China: Illegal cooking oil

By Deng Zhuoxin

What would you do if your favorite dish used cooking oil that had rat droppings or human waste in it? Well, it is possible, but one organization, Koubei, gives people a way to select “No Illegal Cooking Oil” restaurants.

Earlier this year, Koubei which is an organization of Alipay, asked restaurants to participate in the “No Illegal Cooking Oil” program. On the first day of the campaign, more than 10,000 restaurants joined, and Guangzhou reached 2,000 restaurants.

“Food safety is the most popular concern. We (Koubei) hope that the open and transparent internet platform can help customers find ‘No Illegal Cooking Oil’ restaurants,” said Fan Chi, the CEO of Koubei.

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China: The two-child policy

By Li Shimin

He Xiao Yong, a teacher at Jinan University, has been married for more than seven years. In 2011, his wife Lei Ming gave birth to a child. Now his son is nearly seven years old. Seeing that many of their friends have chosen to have a second baby, the couple is discussing whether they should have a second child, too.

China put an end to the 35-year-old One-Child Policy and enacted Two-Child Policy on Jan. 1, 2016. Since the new policy began, the number of new births has increased a lot. In 2016, the number of new-born babies was about 17.9 million, increasing by 11 percent compared to 2015. Among the new-born babies, 45 percent of them are the second kid in the family.

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Online business: WeChat buyers beware

By Han Yumeng

Ye Jiali, a 23-year-old senior in college, opens her WeChat to advertise her products on Moments and checks clients’ orders every morning after she wakes up.

“It’s the first thing I will do after opening my eyes,” she says.

Ye is an agent of Pearlosophy, a WeChat business brand, which mainly sells skincare and makeup products.

WeChat business is a mixture of mobile and social E-commerce in which business people sell products through WeChat Moments or official accounts. As WeChat grew stronger in China, this kind of sales model sprang up in 2013 and reached its peak in 2014. The small investment, low threshold, and widespread availability satisfy many young people who want to do business but don’t have enough funds and knowledge of how to run a business.

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