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China to Speed up New Drug Approval Process

The State Council plans to address China’s unusually lengthy drug approval process. In “Opinions Concerning the Reform of the Review and Approval System for Drugs and Medical Devices,” released on August 18, the country’s chief administrative authority said it would accelerate the review and...


Amnesty to be Granted to Four Types of Criminals on V-Day Anniversary

Four types of criminals will be granted amnesty due to China’s V-Day, officials announced. “In order to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Victory in the War of Resistance against Japan and World Anti-Fascist War, amnesty will be granted to four kinds of criminals...


Ask Beijing Today #73

Ask Beijing Today is our weekly attempt to make life in China less confusing. Whether it’s tracking down the papers to apply for a Chinese green card, dealing with KTV-crazy neighbors or finding the best buy on saffron, we are happy to help. Send...


IDs Requested for Buying SIM Cards

Starting Sept. 1, whoever wants to buy a SIM card will need to have his or her ID checked. The buyers’ ID cards will be verified by card readers, which will be available at telecommunications stores, according to a directive from the Ministry of...


Car Washers the Latest Biz in O2O Scramble

Download an app. Tap. Log in. Fill in your vehicle info and pick a time. In five minutes, you can make an appointment for on-site car washing services. The cost is absurdly low: 1 yuan. In their race to corner the market in car-related...


Learn to Make Seafood Tofu

Tofu is a versatile ingredient with many health benefits an excellent source of amino acids, iron, calcium and other micronutrients. A dish with seafood and tofu will definitely fill you up. Ingredients: 1 box of tofu Shelled prawns Squid Green peppers Scallions; ginger; garlic...


The History of Chinese Military Parades

As the 70th Anniversary of the Victory in the War of Resistance against Japan and World Anti-Fascist War is approaching, the much-anticipated military parade is just around the corner. The first military parade of the People’s Republic of China was held during its founding...


Netspeak 101: Sentences

Xià Sĭ Băo Băo Le(吓死宝宝了) The sentence means someone was shocked and almost died. Xià Sĭ means “shock to death,” and Băo Băo means small baby. Le means already. People say Băo Băo to refer to themselves, and they want to say that they...


Metal Heroes to Rock the Stage

Army of Jade Kirin (AJK), one of the oldest metal bands in Beijing, will hold a joint performance with five other metal bands at Mao Live House on Friday, Aug. 28. AJK was China’s first alternative and industrial metal band, founded in October 2008...