1. For $2 million, hopefully this dog comes with a complimentary mansion. A Chinese property developer reportedly paid that hefty sum to get his hands on a one-year-old golden haired Tibetan mastiff in what could be the most expensive dog sale ever. 

    This is what a $2 million puppy looks like

     

  2. “Since the end of the Cold War, America has been space’s sole superpower, and it’s not ceding that status without a fight. But in this hushed race for control of the orbit around Earth, China doesn’t need to control everything to win; it just needs to take away the U.S.’ strategic advantage. And it’s doing so by turning the U.S.’ own strength against it.”

    — Eugene Chow, in The U.S. is in an under-the-radar space race with China — and it’s losing

     


  3. Today, we imagine what a U.S.-China war would look like in the 21st century…with a little War of the Worlds dramatics thrown in…

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  4. Nice moon rover exhibit, China!  Just one question: Is that a mushroom cloud over Europe in the background?

     

  5. Whoa: China’s “Jade Rabbit” just became the first spacecraft on the moon since 1976.  

     


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  7. $100,000
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    China’s initial pledge toward Philippine relief efforts.

    For contrast, the U.S. pledged $20 million, Britain promised $16 million, the Vatican $4 million, Japan $10 million, and Ireland $1.4 million. Why is China being so stingy with its aid money?

     


  8. In 2006, there were 120 males to 100 females…In the 19th century, when males outnumbered females 129 to 100 in the country’s northern region, “roving young men organized themselves into bandit gangs, built forts, and came to rule an area of some six million people.”
     

  9. In China, 11/11 is “Singles Day”, represented by the “4 single sticks” of the calendar date.

    It’s also China’s version of Black Friday.

     

  10. John Aziz:

    Back in the 1960s, economists were confident that the Soviet economy could overtake the economy of the United States by the year 2000. This chart — projecting huge Soviet growth — originally appeared in the 1961 edition of Nobel-winning economist Paul Samuelson’s textbook.

    Of course, the Soviet Union never achieved such high growth levels. When the Soviet Union fell apart in 1991, its economy was barely half the size of America’s. Why did projections of huge Soviet growth turn out to be so wrong? Renegade Soviet economist Girsh Itsykovich Khanin argued that the growth rates reported by Soviet authorities were hugely overestimated. While official estimates put the Soviet economy of 1985 at 84.4 times the output of 1928, Khanin estimated that in reality it was only 6.6 times the 1928 output. Bad data from the Soviet authorities led economists like Paul Samuelson to make bad projections.

    While there are no projections that today’s Russian economy will overtake that of the United States, many economists are projecting that China, which has experienced three decades of 9.8 percent average annual GDP growth, is poised to trump America. 

    Here’s why they’re wrong.

     

  11. Duel your enemies! Commit ritual seppuku! Bind your feet!

    5 disturbing historical practices you should never, ever try

     


  12. The world’s most powerful frenemies have done quite a bit of bickering over NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Here’s what they’re saying.

     

  13. reuters:

    This week’s stunning TIME cover illustration was created by the Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. via timemagazine