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The Sun Kings

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Chinese companies will need to cut direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of their operations by up to 2.7% a year if China is to stay on track with the level of action required to keep global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius, says a new report authored by climate consultants Ecofys for green group WWF. Reports 02.11.15 ...

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‘Still Not Married?’ A Graphic Guide to Surviving Chinese New Year

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Maya Hong is a Beijing transplant from a small town outside of Harbin, the icy city not far from China’s border with Siberia. Though proud of her glacial origins and skilled at combating subzero temperatures, over the years Hong, 30, has had to add to her repertoire to stay comfortable on her visits home. Lately, in addition to the lancing Arctic winds she faces a yearly inquisition from relatives and neighbors about why she is returning home for the Chinese New Year without a husband or news of an imminent engagement. Viewpoint...

Wu Niu—Imaginechina/Zuma Press

Major China Apple Supplier Pays Workers Less Than Foxconn

A Q&A with Kevin Slaten of China Labor Watch

Jonathan Landreth & Kevin Slaten

Apple, the world’s most beloved maker of sleek mobile phones, powerful personal computers, and slim portable music players recently reported record profits—money a new report from the New York-based nongovernmental organization China Labor Watch (CLW) says is dependent upon using cheap and exploited Chinese labor. Upon the release last week of the full CLW report, “Analyzing Labor Conditions of Pegatron and Foxconn: Apple’s Low-Cost Reality,” ChinaFile caught up with one of its authors, Kevin Slaten. Jonathan Landreth: What is Pegatron? Kevin Slaten:...

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