Miss World Canada is Back to Challenge China on Organ-harvesting

China’s influence ‘is so huge that no one really dares to speak up,’ Lin says By Matthew Pennington, The Associated Press Posted: Dec 15, 2016 9:37 AM ET   Miss Canada will be vying for more than the winner’s tiara when she competes in the annual Miss World pageant in Washington this weekend. Anastasia Lin […]

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Donald Trump Rooster Statue Takes China by Storm

By Serena Dong, CNN Updated 0931 GMT (1731 HKT) December 28, 2016 Beijing (CNN)What do you get when you cross the year of the rooster with the year of Trump? A “yuge” statue. A giant rooster sculpture, sporting the President-elect’s signature hairdo and hand gestures, has been erected outside a shopping mall in Taiyuan, in […]

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‘Plastic’ or Not? Over 100 bags of Fake Rice Seized in Nigeria

By Paul Adepoju and Yemisi Adegoke, CNN Updated 0428 GMT (1228 HKT) December 24, 2016   Story highlights Investigation continues into where shipment originated Rice is a major staple food in Nigeria, often prepared as jollof rice Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)Nigerian authorities have seized 2.5 metric tons of reportedly fake rice during the holiday season. On […]

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Pageant Silences Beauty Queen, a Critic of China, at a U.S. Contest

By ANDREW JACOBS – The New York Times – Wednesday, December 14, 2016 After the Chinese authorities blocked the Canadian beauty queen Anastasia Lin from attending the 65th annual Miss World pageant in China last year, the event’s British organizers offered her a consolation prize, of sorts: They promised to allow her a chance to […]

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Tourists Behaving Badly: Name-and-Shame Effort Fails to Fix China’s Image

  Sinosphere By DIDI KIRSTEN TATLOW OCT. 10, 2016   Chinese visitors at Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul, South Korea, during China’s weeklong National Day holiday. Credit Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters BEIJING — Two young Chinese tourists carve their names on the Great Wall. Hundreds of picnickers leave their garbage moldering on the banks of the Yellow River. […]

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Tourists Gone Wild

By TONY PERROTTET DEC. 9, 2016 Hudson Christie To judge from recent reports, Chinese tourists are running amok — brawling in airplane aisles, storming hotel buffets, carving their names on ancient monuments and leaving a trail of trash at beloved scenic spots and sacred Buddhist temples. Last year, the Chinese government became so embarrassed by […]

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Bathtub Booze and Knock-off Whisky: inside China’s Fake Alcohol Industry

Jamie Fullerton in Beijing Drinkers are unwittingly knocking back fake alcohol brewed in bathtubs, which could lead to potentially serious health issues “Afriend and I bought a bottle of Cutty Sark whisky here once,” says Beijing-based marketing consultant Blake Stone-Banks, sitting on the terrace of a rough and rammed bar in Sanlitun, one of the […]

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