Hello and welcome to the 32nd issue of Beijing Review.
Cover Designed by Cui Xiaodong
Importing the Future is about China’s first imports-themed national expo in Shanghai this fall. Under the theme of New Era, Shared Future, the expo will bring together foreign companies who will showcase their services and high-quality trade products to China, which is becoming a global market instead of a global factory.
Growing Pains looks at the online discount shopping platform Pinduoduo and its growing pains after a successful debut on the American stock market. Its quick success in social e-commerce has brought scrutiny and allegations of substandard and counterfeit products. It faces a challenge in policing intellectual property rights and protecting consumers.
Should Special Walking Lanes Be Built Exclusively for Phubbers? is about walking land designed exclusively for smartphone users, also known as phubbers, whose eyes are glues to their screen while walking. Some people think it will make city streets safer while others feel it only encourages more smartphone addiction and puts users at risk.
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