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Moody's downgrade of China's rating not fair

International rating agency Moody's downgraded China's credit rating to A1 from Aa3 on Wednesday, based on its forecast that China's financial strength would be affected by rising debt and a slowdown in growth that would lead to more dependence on policy stimulus. It was Moody's first downgrade for the country since 1989. Moody's downgrading of China's credit rating is very subjective and not entirely reasonable.


As 'kidphobia' becomes prevalent, some say it's a byproduct of one-child policy

In a video that has sparked discussion recently, a college student kicks a four-year-old who was loudly frolicking around a hot pot restaurant after becoming infuriated with the racket. Naturally, this sparked a brawl involving the student, the child's mother and the restaurant staff. The mother later took to TV to slam the young woman's attack on her child.


Estee Lauder subsidiary posts controversial Instagram

Cosmetics brand Smashbox, a subsidiary of Estee Lauder, has sparked online debate among Chinese netizens after posting a controversial message on Instagram.


What is illegal gambling?

When does playing mahjong become gambling? Police in Wuhan, Hubei province, have an answer. Wuhan police say relatives playing mahjong, no matter how high the stakes are, does not qualify as gambling.


Smashbox: We don't sell in China!

Smashbox, a cosmetic brand owned by Esteé Lauder, has received criticism on Chinese social media after it updated its official page on Instagram that "we don't sell in China." Since some countries in


Thumbs-up to China's high-tech fuelled rise

An empty passenger plane lifted off from Shanghai’s international airport on an overcast, windy afternoon earlier this month. Flown by five test pilots in orange jumpsuits, ...


Do you feel offended when a local calls you a laowai?

The question is one that has divided the expat community for eons, some find the term friendly, others offensive and others just don't care. "It's a proud word if you see it as the old foreigner with education, experience, and sophistication," said Doron Reshen, an American long-time resident of Beijing who runs an expat-focused WeChat channel.


Guide dogs granted entrance to Forbidden City

Beijing’s Forbidden City has given the green light to guide dogs, with the first visually-impaired guest touring the museum, canine guide in tow, on May 25. In 2015, Beijing began allowing guide dogs to board the subway with their owners, but blind rights advocates said accessibility for the dogs is still quite restricted in the city.


20-year-old student becomes China's youngest Bikini champion

Tu Mengli, a 20-year-old college student has been named China's first ever Junior Women's Bikini Fitness gold medalist at the 51st Asian Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships, becoming the country's youngest-ever Bikini champion.


Taiwan is closer to being 1st Asian place to allow same-sex marriage

Taiwan's top court has cleared the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to grant same-sex couples the right to marry.


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