Photo by @irinasardina.
A few links to start off your day:
- Russian Prime Minister and Confucius Peace Prize nominee, Vladimir Putin, who’s widely expected to become President again, is in China to sell some natural gas, but more importantly, to test the waters for a “Eurasian Union” which he hopes can rival the EU or US in the future.
- 13 Walmart stores in Chongqing have been suspended for passing off ordinary pork as organic.
- Google’s Android Market has been blocked in China. Here are a few alternatives to tide you over.
- 11 Afghans attempting to illegally enter Hong Kong on a boat were caught by Shenzhen coast guards.
- Nike wants to foster a culture of everyday sports as it seeks to double its China sales by 2015 to hit a target of $4 billion.
- Businessweek’s William Pesek says the “Made in China” tag makes hypocrites of us all — just the Americans, that is.
- China has urged Syria for the very first time to deliver on its promised reforms.
- Canada is looking towards China to buy its oil instead of relying on the United States.