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Atletico beat Leverkusen 4-2 in UEFA Champions League

Atletico Madrid put one foot in the quarterfinals after easing past hosts Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League last-16 on Tuesday.

Chinese banks lend more to agriculture, small firms

Chinese banks strengthened financial support for agriculture, small-and-micro enterprises and affordable housing projects last year.

"Taiwan independence" biggest threat to cross-Strait peace, stability: spokesperson

Peaceful development of cross-Strait relations is the fundamental guarantee of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, while "Taiwan independence" secessionist forces and their activities are the biggest threat, a Chinese mainland spokesperson said Wednesday.

China home prices continue to stabilize

China's red-hot property market in major cities has continued to stabilize after authorities took a series of measures to contain price rise, according to an official survey Wednesday.

Best science images of 2016

Every year, scientists reveal nature's beauty by cutting-edge researches. 'Nature' magazine documents some of the most astonishing science images to show people the great and marvelous nature.

Chinese film wins award in road safety film festival

A Chinese short film named "Distracted Driving" won the second prize of the 2017 Global Road Safety Film Festival, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) announced on Tuesday.

Climate change could lead to decrease of mineral vital to human health: study

Researchers have developed a new model showing that concentrations of selenium, an important mineral to human health, in soils are significantly affected by climate change, according to a study released Tuesday by the Rothamsted Research, a renowned agricultural research station in Britain.

Study identifies "late-life" genes only active in response to stress, aging

A new study indicates that a subset of genes involved in daily circadian rhythms, or the "biological clock," only become active late in life or during periods of intense stress when they are most needed to help protect critical life functions.

China plans for cultural relics development

China will improve the way in which it protects immovable artifacts, according to a plan issued by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage on Tuesday.

Messi arrives in Egypt for anti-Hepatitis campaign

Argentine footballer Lionel Messi arrived in Cairo on Tuesday to promote a new treatment for Hepatitis C virus, a source at Cairo International Airport told Xinhua.

Updated textbooks on China's war against Japanese aggression put into use

Students in middle and elementary schools of China have all received new textbooks that changed the duration of China's war against Japanese aggression from 8 years to 14 years, reported Beijing Youth Daily.

China dominates 500m short track, Japan sweeps speed skating

China dominated in the 500m short track speed skating at the Asian Winter Games here on Tuesday, while host Japan topped the medal tally by sweeping four speed skating golds.

Minister dismisses conjecture on FDI fall

Foreign direct investment to China will be further optimized and diversified in the long run as the country's economy is transformed and upgraded, the top commerce official said on Tuesday.

EU's Juncker warns Britain of "hefty" Brexit bill

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has chosen a French term to tell Britain it can expect to pay a "salty" price for quitting the European Union.

China to improve food, drug safety by 2020

The State Council has released two national plans on food and drug safety during the 2016-2020 period, promising rigorous standards with strong supervision, accountability and sanctions.

Scientists complete drilling task in South China Sea

Scientists on Tuesday completed the first drilling task of an expedition to the South China Sea.

China, France sign deals on nuclear energy, science

China and France on Tuesday signed agreements on nuclear energy and science during French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve's Beijing visit.

China sees upsurge in copyright registrations in 2016

China received more than two million new copyright registrations in 2016, an increase of 22 percent, according to official figures revealed on Tuesday.

China, India pledge stronger ties

Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi met with Indian Foreign Secretary Subramanyam Jaishankar on Tuesday, calling for stronger ties between the two neighbors.

Chinese State Councilor urges China, U.S. to step up ties

Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi on Tuesday urged China and the United States to strengthen pragmatic cooperation in a bid to push forward bilateral relations.

UN honors Chinese peacekeeping force in Liberia

The United Nations Mission in Liberia on Tuesday local time honored a team of Chinese peacekeepers for their outstanding performance, according to China's Ministry of Public Security.

Political advisors' proposals receive timely feedback

Nearly all proposals raised by China's political advisors last year have been dealt with, the national political advisory body announced Tuesday.

China bucks global trend with record-high fintech investment: report

Investment in China's venture capital (VC)-backed financial technology (fintech) firms hit a record high in 2016, bucking the global downward trend, international accounting firm KPMG said Tuesday.

China, France vow to safeguard free trade

China and France vowed to boost globalization and safeguard free trade by condemning rising protectionism after Premier Li Keqiang met with his visiting French counterpart on Tuesday.

China leadership pledges stability, progress in key reform areas

China's top leadership on Tuesday pledged to stick to the basic tone of "seeking progress while maintaining stability" in 2017, aiming for more progress from supply-side structural reform.

China's foreign trade narrows decline, seeks better quality

China's foreign trade narrowed its decline in 2016 as the country took steps to pursue a better quality development model, Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng said Tuesday.

Philippines says to pursue bigger aspects of ties with China

Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said on Tuesday that the South China Sea issue is not the "sum-total" of relations between the Philippines and China, and the two countries should focus on economy and investment.

China urges U.S. to contribute to peace in South China Sea

China said on Tuesday that it hoped the United States would do what is good to the peace and stability in the South China Sea as a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group began patrolling the region.

China expresses support for dialogue on Korean Peninsula nuclear issue

China said on Tuesday that it supports relevant parties in conducting dialogue and contact in order to find a solution to the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

China encourages local gov't bond issuance in FTZs

China will encourage local governments to issue bonds in free trade zones (FTZs) in 2017, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) said Tuesday.

China offers condolences over death of Russia's UN envoy

China on Tuesday expressed deep condolences over the sudden death of Vitaly Churkin, Russia's permanent representative to the United Nations.

China's information technology industry grows fast

The output of China's information technology industry expanded 10 percent year on year in 2016, thanks to strong performance of smart phones, routers and LCD panels, an official said Tuesday.

Pension funds of seven Chinese regions entrusted for investment

Seven Chinese provincial-level regions, including Beijing and Shanghai, have started entrusting their pension funds to the National Council for Social Security Fund (NCSSF) for investment.

Belt and Road initiative drives China's opening-up efforts

The Belt and Road Initiative is driving China's opening-up efforts and unimpeded trade will be a key topic at the Belt and Road forum for international cooperation to be held in Beijing this May, a senior Chinese trade official said Tuesday.

45 years on, more mature China-U.S. ties ready for new heights

Forty-five years ago, then U.S. President Richard Nixon touched down in Beijing for a milestone visit to China, opening what he called a "week that changed the world."

CPC meeting discusses draft government work report

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, on Tuesday chaired a meeting which discussed the draft government work report.

China takes two short track speed skating golds at Asiad

China wrapped up two short track speed skating golds as Zang Yize won the women's 500m and Wu Dajing won the men's 500m at the 2017 Sapporo Asian Winter Games here on Tuesday.

Nobel laureate, Turing Award winner become Chinese citizens

Nobel laureate Chen Ning Yang and Turing Award-winning computer scientist Andrew Chi-Chih Yao have given up their foreign citizenship and become Chinese citizens, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) announced Tuesday.

China's consumption to maintain strong growth in 2017

China will maintain strong growth in consumption this year with deepening supply-side structural reform, Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng said Tuesday.

Tulip blossom in Jiangxi attracts citizens to enjoy

Citizens enjoy tulips blossoming at a subtropical botanic garden in Xiannv lake district of Xinyu city, Jiangxi province, on Feb. 20.

Belt and Road Initiative drives China's opening-up: official

China has pushed forward the Belt and Road Initiative with solid progress and the initiative is driving the nation's opening-up efforts, Gao Hucheng, China's Commerce Minister, said Tuesday.

History On Today: Nixon visits China on Feb. 21, 1972

Richard Nixon became the first U.S. president to set foot in China on Feb. 21, 1972. The week-long ice-breaking tour is one of the world’s most significant diplomatic milestones in the 20th Century.

Battle for Brexit moves to its final hurdles in House of Lords

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside Britain's Houses of Parliament Monday as the debate over Brexit moved to the House of Lords.

Spanish scientists create 3D bioprinter to print human skin

Spanish scientists have created a 3D bioprinter capable of producing functional human skin, which according to a researcher, opens a new phase.

China to be guest country for 2018 Cuba Int'l Book Fair

China will be the guest country at the 2018 Cuba International Book Fair as a sign of historical friendly ties between the two nations and a way to expand cultural cooperation, a senior Cuban official said on Sunday.

European Council agrees on proposal to better protect consumers

The European Council on Monday approved a proposal to strengthen cooperation between national authorities for the enforcement of consumer protection laws.

Greek archaeological sites, museums closed due to anti-austerity strike

Thousands of visitors who climbed Acropolis Hill here on Monday, or reached the entrances of other archaeological sites and museums throughout Greece, found padlocked doors due to a 24-hour anti-austerity strike declared by the Panhellenic Union of Employees for Guarding Antiquities.

Danish badminton legend Erland Kops dies at 80

The Danish badminton legend Erland Kops died over the weekend at age of 80, local media reported on Monday.

China social security fund reports annual investment yield of 8.4 percent

The annual investment yield for the national social security fund averaged 8.4 percent in the 16 years since it was established, according to an official from the National Council for Social Security Fund (NCSSF).

Charity group launches Belt and Road first-aid project

The Chinese Red Cross Foundation (CRCF) Monday launched a first-aid project under the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative in Beijing.

Abu Dhabi defense fair sees blns USD deals

The ongoing International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX), the biggest of its kind in the Middle East, saw the value of deals on Monday amounted to 11.34 billion dirham (3.08 billion U.S. dollars).

Second child brings happiness, survey finds

Most mothers in China feel they are happier after having a second child, according to a survey report released a year after the country relaxed its family planning policy.

Man Dandan wins China's first gold at Asian Winter Games

Cross-country skier Man Dandan won the women's 1.4 km individual sprint classical here on Monday, pocketing China's first gold at the eighth Asian Winter Games.

Mongolia reaffirms commitment to one-China policy

Mongolia reaffirmed its commitment to the one-China policy on Monday during the visit by the country's foreign minister, after bilateral relations were disrupted by the Dalai Lama's visit to the landlocked country in November.

China to build monitoring network for ecological security

China will build a comprehensive monitoring system by 2020 to implement its ecological "red line" strategy and supervise activities inside the nature reserves, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) said Monday.

China's Gao wins men's 500m speed skating in Asiad

The 20-year-old Chinese Gao Tingyu won the men's 500m speed skating gold medal at the 8th Asian Winter Games here on Monday, clocking at 34.49 seconds.

China to improve government service in townships

The central authorities have issued a document calling for improved public services at the township level.

Debt risk in China's real estate industry within control

The looming debt risks in China's real estate industry are generally within control, analysts said Monday, calling for more attention on businesses' increasingly diversified financing channels.

The new bullish view on China's economy

Views on China's economic trajectory have turned more bullish recently with global investors and economists showing optimism.

Deforestation helping animal-human disease transmission: New Zealand scientist

Deforestation is creating "disease reservoirs" in west and central Africa that resulted in the deadly Eboloa outbreak and could cause other possible epidemics, a New Zealand veterinary scientist said Monday.

PPPs to drive China infrastructure investments: Fitch

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) will be the main financing model Chinese local governments use for infrastructure investments up to 2020, with state-owned enterprises (SOEs) to play the leading role, global ratings agency Fitch said Monday.

China claims 2 golds in Asian Winter Games

Cross-country skier Man Dandan grabbed China's first gold medal at the Asian Winter Games and Zang Ruxin added one from snowboard on Sunday.

Liu Qibao visits CCTV in Beijing

Liu Qibao, head of the publicity department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, visits China Central Television (CCTV) in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 19, 2017.

Australia's Trade Minister to embark on tourism mission to China

Australia's Trade Minister will this week lead a delegation of Australian tourism executives on a visit to Beijing and Shanghai to launch the China-Australia Year of Tourism.

