China has been willing to compromise on land disputes, but those at sea are another matter. The reasons include the strategic value of islands as a location from which to project power, the nation's historically weak position in the Spratly Islands, internal jockeying for resources, a lack of treaties and domestic political pressure arising from a nationalistic and better-informed citizenry.
The new opera house in the northeastern city of Harbin draws its architectural inspiration from the surrounding wetlands and snowy landscapes
The all-white 850,349-square-foot venue, designed by the Beijing-based MAD architectural firm, is the centerpiece of Harbin's new cultural hub and blends into its surroundings with the sweeping curves of its exterior.
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