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Chinese buyers flocking to westernmost US state

Chinese buyers flocking to westernmost US state

中国买家涌向美国最西部夏威夷州

UNITED States first lady Michelle Obama, speaking about President Barack Obama, stated, “You can’t really understand Barack until you understand Hawaii.”


The US president was born in Hawaii and attended Punahou School, one of several Ivy League feeder schools in Honolulu.


The multiethnic culture of Hawaii has shaped his understanding and rich connections with Asia.


The Chinese visionary Sun Yat-sen was a graduate of Iolani School in Honolulu and often reflected on the influence his days there had on his life.

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South China Morning Post | August 12, 2014, Tuesday


E-Bike Sales Are Surging in Europe

E-Bike Sales Are Surging in Europe

中国式电动自行车风靡欧洲

WITH a faint electric whir, Iris Marossek pedals her bicycle through concrete apartment blocks in the heart of old East Berlin, delivering mail to 1,500 people a day.


Painted yellow and black like a bumble bee, her bicycle is a nod to both past and future. It is decorated with an image of a curving black horn, harking back to earlier centuries when German postal workers trumpeted their arrival. But the twin battery packs under her seat also reveal it is more than the average bike.


Ms. Marossek rides one of the 6,200 e-bikes in service for Deutsche Post, the German mail service. E-bikes use electric motors to make them easier to pedal and have been gaining popularity in bike-loving countries like Germany, appealing to older people, delivery businesses and commuters who don’t want to sweat.


“They are really nice and they are only getting better,” Ms. Marossek said. “You’re not as exhausted as you would be with a regular bike.”


With tens of millions of e-bikes already on the road in China, e-bike sales are now surging in Europe, especially in northern countries with long cycling traditions. For some markets, e-bikes have recently been the only area of growth.

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The New York Times | August 20, 2014, Wednesday


China's first private rocket firm aims for market

China's first private rocket firm aims for market

中国首家私人火箭公司即将面市

HU Zhenyu, 21, founder of Link Space, China's first private rocket firm, does not want people to call him a "rocket scientist" but a rocket entrepreneur.


Rocket launches have traditionally been been a state monopoly in China, but the young graduate from South China University of Technology plans bust the oligopoly with his first commercial launch in 2017.


On July 29 last year, Hu's team launched a rocket with a payload of 50 kg in northwest China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. In January of this year, the company was registered in Shenzhen by Hu and two other men in their 20s: Yan Chengyi, a PhD candidate at Tsinghua University and Wu Xiaofei, a machinery manufacturing specialist.

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Space Daily | August 19, 2014, Tuesday


How China’s Love for Alien TV Comedy Lifted Kospi Stocks

How China’s Love for Alien TV Comedy Lifted Kospi Stocks

中国粉丝对外星人电视剧的热爱大幅提升韩股指数

WHAT do an alien love story, a boy band and the card game baccarat have in common?


They’re helping to attract record numbers of Chinese tourists to South Korea -- a boon for the $1.3 trillion economy and a stock market enjoying its third year of gains. Visitors from China rose 54 percent to 2.7 million in the first half, enticed by Korea’s hit television series “My Love from the Star,” K-Pop singers and an expanding casino industry.


The influx of Chinese shoppers is helping shield Korea’s economy from a stronger won and boosting President Park Geun Hye’s efforts to leverage pop-culture success into thriving fashion, cosmetics and services industries. Amorepacific Corp. (090430), the face-cream maker whose ads include the female lead from “My Love,” surged 105 percent this year through yesterday, while Hotel Shilla Co. (008770), which got 76 percent of sales from Chinese visitors in 2013, rose 92 percent.

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Bloomberg | August 19, 2014, Tuesday


Women thrive in China's booming tech scene

Women thrive in China's booming tech scene

女性在中国迅猛发展的科技行业内逐渐获得一片天

THE worst kept secret in Silicon Valley is that tech firms have a major gender diversity problem. At company after company, men dominate the top jobs.


In China, things look rather different. CNNMoney spoke with Jane Jie Sun, the chief operating officer of Ctrip, about the role women play in the tech industry. Ctrip is China's largest online travel agency.