Messi saves Barca, but storm clouds continue to brew after matchday 23 in Spain

Leo Messi saved FC Barcelona from the abyss, but even his goals were not enough to hide the feeling that the club is in crisis following their 2-1 win at home to Leganes.

Kris Wu and Jiang Jinfu play in NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

Chinese actor Jiang Jinfu (left) drives against Chinese-Canadian singer and actor Kris Wu (right) during the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on Feb. 17, 2017 in New Orleans, the United States. Jiang and Kris played a "Chinese derby" in 2017 New Orleans NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.

Microbes discovered in Mexican crystal cave may have survived up to 50,000 years

Scientists have discovered long-dormant microbes trapped in giant crystals in the famous Naica mine of Mexico and have estimated that these organisms may have survived 10,000 to 50,000 years.

China to start construction on 35 railway projects: report

It is full steam ahead for China's railway sector as construction on 35 new railway projects will start in 2017 as the country plans to expand the network, according to a recent report in Xinhua-run Economic Information Daily.

Spain to deport over 200 Taiwan fraud suspects back to Chinese mainland: media

The Spanish government has decided to deport 269 Chinese, mostly from Taiwan, on suspicion of being involved in telecom scams, to the Chinese mainland, according to reports in Taiwan media on Saturday.

China to send technical workers to poor villages

China will dispatch 18,000 scientific and technical workers annually to help poor villagers become technology-savvy in the battle against poverty.

Chinese affordable lung cancer drug hits market

A generic targeted drug to treat cancer manufactured by a Chinese pharmaceutical company hit market over the weekend.

China to track air quality improvement by cities to tackle pollution

China's environment watchdog will monitor air quality changes in cities to gauge the success of measures to reduce pollution.

UAE, China firms seal onshore oil concession deal

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company of the United Arab Emirates signed an agreement Sunday with China National Petroleum Corporation, awarding it an eight percent interest in Abu Dhabi's onshore oil concession, both sides said in an e-mailed statement.

China, Britain hold security dialogue, agree to strengthen cooperation

China and Britain held their second high-level security dialogue here on Friday, with both sides agreeing to strengthen cooperation in security and law enforcement.

Cold front brings strong gales, temperature drops to north China

A cold front will hit north China from Sunday evening to Tuesday, bringing strong gales and low temperatures, according to the National Meteorological Center (NMC), which issued a blue alert for the cold front.

2,000-year-old classic becomes bestseller in China

A leading Chinese publishing house released its annual sales figures this week and one of its top bestsellers turns out to have been the legendary thinker's Analects, a classic text composed over 2,000 years ago.

Chinese FM pledges more coordination to prepare for BRICS Summit

China will strengthen coordination with BRICS members including South Africa to prepare for the BRICS leaders' summit.

China Focus: One year on, Xi's speech injects vitality into media

China's major media outlets have carried articles profiling the changes to news reporting since President Xi Jinping gave a speech on the Communist Party of China's (CPC) media and publicity work.

8th Asian Winter Games opens in Sapporo

The eighth Asian Winter Games raised its curtain here at the Sapporo Dome Sunday afternoon.

Anhui protects traditional operas

Authorities in east China's Anhui Province are making efforts to protect traditional operas that see decreasing audience and dwindling influence.

Argentine, Chinese officials, experts laud frutiful development of bilateral ties

On the eve of the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Argentina, experts and officials from both sides highly praised the smooth and speedy development of bilateral relations in the past four decades.

Chinese men's curling team claim second win at Sapporo Asiad

The Chinese men's curling team beat Chinese Taipei 7-3 for their second victory in as many games at the Winter Asian Games here on Sunday.

China's central bank to properly shift monetary policy

China's central bank is expected to shift away from its relatively easy monetary policy in an orderly manner, an investment bank report has said.

Chinese, Argentine presidents exchange congratulations on anniversary of ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Argentine counterpart Mauricio Macri on Sunday exchanged congratulatory messages to mark the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between their countries.

China urges efforts to boost employment this year

Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai on Friday urged more efforts to promote job growth and make employment a priority this year.

China's central bank to walk fine line in multi-tasking operations

As China's central bank has shifted to a prudent and neutral monetary policy, it will likely be more careful in balancing its multiple goals.

Stanford researchers create hybrid fiber for extracting uranium from seawater

Researchers at Stanford University have create a conductive hybrid fiber incorporating carbon and amidoxime in their search of a new way of extracting uranium from seawater.

Environment minister urges crack-down on high-emission vehicles

China's environment minister has urged strict monitoring and crack-down on automobiles with excessive exhaust emissions to improve air quality.

Chinese, Canadian FMs signal consensus on trade liberalization

China and Canada saw eye-on-eye about global trade liberalization as foreign ministers of the two nations met on Saturday.

SpaceX aborts launch to space station due to technical trouble

U.S. space company SpaceX aborted in the last minute the lift-off of its Falcon rocket and Dragon capsule to the International Space Station on Saturday morning due to technical trouble.

List of 67th Berlin Int'l Film Festival winners

The 67th Berlin International Film Festival announced on Saturday jury awards to winning films selected in this year's competition section.

With MRI, researchers find autism biomarkers in infancy

Researchers studying the brains of infants who have older siblings with autism were able to identify 80 percent of the babies who would be subsequently diagnosed with autism at 2 years of age.

Nice closer to Ligue 1 leaders, Balotelli shown red card in return

Nice closed the gap from Ligue 1 leaders Monaco to three points on a 1-0 road victory over the bottom-ranked Lorient, while Italian striker Mario Balotelli got his third red card in French top-flight league this season in his return from illness on Saturday.

Chances are shrinking for Budapest's bid for 2024 Olympic Games

The chances of Hungary to host the 2024 Olympic games have seriously diminished due to a domestic anti-Olympic petition, according to Budapest's bidding committee for the 2024 Games.

China wins women's ice hockey round robin match at Asian Winter Games

Lyu Yue (L) of China vies for the puck during the women's ice hockey round robin match between China and Hong Kong of China at the 2017 Sapporo Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan, Feb. 18, 2017.

China reiterates opposition to THAAD deployment in S. Korea

China on Saturday voiced its opposition to the U.S. deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), a high-end U.S. missile defense system, in the Republic of Korea (ROK), urging respect from the ROK.

China coherently backs European integration: FM

China has been consistently supporting the European integration and is willing to work with the European side for the world's peace and development, top Chinese diplomat said Saturday.

China greenlights 12 IPOs

The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) Friday approved initial public offering (IPO) applications from 12 companies.

Chinese men's curling team win their Asiad opener

The Chinese men's curling team overcame Kazakhstan 12-1, winning their first match with ease at the Sapporo Winter Asian Games here on Saturday.

Chinese delegation raises national flag for 8th Asian Winter Games

The Chinese delegation held its flag-raising ceremony at the Sapporo Prince Hotel International Convention Center Pamir here on Saturday for the eighth Asian Winter Games (AWG).

Chinese FM calls for adherence to cooperation

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday called on countries worldwide to adhere to cooperation and make right decisions.

Chinese oncologists research cancer genes

One hundred and fifty-two oncologists from across China formed a working group on Friday to identify genetic faults that can increase the risk of cancer.

Chinese FM meets Indonesian counterpart on deepening ties

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday met his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi over deepening ties between the two countries.

World Bank ranks Denmark as leader in green energy

The Danish government will hold on to its green leadership through green transition as the World Bank ranked the country as the leader in green energy, Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate Lars Christian Lilleholt said on Friday.

Chinese, Spanish FMs agree to boost ties

China and Spain agreed to expand cooperation and enhance communication as the foreign ministers of the two nations met on Friday.

Leverkusen down Augsburg 3-1 in German Bundesliga

Bayer Leverkusen moved 3-1 past Augsburg owing to the brace from Javier Hernandez at the opener of the 21st round in Bundesliga on Friday.

China to see "handsome growth" in 2017 NEV sales

Sales of new energy vehicles (NEVs) in China will continue to see "handsome growth" this year despite a plunge in January sales, an official said Friday.

Chinese FM calls for efforts to bring China-Japan ties back on right track

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, during a meeting here with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida on Friday, urged efforts from both countries to bring bilateral ties back on the right track.

China committed to co-building global enduring peace: Chinese FM

China is committed to co-building and sharing a world with lasting peace and common security, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday.

Xi calls for overall national security outlook

President Xi Jinping on Friday called for an overall national security outlook at a seminar in Beijing, emphasizing the importance of political, economic, territorial, social and cyber security.

China to close outdated coal mines, boost clean energy in 2017

China plans to shut down at least 500 outdated coal mines and use more clean fuel in 2017, the country's top energy watchdog said Friday.

China unwavering in steel capacity cut: official

China will be unwavering in its efforts to eliminate excess steel production capacity this year, an official said Friday.

China eyes more rural infrastructure investment with PPPs

China will use public-private partnerships (PPP) to boost under-funded rural infrastructure and narrow the urban-rural gap, according to a State Council guideline.

Xi calls for overall national security outlook

President Xi Jinping on Friday called for an overall national security outlook at a seminar in Beijing, emphasizing security concerns related to politics, the economy, sovereignty, society, and the Internet, among others.

Xi urges all Chinese to contribute to national rejuvenation

President Xi Jinping has called for all Chinese, whether at home or abroad, to unite toward achieving the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

China Focus: China steps up prevention of human H7N9 avian flu

The mother of a three-year-old girl in southwest China's Yunnan Province has become the latest victim of the H7N9 bird flu.

China's 4G users double in 2016

China had 770 million 4G users as of the end of 2016, double the number from a year earlier, data from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) showed Friday.

Central bank continues net cash injection in money market

China's central bank made a net cash injection via open market operations for the second consecutive day Friday in an effort to ease a cash strain.

Skyrocketing spending on foreign players in CSL set to change soon

A joke about football is circulating in China lately: the head coach of the Brazilian national team Tite must have to get up in the early morning to watch Chinese Super League (CSL) matches, because an increasing number of elite Brazilian players, including Oscar, Hulk and Ramires have elected to play in the Asian country.

Sun Yang: "I won't give up long distance"

Chinese siwmming superstar Sun Yang said in a recent interview that he won't give up long-distance events.

Xi's special envoy to attend Gambian presidential inauguration

A special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the inauguration ceremony of Gambian President Adama Barrow and Gambia's independence day celebration in Banjul, on Feb. 18.

China eases restrictions on stock index futures trading

The Shanghai-based China Financial Futures Exchange (CFFEX) announced late Thursday that it was easing restrictions on domestic stock index futures trading in a "sound and orderly" way after "assessment of market risk and supervision."

Renowned Greek painter Dimitris Mytaras dies aged 83

Renowned Greek painter Dimitris Mytaras, one of the most important painters in contemporary Greece, died on Thursday aged 83, Greek national news agency AMNA reported.

China plans smart health and elderly care

China plans to develop the smart health and elderly care industry in the next four years to grants universal access to health management services and home-based elderly care, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said Thursday.

Int'l festival to focus on urban images of Liverpool, Hong Kong

Liverpool's biennial International Photography Festival will see this year the city twinning with Hong Kong, organizers have announced.

China participates in int'l efforts for political solutions to Syria crisis : ambassador

Chinese Ambassador to Lebanon Wang Kejian stressed Thursday that China has participated in all the international efforts to promote political solutions to the ongoing world issues, particularly the crisis in Syria.

Didi aims to expand business overseas

China's leading on-demand mobility platform Didi Chuxing plans to expand overseas in 2017.

302 mln train trips during Spring Festival travel rush

The Spring Festival travel rush, starting Jan. 13 this year, has witnessed 302 millon rail trips made by Chinese passengers as of Wednesday, China Railway Corporation (CRC) said Thursday.

