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Chinese shoe vigilante video sparks social media debate

The unknown man (L) disposed of the air passenger’s (R) shoes A Chinese social media user who filmed himself throwing away the shoes of a sleeping barefoot traveller has caused a social media storm. The video, uploaded to the popular web portal NetEase, shows an angry man at an airport in southern Xiamen province picking up the traveller’s shoes and throwing them into a nearby bin. “I saw a man lying on the seats with his shoes and socks off,” the man says. “What will foreigners think if they see such ill manners – they will wonder about how...

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China’s Carbon Emissions May Have Peaked, but It’s Hazy

  BEIJING — A year and a half ago, negotiators from the United States persuaded the Chinese government to commit to a deadline for reversing the growth in greenhouse gas emissions from China. The Obama administration portrayed the pledge as a major victory because China produces more of the gases that cause global warming than any other country, a quarter of the world’s total. Though the deadline was far off, in 2030, environmentalists said the concession by Beijing was a significant breakthrough in efforts to coordinate a global response to climate change. Now, some researchers examining recent energy data...

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China To ‘Name And Shame’ Tourists Who Leave Graffiti On Mt Everest

n a bid to scrub out the “I was here” graffiti that litters the route to the summit of Mount Everest, China has vowed to “name and shame” vandals who have been scribbling on monuments and signs around the world’s biggest mountain. Names of anyone found to have penned graffiti will be added to a “bad behaviour list” that is to be made public in Chinese media later this month. The initiative, which coincides with the start of the peak season for tourism on the mountain, will also see designated “monuments” available for those who wish to scribble near the world’s...

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The Rise Of China Vs. The Rise Of The Chinese

What is the “rise of China”? While usually discussed in geopolitical (or international) terms, it has important socioeconomic (or domestic) connotations as well. The former is what we normally fall the “rise of China”; the “rise of the Chinese” could better refer to the latter. In fact, “China” as a country and “Chinese” as the general public or citizens are two intertwined but also separate concepts in a comprehensive discussion of China’s rise. We’ve seem an increasingly “bigger,” “faster,” and “stronger” China, though some of the international response to this trend is an overreaction. For example, the rise of...

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China’s Love Affair With Online Game World Of Warcraft

The film, based on the fantasy game World of Warcraft (WoW), will open in China on 8 June, two days before it begins screening in the US, although it will be screened in various countries prior to that. Why China? The game sees players exploring a vast landscape, complete quests and interact with other gamers, and is known for its colourful array of monsters and landscapes, giving rise to its Chinese name “World of Magic Beasts”. China is one of the biggest markets for WoW. The Chinese are estimated to make up about half of its five million players....

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SR: The Week’s China Reads

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Every week, China Program’s Senior Advisor Dr. Robert A. Kapp compiles a reading list and provides commentary, for you to better understand China.

Robert A. Kapp is senior advisor to the China Program at the Carter Center. He has been principal of Robert A. Kapp and Associates, a business consulting firm, since 2004. From 1994 through 2004 he served as President of the United States-China Business Council…