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What happens in a US government shutdown?

US President Donald Trump and the US Congress failed to meet a midnight Friday deadline to pass a short-term bill to extend federal funding, forcing some government facilities to shutdown. 0

China's gender imbalance reduces further in 2017

At the end of 2017, China had 32.66 million more males than females, down from 33.59 million at the end of 2016, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. 0

Is going viral the only way to reduce poverty?

If anything, this story has highlighted the power of social media in speeding up the pace of change. It’s very democratic, although the masses are often prone to group hysteria, and that’s not good 6

Girl carries disabled brother on back to class every day

A 9-year-old girl in Guangnan County, Yunnan Province has melted the hearts of Chinese netizens for carrying her disabled brother on her back to class every day. The journey from their dormitory to the classroom 5

China vs. India: Whose passport is more powerful?

A global ranking of passport power shows China in 75th place, an all-time high, while India came in at 86, on par with Cambodia and the Central African Republic in terms of ease of travel. That’s one 0

Is it unpatriotic for Australian Open to sell bottled water from China?

It's labelled as the 'official water' of the Australian Open - but it's from China. People have taken to social media to express outrage over the decision to sell and give out 'unpatriotic' Ganten water. 8

'Asia squat' draws attention from Western fashionistas

A Chinese boy in London wrote in his homework that what impressed him the most about Beijing was people playing on their mobile phones while squatting in the public lavatory. 2

Alibaba plans to hire 60-year-old workers on $60,000 salary

Alibaba plans to pay 350,000 yuan to 400,000 yuan ($54,466 to $62,247) annual salary to two employees aged above 60 to work for its e-commerce platform Taobao in Hangzhou. 0

Can China become the world leader in AI?

A mountainous district in western Beijing known for its temples and mushroom production is tipped to become China’s hub for industries based on artificial intelligence (AI). Last week, the Chinese government announced that it will spend 13.8 billion yuan (US$2.1 billion) on an AI industrial park — the first major investment in its plan to become a world leader in the field by 2030. 3

Should students be forced to recite literary works?

China’s educational regulator said the new decision on requiring high school students to recite 58 more literary works aims at promoting Chinese culture, following ongoing public debate. The new high school curriculum guideline, issued by the Ministry of Education, requires students to recite 72 Chinese classic poems and essays from the previous 14. 5

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