G20 FM meeting kicks off in Germany to address international issues

Foreign ministers of the G20 convened here on Thursday for a two-day meeting to discuss international issues on sustainability, conflict prevention and cooperation with Africa.

Tunisia announces visa exemption for Chinese tourists

Officially from Thursday, the Chinese tourists will benefit from an exemption of entry visa to visit Tunisia, announced the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Chinese, Russian FMs meet in Germany

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met his Russian counterpart on Thursday, stressing the need for both nations to continue playing the role of securing strategic stability in global affairs.

Chinese FM talks with German counterpart, vows to boost global growth together

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday held talks with his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel, vowing to boost world economic growth together.

China FM calls for actions in pursuing sustainable development goals

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday calls on the Group of 20 (G20) countries to turn consensus into actions, and fulfill sustainable development goals listed in a UN blueprint for eradicating poverty.

Washington's National Zoo kicks off events to send off Giant Panda Bao Bao

The Smithsonian's National Zoo on Wednesday kicked off a series of public events as it prepared to send off Giant Panda Bao Bao back to China.

Senior official calls for safeguarding CPC Central Committee authority

Senior Communist Party of China (CPC) leader Liu Yunshan on Thursday urged officials to safeguard the authority of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core.

Bayern crush Arsenal 5-1 in UEFA Champions League

Bayern Munich eased 5-1 past Arsenal London after a dominating second-half performance with four goals in the fist leg of UEFA Champions League's last 16 on Wednesday.

China's Hebei aims to become provincial football powerhouse

Authorities in north China's Hebei Province have issued a mid- to long-term plan for the development of football in the 2016-2050 period.

China hopes to bring more relics back home

China will set up a website to release information on missing artifacts to help return them from overseas, Xinhua learned Thursday.

Economic Watch: January data show Chinese economy on track for steady growth

A string of economic indicators in January paint a rosy picture of the world's second largest economy with steady growth and reform progressing, but keeping up the good work remains no easy task.

China firmly against protectionism: official

China is firmly against rising protectionism and will take "all necessary measures" to defend the legal interests of its exporting companies, a commerce official said Thursday.

China to keep monetary policy neutral: central bank official

China should keep its monetary policy stable and neutral, a Chinese central bank official said Wednesday.

Chinese scientist participates in human gene editing committee

A Chinese scientist has participated in making recommendations for human gene editing that cover basic laboratory research, and somatic and germline (heritable) genome editing, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

Central China to build museum, park on ruins of ancient capital

A museum and a park will be built on the ruins of the capital of the Xia Dynasty (2100 - 1600 B.C.), China's earliest dynasty, local cultural heritage authorities said Thursday.

MMA: Li The Leech makes ripples in UFC

Though the Ultimate Fighting Championship has a 500-strong roster, there has only ever been a handful of fighters from China. The most successful of them, Li “The Leech” Jingliang—a 28-year-old from Xinjiang—is looking to blaze a trail in a U.S.-based league, like basketball star Yao Ming did in the NBA. But Li’s road to the top is tough, particularly as he fights in the welterweight division—arguably the promotion’s deepest pool of talent.

World-famous Australian dog that saved penguin colony from extinction dies

Oddball, the fluffy Maremma, died from natural causes after a 10-year career in which he saved a colony of penguins on Middle Island, 150 meters offshore of Warnambool in Victoria's south-west, from extinction.

News Analysis: Another Wall Street crisis in the making?

The virtual economy heats up, optimistic sentiment rises, the Federal Reserve (Fed) begins to hike rates, and the market beats the drum for relaxed regulations. Isn't this exactly what was happening before a subprime mortgage crisis broke out ten years ago?

Soccer players can be straight-A students

China is working towards its soccer dream by cultivating young talent at 6,000 medium and primary school soccer programs. The 2016-17 National Youth Soccer Winter Camp, held from Feb 4-11 in Southwest China's Yunnan province this year, reflected changes in students, parents, and education authorities, while raising concerns about the acceleration of merging soccer training and school education.

Fossil discovery shows reptile with developing embryo

A fossil of a long-necked marine reptile that lived 245 million years ago was found with a developing embryo, signifying the animal had live birth reproductive capabilities, a Chinese scientist said.

China aims for more efficient, advanced logistics network

China aims to build an efficient, safe and technically advanced logistics network that covers the whole nation with high-quality services by 2020, said the State Post Bureau (SPB) Wednesday.

Mainland pledges to continue facilitating development of Taiwan businesses

The Chinese mainland will continue to improve the business environment for Taiwanese-invested enterprises to support their development on the mainland, a mainland official said Wednesday.

China to spend 1.7 trillion yuan on land consolidation

China will spend about 1.7 trillion yuan(247 billion U.S. dollars) to increase the quality of arable land and to promote urbanization.

China assists most in renovating quake-hit pagodas in Myanmar's Bagan: official

China has provided most assistance in renovating earthquake-hit pagodas and temples in Bagan, an ancient city in central Myanmar, said Thura U Aung Ko, Myanmar Minister for Ministry of Religion and Culture, Wednesday.

Legislatures of China, Mozambique agree to strengthen ties

Top legislatures of China and Mozambique agreed Wednesday to enhance ties in various fields.

Infrastructure project value surges under Belt and Road Initiative in 2016: PwC

The value of announced infrastructure projects surged by 47 percent in 66 countries and regions that fall under the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative in 2016, according to accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

China, Russia discuss energy cooperation

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli met with Russian natural gas company Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller Wednesday, calling for steady development of bilateral engery cooperation.

Economic Watch: China's credit binge leans towards real economy

Less new yuan loans were approved in January for the bubble-prone property sector compared to those issued for industrial firms, adding evidence that the country's real economy is firming up.

European Parliament approves EU-Canada Trade Agreement

The European Parliament (EP), meeting Wednesday for its plenary in Strasbourg, has voted its approval on the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which aims to increase trade and investment flows between the two parties.

Photo exhibition on Tibet opens in Taipei

A photo exhibition featuring southwest China's Tibet and other Tibetan areas on the Chinese mainland opened Wednesday in downtown Taipei.

French prime minister to visit China

French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve will pay an official visit to China from February 21 to 23 at the invitation of Premier Li Keqiang, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang announced on Wednesday.

China urges Japan to take on right historical view in education

China on Wednesday urged the Japanese side to respect facts and teach the young generation with correct historical views.

China urges India to stick to one-China policy

China has urged India to honor its commitment to the one-China policy and cautiously handle issues regarding Taiwan, said a Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Wednesday.

S.Korea's overseas direct investment hits record high 49.2 bln USD in 2016

South Korea's overseas direct investment hit a fresh record high last year, reflecting expectations for economic recovery in the United States, a government report showed on Wednesday.

China capable of achieving steady GDP growth in 2017: Standard Chartered

China is capable of achieving steady GDP growth this year despite global uncertainties, according to Standard Chartered Bank.

China moves to boost foreign investment in manufacturing

China's top economic planner Wednesday pledged to take measures to attract more foreign investment to the country's manufacturing sector.

Brexit will not impact China-UK relations: minister

Brexit would not impact China-UK relations, said a visiting British minister describing bilateral ties as entering a golden era.

History On Today: Edgar Snow died on Feb. 15, 1972

On Feb. 15, 1972, American journalist and writer Edgar Snow died of cancer in his home in Eysins, Switzerland. Snow is considered an "old friend" of the Chinese people.

Australian spider discovered with "lock, key" genitals

A new species of spider has been discovered on Lord Howe Island, 780 km off Australia's east coast.

Mexican student to join simulated Mars mission

A Mexican physics major will join a Latin American crew to take part in a simulated mission to Mars, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) announced Monday.

High-resolution satellite images help researchers measure farm yields

Researchers at Stanford University have used high-resolution photos snapped by compact satellites and developed a new way to estimate crop yields from space, raising hope that it may help test intervention strategies in regions of the world where data are extremely scarce.

Number of Chinese visitors to Ukraine hits 10-year high in 2016: report

The number of Chinese visitors to Ukraine has risen to a 10-year high in 2016 amid a liberalization of the visa regime and surging cooperation between the two countries, official data showed on Tuesday.

China, Mozambique vow to expand cooperation

China and Mozambique pledged Tuesday to expand mutually beneficial cooperation in multiple areas.

China awash with opportunities for South African businesses: SACE

China's influence in Africa has grown rapidly over the last decade. Although China’s economy is not growing as fast as it did in recent years, the Asian superpower remains quite visible in many parts of the continent and even more so in South Africa.

South China province reports 21 H7N9 cases in January

A total of 21 human H7N9 avian flu cases, including 10 fatalities, were reported in south China's Guangdong Province in January, the provincial health authority said Tuesday.

China to spend more in western regions

China will spend 150 million yuan (22 million U.S. dollars) on development in western regions this year.

Shanghai GM to recall 161,281 vehicles

Shanghai GM Automotive Co. will recall 161,281 vehicles in China due to gear shift problems, the country's top quality watchdog said on Tuesday.

France's PSA in talks to buy GM's Opel and Vauxhall brands

France's leading car maker PSA group on Tuesday said that it is holding talks with General Motors to buy its European units Opel and Vauxhall brands in a move to bolster its profitability and strengthen its position in global auto market.

China tightens regulations on online food-ordering industry

Problems have arisen in the online food-ordering industry in China, including issues related to restaurants operating without licenses, false advertising, and problems with food safety.

U.S. Fed to consider raising rates at coming meetings, Yellen says

U.S. Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen said on Tuesday that the Fed will consider whether to raise interest rates at upcoming meetings.

Xinhua Insight: Ministerial officials crucial to state governance

A workshop gathering provincial and ministerial officials started on Monday, as the country increasingly looks to "key minorities'" role in promoting economic and social development.

China's top legislature schedules bimonthly session

China's top legislature will convene its bimonthly session from Feb. 22 to 24, according to a statement issued after a chairpersons' meeting Tuesday.

China raises retail fuel prices

China will raise the retail prices of gasoline and diesel for the second time this year as international oil prices increase, the country's top economic planner said Tuesday.

China mulls revision of maritime safety law

China is considering revisions to the 1984 Maritime Traffic Safety Law to prioritize searches for survivors over searches for property.

Nine dead in central China coal mine blast

Nine people have been killed in an explosion in a coal mine in central China's Hunan Province.

Chinese FM to attend G20 ministerial meeting, Munich Security Conference

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will travel to Germany to attend the informal meeting of G20 foreign ministers and the annual Munich Security Conference from Feb. 15-18.

China's major stock index edges up after inflation data

Major Chinese stocks rose for the fifth straight trading day Tuesday as official consumer inflation data showed economic growth is firming and liquidity stabilizing.

Chinese FM sends condolences to Philippine counterpart over major earthquake

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has sent a message of condolences to his Philippine counterpart, Perfecto Yasay, over a major earthquake that inflicted human loss and property damage in the Southeast Asian country.

2017 Laureus World Sports Awards to be held in Monaco

This year's Laureus World Sports Awards, one of the most prominent international sports awards, will be held in Monaco on Feb. 14 local time. The awards are held annually to celebrate the achievements of athletes from around the world.

BMW to recall 41,685 vehicles in China

BMW will recall 41,685 vehicles in China due to defective airbags, the country's quality watchdog has said.

OCBC Bank's net profit down 11 pct in 2016

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited (OCBC Bank) said on Tuesday that it recorded a net profit of 3.47 billion Singapore dollars (2.45 billion U.S. dollars) for the whole year of 2016, a decrease of 11 percent from 4 billion Singapore dollars (2.82 billion U.S. dollars) a year ago.

