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Chinese artist Weiwei prepares in Brazil his largest exhibition

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei explores migration and social awareness in his largest exhibition, due to open October 20 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Ouch! Thailand’s cheek-piercing vegetarian festival

As burning incense fills the air, devotees in trances force skewers and swords through their cheeks in ritualistic acts underpinning southern Thailand’s colourful — and seemingly painful — vegetarian festival. The Taoist “Nine Emperor Gods” event held on the holiday island of Phuket, began October 9 and coincides with observances of Chinese communities across the region who refrain from meat and other indulgences such as drinking and gambling. GRAPHIC CONTENT: IMAGES OF EXTREME BODY MUTILATION

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Ex-NBA star Yao Ming attends basketball friendly in N. Korea

North Korea hosts a friendly basketball game with China in Pyongyang, amid warming ties between the neighbours. Former NBA star Yao Ming was the star attraction, visiting the North Korean capital as part of a high-level Chinese sports delegation.

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Feds: Chinese spy tried to steal aviation secrets

(10 Oct 2018) A Chinese spy who allegedly attempted to steal trade secrets from several American aviation and aerospace companies was charged Wednesday and extradited to the U.S. (Oct. 10)

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The idyllic German village home to 1,000 Chinese

A former US army base in a small German village has become the unlikely home of hundreds of Chinese families, drawn to its reputation as a hub for Chinese entrepreneurs. The project is the brainchild of German businessman Andreas Scholz and his Chinese wife.

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Pence launches broadside against China’s meddling

(4 Oct 2018) Vice President Mike Pence is accusing China of trying to undermine President Donald Trump as the administration deploys tough new rhetoric over Chinese trade, economic and foreign policies. (Oct. 4)

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Bangladesh seeks revival of silk industry

Bangladesh’s silk industry was hit hard in the 1990s and 2000s by what officials call faulty government policy, which flooded the market with cheap Chinese silk imports. But now the country has initiated a multi-million-dollar plan to revitalise the industry and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs.

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Disappeared China star Fan ordered to pay $129m over taxes

Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing is ordered to pay more than $129 million in taxes and fines, months after the once ubiquitous celebrity disappeared from the public eye.

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Trump admits friendship with China’s Xi could be over

US President Donald Trump admits his friendship with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping could be over as he accused Beijing of undermining his prospects in upcoming elections.

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Mystery surrounds the disappearance of Fan Bingbing

(24 Sep 2018) Fan Bingbing, one of China’s best-known stars, has fallen off the map amid vague allegations of tax shenanigans that may have put her at odds with Chinese authorities. (Sept. 24)

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