Locked out of China, South Korea’s K-pop stars are heading to the US

May 22, 2017

(CNN)China’s loss is America’s gain. “China is South Korea’s biggest trading partner and many Chinese are big fans of Korean pop culture,” said Ellen Kong, CEO of Elf Asia, a Hong Kong promotion company specializing in K-pop. “But the impact of THAAD has been substantial,” she added, referencing China’s staunch opposition to the US backed missile shield now housed in South Korea. “It’s meant China is no longer a viable market for …

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Hot Barber Styles Clients’ Hair With A Giant Flame

May 19, 2017

Young people in Cairo are visiting hairstylist Mohamed Hanafy so he can set their hair on fire, according to news station CGTN Africa, the international branch of China state broadcaster CCTV. Its a technique that Hanafy says he learned after watching a YouTube video showing a Pakistani barber using a similar technique. destroysremoves dandruff. How can I tell them that I will set their hair on fire and convince them that it wont harm them at all that on the contrary it would improve it? …

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In ancient city of Xi’an, China hopes to restart the Silk Road

May 15, 2017

Xi'an, China (CNN)Michael Chang’s love of noodles should make his adopted home a perfect fit. Growing up poor in eastern China, Chang crowded around one of the only two televisions in his village to watch Hong Kong soap operas and TV dramas. “They were all in these fancy offices eating instant noodles,” he said. ” I wanted that to be me.” China’s party ruined by N. Korea missile What is China’s grand plan for the world? In …

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Just what is this One Belt, One Road thing anyway?

May 12, 2017

Hong Kong (CNN)Spanning more than 68 countries and encompassing 4.4 billion people and up to 40% of the global GDP, China’s One Belt, One Road project is not short on ambition. But no one can say for sure what exactly the plan encompasses, and detractors warn it could be an expensive boondoggle at best or a massive expansion of Chinese imperial power at worst. So what is One Belt, One Road? …

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Amazon tests out newspaper delivery to complete its takeover of everything

May 7, 2017

Instead of heading out for a newspaper, just order it online.Image: Getty Images Amazon Prime Now is the souped-up version of the regular online delivery service with its promise to get certain items in select locations to your door within two hours. Now it’s hoping to deliver the news and pronto. SEE ALSO: China ironically decides to clamp down on online news outlets on World Press Freedom Day Publishers in major Spanish cities, like Madrid and Barcelona, have teamed up with Amazon so …

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7 tips for parents who work from home

May 6, 2017

… frantically and heroically sliding in to save the day, knocking her husbands books off the table and finally reaching out of the hallway to slam the door shut as she and the kids exit its all so perfect. You couldnt choreograph this kind of comedy. For us parents who work from home offices, this is our worst nightmare. Were already sensitive about not being in a professional office environment and dont want anyone else to know. I work from a home office in Shenzhen, China, have young children …

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Tainted love: Bob Thissen finds beauty in derelict Japanese love hotels

May 4, 2017

(CNN)In one photo, a dusty chandelier hangs from the ceiling above a large circular mattress framed by a mirrored headboard. In another, an abandoned suit of armor stands guard over a chariot bed adorned with stained pillows. Signs of decay, from the scattered debris of a collapsing roof to water stained walls, are everywhere. Yet the images — all taken in the rooms of an abandoned Japanese sex hotel by Dutch photographer Bob Thissen — seem oddly serene, like staged monuments …

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Saving China’s abandoned Tulou homes

May 1, 2017

(CNN)Looking like a design amalgamation of a Roman coliseum and a doughnut, tulou buildings, found in China’s southwest Fujian province, are some of the most stunning historic structures in the country. But many of these residential buildings, which feature a courtyard surrounded by a perimeter of homes that rise several stories high, are under threat. Although 46 of the largest and most important tulou have been listed by UNESCO as World Heritage sites, an estimated 3,000 remain in …

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Here’s why these companies want Trump to stay in the Paris Climate Agreement

