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Partners in crime: Dog helps girl keep a lookout so she can watch TV
This German shepherd serves as a lookout while his “partner in crime” watches television at home when her father is out. When he hears footsteps, Nuomi barks and signals immediately. A video of their collaboration has gone viral in China, bringing the pair almost 4.5 million likes on the country’s social media.
China’s leader seeks to rally private business to the Communist Party’s cause
President Xi Jinping has told China’s private entrepreneurs they are a key part of the nation’s “socialist market economy” as the Communist Party seeks to rally the private sector amid the ongoing tensions with the United States.  Xi’s message was delivered on Wednesday, a day after the party released a policy that ordered the private sector to help meet the nation’s strategic goals as it faces an increasingly hostile external environment. “It is critically important to promote the healthy development of the non-public economy and the healthy growth of people in the non-public sector,” Xi said, according to the official news agency Xinhua. The president urged the United Front Work Departmen
Mongolians fear loss of languages as China pushes Mandarin
China’s new language policy for schools in Inner Mongolia sparked rare protests and class boycotts in the region as locals fear the rules will suffocate their culture. Some parents have been threatened with layoffs, fines, and their children’s expulsion from school if they refuse to send their kids back to school. 
Doctors broke this man’s bones so that he can stand up straight again – after 28 years
A man suffered from a rare condition that caused his upper body to fold over completely. Three parts of his body were “connected” – his chin to his chest, his breastbone to his pubic bone, and his face to his thigh bone.  After undergoing four operations at Shenzhen University General Hospital, in which his bones were literally broken and reconstructed, he finally stood straight – after 28 years.  Credit: 二更深圳/深圳大学总医院
Chinese man trains goldfish to play soccer
A man from China’s Guangdong province has turned his fish tank into a soccer stadium. Yang Tianxin started training his goldfish half a year ago. Now he has 5 Ranchu goldfish that know how to shoot a ball into the goal.
China’s Covid-19 epicenter gets back to normal, but can't hide the trauma
When Wang Dandan moved to Wuhan for a job managing a newly built hotel last summer, she could never have guessed the front-seat view she would have of the city’s battle against the coronavirus. After the severity of the outbreak became clearer and authorities sealed off the central Chinese city on January 23, her hotel became the sleeping quarters for medical professionals deployed across the city. Thanks to its proximity to two major hospitals, the hotel was soon abuzz with doctors and nurses at the initial epicenter of the crisis. The lobby of the hotel is still decorated with silk banners sent by visiting medical teams expressing gratitude for the hospitality. But nearly 150 days after th
Three Gorges Dam faces severe floods
China’s Three Gorges Dam is facing record levels of flooding because the Yangtze River, which passes through the dam, has flooded several times this year already amid heavy rains. The waterway’s lower reaches are still recovering from heavy flooding in July that affected a large part of southeastern China.
How card throwing set this man on the path to Paralympic success
This former Paralympian can throw playing cards so hard that he can light matches, open glass bottles and slice fruit. Li Tingshen won a silver medal at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in the men’s 50 meter breaststroke, and says that it was his card hobby that set him on the path to success.