All the top stories from the past 7 days: US Presidential candidates try to talk China, Ai Weiwei’s 1 million RMB loan, and Chinese scientists cook up some blood.
- We were a bit befuddled when we heard GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain talk China on PBS’s Newshour with Judy Woodruff. In the interview, Cain hinted that China did not have nukes when he said “[China has] indicated that they’re trying to develop nuclear capability.” What does nuclear capability mean? Cain later clarified and said he meant nuclear powered aircraft carriers.
- Your local gaudy government building isn’t the only one around. From 2005 to 2006, China witnessed the biggest surge in the construction of government building, many of which are located in the new development zones. Here’s a huge gallery of them.
- Ai Weiwei’s supporters raise over 1 million RMB! After 81 days in detention, Ai Weiwei was hit with a 15 million RMB fine for tax evasion. His supporters have come out the woodworks to chip in for the massive loan. Yup, loan — Ai Weiwei intends to pay back every mao.
- Chinese scientists have found a way to make human blood from rice! Apart from the vegetarian vampire jokes, the benefits of this development are awesomely tangible. The blood can be used in the treatment of serious burn injuries, hemorrhagic shock and liver disease!
- Braised Koala on the menu? An Australian was flabbergasted to find his country’s most beloved bear being served up wholesale in Guangzhou. Options for consuming the beloved marsupial included either braising it or stewing it. We were and remain skeptical, however, considering the rock-bottom price of 139RMB.
- A distraught Chengdu woman made waves when she leaped from a bridge into oncoming traffic. Par for the course, as she lay in the road, traffic continued on non-nonchalantly with nary a passerby willing to help. At least the cameraman had good sense to dial in 110, but was that just because he felt obligated with the camera rolling?