China's PPPs grow steadily in 2016

China's public-private partnerships (PPPs) grew steadily in 2016 as project operators' experience and efficiency improved.

China to tighten regulation on food, drugs

China will tighten regulation and revise standards on an extensive range of food and drugs, according to the national food and drug watchdog Monday.

Researchers identify 38 new genes linked to autism

Australian scientists have successfully identified 91 genes, 38 of which are new, linked to autism and other intellectual disabilities, the University of Adelaide said on Tuesday.

Cavaliers' James and Clippers' Griffin named NBA Players of the Week

The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James and the LA Clippers' Blake Griffin were on Tuesday named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week.

China sends 236-strong delegation to Asian Winter Games

China has named a 236-strong delegation for the 8th Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan, which will run from Feb. 19-26.

Chinese champs Evergrande to cut foreign signings, aim for all-Chinese squad by 2020

As the most successful Chinese Super League club with six successive domestic titles under its belt, Guangzhou Evergrande is aiming to set a trend for the entire league: decreasing the number of foreign players signed while aiming to build an all-Chinese team by 2020.

China urges protection of infrastructure along Belt and Road

China on Monday called for international cooperation to protect infrastructure in countries along the Belt and Road against terrorist attacks.

Beijing issues yellow alert for smog

Beijing issued a yellow alert for heavy air pollution Tuesday as a new round of smog hit the city, authorities said.

China consumer inflation quickens, factory prices beat expectations

China's consumer inflation quickened in January due to holiday effects, while prices at factory gates rose faster than expected following soaring oil and gas prices, official data showed Tuesday.

China urges protection of infrastructure along Belt and Road

China on Monday called for international cooperation to protect infrastructure in countries along the Belt and Road against terrorist attacks.

Chinese peacekeepers to Liberia win UN peace medals

All the 124 members of the 19th Chinese peacekeeping force to Liberia were awarded the UN peace medals for their excellent performance in Liberia.[

Britain aims to rebuild relationship with EU: Brexit chief

British secretary of State for exiting the European Union David Davis on Monday said Britain would like to rebuild its relationship with EU member states, Finnish news agency STT reported.

New Zealand, Australian leaders to discuss Asia-Pacific trade agenda

Political leaders from both sides of the Tasman will gather in New Zealand this week to discuss regional trade in the era of United States President Donald Trump.

More Chinese musicians appear at the Grammy Awards

The 59th annual Grammy Awards took place on Monday morning Beijing time in Los Angeles, California. Chinese musician Wu Tong, along with his band Silk Road Ensemble, snagged the Best World Music award with their album "Sing Me Home."

Beijing bans higher emission vehicles from road

Beijing will ban high-emission vehicles from its urban areas starting Wednesday, authorities said Monday.

China mulls building inland nuclear power plants

The Chinese government is planning to build inland nuclear power plants in the next phase of nuclear power expansion in the country through 2020.

China launches anti-dumping probe against Indian chemical imports

The Ministry of Commerce said Monday that it had started anti-dumping and countervailing duties investigations into Indian imports of Ortho Chloro Para Nitro Aniline, a type of dye intermediate.

At least 32 killed in Taiwan bus crash

At least 32 people were killed after a tour bus overturned on a highway in Taipei on Monday evening, according to local authorities.

Xi orders leading officials to fight special privilege

President Xi Jinping on Monday told leading officials to practice strict self-discipline and eliminate special privileges.

People's Daily highlights democracy in 19th CPC national congress election

The People's Daily, flagship newspaper of the Communist Party of China (CPC), will run a commentary Tuesday calling for quality and efficient intra-Party democracy in the election of delegates to the 19th National Congress of the CPC.

China firmly opposes U.S. endorsement of Japan's illegal claim on Diaoyu islands

China on Monday firmly opposed the affirmation made by U.S. and Japanese leaders that the U.S.-Japan security treaty covered China's Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea.

China plans to launch 1st cargo spacecraft as early as mid-April

China plans to launch its first cargo spacecraft via a Long March-7 Y2 carrier rocket in April, sources said Monday.

Xi orders leading officials to fight against special privilege

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday told leading officials to practice strict self-discipline and fighting the concept and phenomenon of special privileges.

Beijing eases traffic congestion

Two bus rapid transit lines connecting Beijing and neighboring Hebei Province were launched Monday as part of efforts to ease traffic congestion.

China opposes DPRK's missle test-launch

China was opposed to the test-launch of a ballistic missile by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), which was in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions, said a Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Monday.

Chinese New Year celebrations around the world

More than 1,000 entries from more than 30 countries have been submitted to the Just Share It - Happy Chinese New Year Photo Contest 2017 since its launch on Jan 1. The annual contest is still open for entries worldwide until Feb 28.

China wins first men's judo gold at Grand Slam

China's judoka Cheng Xunzhao won gold in the men's 90-kg category at the Paris Grand Slam here on Sunday, for the country's first grand slam gold in men's judo.

La La Land wins 5 awards, including best film at British BAFTAs

La La Land, a film telling the story of an aspiring actress and a dedicated jazz musician struggling to make ends meet while pursuing their dreams, won Britain's top movie prize Sunday.

China's medical robots take on foreign rivals

Surgeon Tian Wei came across one of the most challenging orthopedic surgeries in his 30-year career in 2015. A 43-year-old patient had complained of progressive numbness in the limbs on his right side for 14 months, caused by a deformity in his upper cervical vertebrae.

E-gift card lures Valentine's Day shoppers

For those scratching their heads about a decent but budget Valentine's Day idea, a Starbucks-branded e-gift card might take your fancy.

Beijing, neighboring regions to see heavy air pollution

A new round of air pollution is expected to hit Beijing and parts of northern and eastern China due to unfavorable weather conditions, the China National Environmental Monitoring Center has warned.

China's yuan will stabilize around current level: expert

While fluctuations will continue, China's yuan will stabilize around current level as China's economy improves, and the country's relations with the U.S. advance, said a foreign exchange expert on Sunday.

"The Lego Batman Movie" tops box office in North America

Warner Bros.' animated Batman film "The Lego Batman Movie" opened at first place at this weekend box office, marking best weekend at the 2017 box office so far.

Thousands of Cubans attend Havana International Book Fair

In a scene now common every year, thousands of Cubans attended the XXVI Havana International Book Fair (FIL) inside the Fortress of San Carlos de La Cabaña.

Xi extends congratulations to German president-elect

Chinese President Xi Jinping Sunday extended congratulations to former Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on his election as German president.

Family reunion deserves respect as universal value

Family reunion, a theme essential to the development of mankind, was highlighted during China's annual celebration of the Spring Festival that ended on Saturday and raised more worldwide awareness.

Beijing digs new depth in Olympic legacy

The newly updated corridor on the roof of Beijing's iconic "Bird's Nest" has been open to the public which enables tourists to overlook the Chinese capital on the highest point of the 2008 Olympics main stadium.

China approves 12 new IPO applications

The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) on Friday approved 12 IPO applications.

The hopes, concerns around Lantern Festival

Are you curious about the Chinese Lantern Festival? Do you have a vague idea and would like to know more? Archeologists and craftsmen could help shine some light on this yearly event.

Beijing reports one H7N9 case

Beijing on Saturday reported a human H7N9 avian flu case, the first human infection in the capital city in 2017, authorities said.

Barca score six but lose Vidal to horror injury

Luis Suarez, Neymar and Leo Messi all got on the scorecard as FC Barcelona enjoyed a crushing 6-0 win, including a spell of 4 goals in 8 minutes, over the Deportivo Alaves, who will be their rivals in the Spanish Kings Cup final at the end of May.

China, South Sudan strengthen cooperation in health sector

China and South Sudan have agreed to boost cooperation in the health sector by enhancing knowledge sharing, capacity building, and hospital to hospital collaboration.

China aims to relocate 3.4 mln people in 2017 to tackle poverty

China plans to relocate 3.4 million people from poverty-stricken communities to more developed areas this year as part of its poverty reduction drive, according to government sources.

Andy offers Roger sweet advice

Andy Murray warned Roger Federer to avoid sampling the questionable delights of a "horrific" deep fried chocolate bar stuffed with caramel after the tennis great accepted an invitation to play in Scotland for the first time.

Securities chief vows to 'capture' manipulators

China's top securities watchdog vowed on Friday to "capture big crocodiles" in the country's stock market, suggesting that a tougher regulatory stance against stock speculation and manipulation will be a priority for the regulator.

8.2 mln railway trips expected on Lantern Festival

China Railway Corp. expects 8.2 million trips to be made by rail Saturday as it is Lantern Festival, the end of the lunar new year celebrations.

China to push for IPO normalizaion: securities regulator

China will push for the normalization of initial public offerings (IPOs) and refinancing activities, while considering possible pressure on the market, said Deng Ge, spokesperson for the China Securities Regulatory Commission.

Xi-Trump phone talk a good first step in fostering China-U.S. dialogue

The phone talk held by Chinese President Xi Jinping with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump is a good first step in fostering the China-U.S. dialogue and provides a platform for further cooperation, U.S. experts said Friday.

China hopes U.S.to properly handle issues regarding Taiwan: FM spokesperson

China on Friday expressed hope that the United States could properly handle issues regarding Taiwan, so that the overall cooperation between the two countries is not affected.

Constructive China-U.S. ties beneficial for both sides, world

The China-U.S. relationship now sees a positive sign as U.S. President Donald Trump told his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, over phone that his country is ready to work with China to take bilateral ties to new historical heights.

Chinese Vice Premier urges new breakthroughs in Belt and Road development

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli on Friday urged greater progress in promoting development under the Belt and Road Initiative this year.

Xi, Trump agree to boost win-win cooperation, develop constructive China-U.S. ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump pledged Friday to boost win-win cooperation in a variety of areas and develop a constructive China-U.S. relationship.

Xi's Swiss tour speeches published

An offprint of the speeches given by President Xi Jinping at the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) in January has been published by the People's Publishing House.

China's January exports up 15.9 pct, imports up 25.2 pct

China's exports in yuan-denominated terms rose 15.9 percent year on year in January, while imports increased 25.2 percent, customs data showed Friday.

Xi, Trump agree to boost cooperation in trade, investment, int'l affairs

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump on Friday agreed to strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation in trade and economy, investment as well as international affairs.

Xi appreciates U.S. gov't's adherence to one-China policy in phone talks with Trump

Chinese President Xi Jinping said he appreciated his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, for stressing that the U.S. government adheres to the one-China policy.

Safety given priority in China's ski industry boom

Gao Zhidan, deputy director with Chinese State General Administration of Sports, said Thursday that safety must get top priority in the development of winter sports industry as deadly skiing accidents shocked the country

Huawei Spain certified as Top Employer for 2017

Chinese telecommunications Huawei Spain has been named as one of the top employers 2017 by the Top Employers Institute, a global certification company recognizing excellence in the conditions that employers create for their people.

2018 PyeongChang Olympic torch, torchbearer uniform unveiled

PyeongChang 2018 celebrated its One-Year-to-Go countdown by unveiling its Olympic torch and torchbearer uniform at a ceremony in Gangneung on Thursday.

Argentina stay top of FIFA rankings

Argentina have held their place as the best team in the world in the latest FIFA rankings published on Thursday.

EU to look more to China: chamber

Europe is expected to forge more free-trade deals with Asian economies such as China to cope with rising protectionism and new challenges brought by the new US administration led by Donald Trump, a leading European business leader said on Thursday.

Bike-share startup seeks permits

Chinese bike-share startup Bluegogo, which had planned to fill San Francisco's public bike racks with rental bicycles, is seeking permits after drawing backlash from city leaders.

