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Chinese women spend £22.5m on virtual boyfriends

Chinese women spend £22.5m on virtual boyfriends

Technology
Chinese women are spending millions on four virtual boyfriends in a mobile game which has taken the country by storm.Love and Producer is currently the top grossing app in Apple's App Store in China, and players are estimated to have spent 200m Yuan (£22.5m) on the game in January alone.According to research firm Jiguang, the dating simulator has more than two million daily active users with the majority being women in their early 20s.They play a female television producer who is attempting to save her late father's production company by reviving a hit show, while maintaining romantic relationships with four boyfriends who could star in the programme.The boyfriends are Li Zeyan, a young entrepreneur, Bai Qi, a police officer, Xu Mo, a scientist, and Zhou Qiluo, a pop star.[embedded content
First monkey clones created in Chinese laboratory

First monkey clones created in Chinese laboratory

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceTwo monkeys have been cloned using the technique that produced Dolly the sheep.Identical long-tailed macaques Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua were born several weeks ago at a laboratory in China.Scientists say populations of monkeys that are genetically identical will be useful for research into human diseases.But critics say the work raises ethical concerns by bringing the world closer to human cloning.Qiang Sun of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Neuroscience said the cloned monkeys will be useful as a model for studying diseases with a genetic basis, including some cancers, metabolic and immune disorders."There are a lot of questions about primate biology that can be studied by having this additional model," he said. Zhong Zhong was born e...
Western companies are getting creative with their Chinese names

Western companies are getting creative with their Chinese names

Finance
MCDONALD’S drew ridicule in China when it changed its registered name there to Jingongmen, or “Golden Arches”, in October, after it was sold to a Chinese consortium. Some on Weibo, a microblogging site, thought it sounded old-fashioned and awkward, others that it had connotations of furniture. The fast-food chain was quick to reassure customers that its restaurants would continue to go by Maidanglao, a rough transliteration that has, over the years, become a recognisable brand name. But for most companies now entering Chinese markets, transliterations are a thing of the past, says Amanda Liu, vice-president of Labbrand, a consultancy based in Shanghai that advises firms on brand names.Companies are instead choosing Chinese names with meanings that capture people’s imagination. That often i
Mulan: Disney casts Chinese actress Liu Yifei in lead role

Mulan: Disney casts Chinese actress Liu Yifei in lead role

Entertainment
Disney has picked Chinese actor Liu Yifei to play Mulan in an upcoming film, following accusations against Hollywood of 'whitewashing'.The live-action adaptation of the 1998 animated movie will tell the tale of the famed Chinese heroine Hua Mulan.Several Hollywood films have faced criticism in recent months for featuring white actors in Asian roles.Thousands took part in an online campaign calling for an Asian actress to be cast as Mulan.Recent films accused of whitewashing include the Hollywood remake of Japanese anime Ghost in the Shell, which had Scarlett Johansson in the main role which was originally Japanese, and Chinese epic The Great Wall which starred Matt Damon as its lead character.Media playback is unsupported on your deviceLiu, nicknamed "Fairy Sister" for her delicate looks a...
At least two killed in explosion near Chinese port city

At least two killed in explosion near Chinese port city

World
Nov. 26 (UPI) -- At least two people were killed following an explosion near a Chinese port city on Sunday.The explosion took place at 8:50 a.m. at the site of a factory set to be demolished in the city of Ningbo in eastern China's Zhejiang province.At least two people were seriously injured and 16 more sustained minor injuries as the blast caused buildings in the area to collapse.Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the explosion, but the municipal gas company said there was no gas pipeline near the explosion site.Firefighters discovered a pothole at the site, believed to be the source of the explosion. Villagers said there was previously a toilet in that spot and investigators confirmed there was a septic tank in the area.The explosion took place in Lijia village whi...