Sydney Biennale
2018-03-12 08:16:59 He is one of the world's most famous artists and China's best known dissident, and 60-year-old Ai Weiwei has a message for Australia when it comes to the treatment of asylum seekers. "I struggle with Australia's record towards refugees," he said. "Australia is a nation of migrants and its culture accepts and tolerates difference. "But Australia's refugee record is quite poor internationally   Read More ...
Xi Jinping: From graft-fighting governor to China's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong
2018-03-11 10:45:05 BEIJING (AFP) - Xi Jinping has joined the pantheon of Chinese leadership two decades after bursting onto the scene as a graft-fighting governor who went on to earn comparisons with Mao Zedong in his quest for unrestricted power. The rubber-stamp parliament further enhanced Xi's considerable power on Sunday when it approved - by an overwhelming 99.79 per cent of vote - a constitutional amendment abolishing presidential term limits   Read More ...
China's Xi Jinping: From Graft-Fighting Governor To President For Life
2018-03-11 10:35:15 China: Xi Jinping has joined the pantheon of Chinese leadership two decades after bursting onto the scene as a graft-fighting governor who went on to earn comparisons with Mao Zedong in his quest for unrestricted power. The rubber-stamp parliament further enhanced Xi's considerable power on Sunday when it approved a constitutional amendment abolishing presidential term limits. The move allows the 64-year-old Xi to remain in power for as long as he wishes, ruling as a virtual emperor, and is the latest feather in the cap of a Communist "princeling" who is re-making China in his own image   Read More ...
China's effective campaign sets model for global anti-corruption cause
2018-03-11 07:01:52 China's crackdown on corruption in the past five years has impressed the world and its resolve to root out the scourge has inspired many in different parts of the world. Since November 2012, more than 1.5 million corrupt officials have been punished and a total of 440 centrally-administrated senior officials investigated, according to the disciplinary arm of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC)   Read More ...
China’s Xi Jinping warns against corruption in scandal-plagued city
2018-03-10 22:11:50 Chinese president Xi Jinping offered a strong warning against corruption on Saturday while meeting parliament delegates from scandal-plagued Chongqing city, saying officials should not let “pillow talk” within families help to foster graft. The southwestern metropolis is one of China’s most important cities, but it has been at the heart of two dramatic corruption scandals in recent years. Its charismatic former Communist Party chief Bo Xilai, once seen as a contender for the top leadership, was jailed for life in 2013 for bribery, corruption and abuse of power, in a case kicked off by his wife’s murder of a British businessman   Read More ...
Exhibition on clothing culture of China's 56 ethnic groups opens in U.S.
2018-03-10 14:30:33 An exhibition on clothing culture of the 56 Chinese ethnic groups opened Saturday at the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) in the western U.S. state of California. The garment exhibition, which runs from March 3 through July 3, is the first of its kind that the SFPL has introduced, offering a chance for those in the San Francisco Bay Area to get a glimpse of the colorful and diverse Chinese folk art, with each costume on display reflecting a unique pattern and style of some Chinese ethnic group   Read More ...
China's Xi warns against corruption in scandal-plagued city
2018-03-10 13:47:53 BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping offered a strong warning against corruption on Saturday while meeting parliament delegates from scandal-plagued Chongqing city, saying officials should not let "pillow talk" within families help to foster graft. The southwestern metropolis is one of China's most important cities, but it has been at the heart of two dramatic corruption scandals in recent years   Read More ...
China's Xi warns against corruption in scandal-plagued city
2018-03-10 13:30:30 BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping offered a strong warning against corruption on Saturday while meeting parliament delegates from scandal-plagued Chongqing city, saying officials should not let "pillow talk" within families help to foster graft. The southwestern metropolis is one of China's most important cities, but it has been at the heart of two dramatic corruption scandals in recent years. Its charismatic former Communist Party chief Bo Xilai, once seen as a contender for the top leadership, was jailed for life in 2013 for bribery, corruption and abuse of power, in a case kicked off by his wife's murder of a British businessman   Read More ...
China's Xi warns against corruption in scandal-plagued city
2018-03-10 13:08:25 BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping offered a strong warning against corruption on Saturday while meeting parliament delegates from scandal-plagued Chongqing city, saying officials should not let “pillow talk” within families help to foster graft. The southwestern metropolis is one of China’s most important cities, but it has been at the heart of two dramatic corruption scandals in recent years   Read More ...
Chinese folklore inspire Hollywood filmmakers
2018-03-10 09:31:45 A group of Hollywood filmmakers will visit the birthplace of a legendary Chinese folklore heroine next week in China's Hubei Province to draw inspiration for their work. Dubbed the "Hollywood Masters' China Trip," Tony Bancroft, director of the 1998 Disney's animated film Mulan, and Raymond Singer, screen writer of the film are among the filmmakers heading to Huangpi District in Wuhan City, the birth place of Mulan in ancient China   Read More ...
China anti-graft drive sees 100 top officials tried in five years
2018-03-09 20:01:44 BEIJING: Chinese courts have tried more than 100 top officials in corruption cases in five years, the country's top judge said on Friday (Mar 9), as President Xi Jinping pursues a relentless anti-graft campaign. Government corruption is rampant in China, and Xi has presided over a much-publicised drive against crooked party officials since coming to power in 2012, which some have compared to a political purge   Read More ...
Nanjing Massacre survivor, 90, passes away
2018-03-09 09:30:07 Yang Xiuying, a 90-year-old survivor of the Nanjing Massacre, died in Nanjing in Jiangsu province on Thursday, the Memorial Hall of the Victims of the Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders said. Yang was born on July 30, 1928. On Dec 13, 1937, the first day of the six-week rampage which claimed the lives of more than 300,000, her father Yang Bingrong was guarding a house with her uncle when they encountered a group of Japanese soldiers   Read More ...
Top procuratorate report highlights graft-busting success
2018-03-09 08:30:14 Prosecutors probed about 120 corrupt officials at or above vice-ministerial level and officially charged 105 such officials since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in late 2012, according to the top procuratorate. Among the "tigers" felled by the anti-graft campaign were Zhou Yongkang, a former member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee; Sun Zhengcai, former secretary of the Chongqing Municipal Committee of the CPC and Ling Jihua and Su Rong, former vice-chairs of China's top political advisory body, according to the work report of the Supreme People's Procuratorate to be delivered at a plenary meeting of the national legislature on Friday afternoon   Read More ...
Injured snow leopard back on four legs
2018-03-09 02:30:17 Veterinarians from Xining Wildlife Park tend to an injured snow leopard in Xining, Qinghai Province, in late November. (PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY) A seriously injured snow leopard from Qinghai Province that suffered leg fractures is recovering well after undergoing a second operation in Beijing. The rare cat, a species high on China's list of protected animals, was found by four herders in Zadoi county, Yushu Tibetan autonomous prefecture, in late November, and transported to Xining Wildlife Park at the provincial capital   Read More ...