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China This Week, Apr. 2-8

Want to know about the hottest trending topics in China, you won’t see on TV or newspapers? Follow the weekly updates from U.S.-China Perception Monitor, “China This Week”. We are providing you with the most talked-about topics, most interesting points and must-know information of Chinese culture and society.

1 “Train kept a rollin’ – all night long”

On April 7, a train carrying mechanical, electronic and chemical products has begun an incredibly long journey from Wuhan, China to Lyon, France.

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The trip will take 16 days and will journey across China, then Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, and ultimately into France.

Thomas

“Thomas was surprised. A journey across most of Europe and Asia was not something he was used to. He didn’t like trying new things. But Thomas was an engine, and making journeys was what he was made for.” -Ringo Starr

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2 “We build this city, on rock and roll”

In Inner Mongolia, the city of Kangbashi is considered to be a bustling utopia…and an urban failure. The city is virtually empty, and despite the beautiful facades of some of the buildings, the infrastructure has begun to crumble. Investors pulled out of the building project after some debts went unpaid. The cost of living became so high that the government began offering incentives to move to the city, however, movement into the city was still below government targets.

Houses

Houses

Library

Library

Mosque

Mosque

Museum

Museum

It’s quite unfortunate, as the city is quite beautiful. Especially in its use of public art.

Colossal horse statues, reflecting Inner Mongolia's steppe heritage

Colossal horse statues, reflecting Inner Mongolia’s steppe heritage

Khal Drogo

(heavy breathing)

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3 Assault on woman spurs debate on violence in China

In Beijing, a woman was attacked by a man in a hotel. She cried for help from the cleaning staff but received no help. A camera caught the assault in the hallway. The man was later arrested. “If anyone sees an act of violence on the street, please do not turn a blind eye,” said the victim who used the online alias “Wanwan. “This event has sparked debate about violence against women and triggered a renewed bout of soul-searching as to why witnesses to violent incidents or accidents so often failed to intervene in China.

The hotel security camera caught the attack.

The hotel security camera caught the attack.

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4 “People are strange”

Donald Trump is well known for his hard comments on China. While national media in China decries Trump as a failure of the democratic system, the New York businessman has a sizable fan base in China. Fan microblogs including the “Trump Fan Club” on Sina Weibo, “Trump the Great Man from Heaven”, and “Trump Goes to the White House.”

Chinese interest in Mr. Trump varies, from those who endorse his positions, fans of his strongman politics, and even those who expect a Trump-led America would antagonize other countries and hasten China’s rise.

1. Insults China 2. Increases Chinese fanbase

Whether genuine, cynical, or a good case of Stockholm syndrome, Donald Trump’s reception in China has raised very confused eyebrows.

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By AARON WALAYAT compiled by YAO SUN on USCNPM