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Is the Shark-Fin Trade Facing Extinction?

A global campaign to end the harvesting and selling of shark’s fins, along with a crackdown within China on lavish banquets, where the fins were often served, is now seeing results. Chris Horton at The Atlantic reports...

Photo Series: Scenes from the Two Sessions

China’s once-in-a-decade leadership transition is underway at the “Two Sessions,” the annual convening of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). CDT has collected...

China Fuels Resurgent Ivory Poaching

Ivory poaching in Africa, fuelled in large part by Chinese consumers, is reaching a scale not seen since the 1980s. The amount seized last year, twice as much as in 2010, suggests the killing of at least 2,500 elephants, but...

Explaining the Asian Linvasion

The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos writes about Jeremy Lin, China’s newest NBA idol, who already has three-quarters of a million followers on SIna Weibo and who soared to the number-one most searched item on Baidu last...

Yao Who? China’s New NBA Star

The Wall Street Journal calls attention to Jeremy Lin, who has suddenly become China’s newest NBA idol in the absence of the now-retired Yao Ming: Lin, a former Harvard star who went undrafted out of college, gives up 14...

Yao Ming Joins Shanghai Political Body

Former NBA star Yao Ming, who retired last summer and returned to China to enroll in Shanghai Jiaotong University, posted up as a new member of the standing committee of Shanghai’s political advisory body on Monday. From...

Lafite Counterfeits Afloat?

China’s wealthy have been rapidly acquiring a taste for wine in recent years. The country has entered the world’s top five grapevine growers, and quality has also improved significantly, with a number of Chinese...

Yao Ming Courts China's Wine Boom

With demand for wine in China ripening – both for domestically produced and, more dramatically, imported wines – one of the country’s most recognizable faces is taking aim at the market. From The Wall Street...

Yao Ming Begins College Life

Global Times reports on the start of basketball icon Yao Ming’s post-NBA academic career at Shanghai Jiao Tong University: According to Yao, who retired on July 20, he has enrolled in the Antai College of Economics &...

China Showcases Next Olympic Stars

The 7th Chinese City Games opened in Jianxi’s provincial capital of Nanchang on Sunday, but not without a nontraditional approach to breeding talent in the last significant multi-sport event China will hold before the 2012...

Rockets’ Yao Ming to Quit NBA: Reports

NBA star Yao Ming is planning to retire from professional basketball, Reuters reports: Yao had cast doubt on his return to the NBA last month when he admitted to the possibility he may not play again because of his ongoing...

China Fans Ask, Will Yao Ming’s Baby be American?

From USA Today: Yao’s personal life is closely followed by his many fans at home, from his 2007 Shanghai wedding to fellow basketball player Ye Li to last month’s reports the couple is expecting a baby girl in...

Sports Round-up 07.17: Yao Back, Liu Still Broken

Mixed news for China’s stable of Olympics heroes. As the Washington Post reports, basketball superstar Yao Ming made his first appearance in competition since being seriously injured in an NBA game in February, and...

China’s New Celebrity Culture

From AP: It will be THE game of Day 1 of men’s basketball at the Beijing Olympics: China vs. the United States, the 21st century’s emerging superpower challenging the 20th century’s titan. The new 18,000-seat...

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