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Global Lens on China

外媒看中国


China pushes to expand power through culture

China pushes to expand power through culture

中国通过文化增强实力

The Chinese philosopher Confucius died in the 5th century BC, but he was reborn in the mid 2000s.
Actually, rehabilitated is probably a better fit. In 2004 he was hoisted from his grave (in the figurative sense, of course) and put to work in the service of a political regime that once sought to obliterate his place in history.


In November that year, Communist Party officials presided over the opening of China’s first ‘Confucian Institute’. Located in the South Korean capital, Seoul, it was designed as a way of softening the country’s image abroad. There are now hundreds of similar institutes right across the world.

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ABC | May 6, 2015, Wednesday


China’s richest man is a cinema and property tycoon called Wang Jianlin - this is his secret

China’s richest man is a cinema and property tycoon called Wang Jianlin - this is his secret

中国最富是个电影、地产业巨头名叫王健林——这是他成功的秘密

Wang Jianlin, the chairman of Chinese property, hotel and cinema company Dalian Wanda, has been crowned Asia’s richest man, toppling Jack Ma, the founder of Ebay rival Alibaba and Li Ka-shing, the Hong Kong billionaire.
Wang’s $38.6 billion fortune still trails behind those of the richest men in the US, including Bill Gates, who has a net worth of $86.4 and Warren Buffett, who is worth $71.6 billion, according to the latest update by Bloomberg.


 

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The Independent | May 6, 2015, Wednesday


The great catwalk of China: 41 radical new designers

The great catwalk of China: 41 radical new designers

中国时尚天桥:41位新锐设计师

The obsession of Chinese luxury shoppers with Western brands is old news. Now, a new book entitled Fashion China is turning the spotlight on the top local brands vying for the international spotlight.
Written by Irish fashion curator Gemma A. Williams, the book provides an introduction to 41 of the country's most exciting designers, from Fashion Fringe award-winner Haizhen Wang to couturier Laurence Xu.

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CNN | May 5, 2015, Tuesday


Playboy hopes China can help rev up its brand

Playboy hopes China can help rev up its brand

花花公子希望中国能激发其品牌活力

Playboy wants its bunny to score in China.


Once a pioneer in pornography, Playboy Enterprises Inc. is aiming for a dominant position in China’s booming apparel market. So it’s expanding its iconic bunny logo on clothing, and accessories across the country, teaming up with Chinese company Handong United to expand its distribution to 3,500 outlets, up from 3,100, Playboy says.


The two companies say they want to build an empire of Playboy bunny luggage, belts, wallets and casual wear in China.

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Wall Street Journal | May 6, 2015, Wednesday


Is this Xiaomi's newest rival in China?

Is this Xiaomi's newest rival in China?

这将会是小米在中国的最新对手吗?

A new range of low-priced smartphones by a company known as the 'Netflix of China' is threatening to upend Xiaomi's dominance in the competitive consumer device market.


The sleek Le1, Le1 Pro and Le Max are the products of Chinese online media firm LeTV and were made available for pre-order in China on Tuesday.

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CNBC | May 6, 2015, Wednesday


Met Ball: The view from China on the Chinese themed outfits

Met Ball: The view from China on the Chinese themed outfits

中国对MET Ball中国风的评价

This year's ball at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York called on celebrities to dress for the theme of Chinese influences on western fashion.


The A-list actors, models and celebrities in attendance all had their own interpretations, with varying success, according to comments on social media. Fashion magazines and newspapers have been lavishing attention on the extravagant display.


But Chinese microbloggers were also watching and a huge variety of responses could be found among Weibo's 2.3bn posts, which came with the hashtag #2015MetBall.

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BBC | May 5, 2015, Tuesday


More Chinese airlines are flying to the US than American carriers to China

More Chinese airlines are flying to the US than American carriers to China

中国赴美航线数高于美国赴华航线数

Planning to fly from Nanjing or Changsha to Los Angeles? Or Beijing to San Jose? Or Wuhan to San Francisco? If so, a Chinese airline has a flight for you — and chances are you’ll be traveling in a spiffy new Boeing 777 or 787.


This year, for the first time ever, more Chinese airlines will be flying to the U.S. than American carriers will be heading to China, according to CAPA-Center for Aviation. During this year’s peak July 1 to Sept. 20 time period, CAPA calculates that four major Chinese carriers — Air China, China Eastern, China Southern and Hainan — will send 2,028 flights to the U.S. per week, compared to 1,853 a week from U.S. airlines.

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Time | May 5, 2015, Tuesday


How Shanghai opened its doors to Jews fleeing Nazi persecution

How Shanghai opened its doors to Jews fleeing Nazi persecution

上海是怎样向饱受纳粹迫害的犹太人打开大门的

Michael Blumenthal was 13 when his family fled Berlin and the Nazis in 1939, boarding the Japanese passenger liner Haruna Maru to sail to Shanghai – the only city that would admit Jews without visas.


Several prominent Jewish families were already settled in the city, and when the Blumenthals arrived a month later, the Jewish community already numbered in the thousands.


Nine years later, the family left for the United States, where they settled as refugees. Blumenthal would go on to become treasury secretary in the administration of Jimmy Carter.


But he always remembers how hard life was as a teenager in Shanghai, and how the city changed when the Japanese took control of the foreign enclaves in 1941.


When he was young, he would visit a small cafe near his home. “It was called Wiener Stube, which means Vienna’s small room in German. There were seven chairs and I often sat there for three hours in the afternoon,” Blumenthal, now 89, said during a visit to the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum recently .

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SCMP | April 16, 2015, Thursday


China's Huawei shows smartphone credentials with P8 launch

China's Huawei shows smartphone credentials with P8 launch

华为发布旗舰智能手机P8

China's Huawei unveiled its flagship P8 and P8 Max smartphones on Wednesday, devices that stack up against the latest models from Samsung and Apple in technical specifications if not marketing budget.


The P8, which runs Google's Android operating system, has a 5.2 inch display screen -- slightly larger than the Samsung Galaxy S6, unveiled last month, and the iPhone 6 -- and an eight-core 64-bit processor.


Made from a single piece of metal, the phone is thinner than its rivals, with a width of 6.4 millimeters, Huawei said at a packed global launch event in London.


Like Apple, the Chinese company also launched a super-size version, the P8 Max, which comes with a 6.8 inch screen.


Huawei, a major player in the telecoms network equipment market, ranked fourth in global smartphone sales last year, shipping 68 million units, giving it a 5.5 percent share, according to research group Gartner.

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Reuters | April 15, 2015, Wednesday


China’s biggest chip maker’s possible tie-up with H-P values unit at up to US$5 Billion

China’s biggest chip maker’s possible tie-up with H-P values unit at up to US$5 Billion

惠普可能向清华控股出售H3C控股权,交易规模将达50亿美元

BEIJING—Two years ago, Zhao Weiguo was running an obscure Chinese state-owned company peddling tech services, natural gas and Chinese herbal medicines.


Today, that company is China’s microchip national champion—and a beacon for how Western tech companies might get to do business in China in the future.


Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd. is in talks to buy a controlling stake in Hewlett-Packard Co.’s China data-networking operations, Mr. Zhao, its chairman, said in an interview earlier this week. Discussions are still taking place over the 51% stake in H-P subsidiary, H3C Technologies Co., he said, in a deal that people familiar with the talks say could value H3C at as much as $5 billion.

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WSJ | April 15, 2015, Wednesday




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