Real Time Economics: U.S. Keeps a Hard Line In China Trade Talks

December 16, 2018

This is the web version of the WSJ’s newsletter on the economy. You can sign up for daily delivery here. The Trump administration’s point man on China trade talks says the U.S. will hold fast to its 90-day deadline, leaving a short window to resolve thorny commercial issues.  Good morning. Jeff Sparshott here to take you through key developments in the global economy. We’ll also look at the latest on Huawei’s CFO, how a…


Real Time Economics: U.S. Wages Poised for a Breakout | China’s Factories Slow | Millennials Drive Homeownership

November 9, 2018

This is the web version of the WSJ’s newsletter on the economy. You can sign up for daily delivery here. Good morning. Today we look at the U.S. labor market, inflation, homeownership in America, a two-year low for China manufacturing activity, and warnings on tariffs.  BREAK ON THROUGH U.S. workers’ wages are poised to break through a 3% annual growth ceiling that’s held firm for nearly a decade when the Labor Department…


Sogou Provided AI-Powered Language Translation at China Tennis Open

October 15, 2018

Chinese internet search engine Sogou provided its AI-powered language translation technology at last week’s China Open tennis tournament. Sogou’s platform provided fans and media real-time bilingual translations between Chinese and English during interviews and press conferences. The China Open was held Sept. 29 through Oct. 7 in Beijing, and featured tennis stars such as Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep. The use of Sogou’s system marked the first time that AI-powered…


China’s unexpected move during huge war games with Russia shows their relationship is still uneasy

September 26, 2018

AP Photo/Sergei Grits Moscow and Beijing heralded the recent Vostok 2018 war games in eastern Russia as a tremendous success, celebrating closer military-to-military relations between China and Russia. But the deployment of a Chinese spy ship to shadow Russian ships suggests that the bilateral relationship between China and Russia continues to be plagued by distrust. China reportedly sent an uninvited surveillance ship to spy on the recent joint military exercises…


Malaysia says no to Chinese ‘colonialism’

August 25, 2018

By Hannah BeechIn the world’s most vital maritime chokepoint, through which much of Asian trade passes, a Chinese power company is investing in a deepwater port large enough to host an aircraft carrier. Another state-owned Chinese company is revamping a harbor along the fiercely contested South China Sea.Nearby, a rail network mostly financed by a Chinese government bank is being built to speed Chinese goods along a new Silk Road….


Empty hotels, idle boats: What happens when a Pacific island upsets China

August 20, 2018

REUTERS/Farah Master China believes Taiwan is part of China and wants the world to agree. China is putting pressure on Taiwan’s 18 diplomatic allies to turn their back on the island nation. Beijing last year banned Chinese people from visiting the Pacific island of Palau, one of Taiwan’s allies. The ban has led to a steep drop off in Chinese business and investment in Palau. KOROR, Palau (Reuters) – Empty…


New unicorn Klook raises $200M to expand its travel activities platform worldwide

August 8, 2018

Klook, a Hong Kong-based startup developing a travel activities platform, has pulled in $200 million in new capital to fuel a major expansion into the U.S. and Europe. A spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch that the round values the company at more than $1 billion, although the company didn’t provide an exact figure. Klook sets out to make booking travel activities as easy as arranging flights and hotels. That could mean…


Watching Them Climb The World’s Tallest Crane Will Make You Want To Hurl

June 24, 2018

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’); }); First, a disclaimer: This article is not going to be suitable for anyone with a fear of heights. Seriously. If you’re afraid of heights, turn back now. But if not, it’s SO worth it. Alright, now that we have that out of way, let’s dive in. If you had to wager where the world’s tallest crane is currently located, where would you guess? If you picked…


Here Are Some Translation Fails That Will Make You Glad You Speak English Good

June 9, 2018

Anyone that ever had to fill a language credit in college and innocently said, “Well, I’ll just learn Chinese!” knows how horrendously hard Chinese is to translate to English and vice versa.  Here are some examples of when that language gap hurts the most. Even another four semesters abroad couldn’t save these guys. Your Mel Gibson DVDs simply will not work here. Probably the grossest way to describe a number…