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Unorthodox architecture in China
China has long been a testing ground for the world’s architects to try out new ideas. From the “bottle opener” in Shanghai to the “big trousers” in Beijing, the country is no stranger to unorthodox building design. The latest structures to draw attention are two new buildings in the country’s Yangtze River Delta.
More Chinese babies are given maternal family name
Since January 1, 2016, when the nation eased its one-child policy to allow families to have two children, more parents are handing down a maternal family name.  Breaking with deeply-rooted tradition, some parents are now giving their firstborn child the father’s surname and the second child the mother’s name.
Rare sighting of sea lion on China’s coast
A rare sighting of a Steller sea lion was reported at Dandong port on the coast of China’s northeastern province of Liaoning on July 13, 2020. The animals are usually more active in the northern Pacific Ocean, but several have recently been seen in China. Listed as “near threatened” by conservation groups, the creatures are the largest species in the sea lion family.  
China’s leader assures business chiefs he’s still committed to reform
China’s President Xi Jinping has promised leading international business executives that China will stick to its “peaceful development” path and continue to reform and open up its domestic market. In a bid to win the hearts and minds of the global business community amid rising tensions with the United States, Xi’s letter to the Global CEO Council stated that the long-term economic fundamentals of the Chinese economy remain sound and “will not change” despite the impact of the coronavirus. A summary of the letter was published by the official Xinhua News Agency on Thursday, shortly after China announced its economy grew by 3.2% in the second quarter of 2020. This followed the historic 6.8% d
Britain decided to ban Huawei after all
Huawei Technologies will be banned from the UK's 5G network, the British government announced on Tuesday in a major policy reversal. The decision follows escalating tension with Beijing and pressure from Washington and could add to the pressure on other European countries to review their approach to the Chinese telecoms giant. By tearing up his earlier decision to allow Huawei partial access to Britain’s 5G networks, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ignored threats from Chinese officials that there will be “consequences” if the UK treats China as a “hostile partner.” The decision marks the end of a long debate in Britain's government about the Chinese firm, with critics, including members o