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Beijing fetish restaurant teases with lobster and sex

BEIJING (Reuters) - With drinks served in breast-shaped cups and beers opened with bottle openers shaped like a wooden penis, the father and daughter team behind a Beijing S&M restaurant are encouraging customers to mix food with sex. Owner Lu Lu, a 27-year-old divorcee, said business has been good...

China faces headaches from warning Vietnam-U.S. ties

HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - At a stroke, the U.S. and Vietnam have complicated the strategic outlook for China over the disputed South China Sea. As U.S. President Barack Obama marked one of his last trips to Asia by the historic lifting of Washington's arms embargo on Vietnam, he repeatedly...

Chinese factory churns out Clinton, Trump masks

There's no masking this Chinese factory's enthusiasm for American politics, as Julie Noce reports. (Reuters) - It's Donald Trump's face by the hundreds. Plastic, and spray painted an orangish-brown hue, masks of the presumptive Republican candidate are being pumped out in a factory in China. Despite Trump's disparaging comments...

Property loans, the glass chin of China banks

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's top banks are lending more to homebuyers and developers than at any time since at least the global financial crisis, making them vulnerable to a property market downturn as prices overheat and real-estate firms struggle with a growing debt burden. China's top five banks...

Adidas to return mass shoe production to Germany in 2017

By Joern Poltz ANSBACH, Germany (Reuters) - Adidas will launch mass production of running shoes at a German factory operated largely by robots next year and plans to open a similar plant in the United States next year, the company said on Tuesday. Founded by German cobbler Adi Dassler...

China’s drugs watchdog struggles as senior staff lured away by industry

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Promises of higher salaries and greater freedom at work are luring officials from China's high-profile drugs watchdog to the companies they had regulated, a  blow just as the country looks to tighten oversight and drive innovation. China wants to crack down on substandard drugs and healthcare...

400 kilograms of methamphetamine seized in Yunnan

Yunnan police recently in Lincang Cangyuan county cracked a huge narcotics trafficking. Local Public Security Bureau arrested two criminal suspects and seized 386,69 kg of methamphetamine. Methamphetamine is a strong central nervous system stimulant that is mainly used as a recreational drug. China has engaged a fight against drug...

Crystal Meth, Flakka and other designer drugs are ridiculously easy to buy online from China

You can (illegally) buy designer drugs, such as the extremely dangerous Crystal Meth or Flakka, known also as Alpha PVP (alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone) on some Chinese e-commerce websites. And you don't need bitcoins or other exotic currency and neither to surf the darkweb. Recently, flakka jumped to the headlines for a...

China’s Fosun sets sights as world leader but has plan to reduce debt – founder

Lisbon - (Reuters) - Fosun Group, China's largest private conglomerate, is aiming to become a world leader in insurance, tourism and healthcare but also has a "clear plan" to reduce its debts, chairman and co-founder Guo Guangchang said on Tuesday. In an exclusive interview with Reuters, Guo said his...

Two men with crossbows killed over 100 dogs in Jiangsu

From March, two men from Jiangsu have organized expeditions in the area between Changzhou and Danyang to steal and eventually kill dogs. The two, armed with crossbows and narcotized arrows, wearing a helmet, have confessed to have eliminated more than 100 dogs in two months. On April 25, in...