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U.S. trade group tells China to do copyright ‘spot checks’ at libraries

USTR Tells China To Do ‘Spot Checks On Libraries’ To Make Sure They’re Not Violating Copyrights (via Techdirt) We’ve seen before that the USTR’s infatuation with copyright and patent maximalism is both unsettling and dangerous to the economy. But at times it just gets bizarre. The USTR’s latest report to…

China unveils memorial to Korean assassin who killed Japanese official in 1909

China has unveiled a memorial to a South Korean national hero who assassinated a Japanese official a century ago, with Sino-Japanese relations at their lowest point in years. In 1909, Ahn Jung-Geun shot and killed Hirobumi Ito, Japan's first prime minister……

Life imitates fable: Tortoise beats rabbit in China ski competition for pets

A tortoise beat a rabbit in a skiing competition held for pets and their owners in northern China, a report said on Tuesday. Cats and dogs faced off against a menagerie including a rooster and a yellow duck in a race to the finish line on snowy slopes in China’s…

China crushes six tons of ivory in symbolic gesture to help end illegal trade

China crushed a pile of ivory reportedly weighing over six tons on Monday, in a landmark event aimed at shedding its image as a global hub for the illegal trade in African elephant tusks. Clouds of dust emerged as masked workers fed tusks into crushing machines in what was described…

China denies hepatitis B vaccine killed babies

China’s health authorities said on Friday that they have found no link between a hepatitis B vaccine and the deaths of 17 children shortly after they were immunised. An investigation into the deaths, reported between December 13 and 31, has found no evidence that they were caused by the vaccine,…

China to require all journalists to pass exam on ‘Marxist view of journalism’

China will require its 250,000 journalists to pass a ‘Marxism test’ (via GlobalPost) Enlarge A newspaper vendor looks out from her booth on a street in Shanghai in January 2013. After a year in which Chinese media tested the government’s restrictions, the Party is now requiring journalists to pass a…

China’s Jade Rabbit rover makes crucial tracks in space and on Earth

Space has become the place to make political statements, and with this moon landing China is challenging established powers Hours after settling on the surface of the moon, the Chinese lander lowered a ramp and the Jade Rabbit rover trundled away on a three-month mission to explore the Bay of…

China to expand Antarctic imprint with two new research bases

Chinese workers are on their way to build the country’s fourth Antarctic research base and a fifth is being planned, state-run media said on Thursday as the country expands its imprint on the icy continent. Construction on the main building of the fourth camp, named Taishan, will be completed next…

Bitcoin prices recover after Chinese bank imposed new restrictions

Prices for the volatile virtual currency Bitcoin leaped in China on Thursday, after falling nearly 50 percent one day earlier due to new restrictions reportedly imposed by the central bank. On Thursday afternoon, Bitcoins were trading at 2,900 yuan ($478) each on China’s biggest trading platform BTC China, up more…

Mining the moon is pie in the sky for China: experts

China’s moon rover will survey for minerals on a dusty, barren crater named the Bay of Rainbows, but experts say there may be no pot of gold on the Earth’s natural satellite. The potential to extract the moon’s resources has been touted as a key reason behind China’s space programme,…

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