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Michael Jordan Now Better at Chinese Lawsuits Than Baseball

A Chinese sportswear company had been using the characters for his name

(Newser) - Crying Jordan, no more. The BBC reports basketball legend and internet meme Michael Jordan has won a lawsuit against a Chinese sportswear company capitalizing on his name. The Chinese characters for Jordan's name are read "Qiaodan," and Qiaodan Sports has been using them for a decade, along... More »

Trump Makes 2 New Big Picks for His Team

President-elect wants Gen. John Kelly for DHS, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad for China ambassador

(Newser) - Add two more names to the "Trump administration" list. The president-elect has named his pick for Homeland Security secretary, as well as for the US ambassador to China. For DHS: retired four-star Marine Gen. John Kelly, sources close to the transition team tell the AP . Kelly, who oversaw Gitmo,... More »

'China's Walter White' Tried to Solve Australia's Drug Dearth

$600K-per-month make-and-export business was going well until he got busted

(Newser) - A 46-year-old chemistry professor identified only as Zhang, but who Time notes has been called "China's Walter White" in reference to the lead character of AMC's Breaking Bad, was convicted Tuesday of whipping up and selling 32 kilos of drugs—though prosecutors think the amount produced was... More »

GOP Elder Statesman Was Behind Trump's Taiwan Call

It was Bob Dole

(Newser) - Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen initiated the phone call with Donald Trump , but Bob Dole was the architect. As a lobbyist for law firm Alston & Bird—to which the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the US paid $140,000 from May to October—the former Republican senator worked... More »

Trump Steps Up Criticism of China

Insiders say Taiwan call was part of the plan

(Newser) - The Donald Trump phone conversation that led to an official complaint from Beijing was a calculated move, not an innocent congratulatory call or a blunder made by a man with no knowledge of foreign policy, insiders tell the Washington Post . Instead, the provocative conversation with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen was... More »

Dilbert Creator: How Trump's Taiwan Call Makes 'Perfect Sense'

Scott Adams explains the 'Master Persuader' move

(Newser) - The mainstream media is reporting Donald Trump's phone call with the President of Taiwan as a bad move, something sure to anger China and "exactly the sort of thing that leads to nuclear annihilation," writes Scott Adams on his blog . But remember, this same mainstream media doesn'... More »

China Lodges Complaint Over Trump Taiwan Call

This could be a 'wake-up call for Beijing'

(Newser) - Donald Trump has broken with 37 years of US diplomatic policy on Taiwan —and China is fuming. Beijing lodged an official diplomatic protest Saturday over Trump's phone conversation with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, which is believed to be the first time in 37 years that a US president... More »

Trump Just Broke With 37 Years of US Diplomatic Policy

And China really isn't going to like it

(Newser) - President-elect Donald Trump spoke Friday with the president of Taiwan, a move that will be sure to anger China, the AP reports. It is highly unusual, perhaps unprecedented, for a US president or president-elect to speak directly with a leader of Taiwan, a self-governing island the US broke diplomatic ties... More »

He Was Executed in 1995. China Now Says He Was Innocent

Nie Shubin was made a suspect 'without a shred of evidence,' court finds

(Newser) - In August 1994, a Chinese man was named a suspect in the rape and murder of Kang Juhua, whose body was found in the northern Hebei province. He was allegedly beaten into a confession, subjected to a trial his parents couldn't attend, and executed by gunshot without their knowledge... More »

China's Sperm Seems to Be Getting Worse

56% of would-be donors were a-OK in 2001; in 2015, it was 18%

(Newser) - Researchers set out to evaluate semen quality among young Chinese men over the past 15 years, and the results are fairly staggering: In 2001, the rate of qualified donors to a clinic in Hunan Province stood at 55.8%; in 2015, that was slashed by more than two-thirds to 17.... More »

Nearly Every Worker Perishes in Accident at Power Plant in China

67 people were killed by the collapse of the work platform

(Newser) - Scaffolding at a construction site in eastern China collapsed into a deadly heap on Thursday, sending iron pipes, steel bars, and wooden planks tumbling down on about 70 workers in the country's worst work-safety accident in more than two years. At least 67 people were killed by the collapse... More »

China to Trump: We Didn't Make Up Global Warming

Minister points out Reagan's role in climate talks

(Newser) - China wants Donald Trump to know that contrary to his notorious 2012 tweet , global warming is not a concept it invented to undermine American manufacturing. At United Nations climate talks in Morocco Wednesday, China's Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin pointed out that Republican presidents helped launch Intergovernmental Panel on... More »

'Fatty Kim the Third' Not an OK Nickname in China

But the AP notes 'Kim Fat Fat Fat' still works

(Newser) - Chinese Internet users apparently have to search for news of Kim Jong Un by his given name, or at least not via the term "Jin San Pang"—meaning "Fatty Kim the Third." The phrase has been blocked on Chinese websites including social media site Weibo and... More »

World's 'Saddest Polar Bear' Moved, for Now

Pizza to be temporarily moved from Chinese mall—but advocates want him out of there permanently

(Newser) - Pizza the polar bear will soon "feel the sun on his fur, sniff fresh air, and see the sky above him." That per a statement from Humane Society International, announcing the transfer of the "world's saddest polar bear" from its controversial quarters in a Chinese mall,... More »

Dinosaur Fossil Is One of the 'Saddest' Ever Found

Creature died with its wings and neck outstretched

(Newser) - Workers were blasting through the ground of a school construction site in the Ganzhou region of China four years ago when they found what scientist Steve Brusatte is calling "one of the most beautiful, but saddest, fossils I've ever seen," reports the Telegraph . That's because the... More »

This Is the World's Busiest Day for Online Shopping

'Singles Day' is huge in China

(Newser) - China's online shoppers are engaging in a rare bright spot for its cooling economy—a quirky holiday dubbed "Singles Day" that has grown into the world's busiest day for e-commerce. The country's biggest e-commerce brand, Alibaba Group, said Friday sales by the thousands of retailers on... More »

Millennials Elected to Office in Hong Kong Barred by China

Parliamentary committee head calls them 'traitors' for fighting for independence, altering oaths

(Newser) - China has turned a blind eye to much of what Hong Kong does, because an international treaty spells out that the former British colony is entitled to a "high degree of autonomy," per the New York Times . But China finally put its foot down Monday to block two... More »

The Makings of a Viral Story: One Woman, 20 iPhones, 20 Lovers

It's a great story ... if it's true

(Newser) - One woman's personal journey to homeownership in China—which involved 20 iPhone 7s, 20 boyfriends, and some masterful manipulation—has gone viral, with New York Magazine calling it "a move so brilliant ... I can only hope it is real." It doesn't look like it is, but... More »

Toddler Fatally Hit by Car While Mom Stares at Phone

'Put down your phone. Save the children!'

(Newser) - A 2-year-old girl was killed last month in China while her mother stared at her smartphone, leading many Chinese social media users to call for a change, the New York Times reports. Surveillance video (Warning: graphic content) posted online on Oct. 20 shows the toddler walking near an SUV while... More »

China's New Stealth Fighter Looks Awfully Familiar

Officials say stolen US data helped make J-20

(Newser) - China's newest stealth fighter was surprisingly unveiled Tuesday as two Chengdu J-20 twin-engine prototypes flew at an airshow in Zhuhai in front of a cheering crowd. According to US officials, Washington is actually deserving of the applause. They believe Chinese hackers stole data on America's F-35 and F-22... More »

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