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China’s richest man aims to rival Hollywood

An ambitious studio complex built by China’s richest man will be a major boost for the country’s film industry but experts say it needs more than sprawling grounds to rival Hollywood. Global A-listers Nicole Kidman, Leonardo DiCaprio and Catherine Zeta-Jones showed up on Sunday for the lavish event to showcase…

China’s second-richest man injured in ‘accidental’ knife attack

Multi-billionaire Zong Qinghou, China’s second richest man, was attacked and injured by a would-be job applicant wielding a knife, official media said Wednesday. Zong, China’s richest man until he was dethroned last week, is chairman of the country’s leading beverage producer Wahaha Group. Forbes magazine estimates his personal wealth at…

Popularity of bodybuilding is bulging in China

Their bronzed bodies rippling with tension, gaggles of Chinese bodybuilders preened and performed press-ups backstage before competing for one of the country’s biggest prizes in their discipline. More than 100 men competed at a Bodybuilding Grand Prix this weekend for a top prize worth 80,000 yuan ($13,000). They included at…

Chinese Internet users face up to three years in prison for posting ‘online rumors’

Chinese Internet users could face three years in prison for writing defamatory messages that are then re-posted 500 times under regulations announced Monday amid a broader crackdown on “online rumours”. Web users could also be jailed if offending posts are viewed more than 5,000 times under the new rules, which…

Mexico ships first load of premium tequila to China

Mexico sent its first shipment of 100 percent blue agave tequila to China, hoping to finally break into what sellers say could soon be their second biggest market. The shipment consisted of more than 70,000 bottles of the highest quality tequila, with a total value of more than $400,000, according…

China to launch unmanned lunar lander by end of year: state media

China will send its first probe to land on the moon by the end of the year, space administrators said Wednesday according to state media. Planning and construction for the unmanned Chang’e-3 mission have been completed and it has “officially entered its launch implementation phase” the State Administration of Science,…

Six-year-old boy has eyes gouged out in gruesome attack by ‘organ trafficker’

A six-year-old boy in China had his eyes gouged out, blinding him for life, reports said Tuesday, in a gruesome attack that may have been carried out by a ruthless organ trafficker. Family members found the boy covered in blood some three to four hours after he went missing while…

Son of legendary Chinese Communist military leader apologizes for Cultural Revolution

The son of a legendary Communist military leader and politician in China has publicly apologised for persecuting people at his school during the Cultural Revolution, according to a blog. Chen Xiaolu offered his remorse to teachers, staff and students at his former school in Beijing for leading denunciations and sending…

Eccentric Beijing resident builds rock villa atop apartment skyscraper

An eccentric Beijing resident has built a huge house among what looks like a pile of rocks dotted with trees on top of a 26-storey apartment block in the capital, reports said Monday. Neighbours have complained about China’s latest architectural oddity, which covers more than 1,000 square metres (10,000 square…

Aging Chinese apologize for the ‘evils’ of the Cultural Revolution

As a teenager radicalised by China’s Cultural Revolution, Zhang Hongbing denounced his mother to the authorities. Two months later a firing squad shot her dead. Now after more than 40 years of mounting guilt, Zhang has ruffled the silence that cloaks China’s decade of turmoil with a public confession. Such…

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