Confucius Museum to be opened in Shandong

The Confucius Museum in Qufu, Shandong province - the birthplace of China's most famous sage - will be opened in the second half of this year, a local official said on Wednesday, describing it as the country's first comprehensive museum to focus on Confucius (551-479 BC) and his ideology.

Return of remains by ROK may help ties

The return of the remains of Chinese soldiers from the Republic of Korea, as scheduled, displays a willingness by both countries to push forward ties amid difficulties caused by the planned deployment of a US anti-missile system in the ROK, Chinese observers said.

Central bank warns Bitcoin exchanges over margin trading, money laundering

China's central bank has warned the country's Bitcoin exchanges against margin trading and money laundering, in a further step to tighten regulation over the digital currency.

Foreigner's fingerprints to be collected upon entry to China

China will fingerprint foreigners when they enter the country, the Ministry of Public Security said in a statement Thursday.

Senior official stresses research on people's congress system

A senior official has urged further innovation in the theory and practice of China's people's congress system.

China to improve drug policy for better medical services

The Chinese government has decided to improve policy on the production, distribution and use of drugs.

Berlin film festival opens with Etienne Comar's "Django"

The 67th Berlin International Film Festival, the Berlinale, opened Thursday with screening of the French film "Django".

New Zealand PM meets visiting Chinese FM Wang Yi

New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi here on Thursday.

News Analysis: China poised to defend against rising protectionism

As anti-globalization appears to be sweeping across world economies still struggling with slow recoveries, China is poised to defend its exports against escalating protectionism.

Constructive U.S.- China relations to stay strong & thrive in long run

A constructive U.S.-China relation will stay strong and thrive in a long term even though there have been many talks of uncertainties under the Presidency of Donald Trump in relationship between the world's two largest economies, U.S. experts say.

China's outbound investment to slow in 2017: ministry

China's outbound direct investment (ODI) will steadily slow, but be of better quality in 2017, the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said Thursday.

41.2 pct of Chinese hold urban hukou in 2016

China's registered permanent urban residents rose to 41.2 percent of the total population in 2016, after easing of "hukou" (household registration) policy, the Ministry of Public Security announced Thursday.

China suffers more trade remedy probes from U.S. in 2016

Chinese exporters have suffered a total of 20 trade remedy probes initiated by the United States in 2016, an 81.1 percent increase year on year, the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said Thursday.

Ecological red line shows China's resolve to protect environment

There has been a lot of talk about an "ecological red line" this week in China, but what is this red line and how does it play into the country's wider environmental strategy?

China appreciates Trump's greetings on Chinese Lantern Festival

China on Thursday confirmed that it has received a letter to President Xi Jinping, sent by U.S. President Donald Trump, who extended his greetings ahead of the Lantern Festival.

Xi sends condolences to Chilean president over deadly forest fires

Chinese President Xi Jinping has offered condolences to Chilean President Michelle Bachelet over deadly forest fires in the South American country.

China's leading online travel agency eyes bridging the world

China's leading online travel agency Ctrip is confident that it is capable of catering to the growing travel demands in China and beyond.

IMF chief calls for greater data transparency

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said on Wednesday that greater data transparency could help increase the resiliency of the economy.

China vows to crack down on organ trafficking

A senior Chinese representative on Tuesday presented related data on China's organ donations and transplantations at a world conference here, highlighting the country's commitment to combating organ trafficking and transplant tourism.

Chinese agriculture experts conclude 2-year mission in Namibia

Namibia's agriculture ministry on Wednesday bade farewell to 15 Chinese experts who completed a two-year program teaching farming skills in the southern African country.

Chapecoense survivor Follmann dreams of Paralympics

Jakson Follmann has expressed a wish to return to competitive sport as he continues his recovery from the Chapecoense air disaster.

Museum displays 500 years of robots

Why do humans build machines that resemble them, and what does that say about us? To find out, a London exhibition that opened on Tuesday surveys 500 years of simple to sophisticated robots.

British, Chinese scientists make breakthrough in 21st century killers research

Scientists in Manchester revealed Wednesday they and their Chinese colleagues had found a new avenue to explore in the search for the causes of neurodegenerative diseases that are becoming big killers in the 21st century.

Shenzhen FC in $28 million bid for Colombia forward: report

Shenzhen FC have made a 28 million US-dollar bid to sign Colombia international forward Miguel Borja, according to media reports.

Sri Lanka wants stronger relations with China, says FM

Sri Lanka, on Wednesday said it shared very good relations with China and looked forward to working closely with them.

EU proposes extension of Chinese solar duties by 18 months

The European Commission on Wednesday proposed an extension of import duties on solar panels from China by 18 months with a gradual phase-out, Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said on Wednesday.

Two China-made planes formally handed over to Nepal's national flag carrier

Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC), the national flag carrier of the Himalayan nation, on Wednesday formally received two brand new aircrafts from the Chinese supplier to add in its domestic fleet.

Economic Watch: China draws red line around vital ecospace

A new central document on natural areas in need of protection demonstrates China's desire for environmental progress.

Vice Premier urges accuracy of economic data

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli on Wednesday underscored the importance of keeping economic data accurate and authentic, suggesting that those who fake data should be held accountable.

India to remove cash withdrawal limits in March

India's central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), announced Wednesday all limits on cash withdrawals would be removed entirely from March 13.

Chinese mainland to issue preferential policies for Taiwan compatriots

A Chinese mainland spokesperson said Wednesday that Beijing will issue policies to support and attract Taiwanese to work and live on the mainland.

Chinese top legislator calls for better quality legislation

China's top legislator Zhang Dejiang on Wednesday demanded improvements to the quality of legislation passed by the legislature.

Premier Li urges cutting enterprise burdens

Enterprises are the source of market vitality, and the government should step up efforts to cut unreasonable fees for businesses to lower institutional costs, said Premier Li Keqiang at the State Council executive meeting on Feb 8.

China to further reduce business charges to lessen corporate burden

China's State Council Wednesday decided to further reduce and standardize business charges to lower the corporate burden in the real economy.

Chinese scientists join IODP expedition to South China Sea

Dozens of scientists from different countries are set to start an expedition to the South China Sea, to explore the formation of the sea as part of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP).

China invites Britain's May to visit "at appropriate time"

China will welcome British Prime Minister Theresa May at an appropriate time, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said on Wednesday, providing no details about the timing of the visit.

China reaffirms openness to foreign investment

China on Wednesday reaffirmed its openness to foreign investment, while stressing that relevant companies operating in China must abide by laws and regulations.

China's service trade deficit growth slows in 2016

China's service trade deficit grew more slowly in 2016, as more Chinese people traveled overseas.

China's farmers go green

When Yao Huifeng quit his well-paid job in a medical company to become a rice grower six years ago, he was nicknamed "Yao the idiot."

Mainland opposes Uygur separatist visiting Taiwan

The Chinese mainland resolutely opposes Rebiya Kadeer, a Uygur separatist, visiting Taiwan and participating in any activities on the island, a spokesperson said Wednesday.

Long-term study shows e-cigarettes less toxic than smoking: study

Researchers have found new evidence that e-cigarettes are less toxic and safer to use compared to conventional cigarettes, according to a study released Tuesday by the University College London (UCL).

China claims men's relay title in Winter Universiade short track

The Chinese men's team claimed the gold medal of the 5,000m relay short track speed skating here on Tuesday at the 28th Universiade, while the women's team took a silver medal.

Shanghai SIPG roars into 2017 AFC Championship League

Shanghai SIPG booked its place in the 2017 AFC Championship League group stage after a 3-0 win over Sukhothai FC from Thailand at Shanghai Stadium on Tuesday.

Chinese NGO to raise money after lawsuit failure against chemical plants

Chinese NGO China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) is going to raise around 1 million yuan to cover legal costs against three chemical companies, thepaper.cn reports.

China to provide more opportunities for foreign companies

China is committed to opening wider to the world and providing more investment opportunities for foreign companies, according to a Foreign Ministry spokesman Tuesday.

China to introduce review commission on cyber security

A commission will be established to deliberate important policies on cyber security and organize reviews, according to a document released by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) on Tuesday.

LaLiga President defends decision to suspend Celta-Madrid game

LaLiga President Javier Tebas on Tuesday defended the decision to suspend Sunday's Liga Santander match between Celta Vigo and Real Madrid after winds of up to 130 kilometers an hour damaged the roof of Celta's Balaidos Stadium.

Chinese athletes not to stay in APA hotel during Asian Winter Games

The organizer of the eighth Asian Winter Games (AWG) in Sapporo said Tuesday it will not accommodate Chinese athletes in the APA Hotel & Resort during the games that begin later this month.

Yuan stable, strong despite January weakening: central bank

China's economic fundamentals will support a stable and strong yuan despite weakening in January, a central bank website said Tuesday.

EU trade commissioner vows to fight protectionism alongside China

The European Union's (EU) trade chief has outlined the opportunities from strengthening trade and investment relations with China, assuring the business community that the bloc would fight protectionism together with Beijing.

Senior official stresses int'l law enforcement cooperation

A senior Chinese official Tuesday hailed public security agencies' role in combating transnational crime, highlighting the importance of international law enforcement cooperation.

China-Europe land-sea fast transport route opens

The first two trains carrying Chinese cargo containers, launched by China COSCO Shipping Group, arrived in the Hungarian capital, the Economic and Commercial Counselor's Office of the Chinese Embassy in Hungary said Tuesday.

Chinese, Australian FMs call for strengthening of bilateral ties

Foreign ministers of China and Australia called for further strengthening of bilateral ties here on Tuesday.

Sino-U.S. ties on better development path: Chinese FM

Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here on Tuesday that the Sino-U.S. relation, nearly 40 years since its establishment, has been seeing a non-stop development progress.

China's forex reserves fall to six-year low in January

China's forex reserve continued to shrink in January, falling for the seventh straight month, to below the closely watched 3 trillion U.S. dollars, official data showed Tuesday.

Meddling in Diaoyu Islands issue doomed to be bad deal for Washington

Three days after U.S. defense chief James Mattis' remarks on the Diaoyu Islands in Tokyo, China conducted a new round of regular patrol in the territorial waters of the Diaoyu Islands on Monday, showing the world its firm will and determination to safeguard its national sovereignty.

China to complete drawing ecological "red line" by 2020

The central authorities on Tuesday issued guidelines on an ecological "red line" that will declare certain regions under mandatory and rigorous protection.

Central authorities handle over 90 pct suggestions, proposals

The central authorities handled 11,735 suggestions and proposals submitted by legislators and political advisors in 2016, over 90 percent of all of those submitted.

China issues guideline on vaccine development, management

The central government has issued a guideline to boost development and management of vaccines.

Central bank official dismisses speculation on interest rate hikes

A central bank official said Tuesday that a recent increase of interest rates for open market operations was influenced by market forces and should not be viewed in the same way as benchmark interest rate increases.

Chinese, Sri Lankan presidents exchange congratulations on anniversary of diplomatic ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Sri Lankan counterpart Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday exchanged congratulatory messages to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Sri Lanka.

Russia's doping ban extended by IAAF

The doping ban on the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) was extended at least to November 2017, after an IAAF taskforce recommendation was approved by the world athletics governing body's council on Monday.

Re-printable "Magic paper" by US and China researchers

Researchers from Shandong University in east China and the University of California, Riverside in the US have created paper which can stand to be re-printed on scores of times, reported the Daily Mail in the UK.

China's population to reach 1.42 billion by 2020

China's population is expected to reach about 1.42 billion by 2020, according to the National Health and Family Planning Commission.

Giant Panda Bao Bao in Washington Zoo to depart for China

Giant Panda Bao Bao will be making the journey back to China on Feb.21, the Smithsonian National Zoo said Monday in a statement.

