Tag Archives: China

Morning News Podcast: U.N. Coronavirus Report, China-Iran Agreement

We discuss the UN’s report into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic and hear about a new comprehensive agreement signed between Beijing and Tehran.

Plus: we head to Iceland as the countdown to Eurovision begins.

Views: ‘Bailong Elevator’ – World’s Tallest Outdoor Lift, Hunan, China (Video)

The Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in Hunan, China is famed for its towering, pillar-like karst formations. One of the fastest and easiest ways to view them is by riding up Bailong Elevator, the world’s tallest outdoor lift.

Morning News Podcast: China Sanctions Brands, Head Trauma & Audio Apps

Western fashion brands are in Chinese consumers’ crosshairs, the victims of political wranglings over sanctions and human-rights issues—a spat that may soon consume other industries. 

A striking number of people in the criminal-justice system have had traumatic brain injuries; our correspondent investigates how much that link has been overlooked. And why the audio app Clubhouse has stormed the Middle East.

4K Walks: ‘Yellow Crane Tower – Wuhan, China’

The history of the Yellow Crane Tower, or Huanghe Lou in Chinese, dates back to the Three Kingdoms period (220-280) in Chinese history. Initially built in 223 AD, the tower served military purposes as a watchtower at the beginning. In the following centuries, it repeatedly saw both destruction and reconstruction. Especially during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, it was destroyed seven times. Yet, each time, it was brought back to life again. Unfortunately, a fire in 1884 completely ruined the building. It was not until 1981 that the tower was once again rebuilt, which took four years. The tower we see today is based on the one designed during the Qing Dynasty. Standing 51.4 meters, the five-story Yellow Crane Tower is perched on the banks of the Yangtze River at the top of the Snake Mountain. It features a mix of octagonal and square structures with a roof covered by 100,000 yellow glazed tiles. Each upturned eave resembles a fluttering crane that is closely linked to the tower’s name.

Morning News Podcast: Biden Press Conference, France-China Sanctions

We unpack Joe Biden’s first official news conference and hear about how sanctions are impacting relations between France and China. 

Plus: the latest climate and energy news and a checkup on music industry sales. From Milan: Salone highlights, interviews and a daily running guide.

Analysis: Why China Is Dominating The U.S. In Electric Cars (Video)

The global electric vehicle market is heating up and China wants to dominate. The country has invested at least $60 billion to support the EV industry and it’s pushing an ambitious plan to transition to all electric or hybrid cars by 2035. Tesla entered the Chinese market in 2019 and has seen rapid growth.

China sold roughly one million more EVs than the U.S. in 2020. But there are signs the U.S. is getting more serious about going electric. President Joe Biden announced a goal to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 and investments in green infrastructure. Watch the video to find out how China came to dominate the market and whether it’s too late for the U.S. to catch up.

Analysis: ‘Tencent – China’s Most Valuable Company’

Mar.23 — In the space of two decades, Tencent Holdings Ltd. has become China’s most valuable company and Asia’s largest conglomerate. But with Chinese authorities stepping up scrutiny of the internet sector and cracking down on monopolies. it’s not clear if the WeChat owner will still have the same freedom to expand. Bloomberg Television’s David Ingles reports.

Analysis: ‘A New Space Race – USA Vs China Vs Russia’

In the skies above our heads, humanity’s titanic geopolitical superpowers are yet again duking it out for supremacy among the stars. Only this time, unlike the 1960s, there’s three of them. Or is there? It’s complicated. Join us today as we helmet up and examine the new space race unfolding right now between the US, China and Russia.

What you might call the oldschool or ‘classic’ space race started in the 1950s, peaked during the 60s, and petered out by the mid 70s. It was, to be sure, an unofficial race. Nobody waved a novelty green flag to set things off. But the two largest economic and technological powers of the day – the United States of America and the Soviet Union – fought bitterly to be the first to make meaningful headway into the cosmos.

Oriental Art: ‘Landscapes & Calligraphies’ – Chinese Monk Painter Hongren

Relax and enjoy the meditative power of legendary Chinese monk painter Hongren’s ‘Landscapes and Calligraphies’. A masterpiece of Zen thinking, this is the holy grail of Chinese Classical Painting whose themes of quiet and solitude still resonate strongly today.

Hong Ren, who is also known as Hongren, was a Chinese monk and painter of the early Qing period and a member of the Anhui school of painting. His birth name was Jiang Fang. After the fall of the Ming dynasty he became a monk, as did Zhu Da, Shitao, and Kun Can.

World News: How To Deal With China, Mexican Border, Global Happiness

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, how to deal with ChinaBiden’s border bind (12:01) and how the pandemic has changed the shape of global happiness (27:34). Zanny Minton Beddoes hosts.