NYC’s Chinatown welcomes Year of the Pig

Drums, dragons and dancers paraded through New York’s Chinatown Sunday to usher in the Year of the Pig in the metropolis with the biggest population of Chinese descent of any city outside Asia. (Feb. 17)

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Pompeo warns against Chinese, Russian influence

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in the Slovak capital Bratislava on Tuesday, warning countries in Central and Eastern Europe to resist Chinese and Russian influence. (Feb. 12)

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Thousands of Chinese pray to the God of Wealth

Thousands of Chinese worshippers crowd into a temple in the middle of the country to pay homage to the God of Wealth and pray for good fortune.

Chinese hunger for durians threatens Malaysian rainforests

Soaring demand for durians in China is being blamed for a new wave of deforestation in Malaysia with environmentalists warning vast amounts of jungle is being cleared to make way for massive plantations of the spiky, pungent fruit.

Myanmar celebrates Lunar New Year

People in downtown Yangon in Myanmar usher in the Year of the Pig with prayers at a Chinese temple.

Taiwanese restaurants gear up for Year of the Pig

Pig themed decorations and Chinese lanterns adorned the streets of Taiwan and Hong Kong ahead of the Year of the Pig. For the new year, some restaurants are drawing inspiration from the shape of the pig in their signature steamed buns. The Lunar New Year starts on February 5th. The pig is the twelfth sign of the Chinese zodiac and represents wealth.

Chinese lion dancers train hard for upcoming CNY celebration

Lion dancers at the Kaifang Culture headquarters in Hebei jump and somersault while training to do the traditional Chinese lion dance, one of the oldest and most popular Chinese New Year celebration performances. In Beijing, people gather to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year with a live lion dance performance in their neighborhood.

US trade rep. cites progress in China trade talks

(31 Jan 2019) U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer says “substantial progress” has been made as American and Chinese negotiators wind up two days of trade talks in Washington. (Jan. 31)

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