April 27, 2017

… Barack Obama’s climate change policies, which will likely make it impossible for the country to meet its emissions reduction commitments under the Paris Agreement. Since all nations, including developing countries like China and India, are part of the agreement, the companies say staying in the Paris system will avoid the risk of “competitive imbalances” for U.S.-based companies. In addition, the letter states the Paris agreement would help create jobs by spurring the clean …

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Bike-sharing companies keep finding that people are terrible, in every city they enter

April 21, 2017

… pic.twitter.com/Whv6s9lY9h DanyRifaee (@danyRifaee) April 18, 2017 Most of the abused bikes belong to either Singapore-based oBike, or Ofo, a bike-sharing giant based in China. Despite cases of terrible behaviour, bike-sharing companies have remained unfazed, with ofo and oBike insisting to the Straits Times that they have experienced a very low rate of abuse cases. Ofo told the Straits Times that its company does contact errant users, who end up apologising, adding that most of them …

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Struggling Tech Giant LeEco Loses Global Corporate Finance Head

April 16, 2017

… Cheng previously held managing director roles at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Merrill Lynch was a lead 15 percent stake. JD.com has become Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s biggest competitor in China’s online shopping sector. LeEco’s ambitious international expansion plans have suffered from a cash squeeze and other roadblocks. Cheng played a key role in LeEco’s proposed acquisition of TV maker Vizio Inc. for lackluster sales, job cuts, and …

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Uber lost a hefty $2.8 billion last year

April 15, 2017

… two main takeaways: Users spent $20 billion on Uber in 2016, more than double what they spent in 2015. Uber took in about $6.5 billion of that, but still lost $2.8 billion last year (not included in that number is its China costs, a market it recently left). The numbers come out as Uber is trying to address internal issues around workplace culture (in particular gender discrimination) and halt the recent departures of top talent. Its CEO, Travis Kalanick, has also faced near-constant …

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Trump Rushes Into World Affairs

April 13, 2017

… that dont get that the tweet-paced palaver is show. Sending the Navy to troll North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may feel like fun, but what if Kim decides to attack nearby Seoul with conventional weapons? But its one thing to stiff a subcontractor. Its another to stiff, say, the Chinese. They have methods of getting payment that far exceed that of a floor-tile jobber on a highway in Paramus. Maybe its a coincidence, but Trump has decided to stop calling China a currency manipulator; China, …

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China’s Changing Economy Helps Explain Taming of Trump’s Threats

April 11, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump’s threats to punish China over trade have been displaced by a pledge to negotiate after hearing the perspective of his counterpart Xi Jinping. Below are five charts that may explain the change in tone. The Setting A meeting with Xi at Mar-a-Lago created "tremendous goodwill and friendship," Trump tweeted on Saturday. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the countries agreed to a "100-day plan" to discuss trade. The countries agreed to …

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Ad tech startup becomes India’s second profitable unicorn and people love it

April 7, 2017

… Sharp growth in video ads on its platform and a burgeoning market in China saw InMobi record a profit of $8-10 million on revenues of $300 million in 2016, say reports. “Revenues from the advanced video ad platform grew 4.22X year on year, and is projected to be the biggest driver of growth in 2017,” the company said in a statement to Mashable. @InMobi @NaveenTewari Beware! You are going against the trend… Much needed for the ecosystem, though Sagar Bedmutha …

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Why Warren Buffett is on Coke cans all over China

April 5, 2017

Image: Coca-cola/weibo It may not be uncommon to see your favourite pop star or athlete plastered on a can of soda but…Warren Buffett? The billionaire CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, who claims to be a huge Cherry Coke fan, agreed to let Coca-Cola use his likeness on its bottles to celebrate the drink’s recent launch in China. SEE ALSO: Coca-Cola to Stop Using Controversial Chemical in Powerade He’s on the can because he has a huge following in China, where he’s seen as an …

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The drink Brits go to bed with and Indians wake up with – BBC News

April 5, 2017

The fact that the same liquid can be perceived in two such different ways is a great example of the “crazy nonsense and beauty of marketing”, says Andrew Welch. As London managing director for brand consultancy Landor, Mr Welch’s job is to help brands build and improve their reputation, and ultimately create higher sales. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A well-known brand in the West, eBay had to change its tactics to succeed in China But it’s not …

