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China soon to produce twice as many scientists as U.S.
There may be some truth in the stereotype of the geeky Chinese student, skilled at science and mathematics China is producing three graduates in science and engineering fields for every two in America, a study showed. The students are focusing on aeronautics, drones, space exploration, and a home-grown GPS system THE PICTURE AT the top…
Cut red tape to boost Hong Kong housing
CUMBERSOME PROCEDURES in town planning are a key factor exacerbating Hong Kong’s housing shortage. At present, it takes at least 10 years to transform a plot of land into an apartment block. There are numerous stages to go through, from preliminary town planning, to transformation of the land into “spade-ready” sites, to completion of flat…
Suzhou’s eternal gardens touch the soul
IN APRIL OF 1977, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was taken on a visit to one of the many legendary classical Chinese gardens of Suzhou. The one chosen for her was called The Garden of the Futility of Politics. The extraordinary name surely stuck in the British leader's mind--particularly as she would go on to…
Landscapes filled with quiet messages
CHINESE ART IS ONE of the oldest continuous visual styles in the world. It is instantly recognizable, whether the painting was created today or a thousand years ago. And the most extraordinary genre of Chinese art is landscape painting, known as Shan shui  (山水), literally meaning "mountains and rivers". For more than 1500 years, Chinese artists…