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Will China intervene in North Korea? North Korea is in the headlines - again.

Will China intervene in North Korea?

For a small, poor country of 25 million people, it sure does make a lot of news. This time it's the perennial issue of nuclear testing. North Korea has tested five nuclear devices since 2006. Donald Trump is in no mood to allow a sixth. Just days before his Florida summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Trump vowed that "if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will. " Most people agree that North Korea is a problem. Why Is China So … Uncool?

There’s been much talk in recent weeks about China’s potential role as world leader, during a time when Trump’s America is erecting walls.

Why Is China So … Uncool?

China has nearly all the characteristics to lead effectively, with its willingness to engage in global trade and its promises to fight climate change, all backed by its economic and military gravitas. Despite all this, China still isn’t beloved abroad, at least not to the extent that America is. China’s music, movies, and fashions are relatively unpopular. Put another way, China is not seen as cool; its pop culture and pop stars lack global swagger. The question is why, and whether that matters. The quest for cool is key to a country’s so-called soft power. The consequences of being uncool are real, and often political. The consequences of being uncool are real, and often political. By contrast, pop culture contributed to America’s victory during the Cold War.

China’s soft power deficiency has been the subject of considerable personal angst. Chinese New Year and psychology [infographic] With China’s continued emergence as an economic and political superpower, there is a growing need for those in the West to understand the distinct way in which the Chinese people view the mind and its study.

Chinese New Year and psychology [infographic]

Although Chinese philosophy is steeped in considerations of the nature of the mind, psychology as it is understood in the West was not a discipline practiced in China until its introduction in the 19th Century. In The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Psychology, edited by Michael Harris Bond, a variety of leading experts provide a detailed yet accessible exploration of topics related to Chinese thought processes and identity, analysing their role in the creation of Chinese culture as it exists today as well as focusing on inter-cultural relations with the Chinese, showing how professionals can work more effectively when conducting business with Chinese people.

Download the infographic in pdf or jpeg. Image Credit: “Edmonton Chinese New Year 2015.” Photo by IQRemix. Incredible Photos Of China's Eagle Hunters Keeping An Ancient Tradition Alive. In parts of China, Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia, men have been using birds to hunt for meat and fur for centuries.

Incredible Photos Of China's Eagle Hunters Keeping An Ancient Tradition Alive

China's ethnic Kazakh minority is now doing all it can to preserve that ancient art. Getty Images photographer Kevin Frayer has documented one such effort, an eagle-hunting festival which was organized by the local hunting community in Qinghe County in China's northwestern Xinjiang province last month. The hunters, who ride on horseback with an eagle on their arm, are known locally as the "Lords of the Birds," the BBC reported. Take a look at Kevin Frayer's stunning photos of the eagle hunters below. Putting the Plan into Action: How China's Leaders Steer a Massive Nation. Western democracies consider themselves to be efficient, farsighted and just -- in other words, prime examples of "good governance.

Putting the Plan into Action: How China's Leaders Steer a Massive Nation

" But in recent years, the euro and debt crises, along with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan , have shattered faith in the reliability of Western institutions. Disconcerted Europeans are casting a worried eye at newly industrialized nations like China and Brazil . Can the West learn something from countries that for so long sought its advice?

This is part IV in a four-part series looking at how the world is governed today. To read the introduction, click here. When Duan Tingzhi dreams, he sees a future filled with fountains. For now, Duan sees only sheep, sheep with dirty coats, as gray as the skies above them. And yet it isn't often that someone shows an interest in Gansu Province, a relatively poor province of mountains and deserts, and so Duan leans across the conference table and speaks as if he were trying to conjure up the future. Duan's voice softens. China’s wealthy and influential sometimes hire body doubles to serve their prison sentences. Illustration by Robert Neubecker.

China’s wealthy and influential sometimes hire body doubles to serve their prison sentences

In May 2009, a wealthy 20-year-old was drag racing through the city streets of Hangzhou, China, when his Mitsubishi struck and killed a pedestrian in a crosswalk. The car was traveling so fast that the victim—a 25-year-old telecom engineer of a modest, rural background—was flung at least 20 yards. Afterward, bystanders and reporters photographed the driver, Hu Bin, as well as his rich friends, who nonchalantly smoked cigarettes and laughed while waiting for the police to arrive at the scene.

These images, soon posted online, provoked a public outcry. Anger over the callous behavior of these wealthy Chinese youths was followed by accusations of a police cover-up. But the most stunning allegation was that the man appearing in court and serving the three-year sentence wasn’t Hu at all, but a hired body double. The charge isn’t as far-fetched as it may sound.

Sometimes, family members cover for each other. “Replacement convicts” are not new.