What do we actually mean, when we talk about charity? Generally speaking, charity refers to an act of benevolence, it is done out of a certain humanitarian spirit to voluntarily contribute something to people in need. Charitable work can include giving money or other things to the ones in need or to a surrogate organization, normally known as charity trusts or just charities. In most cases, when we talk about charity, we normally mean public charity – this means, charity which benefit…
Contrary to popular notion, most young mainland Chinese tourists are traveling by themselves overseas and not with tour groups. A report on mainland travel website Qyer.com showed that 77 million out of 109 million outbound trips planned or made in 2014 were by individual tourists. The main factors behind this welcome trend were an increase in online travel information and the growing convenience in booking flights, hotel stay and obtaining travel documents. As the number of Chinese …
Reading President Xi’s mind has become a staple of international relations and global power-plays.
If you are wondering why the sky in Beijing has been relatively clear recently despite the absence of strong wind, here is a possible explanation – an inspection visit by the International Olympic Committee Evaluation Commission.
The United Kingdom’s decision on March 12 to apply to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), despite opposition from its traditional ally the US, lends further credibility to the China-backed initiative, and shows China is making some progress in the field of multilateralism. The UK’s move also showed that even major countries are eager to embrace alternatives to the current, and often US-dominated, multilateral structures. The AIIB is intended to help fund inf…
Chinese investors have a powerful attraction to companies in the European Union, and their targets are increasingly high-profile. In recent days, they've shown interest in an 18-building compound on Berlin's Potsdamer Platz and in the Italian tire-maker Pirelli. For some unfathomable reason, Europe considers Chinese investors, even state-owned ones, more benign than, say, Russian ones.
In a recent football development plan published by the Xinhua News Agency, the Chinese government has set a blueprint for a glorious football future.
It is not a big secret that Chinese banks are not the most helpful of institutions to deal with. However, an expat in Shanghai found that out in a more troubling way than most people have ever experienced. It was so bad he took the laudable step of suing the bank, and actually winning the case.
After a bomb from a Burmese aircraft killed four Chinese near the China-Burma border, many Chinese have been expressing their outrage on the Internet -- not only against the Burmese government but against their own for not taking a harder stance.
The UK’s decision to join China’s new alternative to the World Bank has disrupted London’s “special relationship” with the US and left seasoned Sinologists and diplomats scratching their heads.
Much of the commentary on China today assumes that the country’s economy is trapped in a depressing trade-off: Either it piles on more debt and exposes itself to financial crisis, or it curtails credit and risks the kind of slowdown that could provoke a social backlash. But this narrative overlooks the potential for structural reforms to provide China with an escape route out of its debt problems.
Wolf Totem is in many respects a special movie. Not only the story presented is very exceptional – the story surrounding the movie is also extremely peculiar in certain ways.
China’s manufacturing industry was in news again recently, but this time not for its global reach and dominance. During the Spring Festival holiday this year, many Chinese tourists to Japan brought back a good number of Japanese electronic toilet seats and rice cookers. This created a wave of debate and prompted Chinese commentators to rebuff the claim that Japanese goods are of superior quality, while defending Chinese manufacturers. Indeed, the issue points to the ironic situatio…
Tensions between Hong Kong residents and mainland visitors took a nasty turn in February with angry protests, a stark reminder that the relations between some Hong Kong locals and mainland visitors are getting worse and some urgent action is needed.
Sadly, shortly after the release of the documentary, one could also hear people blaming her for sensationalism and distortion of facts.
Huge increases in private sector credit preceded many financial crises.
A new advertising service launched by WeChat last month has created a lot more controversy than the company might have imagined. WeChat sent different ads targeted at different groups of users, which was a normal business practice, until it was revealed that the ads differentiated users according to their perceived preferences and economic status.
Experience, fun and the special ‘kick’ are very important motivations for these urban climbers, but it’s not only about adrenalin.
Shanghai is widely considered China’s foremost metropolis and it recently added to that reputation by becoming the nation’s first major area to not set a GDP growth target for 2015.
A faint hope that our air is going to improve in near future is negated by the prediction that air pollution levels have not peaked yet