Hong Kong (CNN) - Eccentric Chinese tycoon Chen Guangbiao took out a full-page bilingual advertisement in the New York Times, inviting underprivileged Americans to a charity lunch and offering cash handouts.
According to Chinese media reports, the ad appeared in the New York Times print edition on Monday, announcing that Chen would host a charity luncheon at New York Central Park's Loeb Boathouse on June 25 for 1,000 "poor and destitute Americans". Each participant would also receive $300.
Chen, who is known for theatrical philanthropic stunts, has a photo of himself in the ad placed side-by-side with a picture of Lei Feng, a Chinese soldier from the Mao-era who is celebrated as a selfless model citizen. The title above the images says, "China's 'Lei Feng for a new era.'"
Those who wish to join the luncheon need to RSVP via a Hotmail email address.
Chen said he was hoping the lunch would show the U.S. that there are Chinese philanthropists.
IT is June 4th in China - where 25 years ago to the day, the bloody crackdown in Tiananmen Square took place.
The protests produced iconic images, such as the one of a man in a white shirt and black pants stepping in front of government tanks.
Today, Internet sites are down, dissidents have been rounded up, and channels like CNN are off the air as the nation tries make sure no one commemorates the events from 25 years ago.
— David McKenzie (@McKenzieCNN) June 2, 2014
Those protests, lead by pro-democracy demonstrators in 1989, and the military's response rocked the heart of Beijing.
China is making every attempt to erase this image and all traces of what happened that day.
CNN's David McKenzie has the report.
(CNN)–The FDA has issued a new health warning about jerky pet treats imported from China that are making dogs sick.
The agency has reported about 1,800 new cases of pet illnesses since the last warning in October.
The FDA said the majority of the jerky treats were from China with flavors that include chicken, duck and sweet potato.
In all, the agency reports a total of about 4,800 complaints and 1,000 dog deaths related to the treats.
The FDA said it is continuing its investigation to find out what exactly is causing the illnesses.
— OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) May 20, 2014
As China gets ready to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square, the communist government is enforcing a relentless grip on its citizens.
Any signs of dissent are being met with lengthy prison sentences, and censorship is running high. The government has even blocked residents from searching the internet about a subway price increase.
David McKenzie has more on China's alarming crackdown.
It's an engineering feat that could make the great wall look small: a high-speed train from China to the U.S.
According to a report in the Beijing times, Chinese officials are considering building a high-speed rail line that would start in northern China, go up through Russia and connect through Canada into America.
The proposed line would be more than 8,000 miles long. That's like travelling from New York to Los Angeles almost three times.
It would have an underwater tunnel that stretches 125 miles - four times longer than the tunnel connecting England and France.
CNN's Tom Foreman takes a closer look at how the construction of high-speed rail from China to the U.S. could be done.