What holiday? Chinese parents furious as first-graders assigned a report on fallen leaves

Parents at a well-known Hangzhou primary school were outraged after it asked first-grade students to write a 12-page science report on fallen leaves.
The assignment, set over the recent Golden Week holidays, asked children to collect fallen leaves from their local area “at different stages of growth” and measure their perimeter, colour, size and texture, Thepaper.cn reported on Tuesday.
“How would a first-grader understand the concept of a perimeter? This is clearly parents…
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Chinese student writes to teacher: ‘I will kill myself if you don’t give me back my phone’

A Chinese teenager wrote to her high school teacher threatening to kill herself if her confiscated mobile phone was not returned to her, local media reported on Tuesday.
The girl did eventually get the phone back but has since quit the school in China’s southern Hunan province.
According to photos of her letter posted on China’s Twitter-like Weibo microblogging service, she wrote to the teacher: “I know it was my fault that I did not hand in my cell phone, but please think…
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Hurun Report: four out of top five most successful women entrepreneurs globally are Chinese

China dominates the ranks of the world’s most successful women entrepreneurs, claiming four out of the top five spots, while its share of “self-made” women has also risen to 77 per cent, according to the Hurun Richest Women in China 2018 report, which was released on Tuesday.
Yang Huiyan, 37, of Country Garden, which is China’s largest developer by sales, is the most wealthy. She has benefited from a family inheritance and is worth 150 billion yuan (US$22.4 billion)….
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Ford seeks China boost with new cars and electric vehicle venture during trade war

Ford Motor is counting on the SUV – and a new electric car tie-up – to turn around its flagging fortunes in the world’s largest car market. The Territory model will be the first of several SUVs Ford is rolling out in China to win customers who are passing on the company’s ageing line-up amid a trade war that has further dented demand by boosting prices of imported models.
Ford also plans to launch a range of electric small cars in China with Anhui Zotye Automobile to tap…
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Swiss city bans display of human bodies, fearing they were Chinese convicts and Falun Gong members

A controversial exhibition which includes preserved human bodies was banned on Tuesday by the Swiss city of Lausanne over fears that the remains of tortured and executed Chinese prisoners were on display.
The cancellation of the “Real Human Bodies” display – already shown in the Netherlands, Belgium and the Swiss capital Bern – followed a complaint by the Action by Christians Against Torture group (ACAT), the city authorities said in a statement.
According to an ACAT…
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China’s middle class spend less as they scrimp and save for their children’s education

China’s middle class is something of a mythical entity, with wide-ranging estimates of its size and economic power. Optimists believe a large and growing middle class has the ability to lift China and even the world to a more prosperous level, while pessimists foresee an increasingly burdened group that could cause the economy to stagnate and even lead to political chaos. In this, the last of a four-part series, the South China Morning Post continues to examine the myth to reveal the…
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5G offers world's biggest mobile market a gateway to the industrial internet

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‘Made in China 2025’: How 5G could put China in charge of the wireless backbone and ahead of the pack

In the world’s largest smartphone market, 4G is king. At the end of August, China had 1.1 billion 4G mobile subscribers – more than the populations of the US, Indonesia, Russia, Japan and Germany combined.
The sheer scale of people who can quickly gain access to the internet on their 4G handsets has been a boon to the mainland’s digital economy, as more consumers shop, watch video, send messages, order food, book their travel and buy insurance online.
However, while China has…
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Meeting between Xi Jinping and Donald Trump would play ‘key role’ in easing tensions

China’s top US envoy said a meeting between presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump on the sidelines of next month’s G20 summit would play a “key, irreplaceable role” in easing tensions. But analysts were not optimistic about a breakthrough being reached on the trade war.

In an interview with Fox News Sunday, Chinese ambassador Cui Tiankai said it was “so clear that such top-level communication [plays] a key role, irreplaceable role, in guiding the relationship…
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Are US hawks talking tough on China because of this book?

A book dismissed by China’s US ambassador during a television interview may have been used to justify Washington’s recent tough rhetoric on Beijing, a political analyst said.
The ambassador, Cui Tiankai, said during his interview with Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace that he “would not recommend” The Hundred-Year Marathon by Michael Pillsbury, a White House adviser who has written several books on China.
Subtitled China’s secret strategy to replace America as…
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