China helping its 300 million elderly to cross the ‘digital divide’

China helping its 300m elderly to cross the ‘digital divide’

(ATF) As China becomes an increasingly online country the government is encouraging innovation to help get its 300 million elderly citizens into the digital world. As China increasingly becomes digital it creates a wealth of problems for its old citizens. Having gone through a baby boom in the 1950s to …

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China's secondhand goods trade begins to go upmarket

China secondhand goods trade begins to go upmarket

(ATF) Once a sector shunned due to cultural habits and official regulation, the secondhand market has been a slow mover in China, surprisingly, given it is a country of thrifty shoppers. There has been a cultural inclination to buy only new products, plus many regulations, such as bans on imports …

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China to prioritize fight against organised crime in 2021

China to prioritize fight against organised crime in 2021

(ATF) As 2021 is the first year of China's 14th Five-Year Plan, the government has announced political and legal work planned for this year. Top of the list is getting rid of organised crime, triads, gangs – to "eradicate the evil black hand". The term ‘black hand’ is the usual …

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Chinese court may rule on legality of firms keeping facial database

Chinese court may rule on legality of firms keeping facial data

(ATF) A Chinese law professor has filed an appeal after winning a facial recognition case against a safari park in eastern China’s Hangzhou city, asking the court to rule that the park’s collection of people's facial images is illegal. In the meantime, a spokesperson from China’s legislature told Chinese media …

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China central bank concerned about declining birth rate

China central bank concerned about declining birth rate

(ATF) Following China’s long-term policy to allow only one child per family, the government has been trialling a ‘three-child policy’ in the North – to combat the problem of low birth rates and a massive 300 billion people entering retirement. "From a researcher's point of view, the national policy of …

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Rethinking Asian tourism for the pandemic era

Rethinking Asian tourism for the pandemic era

(ATF) From a “staycation” in a five-star hotel to a “flycation” with views of Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong’s tourism industry is getting creative with ideas to generate business from potential local customers who have been unable to travel due to the coronavirus pandemic. "We have a better environment and more …

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Asia eager to jump on ‘fake meat’ gravy train

Asia eager to jump on ‘fake meat’ gravy train

(ATF) The year-long pandemic has crushed numerous industries, except that of “fake meats”. A shortage of animal protein, worldwide lockdowns and growing health awareness have accelerated the demand for plant-based protein during the pandemic. Business has seen significant growth despite the global economic turmoil. After international firms came in to …

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