Here’s How Brexit Will Affect China’s Economy

Britain’s Friday vote to quit the European Union is seen to cause turmoil not only in Europe, but also to the rest of the world. But while many believe its effects on Asian economies in general may be benign, the region’s largest, China, may feel a greater impact in the long run.

Following the vote, Hua Chunying, spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry, expressed that China respected the choice of the British people.

“A prosperous Europe is in the interests of all parties and China is willing to keep co-operating with Britain and is fully confident in China-EU ties,” she said.

During his visit to the United Kingdom last year. Chinese president Xi Jinping expressed his hopes of having Britain to remain in the European Union, Telegraph reported.

“China hopes to see a prosperous Europe and a united EU, and hopes Britain, as an important member of the EU, can play an even more positive and constructive role in promoting the deepening development of China-EU ties,” said a paraphrased statement from Xi released by China’s foreign ministry.

Over the years, Britain has played a significant role in promoting Chinese relations with the union, which has become China’s largest trading partner, according to South China Morning Post. This is the reason why many analysts believe that Britain’s exit from the European Union will lead to difficult trade and investment agreements between China and the bloc.

The completion of an E.U.-China trade deal and China’s aim to gain Market Economy Status—a status that would protect the country from certain E.U. trade tariffs, may also be put in danger.

He Weiwen, co-director of the China-US-EU Study Centre under the China’s Ministry of Commerce said that it would be necessary now to boost ties with the rest of European Union countries.

The European Union [without the presence of Britain] is likely to adopt a more protectionist approach when dealing with China. [The cooperation between China and the EU] may become more difficult,” he said. “For Chinese companies which have set up headquarters or branches in the UK, they may not be able to enjoy tariff-free access to the wider European market after Britain leave the EU.”

Some experts believe, however, that a fractured EU may be beneficial to China’s further global economic rise in the long run.

Bloomberg points out that Friday’s vote may create more opportunities for China to leverage itself in the world stage both economically and politically, citing the bloc having weaker stance against the world second largest economy’s growing assertiveness.

Amid the turmoil that sent the Chinese yuan to its lowest rate against the dollar in more than five years, Chinese state-run media has generally stayed away from the widely covered global news. Major headlines covered President Xi’s visits to Serbia, Poland and Uzbekistan instead.

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China is Still Taking Organs from Political Prisoners, Report Says

A group of researchers claim that the harvesting of organs from executed prisoners in China has persisted despite the government’s pledge of eradicating the practice in 2009.

The Chinese government has been collecting organs from executed prisoners to fulfill the huge demand from hospitals, reported Quartz. While it has denied the allegation for decades, China admitted to the practice in 2005.

The 718-page report, published by a human rights advocate team made up of lawyer David Matas, journalist Ethan Gutmann and former Canadian politician David Kilgour, revealed that hospitals have conducted transplant procedures with or without official permission to do so.

After tracking organ transplant numbers from select hospitals, the paper found that while only 164 hospitals in China were given official approval to conduct transplants, 712 hospitals continued to do the procedures anyway.

Despite not being approved by the Ministry of Health, many of these facilities have not halted their transplant activities and some of these non-approved institutions had significant transplant volumes,” the study read. “Compared to the Ministry-approved hospitals, these institutions have more flexibility to obtain living organ sources through various channels and to continue organ harvesting.”

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According to the data obtained from the Chinese government-run Xinhua news, only 10,000 organ transplants were said to be conducted in 2015. The figure was debunked by the researchers in its report.

“The (Communist Party) says the total number of legal transplants is about 10,000 per year. But we can easily surpass the official Chinese figure just by looking at the two or three biggest hospitals,” Matas said in a statement.

Further research confirmed that all hospitals, with or without permission, have been conducting transplant procedures at around 60,000 to 100,000 transplants annually. The enormous gap allegedly consisted of executed prisoners who were imprisoned for their religious or political beliefs.

The report also revealed that political prisoners are reportedly given regular blood tests and medical examinations to make sure that their organs remain healthy for transplant.

