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China's tallest building shapes Shanghai skyline

BEIJING (China Daily/ANN) –Chief engineer pursues efficiency, community, fun in skyscrapers.

He built China's tallest skyscraper-as well as the world's second-highest one-but Ge Qing, chief engineer and architect of Shanghai Tower, isn't content with merely reshaping the city's skyline.

Ge and his team of more than 1,000 staff members are hoping the 632-meter structure, which officially opened in April, will improve the way people live and work in megacities such as Shanghai, whose population exceeds 24 million.

Exploring how cities create a sense of belonging

BEIJING (China Daily/ANN) – Daniel Bell, Avner de Shalit and Liu Yu promote the book The Spirit of Cities 2: Inclusion and Identity at an event in Beijing.

"Because of its rapid urbanization, in China, cities are emerging as a very important part of a person's identity," says Daniel Bell, sitting comfortably in a chair, legs crossed, wearing an oversize suit jacket.

In fact, although people tend to refer to their nationality, he says their strongest sense of belonging is often to a city.

"It means attachment to particular communities," he says.

FEATURE: Seeking lost libraries along the silk road

BEIJING (China Daily/ANN) –A British artist embarked on a unique six-month journey by motorbike to visit sites in China, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Egypt, Italy and Iran.

British artist Abigail Reynolds recently embarked on a six-month journey in search of lost libraries along the ancient Silk Road route, traveling by motorbike.

Four new homes for vulnerable children

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - They will be ready by year end, have fewer residents so each child gets more attention.

Some children in residential and foster care here have had traumatic experiences ranging from severe neglect to physical and sexual abuse.

To give these children more attention and supervision, the authorities are setting up four new group homes for them.

Duterte warned on reaching ‘point of no return’ in sea dispute with China

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - An analyst said the Philippines has been moving towards an irreversible situation concerning the environment and China’s militarization in the South China Sea.

What is the point of no return for the Philippines in its maritime dispute with China in the South China Sea?

Taiwan president mourns Liu Xiaobo, says China won't be great until it accepts his ideas

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) - The leader of Taiwan, the Chinese-speaking world's only democratic country, pays respect to dissident and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who passed away yesterday.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen released a statement late Thursday on the death of Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo.

T-shirts with images of MH17 tragedy on charity sale

Putrajaya, MALAYSIA (Sin Chew Daily/ANN) - One of the paintings show a man performing a sky dive while another is a woman looking at an aircraft in the air. The red and white lines represent Malaysia airlines with a logo on the top to represent himself.

A pre-determined fate?

Muhammad Afif Tambi, one of the MH17 tragedy victims, drew paintings related to aircraft and flights prior to boarding the flight. His cousins said it was as if he knew about his fate in advance.

Philippine farmers toss giant salad

LA TRINIDAD, Philippines (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - 1,000 kilograms of lettuce, marble potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, sugar beets and bell peppers make up the giant salad farmers and traders prepared in northern Philippines.

Farmers and traders here tossed a giant salad consisting of more than 1,000 kilograms of lettuce, marble potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, sugar beets and bell peppers on Thursday as part of a campaign to promote local produce amid trade liberalization.

FEATURE: Older generation enjoy heavenly Beijing park life

BEIJING (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Be it for health, fun or friendship, a park is always one of the most popular places for the elderly in China to gather whenever weather permits.

Each day, many old people flock together in the morning to exercise at the aptly titled Temple of Heaven Park in the capital Beijing. The Temple of Heaven was built in 1420, a place where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties went to worship heaven, pray for favourable harvests and rains.

USTR formally demands negotiation to revise FTA with Korea

The United States formally notified South Korea that it wants to start the process of revising the free trade agreement between the two countries, the office of the US Trade Representative said Wednesday.

USTR Robert Lighthizer made the notification in a letter to South Korean Trade Minister Joo Hyung-hwan, calling for the convening of "a special Joint Committee meeting under the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement to start the process of negotiating to remove barriers to US trade and consider needed amendments to the agreement," the office said in a statement.