The Canton of Zug: The Mecca of Cryptocurrency

With its internationally recognised banking system, Switzerland is now actively embracing financial technology (fintech). The country is the birthplace of Ether – Bitcoin’s closest competitor – and was the location where the public service payments are to be made using cryptocurrency. In 2017, it hosted four of the six largest Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) or […]

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China: the history of Chinese orthography sacrificed on the altar of the fight against illiteracy?

TRANSLATED BY JOYCE CHEN AND PROOFREAD BY RHONA KAPPLER French orthography reform greatly stirred up the public, and in China, a similar change has taken place. The Journal International plunged into the history of Chinese orthography. As opposed to the French language, whose writing system is based on an alphabet, the Chinese language uses a […]

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The Trail from Xinjiang: a bitter tale of the lives of “Uyghur thieves”

TRANSLATED BY JOYCE CHEN, PROOFREAD BY CARA EVANS-GILLEN The political opposition between the Uyghur separatists and the Beijing regime is an ongoing topic of discussion. However, the matter of the social issues linked to this minority group receives much less attention. The documentary film The Trail from Xinjiang shines the spotlight on the escape and […]

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Plastic China: the illusion of China’s prosperity

TRANSLATED BY GRACE DEATKER AND STEPHANIE BENZIES Consumer society has reached a dead end. Watching Chinese film director Wang Jiuliang’s images, the public uncovers a controversial issue: the plastic waste disposal industry in China. In his book Junkyard Planet, Adam Minter describes both a controversial and lucrative world where piles of waste become colossal fortunes, […]

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Charity, the Chinese Way

TRANSLATED BY CAROLINE CARDEN AND NIAMH WEEKES Luo Yixiao, a 5-year-old Chinese girl, died this Christmas Eve despite numerous donations to pay for her medical expenses. The matter has been controversial following suspected fraud surrounding the donation collection. Le Journal International had a look into charity in China. On November 14, 2017, Luo Yixiao was diagnosed […]

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