All posts tagged: Chinese

Chinese runners flock to marathon races as health trends coincide

Chinese runners flock to marathon races as health trends coincide

[ad_1] DAXING, China — The runners were entering the final stretch on a recent Saturday morning. The air was muggy but the atmosphere was electric, not least because elementary schoolchildren were banging out Queen’s “We Will Rock You” on traditional Chinese cowhide drums nearly as big as them. The runners had already passed locals in traditional attire performing dragon dances or playing the guzheng, the Chinese zither. [ad_2] Source link

PR executive at Chinese tech firm Baidu apologizes for comments seen as glorifying overwork

PR executive at Chinese tech firm Baidu apologizes for comments seen as glorifying overwork

[ad_1] HONG KONG — A top public relations executive from Chinese technology firm Baidu apologized Thursday after she made comments in a series of videos that critics said glorified a culture of overwork. Baidu’s head of communications, Qu Jing, drew a public outcry in China after she implied in the videos that she was not concerned about her employees as she was “not their mom” and said she only cared about results. She also said that the relationship between her and her subordinates was purely an “employer-employee relationship.” The backlash was swift, with many on social media platforms such as Weibo criticizing Qu as lacking empathy. Qu posted an apology Thursday on her private WeChat account, where she “sincerely apologized to all netizens” and clarified that she had not sought Baidu’s permission before posting the videos. Qu said that her short videos did not represent Baidu’s stance. Baidu operates China’s dominant search engine as well as the Ernie bot, an artificial intelligence service similar to ChatGPT. “Many of the criticisms are very pertinent, I am …

United States adds 37 Chinese entities to trade blacklist

United States adds 37 Chinese entities to trade blacklist

[ad_1] The United States added 37 Chinese entities to a trade blacklist Thursday, May 9, including some companies accused of supporting a suspected spy balloon that flew over US soil last year. The Commerce Department said it also took aim at those that sought to acquire US goods to advance China’s quantum technology capabilities. “These activities have substantial military applications and pose a significant threat to US national security,” said the Commerce Department in a statement. Companies added to the so-called “entity list” are restricted from obtaining US items and technologies without government authorization. The latest additions to China’s “high altitude balloon program” come after the Commerce Department added six Chinese entities to the trade restriction list in February 2023 over the balloon incident. The balloon’s days-long flyover from Alaska to South Carolina captured the attention of many Americans before the US military shot it down off the country’s east coast. On Thursday, the Commerce Department added that certain targeted entities this time were linked to advancements in China’s nuclear programs as well, or were …

In Hungary, Chinese president to discuss Ukraine, investments

In Hungary, Chinese president to discuss Ukraine, investments

[ad_1] Chinese President Xi Jinping is wrapping up his European tour with a final stop in Hungary, where he is expected to discuss Ukraine and investments in Hungarian infrastructure, energy and electric vehicle manufacturing. Hungarian soldiers on horseback were part of a warm welcome Xi received Thursday when he met with Hungarian President Tamas Sulyok at Budapest’s Buda Castle. In remarks during his meeting with Sulyok, Xi said Beijing is ready to raise ties with Budapest to a higher level, according to China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency. He also said the two countries’ friendship does not target any third party. Xi’s stop in Hungary is the third and final stop on his first European tour in five years. He also visited France and Serbia. During his first stop in Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron and EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen pressed Xi to ensure fair trade with Europe and use his influence on Russia to end the 2-year-old war in Ukraine. In Budapest, Xi is scheduled to meet with Hungary Prime Minister Viktor …

The Chinese EV Wall In Europe Is Breaking

The Chinese EV Wall In Europe Is Breaking

[ad_1] Despite EU investigations and jawboning from within the industry, it looks as though Europe has faced the inevitable: it needs to “face up” to the fact that Chinese EVs have arrived, and probably aren’t going anywhere, anytime soon. Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Paris on Sunday to ease trade tensions with a wary Europe. Accompanied by a business delegation focused on the electric vehicle industry, including Envision Group, SAIC Motor, and Xpeng Motors, the visit served as both a shopping trip and networking opportunity, Nikkei reported. “We want to welcome more Chinese investors to France,” President Emmanuel Macron said during the visit.  As we have been writing about extensively for the last 6 months, the shift to electrification has changed the global auto industry’s dynamics, which were once dominated by European brands. Now, China now leads in EV production, compelling European automakers to address the growing Chinese competition. According to Nikkei, with the EU set to ban combustion engines by 2035, China plans to expand exports and production, maintaining a significant lead in affordable EVs. …

Two poems, four years in detention: the Chinese dissident who smuggled his writing out of prison | Censorship

Two poems, four years in detention: the Chinese dissident who smuggled his writing out of prison | Censorship

