On The World Stage

Beijing School Trains China’s Future Ping-Pong Champions

By Rebecca Davis

A student at the Beijing Ping Pong Training Base during afternoon practice.

The Xian Nongtan Sports Training School attracts children from all corners of China to its campus outside Beijing.

One Big Christian Family

Late one afternoon, our giant charter bus rolled into a quiet town two hours northeast of Xian to explore life outside the urban centers in China. What we found was, in my opinion, a level of hospitality unmatched thus far in our travels. After finishing a delicious dinner prepared by a group of local women, we took a slow stroll to the town’s only Christian church, escorted by the cunzhang, "village head."

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Photo by Rebecca Davis

A student at the Beijing Ping Pong Training Base during afternoon practice.

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Photo by Patrick Michels

Tian Fei, a programmer in Beijing, says Chinese managers' focus on the bottom line is stifling homegrown innovation.

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Photo by Patrick Michels

Zhongguancun's giant electronics markets add to the neighborhood's high-tech atmosphere.

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Photo by Patrick Michels

Makepolo.com founder Morgan Su hopes to grow his product search site into a global hit.

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Photo by Patrick Michels

China's state-controlled newspapers are one key influence on local opinions on America and the world.

In Search of a Chinese Silicon Valley

By Patrick Michels

Makepolo.com founder Morgan Su hopes to grow his product search site into a global hit.

If there is a Silicon Valley to be found in China, Zhongguancun—a Beijing neighborhood full of universities and electronics dealers—is it. But can it produce an innovation culture to compete with California?

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