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February 20, 2010
The Man From Beijing A Novel Henning Mankell Alfred A. Knopf: 384 pp., $25.95
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BUSINESS
April 25, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - DMG Entertainment, the Beijing-based company that co-produced Hollywood films including "Iron Man 3" and "Transcendence," is in the process of going public on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. The move will see DMG enter the exchange through a reverse takeover with meat-processing company Sichuan Gaojin Foods. The deal still needs regulatory approval. According to DMG and Sichuan Gaojin, the deal values DMG at $970 million. That's three times the value of Gaojin at the end of 2013.
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SPORTS
August 8, 2008
Beijing is 15 hours ahead of Los Angeles, meaning when it is 8 a.m. Pacific time it will be 11 p.m. at the Summer Games. When The Times goes to press, it will be midafternoon in Beijing. The Times will be providing continuous coverage at www.latimes.com/sports/olympics.
AUTOS
April 22, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- Thanking his Chinese customers for “taking a chance,” Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk on Tuesday handed over the keys to the first nine electric vehicles the California car company has sold in the country. Plugging in a Model S at Tesla's first “supercharger” station in front of the company's offices in northeast Beijing, Musk vowed to build a nationwide network of the high-speed chargers -- which can deliver enough power for a 340-mile journey in about an hour -- “as fast as we can.” “We want to make sure people are able to travel almost anywhere within China using the supercharger network,” he said.
NEWS
October 31, 2013 | By Laura E. Davis
Hey, ladies, the Beijing police department apparently doesn't think you're very good at driving. So they've singled you out to receive some, um, advice for when you get behind the wheel. Messages posted by the department on China's Twitter-like site Weibo reportedly have caused an uproar and are being labeled gender discrimination. Here's a sampling of the guidance: "Some female drivers lack a sense of direction. While driving, they often can't decide which road they should take .… Even for places they've been to several times, they still can't remember how to get there when driving themselves.” Women also might hit the brakes or the accelerator too sharply or forget to release the handbrake, the messages warn.
TRAVEL
May 30, 1999
Regarding Susan Spano's article "To Hedge Your Bets Against Sightseeing Letdowns, Try a Well-Conducted Tour" (Her World, May 2): I just got back from Beijing and a wonderful half-day tour of the hutongs (alleyways). We went to a private house and met the people who lived there. I also had two university students take me around Beijing where Americans never go. They took me to an upper-middle-class hutong neighborhood, with many shops such as a bike shop, post office and open-air market.
BUSINESS
March 1, 2010 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Reporting from Beijing — Apologizing several times and bowing twice, Toyota President Akio Toyoda spoke directly to the world's largest automotive market in a press conference here Monday to assuage fears about the safety of his company's vehicles. "The global recall has caused a lot of worries and confusion among Chinese consumers. We want to apologize sincerely," Toyoda said before bowing in front of hundreds of Chinese journalists. Flanked by seated Toyota executives, Toyoda stood stoically and read a prepared statement explaining that he rushed to Beijing as quickly as possible after his visit to the United States, where he spoke at a congressional hearing.
SCIENCE
February 4, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
As if it weren't bad enough to breathe already, a new study has detected traces of more than 1,300 species of microbes in some of Beijing's most polluted air. Most of the microbes detected by scientists were harmless bacteria that are commonly found in soil. But the study found some bacteria and fungi that are known to cause allergies and respiratory diseases. Some of those pathogens were found in higher proportions in air samples collected on the smoggiest days. Chinese researchers conducted the analysis because they were familiar with the health consequences of air pollution and wanted to know if it contained allergens and pathogens that could be adding to the problem.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2011 | By Isaac Stone Fish, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Art critic and painter Chen Danqing gave a speech in March excoriating the Culture Ministry for meddling in his affairs. "Don't you think this kind of pathetic, cowardly behavior is just like molesting yourselves?" he asked. A little later, the Communist Party arrested Ai Weiwei, artist, blogger, architect and big-hearted provocateur, the biggest catch in a crackdown that has snared dozens of activists. Now, Chen and others like him are left to reflect on what Ai's removal means for China and for them.