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Li Na Land, reality TV and fashion — what China’s tennis pioneer did next

March 31, 2017

(CNN)She may have hung up her tennis racket more than two years ago, but two-time grand slam champion Li Na is still winning big in business. China’s first major singles champion, Li has been busy since she quit tennis in 2014 following a string of injuries. Follow @cnnsport Now 35, Li has since had two children with her husband and former coach, Jiang Shan. Business interests include movie and book deals, her own clothing line in China with long-time sponsor Nike, appearances in …

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China versus the US: Australia’s increasingly hard choice

March 29, 2017

(CNN)At the start of his five-day visit to Australia, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told parliamentarians in Canberra that “peace was the most precious thing.” That might be Chinese diplomatic boilerplate, but Li was speaking at Parliament House, where security had been tightened following the appalling atrocity in London, so it would have felt very real to those in the room. Of course, Premier Li insisted in his Canberra speech that China “will never seek dominance.” …

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Ex-spies weigh in on Russian hacking allegations

March 24, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s campaign and its alleged ties to Russia has been a big part of the political conversation this week. Russia’s interest in the United States is not new. During the Cold War, Russian agents were planted on US soil to spy on the country, and many of them were caught by the FBI. CNN spoke to KGB and FBI agents about the Russia hacking allegations and how espionage has changed over the years. Jack Barsky …

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Shanghai: Insider Travel Guide

March 24, 2017

(CNN)Welcome to the future. This is the best of Shanghai, home to more than 20 million residents, 6,000 high-rises (and growing) and a constant chorus of jackhammers. It’s a city striving to set all the benchmarks for the modern world. …

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Lyft’s alliance with Didi and Grab was called off without you knowing

March 23, 2017

Lyft's global roaming arrangement is basically over.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock In late 2015, an “anti-Uber alliance” was formed between four global ride hailing companies. Now at least two of those partners have quietly dropped out. Lyft and China’s Didi Chuxing’s roaming arrangement, to allow users to book rides on each other’s platforms, was suspended in January, a Didi spokesperson confirmed. Lyft’s similar arranagement with Southeast Asian firm Grab, …

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This emerging country ranks very, very low on the global happiness index

March 22, 2017

Image: Jeff Blackler/REX/Shutterstock India is getting unhappier by the year. It now ranks lowest in BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) emerging economies and second-lowest among SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) nations in the happiness index as revealed by the United Nations’ World Happiness Report 2017. SEE ALSO: India is so tired and so overworked The 1.3-billion-strong country ranked 122 out of 155 countries, dropping four spots from a …

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Tillerson plan to skip NATO, visit Russia puts allies on edge

March 22, 2017

… Europe the wrong way and raising questions about its commitment to its Western allies. “Seeing the Chinese, then going to Russia and avoiding NATO in the middle — it’s weird,” said one NATO diplomat, referring to Tillerson’s travel to China this month and the news that he would head to Moscow next. “It showsthat they don’t care about NATO. They are not multilateral.” Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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Here’s what $141 million in venture capital can do for emerging economies

March 11, 2017

… started to prove what $141 million can do for finance in the developing world. Some of the startups in their portfolio include Konfio, a startup that provides loans to micro-businesses in Mexico; Creditas, which offers home and auto equity loans to the emerging middle class in Brazil; a blockchain startup in the Philippines; Yoco, which wants to be the Square of Africa; and a few B2B payment companies in India. Next, the fund might turn toward startups in China, Turkey, Indonesia, Argentina and …

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23 literary journeys with the world’s great writers

March 7, 2017

… inspirations. One of the great writers of 20th-century China, Lu Xun occupies a peculiar place in the country. A leftist who never joined the Communist Party, his blistering critiques of tyranny still shape political thought today. Because the party embraced him, his presence in Shanghai has been enshrined. There’s a Lu Xun Memorial Hall (200 Tian’ai Rd, LuXun GongYuan, Hongkou Qu, Shanghai; +86 21 6540 2288), a Lu Xun Park (2288 Sichuan N Rd, LuXun GongYuan, Hongkou Qu, …

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