China tops world in PV energy capacity in 2016

China has the largest capacity for photovoltaic (PV) energy in the world, official data showed Saturday.

China absorbs record high foreign direct investment of 139 bln USD

China attracted a record high foreign direct investment (FDI) of 139 billion US dollars in 2016, ranking third in the world, following the United States and Britain, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

ECB president rejects Washington's accusation of currency manipulating

European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi on Monday rejected Washington's accusation of currency manipulating.

China opposes U.S. sanctions on Iran involving Chinese firms

China has lodged representations to the United States over the latest sanctions against Iran which involve Chinese companies and individuals.

Top envoy says UK has huge potential

China's top envoy to the UK said 2017 will be a year for consolidating the China-UK "Golden Era", in spite of challenges that some Chinese businesses in the UK may face from Brexit, especially those in the financial industry and companies with EU headquarters in the UK.

State Council issues plan to promote employment

The State Council on Feb 6 released the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) on employment, an overarching guideline to promote employment and entrepreneurship in China in the next five years.

Economic Watch: Agricultural reform key to China's prosperity

China's first central document of 2017 promises to maintain the drive to resolve rural issues on the road to a moderately prosperous society by 2020.

Study: thirdhand smoke affects weight, blood cell development in mice

New research indicates that exposure to thirdhand smoke leads to biological effects on weight and cell development that could be damaging to one's health.

China to improve permanent residence permit system for foreigners

China will optimize the rules and process for issuing certificates of permanent residence to foreigners with favorable treatments.

Xi leads nation in pursuing Chinese dream in new year

China has entered the Year of the Rooster, the same year in the Chinese zodiac when the Communist Party of China (CPC) was founded in 1921.

The woes of a woodcut print master

Spring Festival is supposed to be a joyous occasion, but it has left Fang Zhida, 83, anxious.

China to create over 50 mln new urban jobs by 2020

China will create over 50 million new urban jobs by 2020, the State Council announced Monday.

Barca in driving seat to King's Cup final

FC Barcelona look to defend a 2-1 first leg lead in front of their fans against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night for their seventh appearance in the King's Cup knockout competition in the past nine years against either Alaves or Celta Vigo.

China to further open up development zones

China will continue to open up its development zones to attract foreign investment and promote international cooperation, according to the State Council Monday.

Fire at China massage parlor kills 18

Sunday's fire at a foot massage parlor in east China's Zhejiang Province killed 18 people and injured 18 others, police confirmed early Monday.

Mom's weight gain likely caused by parental lifestyle: Research

While many would blame pregnancy for causing lasting weight gain and even obesity in child bearing women, a new study found that the real culprit seems to be lifestyle and age, according to a research released by the University of Michigan School of Nursing earlier this week.

CBA Roundup: Yi Jianlian shines as Guangdong beat Beijing 103-98

Former NBA player Yi Jianlian contributed 27 points and 10 rebounds to help Guangdong beat Beijing 103-98 in the 32nd round of the 2016-2017 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league action on Sunday.

China to build national protection zone in west Tibetan prefecture

The Ministry of Culture has agreed to build an experiment zone in China's northwestern Qinghai Province to protect Tibetan ecological and cultural heritage.

China issues five-year plan on HIV/AIDS prevention

The Chinese government has issued a five-year action plan for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.

Sri Lanka to sign free trade agreement with China: Ambassador

Sri Lanka is to sign a free trade agreement with China this year to boost economic ties.

15 Provinces report over 10 bln yuan in tourism revenue during Spring Festival

According to a tourism report for the first quarter of 2017, there were 15 Provinces that each collected more than 10 billion yuan (1.457 billion dollar) in tourism revenue during Spring Festival.

China to donate humanitarian aid to Syria worth 16 mln USD

The Chinese Embassy and the Syrian Planning and International Cooperation Commission (ICC) signed two agreements on Sunday, under which China will provide two batches of humanitarian aid to the Syrian government worth 16 million U.S. dollars.

PLA drill features advanced missile

The People's Liberation Army has released a video of a recent exercise employing the advanced DF-16 medium-range ballistic missile, a weapon seen as filling a gap in the nation's arsenal.

Door is opening for new business

China's moves to further ease foreign investment policies will open doors in some monopoly sectors this year while prohibiting local governments from curbing foreign companies, experts said.

Economic Watch: China's monetary policy to be more prudent, neutral

China's monetary policy is expected to be more prudent and neutral, to rein in asset bubbles and guard against financial risks, economists have said.

Two thirds of Nepal's total FDI comes from China in 1st half of FY

Nepal received more than two thirds of the total foreign direct investment (FDI) pledges from China during the first half of the current fiscal year that began in mid-July, according to data from Nepal's Department of Industries (DoI).

Nearly 1,600 foreigners get China "green cards" in 2016

In 2016, 1,576 foreigners became permanent Chinese residents, an increase of 163 percent on the previous year, according the Ministry of Public Security.

Banks, dot-com giants among most valuable brands in China

Most of the top 10 valuable Chinese brands in 2017 are owned by state-owned banks and Internet powerhouses, according to a report by Britain-based consulting firm Brand Finance.

Preventing systematic risks is key in food safety

At the State Council executive meeting on Feb 3, Premier Li Keqiang urged related departments to prevent systematic risks when preparing food safety plans.

China to set up cyber-security watchdog for risk and quality evaluation

China will set up a cyber-security watchdog to evaluate the cyber products and services purchased by key information infrastructure operators that may impact the country's cyber security, according to China's Cyberspace Administration.

China, Australia launch Year of Tourism in Sydney

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull have sent their congratulations to the China-Australia Year of Tourism 2017, which was officially launched in Sydney on Sunday.

China to deepen reform in agricultural sector

China will deepen supply-side structural reform in agriculture to cultivate new development engines for the sector, according to a policy document released Sunday.

Top procuratorate vows to get tougher with economic crimes

China's Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP) has promised severe punishments for economic crimes that affect interests of lots of people, including illegally absorbing public deposits and fundraising fraud.

China to nurture new engines for agricultural sector by deepening reforms

China will deepen supply-side structural reform in the agricultural sector to accelerate the cultivation of new development engines for the sector, said a policy document released Sunday.

China contains rise in telecom fraud: ministry

Chinese police solved 83,000 cases of telecom and Internet fraud in 2016, up 49.6 percent year on year, according to the Ministry of Public Security.

China punishes 7 automakers for green subsidy breaches

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has cut subsidy qualifications for seven Chinese automakers over subsidy cheating.

China unveils first strategic plan for territory development

China has issued its first strategic plan for territory development and preservation, outlining the protection of arable land reserves and islands.

Rockets retire Yao Ming's No. 11 jersey

The Houston Rockets officially retired Yao Ming's No. 11 jersey during the halftime break of their game against the Chicago Bulls at Toyota Center on Friday night with the presence of Yao Ming and his family.

Alibaba opens Australian, New Zealand headquarters in Melbourne

Alibaba Group Holding Limited on Saturday opened its Australian and New Zealand (ANZ) headquarters in Australia's Melbourne.

China urges U.S. to correct unfair anti-dumping duties on steel products

China urged the United States to correct its unfair decision to impose high anti-dumping and countervailing duties on imports of Chinese stainless steel sheet and strip, according to a statement released Saturday by the Ministry of Commerce (MOC).

Why does Japanese embassy 'act as a spy'?

On Jan. 29, the second day of China's Lunar New Year, The Times, a British national newspaper, published a report entitled "Rifkind a stooge in secret PR war on China," saying that the Henry Jackson Society (HJS), a U.K. think tank, is paid a total of 15,000 pounds per month by the Japanese embassy in the U.K. to voice opposition to Chinese foreign policy. Former British Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind was approached by HJS and served as a stooge in this disgraceful deal.

Houston embraces Yao Ming

The man who sent the NBA to new heights in China was recognized by the city where he played and by his team, the Houston Rockets, which will retire his jersey on Friday.

Commentary: Year of the Rooster, a year of focused reform

As Chinese people return to work Friday, the country has entered a new year, a year in which focused reform will play a key role in the country's development.

Continuous cooperation serves interests of China, United States: Chinese State Councilor

Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi said Friday that China and the United States, with extensive common interests and colossal potential for cooperation, should continue their cooperation in line with the interests of the two countries and two peoples.

Chinese consumers spend more during Lunar New Year holiday

Chinese consumers spent 462 billion yuan (67.3 billion U.S. dollars) during the Lunar New Year holiday, home and abroad, surging 48.1 percent year on year, data from the country's biggest payment card issuer showed Friday.

408 mln trips during Lunar New Year holiday

The week-long Spring Festival holiday witnessed 408 millon passenger trips in China, up 2.1 percent year on year, data from the Ministry of Transport (MOT) showed Friday.

China urges U.S. to stop making wrong remarks on Diaoyu Islands

China on Friday urged the United States to stop making wrong remarks on the issue of the Diaoyu Islands sovereignty after U.S. defense secretary James Mattis reportedly said the U.S.-Japan mutual defense treaty applies to the islands.

WHO calls for early cancer diagnosis

The World Health Organization (WHO) Friday launched a new guidance to better improve the chances of survival for people living with cancer by ensuring that health services focus on diagnosing and treating the disease earlier.

Grand Chinese New Year Concert makes debut in Lithuania

The Grand Chinese New Year Concert made its debut at the National Philharmonic Concert here on Friday night to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Rooster.

Paris kicks off international bidding for 2024 Olympics

The Paris 2024 Bid Committee has marked a milestone in its bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games with a special presentation in Paris Friday.

State Council safeguards migrant workers' rights

China's State Council on Friday pledged to press ahead with addressing wage arrears for migrant workers to safeguard their legitimate rights and interests.

China starts year of rooster with robust growth momentum

The year of rooster started with a resonant crow for China with impressive economic performances.

Chinese FM to visit Australia, New Zealand

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is to pay an official visit to Australia and New Zealand from Feb. 7-10 at the invitation of his Australian and New Zealand counterparts Julie Bishop and Murray McCully.

China invites journalists to cover political meetings

Invitations have been sent out to journalists from China and abroad to cover two major Chinese political meetings next month.

Caixin manufacturing PMI drops to 51

China's manufacturing sector continued to slow in January 2017 because of a further improvement in the health of the sector.

Year of the Rooster to bring multiple missions

China is set for the first working day of the Year of the Rooster as the week-long Spring Festival holiday ends Thursday.

Former Chelsea and England midfielder Lampard retires

Former Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard, 38, on Thursday announced his retirement on Facebook.

Chinese news aggregator Toutiao acquires Flipagram

Toutiao, one of China's most popular mobile news apps, confirmed Thursday that it has acquired Flipagram, a U.S. video creation app.

China railways brace for post-holiday travel rush

China's railways will be tested Thursday, when passenger flows peak at the end of the Spring Festival holiday.

Ireland in talks with Apple on terms for escrow account: minister

Ireland was in talks with U.S. tech firm Apple over setting up an escrow account for the 13 billion euros (13.9 billion U.S. dollars) the European Commission (EC) says is due to Ireland in back taxes, pending the outcome of an appeal against the EC's ruling, a cabinet minister said on Thursday.

China tourism revenue surges in week-long holiday

China's tourism industry raked in 423.3 billion yuan (61.7 billion U.S. dollars) in revenue during the Lunar New Year holiday, as more affluent people become increasingly keen to travel.

China, U.S. should respond to difficulties by cooperation instead of conflict: Chinese ambassador

China and the United States should always cooperate in the face of challenges, Chinese Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai said Wednesday.

Lowry's 33 points lift Raptors past Pelicans in OT

Toronto Raptors All-Star guard Kyle Lowry hit a go-ahead jumper with 4.3 seconds remaining in overtime to power past New Orleans Pelicans 108-106 on Tuesday night's NBA game.

