All the top stories from the last seven days:
- At 8:30pm last Saturday night, July 23 a malfunctioning high-speed train on the track near Wenzhou was struck by another high-speed train from behind, killing at least 40 and resulting in the most high-profile disaster to ever strike China’s fast-developing rail system. We kept you constantly updated in the days following the crash, you can find everything here.
- Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen stated that the US would continue their surveillance flights in airspace around China after a tense interaction between Chinese and US aircraft in Taiwanese airspace last month.
- We heard all about the the planned transformations of two notorious streets in Shanghai: Tongren Lu and Hengshan Lu.
- We showed you a video preceding riots that happened in Anshan, Guizhou this week after chengguan beat to death a disable vendor.
- On a lighter note, many a heart were broken when Chinese paleontologist Xu Xing un-birded the archaeopteryx, long considered to be the oldest bird. Now it’s just another dinosaur.
- Our favorite roadshow philanthropist Chen Guangbiao kept things ridiculous this week by hiring Olympic gymnast-turned-beggar Zhang Shangwu (a recent Weibo celeb) as a personal trainer.
- We introduced you to Gary Locke, they newly-confirmed US China ambassador.