Fur trade a gold mine for China's Olympic bid city

Jul 30, 2015

Fur trade a gold mine for China's Olympic bid city

China’s proposed Winter Olympics co-host boasts pristine ski slopes carpeted with artificial snow, but the city once dubbed the country’s “fur capital” is also home to tens of thousands of caged rabbits and mink bred for their skins. The Chinese bid, the favorite to ...

Jul 30, 2015

China investigates former vice-minister of environmental protection for graft

China’s former vice minister of environmental protection has been placed under investigation for “severe disciplinary and law violation,” the Communist Party’s anti-corruption agency said on Thursday, using a common euphemism for corruption. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said in a statement on ...

Jul 29, 2015

Students in Hong Kong warn of erosion in academic freedom

Students at Hong Kong’s most prestigious university say its academic freedom is under attack in what they maintain is the politically motivated stalling of the appointment of an administrator who supported last year’s pro-democracy protests. In their most confrontational demonstration on campus, about 100 ...

For Asia dating apps, love by numbers or chaperone

Jul 29, 2015

For Asia dating apps, love by numbers or chaperone

Move over Tinder — a crop of dating apps in smartphone-addicted Asia is offering to recruit friends for group dates or send along a chaperone to steer the course of romance. While dating apps developed in the West often encourage one-on-one, no-strings-attached meetings, many ...