Egyptians overjoyed by reaching AFCON 2017 final

Thousands of euphoric Egyptians flooded the streets of Cairo Wednesday night to celebrate their national team's win over Burkina Faso in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) semi-finals.

Brazil to escape recession in first quarter of 2017, says minister

Brazilian Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles said on Wednesday that his country is returning to a path of growth and will manage to escape recession in the first quarter of 2017.

Chinese automaker JAC to produce cars in Mexico

Mexican authorities announced Wednesday that Chinese automaker JAC would soon begin producing cars in the central Mexican state of Hidalgo.

Japan OKs retinal cell transplant using others' iPS cells

Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare on Wednesday approved transplant of retinal cells to treat patients using induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells derived from another person.

Australian led scientists discover new bacteria that could change evolution theory

Scientists at the University of Queensland in Australia announced on Thursday they have discovered a new bacterium that could change long thought to be certain theories on evolution.

Commentary: China is an opportunity for Europe, not a threat

A senior EU politician said recently that China represents an external threat to Europe, an accusation which is groundless as well as outrageous.

China's January PMI slightly down to 51.3

China's manufacturing sector expands for the sixth month in a row, adding evidence that the world's second largest economy is stabilizing amid uncertain global outlook.

China's manufacturing shows signs of stabilizing economy

China's manufacturing sector has expanded for the sixth month in a row, a sign the economy is stabilizing amid an uncertain global outlook.

U.S. Fed keeps interest rates unchanged in January meeting

U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday left the benchmark interest rates unchanged and offered no hint on when it might move.

Beijing sees record high park visits over Spring Festival period

Major parks in Beijing received a record high of 460,000 tourists Tuesday, the fourth day of the Chinese New Year, according to authorities.

S. Korea, Japan dominate speed skating at Universiade

Skaters from South Korea and Japan dominated the men's 500m speed skating competition at the 2017 Almaty Universiade on Wednesday as they finished top six of the event.

Search continues for the missing in boat accident in Malaysia

Search efforts continued on Tuesday for the missing people in a boat accident off Malaysia's Sabah state on North Borneo.

Spotlight: Eurozone recovery on track amid headwinds

Fresh eurozone economic data showed a bigger-than-expected leap in growth, inflation and employment, indicating that the bloc's economy keeps its recovery trend amid the political uncertainty sparked by Britain's Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump in the United States.

Starbucks to hire 10,000 refugees over five years after Trump's travel ban

Starbucks has announced a plan to hire 10,000 refugees over five years in 75 countries in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban.

Mexico seeks to bolster ties with China, attract investment

Mexico seeks to continue strengthening comprehensive ties with China and attract investment in the coming years, Foreign Affairs Minister Luis Videgaray said on Monday

Railway passenger trips climb as holiday travel continues

Nearly 7.66 million railway passenger trips were made in China Monday, the fourth day of the Lunar New Year holiday, a 9.1 percent increase on last year, official data showed Tuesday.

China's power use expected to grow by 3 pct in 2017

China's power use is expected to grow by 3 percent in 2017 due to a slowing economy, the China Electricity Council has said.

Feature: Greeks celebrate Chinese New Year in Athens

The Chinese New Year was in the spotlight of this weekend's events at the impressive, newly-founded Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) here, as Greeks celebrated the Year of the Rooster with joy.

Ten surprising customs of Chinese lunar New Year

Happy Chinese New Year 2017 -- the lunar Year of the Rooster. The New Year holiday season begins on Jan. 27 and will last for 15 days. Wondering how Chinese spend the holiday? The following customs and taboos may give you some clues.

Bayern Munich's Ribery out of action

Midfielder Franck Ribery will be sidelined for two weeks due to a thigh injury, the German Bundesliga front-runners announced in an official statement on Tuesday.

Ex-Brazil midfielder Jadson joins Corinthians

Former Brazil international midfielder Jadson has agreed to return to his former club Corinthians after parting ways with China's Tianjin Quanjian.

Ajax sign David Neres from Sao Paulo, sell El Ghazi to French side Lille

On Tuesday, the last day of the Dutch January transfer window, Ajax attracted Brazilian starlet David Neres from Sao Paulo FC for a record fee, while selling Anwar El Ghazi to French club OSC Lille.

Popular Chinese teenage star speaks on quality education at UN forum

A popular Chinese teenage star Yuan Wang on Tuesday spoke here at a UN youth forum and called for equal access to quality education for young people worldwide.

"Speed gene" linked to muscular dystrophy: study

A gene linked to performance in elite athletes strongly influences the severity of muscular dystrophy, Australian researchers have found.

China to boost development of photovoltaic power technology

China will promote the development of photovoltaic power technology in the next five years to upgrade the country's energy structure.

Chinese, Maltese presidents exchange congratulations on 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Maltese counterpart Marie Louise Coleiro Preca on Tuesday exchanged congratulatory messages to mark the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between their two countries.

Volkswagen to recall 1,993 vehicles in China

Volkswagen China will recall 1,993 vehicles in Chinese mainland due to defective body control modules (BCM), according to the country's top quality watchdog.

Malaysian police arrest owner, crew members of missing boat carrying Chinese tourists

The owner and two crew members of the boat carrying Chinese tourists that went missing off Malaysia's Sabah state were arrested to facilitate investigation, police said Monday.

China becomes more efficient, cleaner in energy use

China made progress in energy efficiency and clean energy in 2016.

Scientists find how plant's immune systems resist disease

Scientists have discovered how plant's immune systems are able to resist disease, researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia said Tuesday.

New study calls for action to make stagnant carbon dioxide emissions fall

A new study calls for stepping up efforts, including accelerated deployment of technologies for capturing atmospheric carbon and storing it underground, and sustained growth in renewables such as wind and solar, to reduce greenhouse gases.

China looks to Mars, Jupiter exploration

China's plans for deep-space exploration included two Mars missions and one Jupiter probe.

Ajax in bid to sign Brazil under-20 playmaker

Dutch giants Ajax have made a bid to sign Brazil under-20 midfielder David Neres, according to media reports.

Pato joins China's Tianjin Quanjian

Former Brazil international striker Alexandre Pato has joined Tianjin Quanjian from Villarreal in a deal reportedly worth 18 million euros.

Sony to book impairment loss of 1 bln USD in movie business

Sony Corp. said on Monday that it will book a 112.1 billion yen (977 million U.S. dollars) write-down loss in its movie business amid studio struggles and slumping demand for DVDs and Blu-ray disks.

Federer wins fifth Australian Open singles title

Roger Federer has proved king of Melbourne Park, winning his fifth Australian Open singles title and 18th grand slam in an epic five-set battle against old foe Rafael Nadal on Sunday night.

Spotlight: Chinese Lunar New Year celebrated worldwide

Think twice if you believe Chinese New Year is only celebrated in China or Chinatowns worldwide. From London to New York, with colorful parades, fireworks and red lanterns, people across the globe are now joining the Chinese in celebrating the arrival of the Year of Rooster.

China, Africa in joint pursuit of shared prosperity: Chinese envoy

The flourishing bilateral relationship between China and African countries is based on pursuit of ideals that advance shared prosperity, says Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Liu Xianfa.

China's top auditor says 2.6 bln USD environment funds "not effectively used"

China's top auditor has found that 17.6 billion yuan (about 2.56 billion U.S. dollars) of fiscal funds earmarked in 2016 for pollution control and resource management was not used effectively.

Xi demands all-out efforts to rescue Chinese tourists in Malaysia

Chinese President Xi Jinping has demanded all-out search and rescue efforts for the 28 Chinese nationals on a boat that sank off Malaysia's Sabah state on North Borneo on Saturday evening.

China urges continuing search for Chinese tourists in boat accident

Chinese Foreign Ministry on Monday asked Malaysia to maintain its search and rescue effort for Chinese nationals from a boat that sank off Malaysia's Sabah State on North Borneo on Saturday evening.

Heavy snow disrupts traffic in NE China province

Heavy snow has disrupted traffic in northeast China's Liaoning Province, local authorities said Sunday.

China launches emergency measures over missing tourist boat in Malaysia

The China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) on Sunday activated emergency measures after a boat carrying mainly Chinese tourists was reported to have gone missing in Malaysia.

Boat carrying Chinese tourists goes missing in Malaysia

A boat carrying 31 people, among them more than 20 tourists from China, has lost contact with the authorities since it sailed out from Kota Kinabalu (KK) in the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah on Saturday, the Consulate General of China in KK said on Sunday.

Study indicates air-polluting chemicals can travel far

A new study indicates that tiny floating particles can grow semi-solid around pollutants, allowing them to last longer and travel much farther than what previous global climate models predicted.

Wild pandas frequently spotted in SW China

On the way to deliver some goods with two friends, Yang Sijie suddenly saw a panda leisurely sitting in a tree.

Chinese New Year Parade held in Brussels

The second Chinese New Year Parade was held on Saturday afternoon in the Belgian capital of Brussels.

Thousands get a taste of Chinese Spring Festival in Washington

Thousands of people filled the courtyard of the Smithsonian American Art Museum Saturday for a Chinese Lunar New Year celebration, which featured dragon dances and other traditional Chinese folk artforms.

China Focus: Spring Festival enchants foreigners

Since arriving in Beijing to study in 2014, every Chinese New Year Sabaa Ali El-Tayeb has bought a stuffed toy animal.

China Focus: Xi's Lunar New Year speech inspires nation

The President's latest appeal for diligence and hard work has sparked heated discussion and spread inspiration and confidence across the nation.

China Focus: Snapshots of Chinese celebrating Spring Festival

Spring Festival is the most important festival in China, and while the event centers around time spent with the family, this is not the case for everyone.

Beijingers buy less fireworks over pollution concerns

Beijingers set off less fireworks this year over pollution concerns as they celebrate Spring Festival, the most important festival in the Chinese calendar.

Nasdaq special opening bell celebrates Chinese New Year

The New York-based Nasdaq stock exchange marked the Chinese Lunar New Year on Friday with a special bell ringing ceremony to kick off the day's trading.

Chinese leaders extend Spring Festival greetings

President Xi Jinping, on behalf of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the State Council, extended Spring Festival greetings to all Chinese Thursday at a reception in Beijing.

Chinese New Year celebrations held in Benin

The 2017 Happy Chinese New Year celebrations kicked off in Benin's political capital Porto-Novo on Sunday, featuring a grand parade and performances.

Biomolecular scientist Alan Mackay-Sim

Professor Alan Mackay-Sim, a stem cell pioneer and biomolecular scientist who helped restore the mobility of a quadriplegic man, has been named the 2017 Australian of the Year.

China issues guidelines to preserve traditional culture

The central government has issued guidelines on preserving and developing excellent traditional culture, eyeing a "marked boost" in the international influence of Chinese culture by 2025.

New monitoring rules will help fight drug shortages

China will improve the monitoring of drugs that are prone to short supply to ensure they can be replenished quickly, according to a new national guideline.

Senior CPC leader inspects Spring Festival gala rehearsal

Senior leader of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Liu Yunshan on Wednesday inspected the rehearsal for the Spring Festival TV gala.

Israel approves 2,500 settlement housing units in West Bank

Israel's prime minister and defense minister agreed on Tuesday to approve the construction of 2,500 new housing units in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

UN to support nation-building, smooth transfer of power in Gambia

UN envoy for West Africa told the Security Council Wednesday that the United Nations will support stability and nation-building in Gambia.

Trends, opportunities in ASEAN market discussed in Laos

More than 100 entrepreneurs from Laos, European and regional countries met Wednesday in Lao capital Vientiane to debate trends and opportunities in the market of the Association of southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at the Vientiane Economic Forum.

