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‘Frost Boy’ in China Warms Up the Internet, and Stirs Poverty Debate

But the photo of Fuman shined a light on the plight of the tens of millions of so-called left-behind children who grow up in impoverished rural areas largely on their own after their parents leave to work in big cities. The social fabric that once held together the Chinese countryside …

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Plastics Pile Up as China Refuses to Take the West’s Recycling

In Britain, Jacqueline O’Donovan, managing director of the British waste disposal firm, O’Donovan Waste Disposal, said that “the market has completely changed” since China’s decision went into effect. Her company collects and disposes of about 70,000 tons of plastic trash every year, she said, and expects “huge bottlenecks across the …

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To Sate China’s Demand, African Donkeys Are Stolen and Skinned

Ejiao was once prescribed primarily to supplement lost blood and balance yin and yang, but today it is sought for a range of ills, from delaying aging and increasing libido to treating side effects of chemotherapy and preventing infertility, miscarriage and menstrual irregularity in women. While ejiao has been around …

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Rocket Launches and Trips to the Moon We’re Looking Forward to in 2018

In January, SpaceX is planning the first test flight of Falcon Heavy, what it calls “the most powerful operational rocket in the world.” A successful test would be an important step toward demonstrating SpaceX’s ability to send spacecraft beyond Earth’s orbit, perhaps even to Mars. The rocket’s first stage is …

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China Offers Tax Incentives to Persuade U.S. Companies to Stay

While Thursday’s announcement did not explicitly refer to the tax overhaul in the United States, analysts have said that it is almost certain that the policy was in response to it. This month, China’s vice finance minister, Zhu Guangyao, pledged to “take proactive measures” in response to the overhaul, according …

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Tired of Regional Critics, Venezuela Looks to Russia and China

Last Thursday, Delcy Rodríguez, the president of Venezuela’s national Constituent Assembly, chided Mr. Robinson, saying he had “arrived to our country on the wrong foot!” Then, over the weekend, Ms. Rodríguez, Venezuela’s former foreign minister, announced that the top diplomats from Canada and Brazil had been designated persona non grata. …

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As China Rises, Australia Asks Itself: Can It Rely on America?

The arguments come against a backdrop of concerns over China’s growing influence in Australia. These include allegations of Chinese meddling in Australian universities and news stories about ethnically Chinese businessmen with connections to the government in Beijing giving generously to election campaigns. Australia’s heavy reliance on iron ore and energy …

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Justin Trudeau heads to China, set to meet with President Xi Jinping – National

BEIJING – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is on his way to Beijing for a four-day state visit to China, joined by several cabinet ministers. Government officials said on Friday that the focus of Trudeau’s trip will be deepening economic ties and attracting more Chinese investment to Canada. The prime minister …

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In China, Aung San Suu Kyi Finds a Warm Welcome (and No Talk of Rohingya)

Already spending billions of dollars on infrastructure projects in Myanmar, China is now also assisting its neighbor in diplomatic efforts to try and help burnish the country’s image in the face of widespread criticism. Though China has usually been reluctant to become involved in mediation, it has offered to broker …

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China Busts a $3 Billion Underground Bank as It Tightens Its Grip on Money

The Chinese police have detained seven people believed to be involved in the bank, according to the Thursday reports. The authorities discovered 148 “illegal and fraudulent accounts” from the bank, involving more than 10,000 people, the Xinhua report said. Underground banks are illegal but common in China. According to China’s …

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