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South China Sea: Xi Jinping attends massive naval display

China’s leader Xi Jinping has attended a massive naval display in the disputed South China Sea. Speaking from an undisclosed location, Mr Xi said the need for a strong navy had “never been more pressing”. More than 10,000 naval officers, 76 fighter jets and a flotilla of 48 ships and …

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Chinese man caught by facial recognition at pop concert

Chinese police have used facial recognition technology to locate and arrest a man who was among a crowd of 60,000 concert goers. The suspect, who has been identified only as Mr Ao, was attending a concert by pop star Jacky Cheung in Nanchang city last weekend when he was caught. …

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Why China has fallen in love with a baby radish monster

Huba, cat-sized, resembling a radish with four arms and pointy ears, is the star of China’s biggest local film to date. The green-haired creature is the main character of Monster Hunt, which has swept the box office since it opened on 16 June. The plot is, well, unconventional and yet …

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China cracks down on video parodies

China’s media regulator has announced a crackdown on video parodies. It says video websites are banned from featuring videos that “distort or spoof” classical literature or art, and videos that re-cut or re-voice radio, TV and online programmes. Chinese bloggers regularly produce spoof videos, including some that mock state media …

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Chinese police spot suspects with surveillance sunglasses

Police in China have begun using sunglasses equipped with facial recognition technology to identify suspected criminals. The glasses are connected to an internal database of suspects, meaning officers can quickly scan crowds while looking for fugitives. But critics fear the technology will give even more power to the government. The …

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China ‘social credit’: Beijing sets up huge system

In most countries, the existence of a credit system isn’t controversial. Past financial information is used to predict whether individuals will pay their mortgages or credit card bill in the future. But China is taking the whole concept a few steps further. The Chinese government is building an omnipotent “social …

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