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Engaged Johnny Depp shows off ‘chick ring’ in China

By Tue, Apr 01, 2014 12:18PM UTC Actor Johnny Depp, with a diamond ring on his left hand, attends a promotional event for his new movie “Transcendence” in Beijing, China, Monday. Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — Johnny Depp has shown off a diamond engagement ring that he calls a “chick’s ring” — indirectly confirming rumors of his engagement to actress Amber Heard.

DreamWorks, Chinese partners unveil Shanghai plan

By Fri, Mar 21, 2014 12:18PM UTC Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, speaks at the kick-off ceremony of Shanghai DreamCenter on Thursday. Pic: AP.

SHANGHAI (AP) — DreamWorks Animation and Chinese partners have unveiled designs for an entertainment complex in Shanghai, expanding Hollywood’s growing ties with China.

To urbanize, China needs more people

By Thu, Mar 20, 2014 6:51PM UTC A visitor stretches her arms as she looks over the Forbidden City through severe haze in Beijing. Pic: AP.

China is famously making an effort to spur its economy by increasing the rate of urbanization, moving as many as 250 million more people from low productivity work in agriculture to city factories and service industries in what is intended to be one of the biggest social experiments in world history.

China: Tibetan mastiff sells for $2m

By Thu, Mar 20, 2014 2:13PM UTC A Tibetan man walks his Tibetan mastiff dog during annual China Tibetan Mastiff Expo on the outskirts of Beijing. Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese dog breeder says a property developer has paid 12 million yuan ($2 million) for a Tibetan mastiff. The large, slobbery dog with massive amounts of hair best known for herding sheep in Tibet has become a status symbol for China’s rich.

Contrasts and paradoxes: Beijing’s expat artist scene

By Fri, Mar 07, 2014 11:51AM UTC Pic: Raphaël Fournier.

The walls are brilliant white at Today Art Museum, a contemporary art center on the eastern side of Beijing. On one Saturday in late February the sis a lively atmosphere on the second floor of the building. Sitting on plastic chairs, a few tens of people joined a talk about art and environment held by Guillermo Munro, a Mexican artist.

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