Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Supported by Despite health insurance, terminally ill patients have to hunt around the world and on the internet for ways to stay alive. BySui-Lee Wee Nov. 11, 2018 JINZHOU, China — Zhang Zhejun used a fat plastic straw to gently tap the pale yellow pharmaceutical powder onto a piece of silver foil that lay on an electronic scale. He made sure the amount was just right before he poured it into a clear capsule. When you’re making cancer drugs at home, the measurements must be precise. Mr. Zhang has no medical experience and no background in making drugs professionally. He did this out of desperation. His mother suffered from lung cancer and required expensive drugs that China’s ambitious but troubled health care system couldn’t provide. He was aware of the risks. The drug he was making hadn’t been … [Read more...] about In China, Desperate Patients Smuggle Drugs. Or Make Their Own.
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FRENCH cops have taken the wife and children of missing Interpol boss Meng Hongwei are being protected today after threats to them were received. Meng's wife, who lives in Lyon, where Interpol is based, had contacted the authorities after not hearing from her husband since he travelled to China in late September. A source with insight into the French investigation into the disappearance said the initial working assumption was that Meng had antagonised Chinese authorities in some way and had been detained as a result. The insider said: "France is puzzled about the situation of Interpol's president and concerned about the threats made to his wife.” Meng's wife, who has remained in Lyon with their children according to police sources, was receiving protection, it said. It was not clear why Meng, 64, who was named Interpol's president two years ago, had travelled to China, which has not commented officially on his disappearance. Meng used to be Vice Minister of Public Security in … [Read more...] about Interpol chief’s wife and kids guarded by French cops after his mystery disappearance in China
Beijing (CNN)At kindergarten, three-year-old Seven Kong has his schoolmates to play with, but at home his best friend is a kidney-shaped, lime-coloured android named BeanQ. The two spend hours together, with Seven peppering the robot with a continuous stream of questions. "What's up BeanQ? Have you eaten? I wanna watch cartoons!" The green android responds with similarly simple words and phrases, alongside an array of different emoji facial expressions displayed on a large screen, which serves as its face. Recommended to the family by a friend, the android is intended to be an early educator, sharing some of the parental burden. Read More "When we get really busy, BeanQ can be there keeping him entertained," said Seven's mother Liu Qian, 33, who is a work-at-home mom living in Beijing. Despite occasional glitches in voice recognition, Liu said the machine doesn't have any problems interacting with the active three-year-old. Three-year-old Seven Kong plays with the android, … [Read more...] about Are robots the future of parenting in China?
Josh Boak, Ap Economics Writer Updated 5:17 am CDT, Tuesday, September 18, 2018 In this Sept. 13, 2018, photo, a container ship sails past the city skyline of Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong province. The Trump administration announced Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, that it will impose tariffs on $200 billion more in Chinese goods starting next week, escalating a trade war between the world's two biggest economies and potentially raising prices on goods ranging from handbags to bicycle tires. (Chinatopix via AP) less In this Sept. 13, 2018, photo, a container ship sails past the city skyline of Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong province. The Trump administration announced Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, that it will impose ... more Photo: AP In this Aug. 29, 2018, photo, a man works in an auto parts factory in Liaocheng in eastern China's Shandong province. The Trump administration announced Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, … [Read more...] about 5 ways Trump’s tariffs on $200B in China goods could be felt
BEIJING (Reuters) - The African swine fever spreading rapidly in China is “here to stay”, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said on Friday, adding that it was almost certain to spread to other Asian countries. FILE PHOTO: A police officer checks a truck transporting pigs on a highway in Shanghai, China, January 12, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo The fever was first detected in China in early August and has been found in 18 farms or abattoirs in six provinces, with many cases more than a 1,000 kms (621 miles) apart, the FAO said in a statement. With pork such a popular meat in many Asian countries, the FAO said the spread of the virus to China’s neighbors is a near certainty, and likely through movements of products containing infected pork. “The geographical spread, of which ASF has been repeated in such a short period of time, means that transboundary emergence of the virus, likely through movements of products containing infected pork, … [Read more...] about African swine fever in China almost certain to spread in Asia: FAO