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Comment: Re:Russian media reports flight downed by US missi (Score 3, Informative) 204

by Zontar The Mindless (#48683339) Attached to: AirAsia Flight Goes Missing Between Indonesia and SIngapore

It's doing nothing of the sort. The linked story appears to be a Pravda op-ed piece quoting Foreign Minister (?) Alexei Pushkov to the effect that Russia isn't really isolated internationally despite the efforts and claims of President Obama to this effect. A native speaker could provide more detail, but that's the gist of it. As for the missing plane, I don't see a single mention of it anywhere on Pravda's main or Asian news pages.

Comment: Re:More moaning and groaning for nothing. (Score 5, Informative) 196

One nitpick: The hyphenation thing is a Westernism and somewhat antiquated at that. None of the Chinese I know (including my wife and her relatives) use it when writing their names in Latin characters or Hanzi. Generally they just write their given name as one word. According to Wikipedia, this is standard and you should write "Wang Xuiying" and not "Wang Xiu-Ying" for a member of the Wang family named Xiuying when rendering his name in Latin characters.

Chinese who travel generally give their family name last when speaking to Westerners, and many if not most of those who do so often or who live abroad adopt Western given names. Sometimes this is one that resembles their Chinese given name, sometimes not.

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