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Starbucks partners with WeChat in China to expand its presence through mobile gifting

With this new collaboration between Starbucks and the popular messaging app WeChat, Chinese users will be able to gift a cup of joe via text. Because nothing says "I love you" like caffeine, right?
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Scientists at Stanford uncovered a 5,000-year-old Chinese beer recipe, then brewed it

In a new piece of research, students from Stanford Archaeology Center have brewed up a fresh batch of 5,000-year-old Chinese beer with the goal of finding out more about the ancient world. Honest.
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Buildings that breathe: Italian architect’s ‘Vertical Forest’ to sprout in China

Some 600 tall trees, 500 smaller trees, and 2,500 plants and shrubs will call the vertical forests home, grown from concrete pots built into the buildingsā€™s balconies. The structures are being built in Nanjing, China.
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China is now the world’s largest solar power producer

Not only is it the world's most populous country, it's now also the world's biggest producer of solar energy. The NEA noted that the nation officially claimed the title after doubling its installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity last year
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Not dead yet: Saab owners NEVS gets approval for a factory in China

Saab owner National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) is building a factory in China to make electric versions of the Saab 9-3. NEVS has tried to get the electric into production since purchasing Saab's assets in 2012.
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Huawei wants to beat Apple and become the world's largest smartphone vendor

Huawei wants to surpass Apple when it comes to being the world's largest smartphone vendor. It's well on its way but faces challenges in the U.S., where it lacks the kinds of carrier partnerships that have boosted sales elsewhere.
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The Great Firewall in China just got stronger, and is now keeping out VPNs

On Sunday, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said it would begin "cleaning up" China's version of the internet and cracking down on VPNs that denizens of the web can use to access blocked sites.
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Apple supplier Foxconn reportedly mulling $7 billion investment in U.S. manufacturing

Terry Gou, founder and CEO of Apple iPhone manufacturer Foxconn, told reporters Sunday that he is considering investing $7 billion to build a flat-panel fabrication plant in the U.S.A. -- a clear step toward making the iPhone in America.
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Chinese photo-editing app Meitu faces privacy concerns over data collection

Meet Meitu, the Chinese app taking the world by storm with its instant beautifying effects that turn you into whomever you want to be -- in your photographs, that is. Meitu is now facing a host of privacy concerns over data collection.
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Samsung’s Galaxy C9 Pro packs a Snapdragon 653 and is coming to India

Samsung's mid-range Galaxy C9 Pro is now available in India, but it's a little pricier than competitors with similar specs. It's not a new device, as it launched in China last year as one of the first smartphones with 6GB of RAM.
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China mandates all app stores must register with government

Announced as part of a crack down on security issues and malware, the Chinese government now requires all app stores operating within the country to register with its central authority.
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Showdown in the South China Sea: China’s artificial islands explained

For the last few years, China has been building artificial islands in the South China Sea, a highly contested region. These islands are a symbol of China's mighty infrastructure, and a potential threat to the environment and political…