Violence at the last house left standing
China’s craze for building massive new real estate developments has led to the rise of a fair few “ghost towns”, which make for a visually impressive, if slightly eerie, set of photos. More attention should really be drawn, however, to the more unpleasant consequences of the trend.
钉子户, or “nail houses” are perhaps the most tragic results of the overriding desire to develop new properties. 
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Violence at the last house left standing

China’s craze for building massive new real estate developments has led to the rise of a fair few “ghost towns”, which make for a visually impressive, if slightly eerie, set of photos. More attention should really be drawn, however, to the more unpleasant consequences of the trend.

钉子户, or “nail houses” are perhaps the most tragic results of the overriding desire to develop new properties. 

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An anti-terrorist user guide
As the specter of terrorism has become more prevalent in Chinese life, the government has taken the necessary steps to protect the public: increased checkpoints, mass arrests, even arming the cops.
Now efforts have been taken to put national defense in the hands of those who need it most: the common people. Yesterday, writes the Wall Street Journal, the government released its anti-terror handbook, distributing hard copies to pedestrians in places such as Beijing, Shanghai and Xinjiang, but also posting an online version on Weibo.
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An anti-terrorist user guide

As the specter of terrorism has become more prevalent in Chinese life, the government has taken the necessary steps to protect the public: increased checkpoints, mass arrests, even arming the cops.

Now efforts have been taken to put national defense in the hands of those who need it most: the common people. Yesterday, writes the Wall Street Journal, the government released its anti-terror handbook, distributing hard copies to pedestrians in places such as Beijing, Shanghai and Xinjiang, but also posting an online version on Weibo.

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No pets or foreigners
We all know what it means to be a laowai in China, language barriers, endless parties, and bizarre romances are just the tip of the iceberg. Now a new sitcom, No Pets Or Foreigners(《宠物与老外不得入住》) is set to take such experiences on to the small screen, well probably the internet at least.
The sitcom is apparently targeted at the Chinese market, but there is no doubt foreigners will be in one the joke too—how could they not be? No Pets or Foreigners is about two clueless laowai as they struggle to adapt to China, and their relationship with their bad-tempered landlord Mr Lee and his materialistic daughter Lingling.
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No pets or foreigners

We all know what it means to be a laowai in China, language barriers, endless parties, and bizarre romances are just the tip of the iceberg. Now a new sitcom, No Pets Or Foreigners(《宠物与老外不得入住》) is set to take such experiences on to the small screen, well probably the internet at least.

The sitcom is apparently targeted at the Chinese market, but there is no doubt foreigners will be in one the joke too—how could they not be? No Pets or Foreigners is about two clueless laowai as they struggle to adapt to China, and their relationship with their bad-tempered landlord Mr Lee and his materialistic daughter Lingling.

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Beijing’s haunted house
A new horror film The House That Never Dies based in Beijing, is bringing tourists, and passionate ghost lovers around the capital to the allegedly haunted mansion that the movie is based on, according to the Beijinger.
The story tells of how the lover of a Kuomintang official committed suicide by hanging herself, after her lover fled Beijing following the Communist Party victory in 1949, and now haunts a run-down estate.
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Beijing’s haunted house

A new horror film The House That Never Dies based in Beijing, is bringing tourists, and passionate ghost lovers around the capital to the allegedly haunted mansion that the movie is based on, according to the Beijinger.

The story tells of how the lover of a Kuomintang official committed suicide by hanging herself, after her lover fled Beijing following the Communist Party victory in 1949, and now haunts a run-down estate.

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China Chases The American Property Dream
Recently you may have heard about the woman who sold her house in Shuangjing, Beijing, to subsequently snap up six properties in Houston, Texas. She still lives in her original house, although she now rents it from the new owner, and this little real estate maneuver now makes her over 100,000 RMB per year.
Chinese investors have long been snapping up housing all over the world. CNBC even went so far as to call the outflow of Chinese capital, “one of the largest and most rapid wealth migrations of our time”, mentioning that Chinese billionaires at that time held more than 650 billion USD in offshore assets, doubtless much of it in the form of real estate.
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China Chases The American Property Dream

Recently you may have heard about the woman who sold her house in Shuangjing, Beijing, to subsequently snap up six properties in Houston, Texas. She still lives in her original house, although she now rents it from the new owner, and this little real estate maneuver now makes her over 100,000 RMB per year.

Chinese investors have long been snapping up housing all over the world. CNBC even went so far as to call the outflow of Chinese capital, “one of the largest and most rapid wealth migrations of our time”, mentioning that Chinese billionaires at that time held more than 650 billion USD in offshore assets, doubtless much of it in the form of real estate.

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Western Military presence in Africa unnerves China
The great game of geopolitical grandstanding continues, as ever, between China and the West, but now it seems Africa may be a new flash point for conflict. According to a new report released by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, a government-sponsored Chinese think-tank,  the growing military presence of Western nations in Africa over the past decade could complicate China’s presence there–a presence that has been buttressed with billions of dollars of investment and aid, reports the South China Morning Post.
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Western Military presence in Africa unnerves China

The great game of geopolitical grandstanding continues, as ever, between China and the West, but now it seems Africa may be a new flash point for conflict. According to a new report released by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, a government-sponsored Chinese think-tank,  the growing military presence of Western nations in Africa over the past decade could complicate China’s presence there–a presence that has been buttressed with billions of dollars of investment and aid, reports the South China Morning Post.

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China Mobile Goes Long on 4G Services
There are a lot of complaints about the Chinese internet: it’s incorrigibly slow and the government sees it fit to block dangerous and sensitive websites such as Facebook and Twitter. But China Mobile appears to be on the right track to help internet users not only in China, but worldwide. The company, China’s largest mobile service provider, plans to build more than 500,000 4G stations by the end of 2014, reports Xinhua.
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China Mobile Goes Long on 4G Services

There are a lot of complaints about the Chinese internet: it’s incorrigibly slow and the government sees it fit to block dangerous and sensitive websites such as Facebook and Twitter. But China Mobile appears to be on the right track to help internet users not only in China, but worldwide. The company, China’s largest mobile service provider, plans to build more than 500,000 4G stations by the end of 2014, reports Xinhua.

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Young Boy Drowns When Sucked Into Swimming Pool Drain
A 12 year-old boy drowned when he was sucked into a swimming pool drain in Qin Long Springs Water Park in Xi’an on Sunday. The boy was pulled into the 33 cm diameter hole during the pool’s regular swimming hours.
On finding their son missing, the parents were suspicious that he had been pulled into the hole and cried for help, asking pool staff for assistance in the search, but the staff  said that it was “impossible” for a boy to be sucked in to the drain hole.
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Young Boy Drowns When Sucked Into Swimming Pool Drain

A 12 year-old boy drowned when he was sucked into a swimming pool drain in Qin Long Springs Water Park in Xi’an on Sunday. The boy was pulled into the 33 cm diameter hole during the pool’s regular swimming hours.

On finding their son missing, the parents were suspicious that he had been pulled into the hole and cried for help, asking pool staff for assistance in the search, but the staff  said that it was “impossible” for a boy to be sucked in to the drain hole.

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