While China's cities boom, rural communities offer little employment. Parents are forced to move to economic hubs, where they cannot afford to send their children to school. What becomes of the children who don't see their parents for years on end?
As Washington plans to impose massive tariffs on imports from China, Beijing has expressed its intention to avoid a trade war while vowing to defend its interests. Experts say a trade conflict could hurt China's economy.
Intellectual property (IP) is back in focus as US President Donald Trump slaps wide-ranging tariffs on China for allegedly stealing American technology and IP, and eroding US firms' competitive edge.
A war monitor said Russian warplanes hit a school basement in eastern Ghouta, killing at least 15 children. In New York, the UN human rights chief was blocked from addressing the Security Council on the carnage in Syria.
China has called on other nations to "stand firm" against Washington's protectionist measures, with the US president expected to announce new sanctions and tariffs on Thursday and Friday. Will the world listen?
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