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Global Lens on China

外媒看中国


Why China Will Lead Innovation in Social and Mobile Commerce

Why China Will Lead Innovation in Social and Mobile Commerce

为何中国将领导社交商业及手机商业领域的创新

SOCIAL commerce is a novel term in the US, and many people are not familiar with it. Some think it refers to those annoying ads on Facebook. According to Wikipedia, social commerce is the use of social networks in the context of e-commerce transactions.


In China, social commerce has taken up a life of its own and become the backbone of e-commerce.


While the “Ice Bucket Challenge” has gone viral on Facebook, Chinese consumers use social media in a much more thoughtful way. Instead of posting some silly videos and pictures, they turn to social media to solve real life problems, to seek advice from friends and opinion leaders, and to decide what products to buy or not to buy.

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Forbes | August 25, 2014, Monday


Hicks: In the market for love, new NFL fans in Shanghai

Hicks: In the market for love, new NFL fans in Shanghai

希克在上海

EAST and West intermingle all over this international city, and the contrast between the two became clear soon after we arrived.
In People’s Park, hundreds of people gathered along paths surrounded by lily gardens and browsed through an unusual marketplace. Middle-aged and older people sat next to umbrellas that had placards and papers attached, and some with photos of adults in their 20s and 30s. Some of the people covered their faces when we raised our cameras. Were these parents looking for missing children?
No, this was the Marriage Market. Parents look for blind dates, and eventually mates, for their children, some of the participants explained. This market has been taking place on Saturdays in Shanghai for several years. CNN has called the People’s Square Marriage Market one of “50 reasons why Shanghai is the world’s greatest city.”

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The Des Moines Register | September 1, 2014, Monday


Tantrums, concubines, hotpot burns and smog: China insurers have it covered

Tantrums, concubines, hotpot burns and smog: China insurers have it covered

中国的“百包”保险

YOUR child throws a tantrum and smashes something? Take out "naughty child insurance". Similarly, buy cover against your bride becoming pregnant before the honeymoon, your team being knocked out of the soccer World Cup, burning your tongue eating hotpot or if smog ruins your holiday.
Quirky, maybe, but China's insurers are turning to ever more creative ways to drum up business in a market where growth has stalled and penetration rates of around 3 percent, half the global average, are little changed from a decade ago. Premiums in China are less than $278 billion a year, way below the $1.3 trillion paid in the United States and below even the UK's $330 billion, according to Munich Re and Swiss Re data.
"It's consumer acquisition, a way to engage new customers," said Joseph Ngai, who heads the Greater China financial institutions practice at McKinsey in Hong Kong. "It's primarily marketing."

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Reuters | September 1, 2014, Monday


Eating cockroaches in China: Healing and delicious?

Eating cockroaches in China: Healing and delicious?

蟑螂成佳肴:美味还是另有疗效?

I'VE eaten some unusual things on the road.
There were salted Mopani worms in Botswana at the hotel buffet (black and squishy); sun-dried nsenene grasshoppers in Uganda (yellow and juicy); whole roasted goat in the desert in Mauritania (delicious), and chicken head and feet soup in Beijing (only unusual if you are not from China).
Officially, my travel advice to you is this well-worn phrase: If you can't boil it, cook it or peel it, then don't eat it.
But between you, me, and the screen, sometimes it's best to put the energy bars and canned nuts aside and feed your culinary curiosity.
That's just what I was challenged to do when I visited a thriving cockroach farm in Jinan, China. But more on that later.

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CNN | August 31, 2014, Sunday


China struggles with mental health problems of 'left-behind' children

China struggles with mental health problems of 'left-behind' children

中国竭力解决留守儿童的心理健康问题

YES, it is just a simple stuffed toy. But put it into a child's arms and watch as he pretends to feed it, talks to it, even crowns it as a monarch. First, it gives him security; then it allows him to role-play and develop social skills.


Chinese authorities hope tips like these, included in a book for parents and nursery teachers, will help to stem mental health problems among the country's young. While budgets for child and adolescent mental health services are being frozen or cut in the UK, China is seeking to expand provision, promote psychotherapeutic approaches and adopt preventative measures.


