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My career as an international blood smuggler

October 21, 2018

For years, Kathleen McLaughlin smuggled American plasma every time she entered China, home to the worlds largest and deadliest blood debacle. She had no other choice I started my decade-long turn as an international blood smuggler in 2004 with a mundane task: packing. I gently stacked a dozen half-liter glass vials into two soft-sided picnic […]

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Internment camps make Uighurs’ life more colourful, says Xinjiang governor

October 19, 2018

China on defensive over camps where ex-prisoners have told of arbitrary detention, abuse and indoctrination A senior official in Xinjiang has described mass internment camps for Muslim minorities as training and boarding schools where residents receive vocational, legal, and language training as well as de-extremisation education. Beijing has faced growing international criticism for its crackdown […]

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Fan Bingbings mysterious disappearance: what it means for Chinas elite

October 8, 2018

Three months ago, one of the countrys best known actors went missing. Now, seemingly chastened, she has reappeared with a bill for 112m in unpaid taxes and fines Imagine if Jennifer Lawrence or Scarlett Johansson went missing and nobody knew where they had gone even three months later. That is what happened to Fan Bingbing. […]

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Africas Jumo raises $52M led by Goldman to bring its fintech services to Asia

September 26, 2018

Asia’s fintech scene is poised to get a little larger after Jumo, a company that offers loans to the unbanked in Africa, revealed plans to expand into the continent. To get the ball rolling, Jumo has opened an office in Singapore to lead the way and landed a massive $52 million investment led by banking giant […]

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Crazy Rich Asians is no racial triumph. It’s a soulless salute to the 1%

September 22, 2018

With its plummy accents, couture gowns and clumsy merging of cultures, this tale of empowerment is just Sex and the City in Singapore Crazy Rich Asians opens with Napoleon Bonaparte and Louis Vuitton. Let China sleep, the film quotes the great Frenchman saying, for when she awakens she will shake the world. An opulent London […]

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Trump threatens new tariffs on $267bn of Chinese goods

September 19, 2018

President says further package ready to go as Apple warns trade war will hike prices Donald Trump has said he has a new tranche of tariffs ready to place on virtually all Chinese goods, as Apple warned the trade war will make its products more expensive for American consumers. A package of tariffs was already […]

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Human impulses run riot: Chinas shocking pace of change

September 16, 2018

Thirty years ago, politics was paramount. Now, only money counts. Chinas leading novelist examines a nation that has transformed in a single lifetime. By Yu Hua When I try to describe how Xi Jinping. No sooner did Xi become general secretary of the Communist party than our new leader launched an anti-corruption drive, the scale […]

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Kencko wants to help you eat more fruit and vegetables

August 27, 2018

People don’t eat enough fruit and vegetables, that’s despite an embarrassment of options today that include fast grocery delivery and takeout services with a focus on health. A study from the U.S-based Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released last November found that just one in ten adults in America “meet the federal fruit […]

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Gaming in Asia may be cryptos killer decentralized app

August 26, 2018

As money and talent flows into the crypto and blockchain worlds, a persistent question keeps coming up: what is going to be the “killer app” that drives adoption for these nascent technologies? The answer may well be quite simple: gaming in Asia. Back in March, For those unfamiliar with Cryptokitties, it’s often been alluded to […]

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Farfetch acquires CuriosityChina to expand its social media efforts on the mainland

August 18, 2018

Farfetch — the e-commerce startup that works with some 900 high-end fashion boutiques and labels to present and sell clothes, shoes, accessories and jewelry online, and we and others have heard is gearing up for a $6 billion IPO — is making an acquisition to double down on China, one of the fastest-growing markets for luxury […]

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