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“Does plastic surgery reflect wider worries among students about the competitiveness of their abilities? In real life, job interviews seek allround ability, and job seekers will neglect their own talents if they only pay attention to their appearance.”

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The Belt and Road forum held in Beijing in May heralds China's strategy of globalisation 2.0. How much China has invested in the BRI? How can other countries along the routes join in and benefit from the opportunities? (p.20-25) Technologically China has often been perceived as playing the catch-up game. Not in Artificial Intelligence, which the country's tech giants are spearheading with some success. (p. 34-43) A migrant worker has taken the country by storm in her Dickensian essay about her hard life in modern Beijing. (p.52-55)

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EDITORIAL
Belt and Road Initiative is a chance for China to deepen
MEDIA FOCUS
A series of stories about how environmental law enforcers
Since April 10, business has been suspended for restaurants
Stand-up comedy in China has become popular over the
AliExpress, a sub-platform of China’s largest online
According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers
Cheng Zhenwei, commenting on Hunan-based news portal rednet.cn, says the addiction to cosmetic surgery among university students shows the tightness of the job market
NEWS BRIEF
China has launched its second aircraft carrier – and
Bike hire is all the rage in cities across the world
Civil Aviation’s Transport Volume Ranks Second Globally
Some observers have interpreted the UK’s Brexit vote
Former England football captain David Beckham was in
China launched its strictest-ever fishing ban at three
NETIZEN W@TCH
The National Development and Reform Commission issued
A new code of conduct on pricing items and services
Chinese school children are being broadcast online
A landmark medical reform that separates drug sales
WeChat, a popular social media platform operated by
The launch of China’s first totally home-built aircraft
Ma Ling founded one of the most popular providers of
INTERNATIONAL
Fu Ying, a former diplomat, offered her perspective on the thorny Korean nuclear issue
POLTICS
China’s top disciplinary watchdog launched an anti-graft campaign against regulators and company managers in the financial sector
ENVIRONMENT
The North China Leopard was once heading for extinction, until conservation efforts brought its numbers up. But for how long?
China Report
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road initiative could shape the economic future of China and its neighbours near and far. But will the Beijing-led project be read as a geopolitical manoeuver?
With a high-profile summit for the Belt and Road initiative, China aims to transform the project into a multilateral platform which experts say serves to reform the current globalisation model
The idea of industrial parks run by Chinese enterprises along the Belt and Road seeks to boost the industrialisation process of host countries. Their success lies in a mutual learning process, which means Chinese operators and policy makers cannot simply copy past experiences
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Society
Total disregard for the environment by industry and government has led to a landscape pockmarked with pools of pollution
SPECIAL REPORT
Chinese entrepreneurs want national policies to back up the country’s Artificial Intelligence efforts
China’s search giant Baidu is trying to push the envelope on ‘deep learning’ and other AI techniques. But ethical and practical concerns haunt the company’s efforts
Famed artificial intelligence researcher Li Fei-Fei says industry and academia need to cooperate to reap the field’s benefits
ECONOMY
Amid the complicated business environment and political uncertainties under the new US administration, Chinese companies continue to be optimistic about investing in the US market
CULTURE
Chinese serialised web novels are gaining traction in the English-reading world. Can Chinese pulp fiction enter the Western cultural market just as Japanese manga did twenty years ago?
Within 24 hours of publishing a 7,000-word autobiographical essay on social media, migrant worker Fan Yusu became China’s most sought-after writer, whipping up a huge storm in her life. When the dust settled a week later, Fan talked with ChinaReport about her life, family and literature
VISUAL REPORT
What happens every minute online in China? According
OUTSIDE IN
Used as the inspiration for the scenery in Avatar, Zhangjiajie is otherworldly in more ways than one – the scenery for sure, but also the sheer alien orderliness
Essay
Many claim that China’s one-child policy has created
For Beijing residents, big diplomatic events are like
Rice. It’s synonymous with the word for “food” in a