[ad_1] Most of my manuscripts are locked up in the filing cabinets of the ministry of security, and the agents there study and ponder them repeatedly, more carefully than the creator himself. The guys working this racket have superb memories; a certain chief of the Chengdu public security bureau can still recite the poems I published in an underground magazine in the 1980s. While the literati write nostalgically, hoping to go down in literary history, the real history may be locked in the vaults of the security department. The above is excerpted from my book June 4: My Testimony, published in Taiwan in 2011. I wrote that book three times, the later drafts on paper much better than the paper I used for writing in prison, which was so soft and brittle I had to write very lightly. Paper outside prison is solid and flexible enough that you don’t have to worry about puncturing it with the tip of a pen. Thus, I restrained myself and filled in a page of paper, and then how many thousand – …

China’s Xi Arrives in Hungary for Talks on Expanding Chinese Investments

China’s Xi Arrives in Hungary for Talks on Expanding Chinese Investments

[ad_1] BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Hungary late Wednesday, the final stop on his five-day European tour, where he’s expected to finalize a number of agreements with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán that will deepen China’s economic footprint in the region. Xi is set to spend two nights in the Hungarian capital Budapest where he will meet with Orbán and Hungarian President Tamás Sulyok. Talks will center on future Chinese investments in the Central European country, which has courted deep economic ties with Beijing even as mainstream European leaders have pursued more protectionist policies to limit its reach on the continent. Orbán, a nationalist populist whose illiberal policies have pushed him to the fringes of the European Union, made his country the first in the 27-member bloc to participate in Xi’s signature Belt and Road Initiative. Hungary has straddled a middle ground between its membership in the EU and NATO and a willingness to establish diplomatic and trade relationships with autocratic governments outside those groupings. Hungary’s foreign minister, Péter Szijjártó, told …

Chinese Moon Lander Appears to Be Carrying Secret Lunar Rover

Chinese Moon Lander Appears to Be Carrying Secret Lunar Rover

[ad_1] Are those wheels? Mini Surprise China is set to become the first country to ever return samples from the far side of the Moon. Apart from collecting rocks and dust, the mission — dubbed Chang’e-6 — is carrying an even more interesting piece of equipment: a previously undisclosed lunar rover, SpaceNews reports. Eagle-eyed space reporter Andrew Jones spotted what appears to be a “mini rover” attached to the side of the lander in images shared by the China Academy of Space Technology. There’s a lot we still don’t know about what China intends to do with the four-wheeled contraption or how the lander will lower it down to the Moon’s surface. But given it’s unlikely to survive a lunar night, its lifespan will likely be quite short. It’s nonetheless an intriguing new development given the wealth of knowledge there still is to glean from the Moon’s much less-studied and far more rugged side. Pizza Pie The news comes amid several other countries softly landing on the Moon over the last year alone, including Japan and …

‘Countries are now forced to confront it’: Rise in Chinese espionage arrests alarms Europe | China

‘Countries are now forced to confront it’: Rise in Chinese espionage arrests alarms Europe | China

[ad_1] As China’s president, Xi Jinping, arrived in Serbia for the second leg of his European tour, authorities across the continent were grappling with a wave of allegations about Chinese spying. On Tuesday, the UK prime minister, Rishi Sunak, revealed that a “malign actor” had compromised British military payroll records, with reports pointing the finger at China. And in Germany, three German citizens were arrested last month under suspicion of arranging to transfer information about sensitive technology to China, while in another case, a man named as Jian G, who worked for a German far-right member of the European parliament, was arrested under suspicion of espionage. Maximilian Krah, the Alternative for German (AfD) MEP who Jian G worked for, has denied any personal wrongdoing. Security officers gather in a corridor after searching the office of the German MEP Maximilian Krah at the European parliament in Brussels. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP Meanwhile in Belgium, authorities opened a criminal investigation into the far-right politician Frank Creyelman in January, after an investigation by the Financial Times, Der Spiegel and …

Chinese network behind one of world’s ‘largest online scams’ | Scams

Chinese network behind one of world’s ‘largest online scams’ | Scams

[ad_1] More than 800,000 people in Europe and the US appear to have been duped into sharing card details and other sensitive personal data with a vast network of fake online designer shops apparently operated from China. An international investigation by the Guardian, Die Zeit and Le Monde gives a rare inside look at the mechanics of what the UK’s Chartered Trading Standards Institute has described as one of the largest scams of its kind, with 76,000 fake websites created. A trove of data examined by reporters and IT experts indicates the operation is highly organised, technically savvy – and ongoing. Operating on an industrial scale, programmers have created tens of thousands of fake web shops offering discounted goods from Dior, Nike, Lacoste, Hugo Boss, Versace and Prada, as well as many other premium brands. Published in multiple languages from English to German, French, Spanish, Swedish and Italian, the websites appear to have been set up to lure shoppers into parting with money and sensitive personal data. However, the sites have no connection to the …