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China has a word for its crass new rich

How do you say “nouveau riche” in China? Tuhao. As in, “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” are tuhao. Covering the inside of your Rolls-Royce with jade is tuhao. Or, the most popular use, the new gold iPhone 5s is now known in China as the “tuhao gold iPhone.” Tuhao …

BBC News – China ‘detains’ Shanghai bishop who quit official post

A newly-ordained bishop is reportedly being held after announcing he was quitting the body that oversees China’s state-sanctioned Catholic Church. Thaddeus Ma Daqin, Shanghai’s auxiliary bishop, announced his resignation from the Catholic Patriotic Association (CPA) at his ordination mass last week. Catholic media and other religious sources say he has …

Vietnamese protest over islands dispute with China

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A group of Vietnamese marched through the capital’s streets shouting “Down with China!” in a rare protest Sunday following growing tensions over disputed territory in the South China Sea. About 200 people chanted in the rain, some waving flags and holding signs, as they walked through …