Photo of the Week: Dawn of an Old Age

These two images — one from the end of the Boxer Rebellion in 1901 and another from a meeting between Chinese trade officials and members of Congress last week — show the change in relative ages of US and Chinese delegations in high-stakes talks more than a century apart. The side-by-side meme, which went viral in China and then globally over the past few days, seems to reflect one of the emerging narratives of our time: China, the rising star, turning the tables on a graying US hegemony.


But hold on: which country is actually graying faster? China, in fact.

Just this week, Bloomberg reported that Beijing — worried about too many graybeards and not enough young workers to support them — may lift the two-child-per-family limit it put in place after the end of its infamous one-child policy a few years back. A reminder that things aren’t always as black and white (or young and old) as they appear.


How will our cities and lives change in the future? What about a structure with a roller skating rink above a swimming pool, made out of transparent solar panels that power the entire park? This was the innovation invented by Eni's young researchers based on Luminescent Solar Concentrators, developed through Eni's research.

Watch the latest episode of Funny Applications, Eni's video series that imagines new uses for technology.

In an interview with GZERO World host Ian Bremmer, Hong Kong lawmaker Dennis Kwok, an outspoken pro-democracy advocate, expresses his concerns that the current "draconian" laws China's leadership is forcing upon his city has expedited the end of the "one country, two systems" policy established in 1997.

For 30 years, citizens of Hong Kong have gathered in Victoria Park on the evening of June 4 to honor the peaceful protesters massacred in Beijing's Tiananmen Square on that date in 1989. It has been the only public Tiananmen commemoration permitted on Chinese soil.

This year, the park was surrounded by barricades to keep people out. The officially stated reason for the shut-down? Crowds spread coronavirus. (In this city of more than 7 million, COVID has so far killed four people.)

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Nicholas Thompson, editor-in-chief of WIRED, helps us make sense of today's stories in technology:

What kind of technology is law enforcement using in their standoff with protesters?

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Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

Big news, of course, that former Secretary of Defense Mattis comes out with a public statement basically calling Trump's rule, his actions, unconstitutional and unfit for office, more divisive than any president he's ever seen.

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