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In China’s Quest to Conquer World Soccer, Fans Are Feeling Left Behind — Fortune

Big money signings and investments in storied European clubs, and the backing of a president who is an avid soccer fan: things should be looking up for millions of Chinese supporting the “beautiful game.” Not so, say some long-time football enthusiasts like Bian Minming, who fear the game is being taken away from them. 

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Semi Regular Confirmation of My Continuing Existence: Part 1, Stuff. 

As you may or may not know, I am in the process of riding my bicycle down the east coast of China for about the next month or so. 1,303 more words

Adventure Tourism

So you married a sexist chauvinist...Now what?

As defined by my hand dandy free dictionary app, chauvinism isn’t solely used to describe men who are disgustingly sexist—ok the app didn’t say ‘disgusting,’ that bit was all me. 1,585 more words

The case against targets in healthcare liberalization

China’s new statistical communique on healthcare is just out, providing another snapshot of how the private sector is doing in this state-dominated field. Although the role of the private sector across the economy has not, unfortunately, increased much in recent years, healthcare has generally been an exception to this worrying trend since the reforms adopted in 2009. 770 more words


ASEAN breaks deadlock on South China Sea, Beijing thanks Cambodia for support | Reuters

Southeast Asian nations overcame days of deadlock on Monday when the Philippines dropped a request for their joint statement to mention a landmark legal ruling on the… 248 more words

China Alert

China Unveils ‘World’s Largest Amphibious Aircraft’ - China Real Time Report - WSJ

Chinese media said the AG600 giant aircraft, which rolled off a production line in Zhuhai in southern China on Saturday, will be used for marine rescue missions and forest fire fighting. 14 more words

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China Halts Original News Reporting By Non-State Media (Reports)

China has ordered the halting of news reporting by online media. Companies in the online and mobile sectors have been told to disband their reporting teams and instead carry only news content supplied by state-controlled media firms. 289 more words