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CNNMoney | August 19, 2014, Tuesday


Tesla’s China Sales Could Outperform US Sales By Next Year

Tesla’s China Sales Could Outperform US Sales By Next Year

特斯拉的中国销售业绩预计将于明年超过其美国业绩

Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA) electric vehicles seem to be the future of Chinese roads. With increasing appreciation for cleaner and greener energy alternatives by the Chinese, combined with a growing demand for larger vehicles, Tesla’s much-awaited SUV – Model X – is possibly the next big thing. With that said, sales of Tesla in China are expected to surpass sales in the US.


Tesla is confident to generate significant demand in China through its highly-anticipated SUV, Model X, owing to the country’s large population, and a preference for larger cars. The company plans to roll out its first all-electric SUV by 2015, and deliver more than 100,000 cars globally by next year. Furthermore, Tesla plans to deliver 35,000 vehicles this year, after exceeding its own expectations in 2013 and selling more than 22,000 cars.

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Bidness ETC | August 18, 2014, Monday


Protecting fair skin with China's 'face-kini'

Protecting fair skin with China's 'face-kini'

护肤从中国产“脸基尼”开始

PERHAPS drawing inspiration from Spiderman, beachgoers in China's eastern city of Qingdao have come up with a novel way of protecting their skin from the sun.


They call it the "face-kini". It was first sported by middle-aged women as a practical addition to their swimsuits, but now the face-kini has gone global.


New York-based style magazine CR Fashion Book, founded by former Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld, recently published a photo shoot of models with pouting red lips, wearing face-kinis, chic swimsuits and fancy jewellery.


The transformation of what's considered the epitome of "old woman style" in China to high fashion has amused Internet users.


In two days, the subject sparked almost 12 million posts on the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, Weibo.


"Chinese old women are at the centre of the global fashion world," said one comment. "It looks like bank robbers are raiding the beach," others joked.

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BBC | August 17, 2014, Sunday


China Confronts Its Coal Problem

China Confronts Its Coal Problem

中国直面其煤矿问题

THE Chinese government has indicated a strong desire — and made some specific proposals — to reduce its reliance on coal, a step that would be a welcome development for the Chinese people and the planet as a whole. But there is a lot we don’t know yet about Beijing’s strategy and whether it will be bold enough to have a meaningful effect on local air quality and climate change.


State-owned news outlets reported this month that the government would ban the use of coal in Beijing and other urban areas by 2020 in an effort to reduce the noxious air pollution that chokes many cities. In July, a Chinese academic who is also a senior lawmaker said the government was considering a national cap on coal use as soon as 2016.


China is the world’s largest consumer of coal, using about 45 percent of the global total. It is also the largest emitter of carbon dioxide. So China’s energy policies will be crucial to limiting the damage from climate change. It’s thus welcome news when President Xi Jinping says that reducing pollution will be a priority for his administration.

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The New York Times | August 16, 2014, Saturday


Chinese Cinema Sets Its Own Ratings System As Scary Movies Frighten Kids

Chinese Cinema Sets Its Own Ratings System As Scary Movies Frighten Kids

恐怖片吓坏儿童,中国电影院自行设置分级系统

IN the absence of a film classification system in China, a cinema in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has taken the bold step of introducing its own in-house ratings scheme to shield children from inappropriate movies after their childish cries of fear disturbed other cinemagoers.


Since Aug. 3, the Urumqi branch of the China Film theater chain has started rating movies shown on its six screens, including -- "G" (all ages admitted) or "PG-13" (Parents strongly cautioned – some material may be inappropriate for children under 13).


China has no film classification system, and only films deemed suitable for all ages are released.

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The Hollywood Reporter | August 12, 2014, Tuesday


Alibaba's T-mall becoming hard for luxury brands to ignore

Alibaba's T-mall becoming hard for luxury brands to ignore

奢侈品牌越来越难忽视天猫商城

ONE of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding's fastest-growing online shopping platforms is becoming hard for luxury brands to ignore.


This year, U.K. luxury brand Burberry and high-end cosmetics maker Estee Lauder opened storefronts on Tmall, one of China's largest online malls, with 70,000 sellers of everything from clothes to electronics. Some big brands have shied away from the site because of steep discounting, but a growing number of analysts say that it's only a matter of time before more luxury players join. 


"Luxury brands will have to be much bigger on the Internet, and Tmall is one of the most professional players out there," said Luca Solca, a luxury analyst at Exane BNP Paribas. "Five years out, all the luxury brands will be present on (third-party) platforms." 

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The Courier Mail | August 12, 2014, Tuesday




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