China expected to name woman for next space station crew

September 22, 2021 0 Comments

[unable to retrieve full-text content]China will launch its next manned space mission two days after National Day, with a woman astronaut among the crew to go into orbit to help build its new space station, sources said.Two sources familiar with China’s manned space programme said the Shenzhou 13 spacecraft would lift off from the Jiuquan…

China census: analysis shows 149 cities are now in the ‘deep ageing’ population category in a troubling sign for future economic growth

September 21, 2021 0 Comments

[unable to retrieve full-text content]China’s ageing population problem continues to cause concern, with new census figures revealing 14 per cent of the population in 149 cities are aged 65 and over.This month state media outlet China Business News released data it had compiled from the recent census which revealed what is referred to as “deep…

Giant pandas take the lion’s share of conservation attention but China has many endangered species in need such as tigers, dolphins and alligators

September 20, 2021 0 Comments

[unable to retrieve full-text content]China is one of the world’s mega-diverse countries with varied environments ranging from desert to tropical forest, but after decades of economic development and population growth, hundreds of its animals and plants have been pushed to the edge of extinction.One animal, in particular, has long been accused of pulling conservation focus…

Scientists find 9000-year-old Chinese pots were probably used to drink beer

September 18, 2021 0 Comments

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Scientists who analysed 9,000-year-old pottery discovered in eastern China said our ancient ancestors might have enjoyed a fresh pint as much as the next person.An analysis of ancient pots and cups found in Qiaotou, Zhejiang province, showed that the vessels contained beer made out of rice.The study, published in August on…

Could turmoil in Afghanistan give Iran a chance to join the SCO?

September 16, 2021 0 Comments

[unable to retrieve full-text content]The turmoil in Afghanistan could improve Iran’s prospects of joining a China-backed security grouping but international sanctions on Tehran could mean continued caution from Beijing, according to observers.Iran has failed in its repeated efforts to become a member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, an issue that is again expected to come…

Chinese state media weighs in on fandom debate crackdown as Beijing’s shake-up of the entertainment industry continues

September 15, 2021 0 Comments

[unable to retrieve full-text content]In a new official report on Tuesday, China’s state broadcaster CCTV bashed fan clubs and “malicious fandom culture” once again, amid an ongoing national crackdown on entertainment circles.The CCTV report explored the hierarchy and behaviour of fan clubs. Within fandom circles, people have different tasks. A small percentage at the top…

Marvel’s Asian superheroes reflect a changing America

September 14, 2021 0 Comments

Here we see someone who has just watched a groundbreaking film that challenges the idea that Asian-Americans are obliged to behave in a particular way, tell an Asian-American filmmaker what kind of content is off limits to him. And, to boot, he apparently suggests that Lin cannot expect to have an audience outside the Asian…

Would Hong Kong perform better with culture, sports and tourism under one roof?

September 13, 2021 0 Comments

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Supporters have proposed a new government bureau be set up to jointly handle culture, sports and tourism in Hong Kong after the city’s leader on Sunday revealed her intention to give the administration a facelift.The restructuring should also break the decades-long status quo of separating the handling of public and private…

China’s PLA commanders come out in force as troops chase perfect response to US and Nato

September 12, 2021 0 Comments

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Chinese People’s Liberation Army commanders assembled in numbers not seen in three years as troops focused on quick responses to problems at a key annual exercise this week, as part of China’s continued efforts to upgrade combat readiness and modernise its armed forces.Nearly 200 senior military commanders from all theatres – and…

How Indian pickles matured from an ancient art to a world-beating business

September 11, 2021 0 Comments

[unable to retrieve full-text content]During India’s recent Covid-19 lockdown, Delhi resident Ashpinder Kaur Marwah, who is in her early 70s, had very little to do. But the arrival of mango season saved her from her boredom and gave the homemaker an opportunity to make pickles, putting to use a skill she had learnt from her…