The researchers are set to testify at the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday.

In an online statement, former chair of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee and Florida Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said:

“China has been perpetuating perhaps some of the most gruesome and egregious human rights violations against the Falun Gong and other prisoners of conscience, yet has hardly faced any criticism, let alone sanctions, for these abuses.”

On Thursday, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the Chinese government is enforcing “strict laws and regulations on this issue” and called the allegations “imaginary and baseless.”

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Chinese Gamer’s Feet Start to Rot After 6-Day Gaming Binge at an Internet Cafe

Earlier this week, police discovered an unconscious 19-year-old boy behind a bush near some train tracks in Hangzhou, China with infected and bleeding feet.

The police quickly called for an ambulance when the boy woke up briefly to ask for some water. When the police asked him what had happened, the young man explained that he hadn’t eaten in three days, had no money for food, and had been wandering aimlessly after a 6-day long gaming binge at a nearby internet cafe, according to Hangzhou Daily.

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Eventually, the police contacted the young man’s parents, but his father initially told them he didn’t want his son back. Apparently, the boy had run away from home 10 days before and didn’t care about anything but online gaming. Eventually, he asked the police to bring him home.

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Police believe if they had not found the boy, he would have died.

While it is unknown the exact cause of his foot rot, it’s most likely attributed to his poor hygiene and lack of sleep.

China’s extreme gaming culture has certainly taken it’s toll on young people throughout the country who practically live in internet cafes, from Jack Ma’s own son to one woman who paused only briefly to give birth and continued at her computer covered in blood.

Gamers will resort to other extreme measures to trade their lives for the sake of the game:

h/t: Shanghaiist

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Business is Just Terrible This Year at China’s Dog Meat Festival

Sales at this year’s Yulin Lychee Dog Meat Festival in China are on the decline.

The annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival, which celebrates the consumption of dog meat in areas of China, saw a decrease in sales from last year. The 10 day festival started yesterday with vendors and restaurants offering various types of dog meat to customers.

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Domestic and international pressure, however, has had an effect on business. A handful of festival goers have given up dog meat due to “moral pressure” from society. One butcher at the Yulin festival commented on this year’s event. He told Xinhua:

“Business is especially bad this year. I could sell over 30 dogs every day in previous years, but now I can only sell five at the most.”

The festival is not sanctioned by the government and officials are making efforts to shrink the event. Government employees are prohibited from attending the ten day affair and a number of dog markets and slaughterhouses have been shut down.

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Officials have also banned the public slaughter of dogs, which used to be a frequent sight at the Yulin Festival. In addition, vendors were instructed to hide the character for “dog” that appeared on their signs.

Animal activists and dog lovers have joined forces to convince the Chinese government to ban the festival all together. A petition filed earlier this month had 11 million signatures including those from celebrities like Matt Damon.

Rescuers such as Marc Ching, founder of The Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation, have made trips to Asia to save dogs from slaughterhouses. Recently, a group of animal activists marched in New York City’s Chinatown because it was the closest to China they could reach.

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Inside the Growing Trend of Men Dating Plastic Dolls in China

There’s been a growing popularity of men in China buying silicon dolls and treating them as girlfriends and sometimes even children.

Men have been spotted in public taking their dolls on dates to the movies and the park, according to People’s Daily Online.

Zhang Fan, 36, who’s a stock trader in Beijing, sees his doll as a female version of himself.

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“She is me as a female. Not some other woman.” Zhang told local media. He likes dressing her up in different outfits and taking photos with her in public.

Although Zhang’s parents approved of their son’s relationship with the doll, they insist that he should still get married. However, after two failed relationships, Zhang concluded that marriage would be too expensive and stopped his search.

Song Bo, 29, didn’t want to get married and have children after bring diagnosed with a growing cyst in his head. Instead, he keeps a doll and treats it as if it were his own daughter.

