What you need to know
Kick back with some of the stories and podcasts that tickled our fancy this week.
Each week, we'll be throwing up a digest of some of the best stories we enjoyed reading or listening to over the past week, with some important stuff and self-referential highlights thrown in for good measure.
The Atlantic's Alexis C. Madrigal recounts how shanzhai tat makes its way from AliExpress to your door by way of content marketing.
As AT&T baulks at the idea of partnering with Huawei to sell smartphones in the U.S., MacroPolo offers up a state by state interactive map showing where Chinese companies have already made direct investments across the United States.
Foreign Policy's James Palmer ponders the fallout of China's efforts to move 100 million rural residents to cities by 2020.
Bloomberg reports findings from Greenpeace East Asia that suggest Beijing is finally making headway at battling its PM2.5 pollution problem.
The News Lens steps into the physical and virtual safe spaces where expat and local women from Taiwan's capital and beyond congregate for mutual support.
Our cartoonist Stellina Chen sees new life breathed into the peace process on the Korean peninsula.
As Quartz issues a friendly reminder that the Koreas are still technically at war, and U.S. troops are readying to battle North Korea's "mole people."
Børge Bakken, a specialist in Chinese criminology, tells Chinoiresie's The Little Red Podcast that despite claiming to have one of the lowest murder rates in the world, "all Chinese crime statistics are falsified for political, propaganda, and administrative reasons."
As part of The China History Podcast, Lazlo Montgomery spends a few hours explaining the importance of respecting your parents and how to become one with nature. Be sure to download the accompanying charts.