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China to harmonize English nationwide

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:20:00 +0800

It is everywhere. It has inspired books, plays, photography collections and countless social media posts. It is Chinglish, perhaps the complimentary yinyang opposite to non-native Chinese speakers butchering Chinese tones for their first few years of language study. And now Chinglish — and the misuse of English in general — has come under fire by Beijing.

Thai junta pushes Bangkok-Kunming railway, major obstacles remain

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:30:00 +0800

Thailand's prime minister made waves this week both inside and outside the country when he announced he would invoke a constitutional clause in order to green-light construction of a long-delayed railway. China — which has been pushing the endeavor for more than a decade — met the news with enthusiasm, but hurdles remain before the project can actually commence.

China freezes hundreds of Myanmar-based bank accounts

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:35:00 +0800

Bilateral relations between China and Myanmar have hit another bump in the road. For years the neighbors have maintained sometimes rocky ties due to disagreements over infrastructure projects, misplaced bombs and refugee situations. Last week China added frozen assets to this running tally, as state-owned financial institutions placed holds on several hundred bank accounts belonging to Myanmar merchants.

Turbulence on Paris-Kunming flight injures 20

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:55:00 +0800

A China Eastern Airlines plane carrying passengers from Paris to Kunming experienced a rough approach into the Spring City over the weekend. Turbulence shook the aircraft seriously enough to injure nearly two dozen people, some of whom required immediate treatment at local hospitals after landing.

Lijiang observatory helps unravel mysteries of quantum communication

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:40:00 +0800

Chinese physicists recently set a record in the strange and puzzling field of quantum entanglement, achieving instant communication between two photon particles 1,200 kilometers distant from one another. The accomplishment — which involved an orbiting satellite and two observatories in western China — has wide-ranging implications for the future of the Internet, encryption and telecommunications in general.

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:30:00 +0800

An exhibition featuring photography shot in the western regions of both China and the United States has opened to the public at the Kunming Museum. Organized to promote "further understanding and future cultural exchanges" between the two countries, the display consists of images taken by photographers Jed Weingarten and Wang Jianjun (王建军).

Rebranded and remade, Kunming's annual investment expo opens

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:30:00 +0800

The time has once again arrived for the Spring City's largest and most important trade fair — an annual Bacchanal of wheeling and dealing designed to stimulate Yunnan's economy while also promoting China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). As always, the expo is expected to surpass previous incarnations in terms of participation and number of agreements signed.

Community outreach effort hopes to save rare Yunnan orchids

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 12:25:00 +0800

Yunnan is China's de facto plant repository, home to a higher range of biodiversity than anywhere else in the country. But many of the most delicate and sought-after flowers in the province — orchids — are under threat from a variety factors. Scientists in Xishuangbanna (西双版纳) are working to combat this through a combination of community outreach and breeding programs.

Yunnan railway from hell to take at least five more years

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 16:05:00 +0800

Railway workers and engineers laboring under extreme conditions in western Yunnan are engaged in what appears to be Sisyphean toil. The construction crew is tasked with boring through a mountain range to clear the way for a new railway line to Myanmar. However, they have reportedly spent 26 months making just 156 meters of progress, setting the overall project back immensely.

Yunnan's capital scrambles as 'Civilized Kunming' audit looms

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 16:20:00 +0800

The posters, recorded messages and other constant reminders are pervasive. Thousands have been hired to tidy up, paint stuff, install things, repair ancient potholes, attempt to control traffic and otherwise look extremely busy. Something is very clearly up in the Spring City. But just what is this immense effort to create Wenming Kunming (文明昆明)?