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Other dolls owners have claimed that having a doll has helped them get an actual wife. Li Chen, 58, is about to marry a 24-year-old woman since getting divorced 12 years ago. He credits his doll for giving him the confidence to get himself out there to find new love.

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Live Your Dream When You Find Out How To Make Money From Home

Live Your Dream When You Find Out How To Make Money From Home

Though it sounds too good to be true, there are many ways you can learn how to make money from home. There are plenty of websites that are chock full of ideas and programs for just this purpose. Some are even free, so get online and find out how you can stay at home and have the money rolling in.

Decide Where Your Talents Lie

Everybody is good at something, and you are sure to have some talent or skill that can help you to make money from home. Sometimes you don’t even need to have a skill, all you need is information. There are people who are willing to pay for what you know or what you can find out for them. This is one way that people are learning to make money from home.

If you are a creative person and think that you can make a success with writing, you can find so many ways to make money from home in this way. There are websites that are free to join for anyone who wants to make money from home in a freelance writing capacity. You can write content for websites, write for magazines, and create brochures and newsletters to name just a few of the writing jobs that require you only have proper grammar and a way with words.

Filling Out Surveys in Order to Make Money from Home

There are many people who swear by taking surveys online in order to make money from home. There are many companies that are more than willing to pay you in cash and rewards for helping them with their marketing campaigns. This is not the easiest nor fastest way to put money in your pocket, but there are those who are out there making a decent living by simply giving their opinions about upcoming or existing goods and services. Another plus to using surveys to make money from home is you will often be supplied with some of the company’s products complimentary in order for you to give them an informed opinion.

Use E-Bay to Become an Internet Mogul

E-Bay has become a phenomenon that allows people with products to sell to make lots of money. This is not a way to make money without working, if that is what you are looking for. Those who use E-Bay to sell goods online need to find the products they want to put on the market, set up an account and be ready willing and able to package and send the goods to their customers. There is much information about how to make money from home using E-Bay to do it, and you will be presented with a wide variety of ideas in order to get you started.

Stay at Home Moms

There are many work from home programs that are geared specifically to the stay at home mom. There are many ideas that will allow moms to work from home, make some money to contribute to the household and still be able to spend quality time with their children. There are many websites that cater to moms and you will be surprised at all the great ideas that have proven track records for those looking to make money from the comfort of their homes. You can choose from such jobs as sales, marketing, and travel to name just a few of the opportunities you will find available.

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Muslim Man Launches Controversial Website to Help Men Find Multiple Wives

In a peculiar blend of tech and culture, U.K.-based entrepreneur Azad Chaiwala created a website that speeds up the process of searching for more wives. SecondWife.com is now live, and Muslim men, who can have up to four spouses, are welcome to sign up.

Because registration is free, it comes as no surprise that the web service now boasts 35,000 members, with the bulk of users reportedly coming from the West Midlands. According to The Sun, Chaiwala insists that the site promotes fidelity, morality and old-fashioned family values. In addition, he believes polygamy will soon be legal in the U.K.

Abusers of the web site are closely monitored and the website has a strict a no-cleavage policy.

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Chaiwala, who became a millionaire at 21, is now 33 years old and plans to select his next two wives from the same service. He also created Polygamy.com, which caters to users of all belief systems. The site is said to have more than 7,000 members, being more popular among women, The Daily Express reports.

It must be noted, however, that bigamy remains illegal in Britain. One can be jailed for up to seven years, Daily Mail points. But Chaiwala denies promotion of criminal activity and explains where he comes from:

“This is my wedding, I do not need to have a piece of paper. Is it illegal to have a mistress? People go to a nightclub and have a one-night stand and that’s the end of it. Men go with prostitutes; people look for swingers’ clubs.”

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As a father-of-two, Chaiwala emphasizes a man’s desire to share what he has, but points that polygamy is not for everybody:

“A man wants to get married to multiple partners in an honourable manner, he wants to share his love and resources — why do you have an issue with that? It is not for everyone – some men are not physically, or financially, capable of taking care of other women.”

