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Alibaba tests staffless ‘smart store’ – China’s latest business and technology news

Caixin reports that ecommerce giant Alibaba opened an experimental convenience store equipped with big data and facial recognition technology for a five-day pop-up event…

The 2017 SupChina summer reading list

For our first summer reading list, we recommend books on a few subject areas that an informed reader of news about China in…

Making China’s firewall great again? – China’s latest top news

VPN clampdown: Is it serious this time? In June, GreenVPN — a popular Chinese virtual private network (VPN) service that allows customers in China…

Will longer maternity leave harm women’s career prospects in China? – China’s latest society and culture news

The Beijing News reported (in Chinese) that since the relaxation of the one-child policy on January 1, 2016, a total of 30 provincial…

Trump and Xi have ‘conciliatory’ meeting after White House gaffe – China’s latest political and current affairs news

The bromance is back, both Western and Chinese media are chorusing, after President Trump came to a meeting with Xi Jinping on the…

Mickey Mouse 1 – Wanda 0 – China’s latest business and technology news

The multibillionaire founder of Dalian Wanda Group Wang Jianlin 王健林 once vowed to crush Disney’s theme parks in China by building scores of resort…

Xi Jinping meets with Narendra Modi amid border tensions – China’s latest top news

Xi and Modi meet in Hamburg While U.S. media coverage of the G20 summit in Hamburg on July 6-7 has been dominated by…

Hol Xil joins UNESCO’s World Heritage List – China’s latest society and culture news

The 41st session of the World Heritage Committee decided to add a large nature reserve at Hol Xil — 可可西里 kěkě xīlǐ…

U.S. military breathes down China’s neck – China’s latest political and current affairs news

Following North Korea’s successful test of its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on July 4, and the American president’s exasperated tweet that…

China infrastructure bank gets Aaa-okay – China’s latest business and technology news

The China-backed Asian Infrastructure Development Bank (AIIB), crucial to the rollout of Belt and Road infrastructure projects, is “a step closer to…

Baidu CEO drives hands-free down the highway: Viral videos in China, July 3-7, 2017

Police said Baidu might face punishment after the search giant’s CEO, Robin Li, live-streamed himself in a driverless…

The place where the P.R.C. stops and Taiwan begins

Kinmen, Taiwan — Standing on the seaweed-strewn beaches on the west side of Taiwan’s Kinmen County (金门县 jīnmén xiàn), it’s hard not…

Most Chinese people live on only a third of China’s land – China’s latest top news

China’s demographic divide In 1935 Chinese demographer Hu Huanyong 胡焕庸 proposed an imaginary line from the northeastern city of Heihe on the…

Police comment on Baidu self-driving car stunt – China’s latest society and culture news

China’s search engine giant Baidu may face sanctions from local authorities after its chairman and chief executive, Robin Li 李彦宏, live-streamed himself driving…

Xi seeks better ties with new South Korean president – China’s latest political and current affairs news

The top stories on all central state media websites for July 6 are about President Xi Jinping meeting his South Korean counterpart Moon…