'Barrage culture' dominates China's new media

'Barrage culture' dominates China’s new media

(ATF) With hundreds of millions of users China’s internet and other media are no longer referred to as 'electric heroin' by hardline Communist Party officials. Today, the country is seen as having a ‘barrage culture’, which allows users to make comments, usually live. Zeng Yiguo, director of the New Media …

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China central bank paper proposes full liberalisation of childbirth

China central bank paper calls for liberalisation of childbirth

(ATF) A research paper published by China’s central bank on Wednesday said China should not only liberalise but “vigorously encourage” childbearing, otherwise the country's working age population will drop by 15% by 2050. The paper, written in Chinese, proposed that policymakers should also curb property price surges to retain young …

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China to create hundreds of 'new' cities

China to create hundreds of 'new' cities

(ATF) China is planning to rezone hundreds of areas currently classed as 'rural' or 'county' as cities. The move is likely to transform life for hundreds of millions of citizens because 'urban residents' receive far more benefits than those in rural areas, such as healthcare, education and social security, plus …

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K-Pop star makers to buy into Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande

K-Pop star makers to buy Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande management

(ATF) The svengalis behind K-Pop sensation BTS hopes nose to work its magic on Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and other major stars. HYBE, the agency that helped create the K-pop phenomenon announced it s is investing 1.07 trillion won ($950 million) into its US unit to acquire Ithaca Holdings, headed …

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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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