Furthermore, the East Midlands businessman argues that polygamy is not just for Muslims, but other religions as well. Pointing his finger at “a lot of human isolation,” he claims that polygamy is more relevant in this century than any other time in history.

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Chaiwala’s statements are met with backlash from those who do not approve of his ideologies. Nevertheless, the site owner remains firm in his goals, and leaves a word for critics:

“Those who protest about what I’m doing are mistaken. It’s hypocritical to say it’s wrong.”

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Reolink Introduced RLC-423 4MP HD PTZ Security IP Camera

Hong Kong, June 2, 2016 –Reolink, one of the world’s leading providers of security camera systems, has introduced its RLC-423 PTZ PoE IP camera designed for residential and commercial security.

 

PTZ security camera, namely pan tilt zoom camera, is a more advanced security IP camera type. It does a better job in providing clear and 24/7 continuous live video surveillance for home and business. Recently home and business burglary rates are increasing, and security statistics are shocking, showing that every 13 to 15 seconds a burglary happens. That’s why a security camera, especially a PTZ camera, is badly needed. Reolink RLC-423 PTZ security camera features 360 degrees all-round direction security, leaving no dead area, while a fixed IP camera fails to. Moreover, the 4X varifocal feature allows enlarging images without losing video quality, so more clear and detailed images will be captured. Enhanced security will be realized and a long-term peace of mind will be achieved with PTZ control.

 

Features of RLC-423 PTZ Security Camera

—4MP super HD. The Reolink camera features 4 megapixels (2560 X 1440) high quality videos and images.

—190ft super long night vision. The infrared LEDs in the camera enable a night vision up to 190ft in low light conditions.

—Pan/Tilt/Zoom. RLC-423 allows 360° endless horizontal and 90° vertical rotation, so users see every corner of the place detected.

—4X optical zoom. 2.8 -12mm motorized optical zoom Lens enables users to view closer and sharper images.

—Motion detection & remote access. Users can view the camera remotely on iOS and Android devices and receive instant alerts when motion is detected.

—Waterproof. Housing of the camera can protect the internals from any water condition.

—PoE. PoE has easier wiring and greater installation flexibility.

 

Availability and Pricing

Reolink RLC-423 IP camera is now available in Reolink online store and Amazon, with the retail price of $249.99.

 

About Reolink

Reolink, the world leader in HD security camera systems, is striving to enable a smarter and safer world for home and business owners. The “Plug and Play” technology brings great convenience for DIY users. Its cameras and NVR allow customers to monitor everything happens at home, offices and other places, through PC, Mac and mobile devices. Reolink aims at providing the finest security products for customers. For more information about Reolink and its products, please visit https://reolink.com.

 

Contact

Amanda Li/PR manager

Email: [email protected]

Address: 509, Sangtai Building, Block A, Silicon Valley University Town Business Park, Lishan Road, Xili, Nanshan, Shenzhen

Reolink Digital Technology Co.,Ltd.

 

Google’s Larry Page Will Buy Your Company if You Can Pass One Simple Test

Traditionally, deciding whether to acquire a company comes down to a number of variables that often relate to finances — like revenue, cash flow and sales. For Google founder Larry Page however, his approach is actually quite simpler.

Using something called the “toothbrush” test, he poses the following question whenever he considers an acquisition: Is it something you will use once or twice a day, and does it make your life better?

Such an approach is quite unconventional as companies will typically hire bankers to analyze a potential acquisition, but Silicon Valley companies are relying on them less, according to the New York Times.

“Larry will look at potential deals at a very early stage,” Donald Harrison, Google’s vice president of corporate development, told the New York Times. “Bankers can be helpful, but they’re not necessarily core to the discussions.”

This logic most likely explains why Facebook bought Instagram for $ 1 Billion in 2012 even though they haven’t made any money yet. They saw it as a way to potentially get into a large new market, which could yield huge returns down the line.

Google has acquired over 180 companies to-date.

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