- China to be world’s third largest economy
China’s sizzling economy grew even faster in 2006 than previously reported, the government said Wednesday, moving it closer to overtaking Germany as the world’s third-largest and possibly adding to fears of overheating.
- China falling short on energy-saving goals
China is falling short of its goals in a campaign to boost energy efficiency in its fuel-guzzling economy – the world’s No. 2 oil consumer – but is starting to make progress, the government said Thursday.
- China “Liantong” condom makes the right connection
A condom trademark named after telecommunications giant China Unicom has been approved by the Chinese government’s trademark office.
- Ready, aim, fire and rain
China has never shied from tinkering with nature in an effort to bend it to Beijing’s will. Now the powerful Weather Modification Department is marshaling its troops, anti-aircraft guns, rocket launchers, airplanes and scientists in an effort to ensure a sunny opening day for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
- Beware Beijing’s hand in the stock market
The Chinese stock markets’ volatility in recent weeks is a direct result of multiple government interventions, ranging from a sudden raising of the stamp tax, to more sales of government assets and canceling the tax on savings interest. Believe it or not, some investors have lost money – and they’re not happy.
- Let’s talk about sex in China
Sociologist James Farrer came away from a conference on sexuality in Beijing with some strong impressions. He tells Devin Stewart of the liberalization of sexual mores in China, and the political and social implications of these changes.
- Infant survives 8-storey toss
A ten-month-old baby survived an eight-story plunge after her drunken father threw her out a window during an argument with his mother-in-law, Shanghai police said yesterday.
- China arrests suspected baby trafficker
Chinese authorities have arrested a suspect linked to a baby-snatching ring, uncovered when highway police did a routine check of a car at a toll booth and discovered five healthy newborns in the back seat.
- Chinese food ‘made from cardboard’
Chopped cardboard, softened with an industrial chemical and flavored with fatty pork and powdered seasoning, is a main ingredient in batches of steamed buns sold in one Beijing neighborhood, state television said.
Youku video above shows buns sold in Beijing being made with chopped cardboard. Just when you thought you’d heard enough of food scandals!