'Asia squat' draws attention from Western fashionistas

A Chinese boy in London wrote in his homework that what impressed him the most about Beijing was people playing on their mobile phones while squatting in the public lavatory.


Alibaba plans to hire 60-year-old workers on $60,000 salary

Alibaba plans to pay 350,000 yuan to 400,000 yuan ($54,466 to $62,247) annual salary to two employees aged above 60 to work for its e-commerce platform Taobao in Hangzhou.


Can China become the world leader in AI?

A mountainous district in western Beijing known for its temples and mushroom production is tipped to become China’s hub for industries based on artificial intelligence (AI). Last week, the Chinese government announced that it will spend 13.8 billion yuan (US$2.1 billion) on an AI industrial park — the first major investment in its plan to become a world leader in the field by 2030.


Should students be forced to recite literary works?

China’s educational regulator said the new decision on requiring high school students to recite 58 more literary works aims at promoting Chinese culture, following ongoing public debate. The new high school curriculum guideline, issued by the Ministry of Education, requires students to recite 72 Chinese classic poems and essays from the previous 14.


Alibaba's AI beats humans in reading test

Artificial intelligence programs built by China's e-commerce titan Alibaba scored better than humans on a Stanford University reading and comprehension test.


Boy falls 65ft from a ski lift in Northern China and survives

A boy survived a 65ft fall off the bottom of a ski lift after desperately clinging on as it pulled him up the mountain.


Should preschool children be allowed on the Internet?

A study, conducted by an education research center under the China National Youth Palace Association, found that about 29 percent of children aged between three and six spend more than half an hour online everyday.


Is it cruel to boil lobsters live?

The Swiss government is to ban the common practice in restaurants of boiling live lobsters as part of an overall animal protection reform, Swiss media reported Thursday."Live crustaceans, including lobster, may no longer be transported on ice or in ice water,

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