Monthly Archives: December 2015

Hotline links Taiwan and the mainland

A hotline between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan was officially launched on Wednesday when chiefs of cross-Straits affairs from both sides used it for the first time to speak to each other.
The new link provides an upgraded contact between the two sides by connecting the heads of the two Cabinet-level agencies responsible for cross-Straits ties.

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US farmers may benefit from wider use of TCM

Rising American interest in traditional Chinese medicine could open up a new market for US farmers producing the herbs and flowers used by practitioners.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years. TCM practitioners utilize herbal medicines and various mind and body practices, such as acupuncture and tai chi, to treat or prevent health problems, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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Boeing and Airbus have ‘banner year’

Through November, Boeing said it had sold 1,335 aircraft to China, 1,190 of which have been delivered. During Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the United States, he signed an order for 300 jets valued at $38 billion.

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Professor revives Chinese program

In just a year, Min Wang has helped to reinvigorate the Chinese studies program at the University of North Dakota, boosting enrollment from about five students to 50 in the fall semester.

“I was doing my post-doctorate at Harvard and teaching in the Boston area when I interviewed for the position,” she told China Daily in an interview. “I knew it was going to be a one-man show.”

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Parents try to clear air for children at Beijing schools

The lasting air pollution in Beijing has driven increasing numbers of parents to collect money and install filters in classrooms, but many were rejected by schools. The reasons given included disapproval from the Beijing Commission of Education.

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Giant ginseng root could tip the scales at auction in China

Mark MacDonald, a FedEx deliveryman and volunteer fireman in rural Maryland, was out with his father last September looking for ginseng roots in western Allegany County.
What they found could make history.
“It took us an hour and a half to dig it out,” MacDonald told the Cumberland, Maryland Times-News. “We were real careful with it. It was unbelievable. We just kept digging and digging and there was more and more root.”

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