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Chinese mum pays over US$150,000 to have ‘perfect’ seven kids, bucking country’s declining childbirth trend
Zhang Rongrong’s family paid the ‘social support fees’ – effectively fines – to give birth to seven babies under China’s two-child policyA successful businesswoman, Zhang says the decision was not driven by gender preference, but because she hopes never to be alone
Former Kuaishou executive arrested for alleged corruption amid anti-bribery pressure on China’s Big Tech
Zhao Danyang, a former vice-president at Kuaishou responsible for its content business, was arrested along with two subordinates. The video-sharing company joins other tech giants, including Tencent, with employees that have been investigated for corruption.
US-China tech war: Tech vlogger’s interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook goes viral amid thawing tensions
In an 18-minute video interview with 22-year-old student He Shijie, Tim Cook discusses his admiration of Chinese people, history and arts. Absent from the discussion was any mention of censorship or the US-China technology rivalry as the Apple CEO courts Chinese consumers for market growth.
ByteDance makes biggest public commitment yet to Tencent video game rivalry with launch of stand-alone site for Nuverse
The video game market has become hugely lucrative in recent years, with both Big Tech and high-powered start-ups aggressively building up their gaming units. Nuverse’s previous titles struggled to live up to expectations, but it is only a matter of time before it comes up with a hit game.
Hong Kong, Singapore travel agencies adopt asset-light model, tie up with logistics providers to survive pandemic
Agencies are adapting different strategies to ensure they can keep doing the same amount of work with fewer resources while waiting for business to pick upTravel intermediaries saw a 46 per cent fall in global sales in 2020 compared to an annual growth rate of 5 per cent in the prior five-year period: Euromonitor
Young, impoverished mother from Chinese viral photo finally found after 11 years, and how different her life is now
Bamu Yubumu became a symbol of determination in the face of crushing poverty after a photo of her struggling along with her baby went viral in 2010At the time she earned around US$90 a month but has since benefitted hugely from China’s poverty alleviation measures
Hong Kong schools welcome back pupils as Covid-19 rules eased to allow a third of student population on site
Pupils return as schools given nod to open their doors to a third of studentsHowever, this year’s Territory-wide System Assessment – scheduled for between April and June – is scrapped because of the ongoing pandemic
The National Health Commission said comments that three provinces would be allowed to adopt new policies did not mean it would end limits on family sizeCurrently families are limited to two children, but the end of the one-child policy has failed to stop birth rates falling
FCC aims to increase the number of rural network carriers eligible for ‘rip-and-replace’ fundsProposed changes would allow carriers with up to 10 million customers to access funds
Consumption for the holiday in 2021 sees a 28.7 per cent increase from 2020Spending still below the amount in 2019, which was over 1 trillion yuan