Can China break Hong Kong?

  Photo:Google      Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China Beijing will dilute Hong Kong with Shenzhen By: Pete Sweeney/Reuters Breakingviews  Anti-government protests in Hong Kong have weakened China’s gateway to international markets in the midst of a trade war. Past attempts to make neighboring Shenzhen a free-market alternative have been half-hearted. Unrest in the former BritishContinue reading “Can China break Hong Kong?”

How gay Chinese hide their relationships behind ‘sham marriages’

In China – where same-sex unions are not legal and homosexuality remains taboo – gay men and women are marrying each other When Xiaoxiong and her lesbian lover wanted to hide their relationship from their parents, they decided to find men willing to marry them. They had a specific type in mind: gay. Searching outContinue reading “How gay Chinese hide their relationships behind ‘sham marriages’”

China’s Leftover Women: What its really like being Unmarried at 30

A ‘leftover woman’ in the SK-II ad  By: Yuan Ren/Beijing As I turn 30, I am left wondering what it means to be a Chinese woman – and a well educated one at that – entering her third decade. One thing is for sure: if like me, you’re unmarried at 30, your life “is over”. JustContinue reading “China’s Leftover Women: What its really like being Unmarried at 30”

MERS: What is it? AND What You Need To Know

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome What is MERS? From Newsweek MERS is a serious viral respiratory illness. The virus is caused by the MERS coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Coronaviruses are a common group of viruses grouped into four types: alpha, beta, gamma and delta. As far as researchers know, humans can only be infected by alpha and betaContinue reading “MERS: What is it? AND What You Need To Know”

CHINA: The Working Man Strikes Back Nationwide Strikes

In this image taken from APTN video shot on March 26, 2015, Shi Jieying talks from her sickbed after she was hospitalized with heart trouble at Nanlang hospital in Zhongshan city in southern China’s Guangdong Province. Timid by nature, Shi took a risk in March and joined fellow workers in a strike at her handbagContinue reading “CHINA: The Working Man Strikes Back Nationwide Strikes”

China: Ancient villages, cultures reported being lost

The village of Jiazhao in northern China’s Shanxi Province, surrounded by cement and gas plants due to its close location to Taiyuan, the capital, suffers constant, severe air pollution. The village is known for its exquisite brick carving, which is one of the intangible culture heritages in China. By Lu Feiran/Shanghai THE beauty ofContinue reading “China: Ancient villages, cultures reported being lost”

Chinese Workers are paid $1.84 an hour to produce I-Pad and I-Phones for the West

Factories covered in suicide nets to stop workers leaping to their deaths 18 people have killed themselves at the facility iPhone, iPad and MacBook assembled in factory in Shenzhen Microsoft, Dell and Hewlett Packard products also built on site Apple have opened the doors to their Chinese ‘sweatshop’ factories where employees are paid as littleContinue reading “Chinese Workers are paid $1.84 an hour to produce I-Pad and I-Phones for the West”

Escape from the ‘lion’s den’

For the crime of smuggling rice into North Korea to feed his starving family, Song Hwa Han’s husband was jailed and killed. Three of her six children died of starvation. Her oldest daughter escaped to China and disappeared, possibly a victim of human trafficking. Her elderly mother starved to death. And Han herself was arrestedContinue reading “Escape from the ‘lion’s den’”

Where the Women Aren’t

In a village in Da Xin township, there are no single women. In China, a cultural preference for boys has created such a severe gender imbalance that unmarried men will soon outnumber unmarried women by an estimated 40 million. Abigail Haworth reports on the country’s looming marriage crisis from the lonely hearts ground zero —Continue reading “Where the Women Aren’t”

What the US Oil Revolution Means for Russia

The optimist will tell you that Russia is no longer a petrostate. Incremental growth is now coming from the consumer sectors, while there is less contribution from the oil-and-gas sector. While the budget clearly does depend on the volume of oil and gas revenues to balance, changes by the Central Bank and the Finance Ministry since the 2008 crisis mean the economy can still grow about 3 percentContinue reading “What the US Oil Revolution Means for Russia”