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Talking it up online

Given the wide disparity in their lines of business, it’s not often that Mercedes-Benz, Starbucks and Nokia share the same marketing platform. However, in China, these companies share a common goal: becoming a key influence in the “virtual town square”. In this case, the virtual...

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Pay for free lunch

  The search for resurrection in the recording business is never-ending. But unlike movies, recorded music is easier to download and few mind the loss in sound quality. Worse, people are accustomed to getting it for free. There have been rumblings in recent months that...

Raymond Zhou

Hip is a ‘smart’ start

There’s no one authority who can proclaim what’s hip. Whatever is hip, the poor man’s version veers towards the campy. Yet it carries the seeds of commercial success and hints at the iceberg hidden under the water. When the uncool try too hard to play...

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Xi-Li vision of governance has Chinese Dream in sight

With Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang officially installed in office and a reshuffled State Council in place, the Xi-Li brand of governance is presenting itself. Expounding the Chinese Dream at the National People’s Congress on Sunday and extending it to incorporate individual citizens’ dreams, Xi...

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Western models not panacea

Each human being is different from any other, having a mix of strengths and weaknesses that are unique. In the same way, societies differ from each other, having evolved out of different historical circumstances. For example, in the 19th century, the British Empire was a...

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Far from the tree?

  Li Shuangjiang sings with his son Li Tianyi at an August 2011 concert. Dou Shan / China Photo Press When an angel-like child morphs into a bete noire, parents are often implicated in his wrongdoings, especially when they have fame or power. But the...

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China’s Wen takes bow leaving a promising nation

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao delivers the government work report to the annual session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing March 5, 2013. [Photo/Xinhua] BEIJING – At 9 am, the 70-year-old premier of China Wen Jiabao began...

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Tokyo faces a dilemma of sorts

Abe has vowed to make Japan a first-tier country but he cannot meet his goal if Japanese politicians continue denying war crimes In a speech titled “Japan is back”, during his visit to Washington, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to reinvigorate Japan’s economy and...

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Bittersweet feelings over Ang Lee’s Oscar win

Taiwan-born American director Ang Lee’s win of his second directing Oscar has sparked bittersweet feelings among Chinese audiences, who expressed their pride due to the director’s Chinese roots, but couldn’t help but reflect on why the Chinese mainland has failed to deliver more outstanding films...

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Lantern Festival losing its luster

  The Lantern Festival marks the end of the two-week Lunar New Year celebration. Lighting lanterns is a tradition dating back to the Eastern Han Dynasty (AD 25-220), and this year the festival falls on Feb 24. Legend has it that a human accidentally killed...

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