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外媒看中国


Why China is key to the future of virtual reality

Why China is key to the future of virtual reality

为何说中国对于VR技术的未来发展很关键?

CHINESE manufacturers are hard at work on better VR headsets


I was in Shenzhen, China last week at the first CE China trade show, which was produced by IFA, the German company that also produces the giant IFA CE trade show in Berlin each September. Shenzhen, which has a population of over 10 million people, is about an hour’s drive from Hong Kong. The city is best known as the place where Foxconn and other factories build consumer products, including the Apple iPhone and iPad, and is often called the “Silicon Valley” of China.

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Time | April 28, 2016, Thursday


Apple iPhone, once a status symbol in China, loses its luster

曾是社会地位象征的苹果手机,正在中国退去光环

SINCE 2010, Yu Kai has followed the ritual every year: When a new Apple iPhone comes out, he gets rid of his old one and heads to a store in Beijing to buy the latest model.


This year, however, he held back.


Instead of buying the iPhone 6s, he has been waiting to see what the next iPhone looks like, and he said he might even switch to a model by a different maker.


In China, where Apple has been a signifier of wealth and fashion, and where many Chinese update their smartphones each year, Mr. Yu is not an outlier.

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New York Times | April 28, 2016, Thursday


China sees childhood obesity 'explosion' in rural provinces

China sees childhood obesity 'explosion' in rural provinces

儿童肥胖问题在中国乡村地区爆发

IS the Western diet causing obesity in Chinese children?


It's quite possible, according to a 29-year study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.


The study, which went public on Tuesday, noted that while China may be seeing rapid growth in its rural economy, it's also seeing a massive spike in childhood obesity.

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CNBC | April 28, 2016, Thursday


The Race to Produce China's Tesla

The Race to Produce China's Tesla

谁能成为中国特斯拉?

WILLIAM Li isn’t your typical, boundlessly optimistic Chinese tech entrepreneur. Yes, the founder of startup NextEV Inc. has big plans to disrupt China’s electric car market, the financial backing of venture capital powerhouses Sequoia Capital and Hillhouse Capital and considers Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk an inspiration.


That said, he rates his chance of succeeding in China’s fast-moving car market at a whopping 5 percent. He also thinks most of the new business models for electric cars being bandied about by tech companies will end up in the junk yard.


“There’s an exponential gulf between creating a concept car and mass production, and then to actually sell them,” Li said. “Tesla has broken a lot of new ground and inspired a raft of Internet companies to follow, but most have no idea what they’re facing.”


Such hard-nosed realism is probably wise. As global auto executives gather for the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, a torrent of money is pouring into the nation’s alternative energy vehicle market, which includes electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and fuel-cell cars. In a country with some of the worst urban air pollution on the planet and a rapidly urbanizing populace, the market’s upside potential seems big to conventional car companies and tech startups jumping in.

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Bloomberg | April 22, 2016, Friday


Why There’s Hope for the Middle Class (With Help From China)

Why There’s Hope for the Middle Class (With Help From China)

为什么中国将帮助美国中产阶级再度崛起

AMERICA has often thought of itself as a middle-class nation — one in which most people are merely comfortable and neither very rich nor very poor.


That notion has come under siege lately. Income inequality has been rising since the early 1980s, and the median household income is now lower than it was in 1999. The status of the middle class has become a highly charged political issue. Nonetheless, a sober look at the trends of recent years reveals some reason for optimism: Pathways that already exist offer some chance of rejuvenating the middle class.


The weakness of recent middle-class wage growth has stemmed from a number of factors, including foreign competition, technological changes that favor highly skilled workers and persistent poverty. Let’s consider each in turn.


Much of the competition for American manufacturing has come from China, and recent research has shown that China’s economic impact in the United States has been bigger than many economists initially thought, and in some ways, it has been more painful. China’s manufacturing has held down American middle-class wages, while soaring Chinese demand for commodities has pushed up resource prices. Of course, cheap Chinese imports have made American paychecks go further, but that is no consolation for people who have lost their jobs or suffered lower wages as a consequence.

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The New York Times | April 15, 2016, Friday


China’s WeChat better than Facebook: Advertising CEO

China’s WeChat better than Facebook: Advertising CEO

哈瓦斯集团CEO:中国的微信比脸书好

CHINESE social media platform WeChat is better for marketers than Western offerings such as Facebook, the chief executive of Havas, a top advertising firm, told CNBC on Monday.


