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"Xi is trying to build a military that can fight and can win."

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CNN's Kristie Lu Stout speaks to a panel of experts about China's military reforms.
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This is the South China Sea. It may not look like much but this contested body of water could become a flashpoint between competing nations.

The virtual explainer, for CNN "On China."

CNN's Kristie Lu Stout explains what's at stake in the South China Sea dispute.
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YES. Thank you CITES for voting to protect the #pangolin.

It's the world's most trafficked mammal that -- yes -- apparently inspired the creation of the popular Pokémon Sandshrew.

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It's the end of an era for BlackBerry. The company has decided to stop making its own iconic smartphones.

So I'm thinking about the time I broke up with my BlackBerry. It was 2013. And it was the longest and saddest gadget breakup I'd ever gone through.
I can't even remember the last time I thumbed a message on its itty-bitty qwerty keyboard.
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To clarify - as it focuses on its software business, BlackBerry will now rely on its Indonesian JV to service its hardcore hardware/smartphone customers.

So if you want to keep using your BB, by all means do... you still can. :)

http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/28/technology/blackberry-outsource-phones/
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So... why Mars?

Here's an essential explanation from my interview with Elon Musk earlier this year. (It starts about 5:15 in.)

KLS: Why does Mars make sense?
ELON MUSK: ...The purpose of Space X is to help make life multi-planetary. If life as we know it it's multi-planetary, the probable life of human civilization is much greater. The unifying philosophy behind all three companies (Space X, Solar City, Tesla Motors) is trying to minimize existential threat.

KLS: But is Mars a back-up plan for humankind?
ELON MUSK: There are two main motivations for Mars. One is a defensive reason of saying, OK if something were to happen to Earth does life as we know it end? If it's on another planet, then it probably doesn't end. A multi-planet civilization is likely to last a lot longer than a single planet civilization.

Another reason is it would be an incredible adventure. It would be very exciting. Even if someone never plans to go to Mars, just following the progress vicariously would be quite inspiring. I think it's important to have things that inspire us. It can't be just about solving miserable problems all the time, because why get up in the morning?


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(What Elon is saying now...)

A self-sustaining colony of people could be living on Mars within 50 to 150 years.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk laid out his plan to put humans on Mars to eventually form a self-sustaining colony.
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From targeting Taiwan's DPP to Hong Kong government agencies, China's cyber-spies pivot to Asia.

Here's my latest write-up for CNN Digital...
China's cyber-spies are pivoting away from stealing US trade secrets as they move towards gathering intelligence in a region fraught with geopolitical tension.
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What's next for Xi's model army?

This month, “On China” explores Beijing’s military might, from the South China Sea to cyberspace. I sit down with Tong Zhao, an associate at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy; Jamil Anderlini, Financial Times Asia Editor; and Bryce Boland, Chief Technology Officer of FireEye for Asia-Pacific.

Don't miss the discussion!

Airtimes: Hong Kong, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore and Taipei
Thursday September 29 at 1630 HKT
Friday September 30 at 1130 HKT
Saturday October 1 at 1230 and 2330 HKT
Saturday October 22 at 1000 and 1930 HKT
Sunday October 23 at 1230 HKT
Monday October 24 at 1100 HKT
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Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin tells CNN that real estate in China is the "biggest bubble in history."

(Little wonder he's been pouring resources into entertainment, sports and tourism instead.)
Chinese tycoon Wang Jianlin made his fortune in the country's real estate market -- and now he's warning that it's spiraling out of control.
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Tributes to a towering figure in Israel's history.

The world remembers Shimon Peres.

That's the lead. News Stream. 8p Hong Kong. 1p London. CNNi.

Tributes and condolences are pouring in following the death of Israeli statesman Shimon Peres.
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R.I.P former Iserali ' s president Mr.Shimon Peres.
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"Shimon was the essence of Israel itself."

#RIP

Shimon Peres, the Israeli elder statesman who shared a Nobel Prize for forging a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians, has died. He served as a constant force for generations in Israeli politics.
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