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Mulan: Disney casts Chinese actress Liu Yifei in lead role

Disney has picked Chinese actor Liu Yifei to play Mulan in an upcoming film, following accusations against Hollywood of ‘whitewashing’. The live-action adaptation of the 1998 animated movie will tell the tale of the famed Chinese heroine Hua Mulan. Several Hollywood films have faced criticism in recent months for featuring white actors in Asian roles. Thousands took part in an online campaign calling for an Asian actress to be cast as Mulan. Recent films accused of whitewashing include the Hollywood remake of Japanese anime Ghost in the Shell, which had…

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World power 'threatened' by Chinese AI

The economic and military balance of world power could be altered as China rushes to develop artificial intelligence technology, a US think tank has warned. The report cites examples of how AI tech is being used in a military setting. In July, China announced its national plan for AI, calling for the country to catch up with the US. But one expert said the accusations could be “sabre-rattling”. “China is no longer in a position of technological inferiority relative to the United States but rather has become a true peer…

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Xi Jinping 'most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong'

China’s Communist Party has voted to enshrine Xi Jinping’s ideology in its constitution, elevating him to the same level as founder Mao Zedong. The unanimous vote to incorporate “Xi Jinping Thought” happened at the end of the Communist Party congress, China’s most important political meeting. Mr Xi has steadily increased his grip on power since becoming leader in 2012. This move means that any challenge to Mr Xi will now be seen as a threat to Communist Party rule. More than 2,000 delegates gathered in Beijing’s Great Hall of the…

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Shila Amzah the only Malay singer to be nominated at the Global Chinese Music Awards

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Malaysian Chinese radio station 988 has just announced the list of nominees for the Outstanding Regional Artiste (Malaysia) category of the 17th Global Chinese Music Awards (GCMA 2017), and Shila Amzah is the only Malay singer in the running. If the KL-born Hong Kong-based singer wins, then she will represent Malaysia at the Chinese-language awards show, […] Entertainment –

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Juan Mata rejects mega-money Chinese Super League offer to extend Manchester United stay

Mata is expected to extend his stay at Manchester United by a further year Thursday, October 12, 2017 Juan Mata has turned down a money-spinning move to join the Chinese Super League and is now likely to extend his stay at Old Trafford. Mata is expected to stay at United with boss Jose Mourinho poised to trigger a clause in his contract that would extend his stay by a year. The Spain international was approached by representatives from China to gauge his interest in moving and was offered a huge rise…

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