China steadily moves ahead in global innovation rankings
China / June 16, 2017

GENEVA – The first-ever middle-income country to join the world’s top 25 innovative economies in 2016, China this year continues moving ahead on the list by three notches, displaying a strong performance in several indicators, according to the latest Global Innovation Index (GII) released on Thursday. Ranking 22 on the GII this year, China again becomes the only exception in the top 25 of the innovation list, with the rest 24 all being high-income economies. A closer look into the general index shows that China moves up one spot to the 16th position in innovation quality, retaining its position for the fifth consecutive year as the top middle-income economy and getting closer to high-income economies. This movement can be attributed to a number of strong indicators, including domestic market scale, knowledge workers, patents by origin, high-tech exports, and industrial designs by origin, all of which top their sub-rankings. European countries take eight places out of the top 10, with Switzerland remaining its No. 1 position in the GII for the seventh consecutive year. It’s followed by Sweden and Netherlands, the latter having leaped from the ninth last year to the third in 2017. The United States remains at the fourth,…

Online anger in China over breast-fondling ‘magician’
China / June 16, 2017

A video blogger has ignited a debate about women’s safety in China, after he posted videos of himself pretending to be a street magician so that he could fondle women’s breasts. The man, who calls himself “Chris”, is shown approaching young women in the city centre of Chengdu. He asks them if he can show them a coin trick. As he talks, the women appear to relax in his presence. Then he presses a coin to their chests and begins to fondle their breasts. A local shop owner told local media that he had spotted the videos online and contacted police. State-run news website The Cover said police had found the man – identified in media reports as a video blogger from Shanghai with the surname Xu – and were carrying out an investigation. They are calling for women to come forward if they have been approached by him. Who is this ‘magician’? The blogger has more than 40,000 followers on microblogging network Sina Weibo, where he describes himself as an “online prankster”. Image caption“Chris” posts videos on his social media channels of himself asking women inappropriate questions Since March, he has been posting videos in which he is shown…