China

Why Beijing makes it snow

Record levels of snow hit the Chinese capital this week causing road, school and airport closures. Most Beijingers assumed the authorities were to blame, after they instigated snowfall using weather manipulation techniques in October. Read more...

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Weather the world can’t handle

Heavy snowfall has paralysed parts of the UK for the second time this winter, while planes in China and South Korea remain grounded. Even Saudi Arabia is suffering from the cold. From the safety of our office in Paris (where, incidentally, it's just starting snowing), here's our round-up of snowy plains, and problems, from around the world. See the photos...

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China supplying Iran with riot control vehicles?

Riot control vehicles manufactured by a Chinese company may have been delivered to Iran a few weeks ago. The photo on the right was sent to us by one of our Observers and news of the alleged delivery is spreading fast on the Iranian web. We’re currently trying to verify the information. Read more…

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Chasing dissidents as far as Hong Kong

Some 21 activists from Hong Kong gathered at the frontier with mainland China on Sunday to show their support for jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo. As soon as the group got close to the border, mainland police took the chance to reach over and arrest them... despite them being geographically beyond the officers' jurisdiction. Read more and see the video...

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Chinese and Taiwanese talking again... by pictorial exchange

Communication between the Chinese and the Taiwanese is not always easy. But for the past few weeks, the more curious from each side of the strait have been getting to know each other with the use of hand penned questions, photographed and posted online. Read more and see the photos...

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Beijing re-markets "Made in China" to the world

 

Tainted milk, killer toys, allergenic couches or pesticide-filled ravioli... Major manufacturing scandals have tarnished the reputation of Chinese products. In an attempt to shore up the image of the "Made in China's" label, the government has launched an advertising campaign targeting the West. Read more and watch the video...

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Beijing graduates crammed into slums like "ants"

Don't expect a university degree to guarantee you a decent standard of living in the Chinese capital. So poor and desperate are the city's young graduates, they have been labelled "ants" for their hard-working ethic and limited living space. Read more...

Chinese tissue advert sparks unification spat with Taiwan

One of China's public demonstrations of disregard for Taiwan's independence comes in the form of an advert for tissues. Not surprisingly, the Chinese ad was far from welcomed across the straits. A few days ago, a Hong Kong TV channel aired a rude parody of the Chinese ad made by Taiwanese web users. But why? Read more and see the clips...

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Not all Chinese Web users like Obama

US President Barack Obama was treated to a grandiose welcome in Beijing, where he met his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao on Tuesday. The pair agreed to strengthen ties between the two countries. But on the Web, feelings were not so warm. Read more...

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