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British Brands & Royal Mail Join Chinese E-Commerce Boom

Over 130 British brands have set up their online stores in Tmall, the largest B2C online shopping platform in China established in 2014 under Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Karen Millen, Lush, Cambridge Satchel, Twinings, Neal’s Yard, Freshcatch, Tangle Teezer, are just of few of the companies that are bringing British fashion to Chinese consumers’ doorsteps via this e-commence platform. Royal Mail also announced it would join Tmall in March 2015 to support more British retailers and exporters into the Chinese market.

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Chai Jing’s review:
“Under the Dome – Investigating China’s Smog”

Over 100 million viewers in less than two days watched this documentary on air pollution by renowned investigative journalist Chai Jing. “Under the Dome” has been widely discussed in China especially via Chinese social media Weibo and Wechat. The documentary was released just a few days before the annual sessions of the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislative body.

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Chinese New Year in HongKong 1937 and Birmingham 1981

Chinese New Year is traditionally celebrated for 15 days, starting from the Spring Festival and ends with the Lantern Festival. These two clips from the BFI “China on Film” project provide glimpses of Chinese new year celebrations in Hongkong and Birmingham last century.

Chinese New Year in Hong Kong 1937
Chinese New Year in Birmingham 1981

Zuckerberg Speaks Chinese

If you are in need of some additional motivation to keep developing your Chinese language skills perhaps the news that Mark Zuckerberg has learned the language will give you inspiration.  In autumn 2014 the Facebook founder stunned and delighted students and staff at Tsinghua University during a a 30 minutes Q&A session in Beijing. Zuckerberg set himself goal of learning Chinese in 2010 as his wife’s grandmother only speaks Chinese. Check how good his Chinese is in this English subtitled video.

APEC Blue

APEC Blue is one of the latest terms to come into use in China. It iwas a term first coined by Chinese bloggers to describe the blue skies seen during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Beijing in November 2014. The blue sky was achieved through a series extreme pollution controls over the period and this term was quickly used by bloggers to describe something utterly and unrealistically beautiful, but very short and fleeting. One typical joke circulated on-line is: “He’s not really into you—it’s APEC blue.”
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The World’s Largest Law Firm 

The merger of Dentons with China’s Dacheng Law Offices was officially announced on Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015. This merger will create the world’s largest law firm with 6,600 lawyers at 120 locations in 50 countries. Dacheng (大成) Law Offices was founded in 1992 and it is one of China’s earliest and largest partnership law firms. Its founding partner Peng Xuefeng believes the combination of the two firms is “the most extensive and innovative partnership in both the East and the West”.