WeChat is owned by Chinese internet giant Tencent and boasts 700 million monthly active users, according to data tracker Quest Mobile. It is the dominant messaging service in the world's second-largest economy.


The app allows people to text and voice call each other, make payments, and interact with "bots" – a similar feature to what Facebook unveiled last week.


The ability to make payments and even book restaurants means WeChat has become a big part of Chinese phone users' lives.

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CNBC | April 18, 2016, Monday


China's live-streaming sites offer chance to gain cash, fame

China's live-streaming sites offer chance to gain cash, fame

中国的流媒体直播网站为主播带来名利双收的机会

CHINA'S live-streaming sites have become a burgeoning cottage industry, offering money-making opportunities and even stardom to their mostly female hosts and an entertaining new alternative for millions of viewers to online dramas and stodgy state-controlled TV.


Zhang Qige, a 23-year-old woman who plays computer games and chats on her webcam, attracts hundreds of thousands of real-time viewers at once. She has more than 2 million subscribers on the website Douyu TV and an average viewership of 400,000 for each nightly show.


"They like me chatting with them," explained Zhang, who says she earns more than 1 million yuan a year ($150,000) from her performances. "They feel like I'm talking to them face to face."

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AP | April 14, 2016, Thursday


Married young: Meet China's teen brides

Married young: Meet China's teen brides

中国神秘的“早婚村”

THIRTEEN and just married, Jie looks at her wedding picture framed in white. Next to it, incongruously, are stickers from the Pixar movie "Cars."


Jie married her 16-year-old husband three days after they met during the Lunar New Year in 2014. Not long after, she was pregnant.


It sounds like a scene from China's feudal past, when early marriage was customary, especially for girls, but teenage brides and grooms aren't uncommon in some poor and rural parts of the country's hinterland.

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CNN | April 14, 2016, Thursday


China's Fascination With TV War Drama Is Poised to Draw Tourists to Korea

China's Fascination With TV War Drama Is Poised to Draw Tourists to Korea

《太阳的后裔》或掀中国游客赴韩潮

A TV drama featuring a romance between a soldier and a doctor in a fictional war-torn nation is reigniting a South Korean pop culture boom across Asia that’s set to provide an economic boost.


The Descendants of the Sun is a monster hit in China, drawing more than 2.4 billion views on video-streaming website IQiyi.com since it began airing in late February. It’s also the highest-rated show in South Korea. The show is so popular in China that the morality department of the nation’s security ministry issued a statement on Weibo warning viewers that TV shows don't portray reality and if you take them too seriously you'll be disappointed. 


The show brings together two of Korea’s most recognizable stars: Song Joong Ki, who plays the captain of Korea’s special forces in his first TV role after completing his mandatory military service; and actress Song Hye Kyo, whose character, a successful surgeon, is forced into a medical mission. The two fall in love after being dispatched to the same country overseas. It was filmed in Greece, in an old mining town in Korea’s Taebaek city, and in Seoul.


Its popularity across Asia is raising prospects for an economic boost to Korea. The potential upshot would mean more tourists, especially from China; a rise in overseas sales of products featured in the drama; and more investment in Korean entertainment companies by Chinese companies seeking partnerships. 

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Bloomberg | April 12, 2016, Tuesday


China wants to become a ‘soccer superpower’ by 2050

China wants to become a ‘soccer superpower’ by 2050

中国想在2050年成为足球一流强国

IT isn't just about sport. The strategy also has broad economic and political implications


The Chinese government has unveiled an ambitious blueprint to get 50 million children and adults playing soccer by the end of this decade, with the broader objective of becoming a “world football superpower” by 2050.


Despite boasting the world’s largest population and excelling at many sports, particularly athletics, China woefully underperforms at soccer and has only ever qualified for one World Cup.


A statement published Monday also outlines plans to have at least 20,000 soccer training centers and 70,000 pitches in place by 2020. Every county should have two full-size soccer fields, says the document, and every new urban residential compound should have at least one five-a-side court.

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Time | April 12, 2016, Tuesday




As China continues to grab increasing media attention worldwide, our partner runs a regular column to reveal what overseas media are saying about China and how they view the country's fast economic, social and cultural development.

中国崛起聚焦了世界的目光。上至高层动态,下至社会民生,中国的一举一动无不成为外媒烹调的材料。我们的合作伙伴观察者网为您带来中文深度阅读。

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