WORLD
July 17, 2011 | By Benjamin Haas, Los Angeles Times
In his twilight years, Zhang Shan has simplified his daily schedule to the bare essentials: Wake up, eat breakfast, walk to Shuangxing Bathhouse and undress. The bathhouse, on the southern outskirts of the Chinese capital, is a remnant of a time long past when homes here lacked plumbing and all bathing was communal. The bathhouse was also a social gathering point where men flocked to sweat, talk politics and relax. But now, local authorities with an eye toward redevelopment appear intent on demolishing what is believed to be the last traditional public bathhouse in Beijing and the social culture that emanates from it. Zhang, 67, used to commute more than an hour by public bus to fulfill his daily ritual, but two years ago he moved within walking distance.
OPINION
April 10, 2014 | By Stefan Halper and Lezlee Brown Halper
Beijing has no shortage of issues to confront. There's the South China Sea, uncontrollable corruption, a slowing economy and factional disputes within the party and military. But Chinese officials also face one of the most difficult challenges in modern statecraft: how to conquer a myth. Despite China's attempts to dislodge its mythic appeal, Tibet as Shangri-La seems firmly set in the world's imagination. The once-independent nation, set high on a broad plateau adjacent to the Himalayas, is a worldwide symbol of mystery, aspiration, spirituality and possibility.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- Sculptor, dissident, activist, blogger, rock 'n' roller, barber. Multi-hyphenate Ai Weiwei wasn't really in need of another descriptor, but now you can add this: actor. The roly-poly, 56-year-old Chinese artist makes his acting debut in a 10-minute sci-fi short called "The Sand Storm" filmed in Beijing in early 2013. The existence of the project wasn't widely known until this week, when the film's writer-director, Jason Wishnow, launched a $33,000 Kickstarter campaign to fund post-production work (it's already exceeded the goal)
BUSINESS
April 4, 2014 | By Don Lee
TAIPEI, Taiwan - For decades, relations between Taiwan and its giant neighbor China have been one of the great success stories of the ending of the Cold War. Slowly but surely, the two nations have pulled back from half a century of bellicose confrontation and in recent years embraced a level of political and economic cooperation that seemed to promise new riches for both. But today, for many Taiwanese, the bloom is off the rose. This disenchantment lay behind the outbreak of angry protests from Taiwanese students that are in their third week.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2014 | By Andrew Khouri
In a deal that underscores a Chinese home-buying spree, real estate website Zillow Inc. said it will partner with a Beijing firm to market U.S. homes in China. The Seattle company said this week that it has joined forces with real estate website Leju, an affiliate of E-House China Holdings Ltd. The companies plan to launch a co-branded website this summer to offer Zillow's national home listings, data and more in Chinese. "Brokers and agents with listings on Zillow are now able to reach Chinese home shoppers who are ready to invest in the U.S. market, with no additional cost or effort,” Errol Samuelson, chief industry development officer for Zillow, said in a statement.
WORLD
March 25, 2014 | By Don Lee
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Malaysian officials sought Tuesday to allay rising anger in China and widespread doubts at home after their government concluded that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 had plunged into the south Indian Ocean with no hope for survivors. Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said a high-level delegation would return to Beijing on Tuesday night to meet with families of the Chinese passengers on the lost Boeing 777 jetliner. Hundreds of their relatives marched Tuesday on the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing demanding more information from Kuala Lumpur.
WORLD
March 25, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - Hundreds of relatives of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 passengers marched on the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing on Tuesday, rejecting the government's conclusion that the flight crashed into the Indian Ocean with no survivors. The public protest, rare in China, appeared to have the support of the Chinese government, which provided buses to transport family members, according to one relative. PHOTOS: Malaysia Airlines saga At the same time, Beijing took pains to keep the protest under control, girding the embassy with military police, city cops and undercover security who scuffled with relatives trying to break through the security cordon to speak to the press.
WORLD
March 22, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - Michelle Obama strayed into taboo territory during a speech Saturday at China's Peking University in which she called the rights of free speech and worship "the birthright of every person on this planet. " The first lady dropped her remarks toward the end of an otherwise uncontroversial speech to Chinese and U.S. students about overseas exchange programs. "We respect the uniqueness of other cultures and societies," Obama said with a caveat nodding to Beijing's frequent protestations that Westerners don't understand their system.
WORLD
March 21, 2014 | By Don Lee
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - - The hunt for debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 intensified Saturday as Australian officials deployed additional aircraft and spotters to comb a wider expanse of waters in a remote and treacherous part of the south Indian Ocean. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which is leading a multinational search-and-rescue operation off the coast of western Australia, said it was dispatching six aircraft, including two commercial jets with 10 air observers, to cover an area of about 13,900 square miles.
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