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Does China’s response to LGBT couples in Tmall advert signal acceptance?

Clip shows gay and lesbian couples going home to their families for Lunar New Year, in a rare example of LGBT representation in Chinese media. → Read More

Chinese boy, 13, treated for alcohol poisoning after father forces him to drink baijiu

A thirteen-year-old Chinese boy had to be rushed to hospital to be treated for alcohol poisoning after his father forced him to drink liquor to increase his alcohol tolerance, a mainland newspaper said. ... → Read More

Chinese tourist stirs anger after child urinates on floor at Forbidden City in Beijing

Photographs of a Chinese tourist letting her infant son pee on the floor of the Forbidden City in Beijing have stirred up anger on Chinese social media as users criticised her behaviour.... → Read More

Breast size unaffected by coconut drink, Chinese maker admits after ads fall flat

The Chinese beverage company which claimed its coconut milk would enlarge women’s breasts has bowed to public pressure and replaced its offending advertising campaign with a more wholesome, less misleading, version.... → Read More

Japanese wartime photos strike a nerve in China

Kyoto University publishes 35,000 photographs taken during Japan’s occupation of China → Read More

Police in Chinese Muslim heartland banned from drinking alcohol – even off duty

Ningxia Hui autonomous region in northwestern China, which has a large Muslim population, has banned all of its police officers from drinking alcohol under any circumstances, on or off duty, according to a local government notice.... → Read More

Chinese sci-fi blockbuster ‘The Wandering Earth’ attacked by trolls in one-star wars

China’s sci-fi blockbuster The Wandering Earth has been attacked by trolls on Douban, the Chinese version of entertainment database IMDb.... → Read More

Coconut milk gives you bigger breasts, Chinese drink advert insists

A popular Chinese coconut milk manufacturer has again come under fire for adverts and packaging which claim that its beverage will make women’s breasts grow bigger.... → Read More

Perceived anti-China bias and dearth of jobs have Chinese science students in US mulling their options

Caught in a geopolitical tug of war between China and the US as job opportunities for them dwindle in both countries, Chinese science students at American universities are wrestling with a dilemma: should they stay, or go?... → Read More

12,000 Chinese blood plasma treatments contaminated with HIV

Traces found in batch used for immune deficiencies caused by illnesses including leukaemia, hepatitis and rabies → Read More

Lunar New Year puts seal on Peppa Pig’s Chinese comeback

When even filmmakers and the army are getting in on the act, there’s no doubt that the popular cartoon character is the face of the Year of the Pig → Read More

Chinese women jobseekers told to use hotline to report gender discrimination

With the recruitment season about to get into full swing in an east China city, women jobseekers have been reminded of a national hotline for reporting gender discrimination.... → Read More

Chinese school warns pupils not to put on too much weight during Lunar New Year holiday

Pupils at a middle school in eastern China have been warned they will be punished with forced exercise sessions if they put on too much weight during the Lunar New Year holiday, according to local media reports.... → Read More

K-pop star Hwang Chi-yeul sparks online pollution storm between China and South Korea

A K-pop star has ignited a rapidly escalating online war of words between his country’s media and Chinese offended by his criticism of China’s air and water quality.... → Read More

Yanxi Palace under fire as Chinese state media declares war on ‘negative influence’ period dramas

Rumours are swirling over the fate of expensive period dramas – including the smash hit Story of Yanxi Palace – after Chinese state media launched an unusual attack on the genre for its extravagance and “negative influence on society”.... → Read More

China has tweaked genes to create five mad monkeys. Is that ethical?

It is the only country in the world with the technology to clone primates bred in captivity → Read More

Chinese man throws young girl from third-floor shopping centre balcony then jumps after her

A young girl is being treated in hospital after being tossed over a third-floor balcony at a shopping centre in southern China by a man who then leapt after her.... → Read More

Chinese shaggy dog story about four-legged friend for the emotionally vulnerable flier really takes off

Video of Alaskan Malamute waiting in plane seat for its owner goes viral → Read More

Panda teeth are self-regenerating, Chinese and US scientists find – and it could benefit human dentures

Chinese and American scientists have discovered that pandas have self-regenerating teeth and are studying its potential uses for human dentures and ceramics.... → Read More

Chinese polar research ship Snow Dragon hits iceberg in Antarctica

Collision happened in Amundsen Sea, breaking the ship’s mast and leaving 250 tonnes of snow and ice piled up on its prow and front deck → Read More