China

Runners welcome winter solstice in underwear

Business

Retailers lure Christmas shoppers with goodies
  • Birth of an industrial giant

    The planned marriage, which will end what had become a harmful price war between the two companies, is expected to create the world's biggest train manufacturer by sales.

  • China, Fiji to start 1st charter flight

    The first charter flight from the Chinese mainland linking Shanghai and Nadi, Fiji's capital, will begin in Feb by Fiji Airways.

  • China further opens access for intl banks

    China will widen the opening-up of its financial sector by relaxing control over market access for foreign-funded banks, the State Council announced.

Life

Entertainment weekly photos: Dec 13 - 19

Food

Tea contest held in China's Xiamen

Culture

A French Chinese or a Chinese Frenchman?

Entertainment

Woman does Yoga in deep freeze
  • Miss Leisure World in full swing

    Contestants came from 70 cities among China gather in Guangzhou to attend 2014 Miss Leisure World Chinese annual final.

  • All wrapped up in Christmas

    Christmas is a time to show your loved ones your care by giving them heartfelt gifts. Wang Ying and Chen Bingru come up with some innovative present ideas.

National Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre victims

A state memorial ceremony is held in Nanjing for China's first National Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre Victims.

Corrupt female officials spark debate

Downfall of two female officials in Shanxi province has drawn attention to the lifestyles of corrupt high-ranking women.

Blue skies ready to greet APEC

With better air quality and a shorter rush hour, everything seems good so far in Beijing as the capital prepares to host the APEC meeting.

Growth pangs

China is slowing. It grew by 7.3 percent in the third quarter, the weakest quarterly growth for 66 months, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

Sea change

120 years after its naval defeat in the First Sino-Japanese War, the country looks to stronger maritime power, Peng Yining reports in Weihai, Shandong province.

'Old newcomers'

Elderly people who leave home to take care of their grandchildren account for 10 percent of 144 million people aged 60 or older, according to a survey.

General aviation hub reaches for the sky

As China's private aircraft sector prepares for takeoff, reform is desperately needed.

Endangered species threatens livelihoods

Wild Asian elephants have been wreaking havoc in villages in Southwest China as their habitat is destroyed and they're forced to search for food.

Chinese mavericks set to amaze racing world

Horse racing is hugely popular in many countries, but in China the industry is still in its infancy.

Helping them breathing

Workers hit by dust-related lung disease need more support.

Going the distance

A report from Peking University showed that residents in Beijing spent the longest time commuting, about 1.32 hours a day for work on average.

Righting wrong judgements

Latest acquittal of man on death row seen as major step forward for Chinese law while other problems like torture in interrogation still need to be urgently addressed.

Pyongyang denies cyberattack on Sony

DPRK says US accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures are "groundless slander", and wants a joint probe with the US.

Nation to become net capital exporter

China is poised to become a net capital exporter, with total overseas direct investment exceeding foreign direct investment by the end of the year.

Beijing willing to assist Moscow

China's top diplomat is offering Beijing's assistance to Moscow, as pessimism is spreading about the uncertainties of the Russian economy.

Australian PM denies cabinet reshuffle sign of desperation

Australian Prime Minister denied that his end-of-year Cabinet reshuffle was due to a bad polling and what he described as a "ragged" conclusion to 2014.

China-Europe

For Lang Lang it's encore encore
  • UK rolls out red carpet for China's tourists

    Teresa Hou has just signed up her 10-year-old son for a 15-day camp to visit prestigious universities in Britain during the upcoming winter holiday.

  • The aim is to keep soaring

    Failure is something to be avoided at all costs, but Lin Jianguo says that for Imperial and Aviation Industry Cooperation of China an unexpected failure along the way can be a valuable learning experience.

  • Planting a new vision of farming

    Modern Dutch family farms show what China has in mind: efficient, technologically advanced production run by young entrepreneurs.

Europe

Santa Claus' hometown is not a fairy tale
  • Italy's Senate passes 2015 budget

    The Italian Senate on Friday passed the 2015 budget law, paving the way for the final approval in the lower house.

  • China's stance on Ukraine crisis

    Armed conflicts between pro-Russia insurgents and Ukrainian government forces have been raging on since mid-April in two eastern regions of Ukraine.

  • New broom ends EU summit a day early

    In a striking symbol of changed leadership, European Union leaders wrapped up their last summit of the year a day early after agreeing to launch an investment fund and maintain sanctions on Russia over Ukraine.

World

The world in photos: Dec 15-21
  • Pyongyang denies cyberattack on Sony

    The Democratic People's Republic of Korea said US accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander", and it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States.

  • NY reacts to police slayings

    The fatal shooting of New York City police officer Wenjian Liu was the second crime in a week involving a Chinese-American police officer in the city.

  • US-led strikes in Syria 'ineffective'

    The strikes of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State, also locally known as Daesh, in Syria are "ineffective" in halting the progress of the terror group, Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi has said.

Sports

French Open unveils 2015 poster designed by Chinese artist
Sanctions
  • Toward progress of friendship and inclusive development

    The following is an excerpt of the speech by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the opening session of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Summit in Bangkok on December 20, 2014.

  • Shame of discrimination

    Ignorance and selfishness are the culprits for the discrimination against a child with AIDS.

  • Cigar aroma rises above an embargo era

    Obama's gesture toward Cuba, whose people and economy absurdly have been trapped in Cold War politics long after that dark chapter of history has been closed, means two neighbors with a natural affinity will learn to be friends again.

Travel

Snow-covered Erlanghe in Heilongjiang
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