Since 2012 Beijing nurseries and schools have promoted mental health as well as physical fitness. Last year China passed its first mental health law and told paediatricians to screen patients for warning signs: Do the three-month-old baby's eyes follow moving objects? At 18 months, can she make eye contact? Officials have also enlisted foreign psychotherapists to help train specialists and increase awareness.

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Guardian | August 30, 2014, Saturday


New technology could allow submarines to travel from Shanghai to San Francisco in two hours

New technology could allow submarines to travel from Shanghai to San Francisco in two hours

新科技令潜水艇可在两小时内穿梭上海和美国的圣弗朗西斯科

CHINESE scientists claim they have developed the technology that could allow a submarine to travel from Shanghai to San Francisco in super speed. 
The team from the Harbin Institute of Technology was inspired by a supersonic torpedo invented by the Soviet Union during the Cold War, according to the South China Morning Post.
Water yields more friction on an object than air, which should mean that a submerged boat or weapon could never travel at the same speed as an aeroplane.
But the Soviet military figured out how to put a missile inside an air bubble to cheat this rule of science — a process known as supercavitation.
They created the Shakval, a torpedo that could reach speeds of over 379 kmh, much faster than any other torpedo available.
The Chinese team, led by engineering professor Li Fengchen, sought to apply the same process to a submarine by overcoming two central problems.

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News.com.au | August 28, 2014, Thursday


Nearly one quarter of China’s population now shops online

Nearly one quarter of China’s population now shops online

近四分之一中国人网上购物

THE deputy minister of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), Shang Bing, today took the stage at Beijing’s annual China Internet Conference to dish out the latest stats on the country’s internet users, according to QQ Tech. 


He says 52.5 percent of Chinese internet users now shop online – about 332 million in total. Shang reiterated previous statistics from June showing internet penetration is at 46.9 percent. 


China has 632 million internet users, 527 million of them access the internet on mobile devices. 


The number of people in China accessing the internet via mobile surpassed the number accessing it via PC for the first time this year. So if almost half the population is on the internet, and over half of those people shop online, that means those 332 million online shoppers make up about one quarter of the country’s population.

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Tech In Asia | August 26, 2014, Tuesday


More tourists from China spending more days in Singapore

More tourists from China spending more days in Singapore

更多中国游客延长在新加坡逗留时间

FEWER tourists visited Singapore in the first half of the year, but those who did are spending more, according to a Singapore Tourism Board (STB) report released on Tuesday.


The dip in tourist arrivals was led mainly by a shortfall in Chinese visitors staying for one day or less, which fell by more than half from the same period last year.


Meanwhile, the number of Chinese visitors who stayed for two days or more jumped by a fifth. The average length of stay by Chinese visitors has also gone up to 4.2 days this year, from an average of 2.7 days last year.

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The Straits Times | August 26, 2014, Tuesday


China Develops Own Operating System That Will Topple Apple, Microsoft & Google

China Develops Own Operating System That Will Topple Apple, Microsoft & Google

中国开发新的操作系统,将颠覆苹果,微软及谷歌系统

SPURRED by U.S. surveillance and a monopoly probe of Microsoft, China has developed its own operating system (OS) that may be ready for launch in October.


The government-backed, Linux-based operating system will initially be available on desktop devices, Ni Guangnan of the Chinese Academy of Engineering told the People's Post and Telecommunications News. It will then later on be expanded to smartphones and other mobile devices.


The homegrown OS, named China Operating System (COS), is essentially meant to compete with OS X, iOS, Windows, or Android.

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International Business Time | August 26, 2014, Tuesday


Why our lack of understanding on China may be the biggest risk

Why our lack of understanding on China may be the biggest risk

为何不了解中国将成为最大的风险因素

IF you don’t understand the capabilities and motivations of your adversaries – you can’t expect to be very successful in managing your relationship with them, negotiating, or defending against their advancements.


This is especially true today when it comes to nation-state cyber threats, according to Lt. Col. (ret) William Hagestad II. Hagestad spoke as the opening keynote this week past weekend at the security conference BSides MSP, held just outside of Minneapolis.


If your organization doesn’t understand the nature of the information security and intellectual property threats that face enterprises today, and how to defend IT systems, data, and intellectual property – the years upcoming are liable to be very jarring.

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CSO online | August 25, 2014, Monday




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