China questions U.S. duties on Chinese truck, bus tires

China's Ministry of Commerce (MOC) Wednesday questioned the U.S. decision to levy heavy duties on truck and bus tires from China, promising measures to defend domestic companies' rights.

New Pentagon chief to visit Japan, S. Korea next week

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis will travel to Japan and South Korea next week for his first overseas visit since taking office, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

China RQFII quota hits 529.6 bln yuan

A total of 179 overseas institutions have received quotas amounting to 529.6 billion yuan (77.2 billion U.S. dollars) under the RMB Qualified Foreign Institutional Investors (RQFII) program, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange said Wednesday.

Dow ends above 20,000 for first time ever on upbeat earnings

The Dow Jones Industrial Average on Wednesday closed above the psychological mark of 20,000 points for the first time ever, while the other two major indices also finished at record highs, boosted by a batch of generally positive earnings reports.

Russia-China ties "model" for major countries: FM

Russia-China relations are a model for major countries to follow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday.

Germany warns of danger of protectionism

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel on Wednesday warned against the dangers of protectionism during his speech on an annual economy report.

Trump signs two executive orders to boost border security

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to boost border security before his scheduled speech at the Department of Homeland Security.

Chinese premier exchanges views on bilateral ties with German Chancellor over phone

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel over the phone. The two leaders exchanged lunar new year greetings and views on China-Germany ties, China-EU relations and global affairs.

China once again urges Singapore to abide by one-China policy

China on Wednesday again urged Singapore to strictly abide by the one-China policy, after Hong Kong authorities said they would return armored vehicles to the city-state that were detained two months ago.

Official reaffirms Chinese stance on South China Sea

The South China Sea issue is the business of China and other directly concerned countries, which have agreed to focus on joint development and regional peace and stability, said a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman on Tuesday in response to the new U.S. administration's intended interference.

Premier Li stresses poverty relief

Premier Li Keqiang has stressed that poverty relief measures must make faster progress, calling for innovative mechanisms and more funding in this regard.

Xi urges continued efforts to build strong military

President Xi Jinping called on the military to improve its political awareness, push forward reform, and govern it according to law to aid the building of a strong military.

Xi urges continued efforts to build strong military

President Xi Jinping has called for building a strong military by further enhancing the military's political awareness, pushing forward reform, and governing it according to law.

Premier Li stresses poverty relief

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has urged faster progress in poverty relief, saying that innovative mechanisms are needed and more funds should be collected to fight poverty.

Chinese leaders extend festival wishes to predecessors

President Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders have visited their predecessors with seasons greetings ahead of the Spring Festival.

Tech companies adding to festive fun with Pokemon

Giving red envelopes containing gift money remains a tradition among Chinese people during the Spring Festival, and this year China's tech companies are adjusting to the digital age by adding Pokemon Go-inspired features to their mobile red envelope apps.

Wolf-sized otter fossil discovered in SW China

Fossils of a newly discovered otter species dating back about 6 million years have been found in southwest China's Yunnan Province.

Liaoning claims fourth straight Chinese basketball league win

Last season's runners-up Liaoning claimed their fourth straight win after beating Qingdao 113-100 in the 31st round action of the 2016-2017 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league on Tuesday.

Warriors defeat leaves Zimbabwean football fans dejected

Zimbabwean football fans have been left a dejected lot following the Warriors' defeat to Tunisia at the African Cup of Nations tournament in Gabon on Monday.

World Bank expects commodities prices to surge in 2017

World Bank on Tuesday maintained its forecast for oil prices for this year, while upgraded its projections for major non-energy commodity prices.

China lowers insurance firm's caps in stock investment

China’s insurance regulator on Tuesday announced a ban on insurers acquiring listed firms in concert with non-insurance parties, in a latest move to limit insurance assets invested in equity markets.

Astana talks end with breakthrough to resolve Syria crisis

The Syrian talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, ended on Tuesday, with a final communique backing a one year ceasefire reached recently in Syria, and brought six-year-old foes face to face for the first time.

China issues guideline encouraging college grads to work in grassroots

The central government has issued a guideline to encourage more college graduates to work at the community level.

Beijing expects fireworks sales slump ahead of Spring Festival

Fireworks vendors in Beijing have reported a slow start for sales ahead of the Spring Festival holiday, with customers reportedly put off by higher prices and a lack of approved outlets.

Philippines' Duterte claims CIA behind southern Philippine clash that killed 60

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte claimed on Tuesday that the United States Central Intelligence Agency was behind the 2015 clash that resulted in the killing of 60, including 44 elite police commandos.

Portuguese PM: EU reform urgent to fight protectionism, populism

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa defended the need for EU reform on Tuesday to fight against protectionism and populism.

China urges U.S. to watch how it talks about the South China Sea issue

China on Tuesday urged the U.S. side to speak and act cautiously on the South China Sea issue, reiterating that China was committed to solving the issue peacefully through negotiation with the countries directly concerned.

British Supreme Court rules Parliament must be given vote on Brexit

The British Prime Minister Theresa May can't trigger Britain's exit from the European Union without first getting the approval of the British Parliament, according to a Supreme Court ruling on Monday.

"La La Land" ties record winning 14 Oscar nominations

The musical film "La La Land" received 14 nominations for the 89th Academy Awards on Tuesday, tying record by "All About Eve" in 1951 and "Titanic" in 1998.

Australian PM holds on to TPP despite U.S. withdrawal

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday held up to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), saying it "is all about jobs for Australia", despite the fact that U.S. President Donald Trump had signed executive order to withdraw the United States from the deal.

Nagoya mayor should "kneel and apologize" for Nanjing Massacre: FM

Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura should kneel and apologize to the Chinese people for the Nanjing Massacre in 1937, a spokesperson said Tuesday.

China's State Grid gains controlling stake in Brazil's CPFL

The State Grid Corporation of China, the world's largest utility company, announced Tuesday that it has concluded a deal for a 54.64-percent stake in Brazil's largest power distributor CPFL Energia SA.

Chile to exit TPP and seek new trade deals with Asia-Pacific countries

Chile announced it will exit the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, but still seek to expand trade with the Asia-Pacific region, local newspaper El Mercurio reported on Tuesday.

Trump asks FBI's Comey to stay: Media

U.S. President Donald Trump has asked James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to stay on, U.S. media reported Tuesday.

Iraqi PM declares full liberation of eastern side of Mosul

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared on Tuesday full liberation of the eastern side of the city of Mosul after more than 100 days of fighting against the extremist militants of the Islamic State (IS) group.

Hong Kong hands armed vehicles back to Singapore

Hong Kong customs officials announced on Tuesday that nine Singaporean armed vehicles seized two months ago will be returned after the completion of an investigation.

China committed to Asia-Pacific economic integration process: FM spokesperson

China said Tuesday that it was committed to the process of Asia-Pacific economic integration in a spirit of openness, inclusivity and transparency, despite the United States quitting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Xi pushes poverty alleviation

President Xi Jinping Tuesday pushed for increased efforts on poverty alleviation.

British Supreme Court rules Parliament must be given vote on Brexit

The British Prime Minister Theresa May can't trigger Britain's exit from the European Union without first getting the approval of the British Parliament, according to a Supreme Court ruling on Monday.

Xi stresses precision in poverty alleviation

President Xi Jinping on Tuesday stressed the importance of precision in the battle against poverty, saying that poverty alleviation should focus on the targeted people and industries, and use the right tools to produce the desired results.

Chinese tourists, travel agencies asked to boycott right-wing Japanese hotel

China National Tourism Administration on Tuesday asked all outbound travel agencies and websites to stop cooperating with a right-wing Japanese hotel chain.

Shaolin Kung Fu performance staged in Palestine

World renowned Shaolin Kung Fu Monk Corps group performed Sunday night in West Bank city of Ramallah on the occasion of celebrating Chinese New Year with Palestinians.

Internet fund aims to boost innovation

The newly established China Internet Investment Fund is expected to foster innovation and entrepreneurship within the internet sector via a market approach, analysts said on Monday.

China-Myanmar gas power plant to supply electricity to Yangon by year-end

A China-Myanmar joint venture gas power plant, Thaketa, will be able to start to supply electricity to Yangon city and the region by the end of this year and can ease the electricity shortage to some extent which Yangon is faced with, a high project official said on Sunday.

First day of Astana talks ends with expected tension

The first day of the two-day Syrian negotiations in Astana ended on Monday, with government delegation and rebels holding indirect meeting, with expected tension surfacing in that venue.

Premier: Wages of migrant workers should not be delayed

Premier Li Keqiang ordered authorities to crack down on back pay for migrant workers when he visited Ludian county, southwest China’s Yunnan province, on Jan 23.

China to build world's brightest light source facility

China plans to build a next-generation synchrotron radiation facility in Beijing, according to a researcher from Chinese Academy of Sciences, one of the country's top research institutes.

China's first aerial bike lane to open in Xiamen

China's first bike lane in the sky was recently completed in the southeastern city of Xiamen.

China's hi-res SAR imaging satellite put into use

China's first high-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite has passed all its in-orbit tests and is now operational, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense on Monday.

Chinese smartphones gaining traction in South Africa

Thriving Chinese smartphone manufacturers have developed aggressive strategies to expand into the rest of the world, and South Africa is high on their priority list.

China issues guidelines on new material industry

China has published guidelines for industries that create new materials, such as graphene, seeking to improve innovation, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said Monday.

Chinese envoy says 2016 was "highly fruitful year" for Sino-Cambodian ties

Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia Xiong Bo said on Monday that 2016 was a "highly fruitful year" for China-Cambodia relations and cooperation thanks to the exchange of visits by the top leaders of the two countries.

Ex-opposition party head in S.Korea widens lead in presidential poll over ex-UN chief

Former head of the main opposition party in South Korea widened his lead in a recent presidential poll over former UN chief who returned back to his home country about 10 days ago.

E-cigarettes encouraging youth to smoke: study

E-cigarettes, widely promoted as an alternative to smoking, are actually attracting young people who might not otherwise have smoked tobacco products, a new U.S. study suggested Monday.

British PM under fire over Trident row

British Prime Minister Theresa May has been grilled over an alleged cover-up of a reportedly failed missile test.

Russia says Putin, Trump to soon talk by phone

Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to speak to U.S. President Donald Trump by phone in the coming days, the Kremlin said Saturday.

China to improve market regulation by 2020

China will work to improve market regulation by 2020 to safeguard fair competition, according to a government plan.

Syrian government delegation questions legitimacy of Syrian opposition members in peace talks

The representatives of the Syrian opposition, who were gathering here for peace talks on Syria, can't be considered legitimate, the Syrian government delegation said on Monday.

Chinese scientists carry out field research on King George Island

It was the research vessel's debut of ashore expedition. Haiyang Liuhao set sail on July 2016 to the Pacific Ocean and Antarctica for a 60,000-km expedition and is expected to return in mid-April 2017. The expedition will have three tasks. It will serve as a marine resource and carry out environment evaluation in the West Pacific according to a contract with the International Seabed Authority.

China issues first certificates for overseas NGOs

The Chinese government has issued registration certificates for over 30 offices of NGOs from Hong Kong, Taiwan and a number of foreign countries.

Trump signs executive order to withdraw from TPP

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order to officially withdraw U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.

China, the Philippines confirm cooperation programs worth 3.7 billion USD

China and the Philippines have confirmed cooperation programs worth 3.7 billion U.S. dollars, during a meeting held in Beijing, a senior Chinese official said Monday.

Ma Xingrui elected governor of Guangdong

Ma Xingrui was elected governor of south China's Guangdong Province at a session of the provincial legislature on Monday.

Beijing 2022 preparations to speed up in 2017

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said last week that he was "sure" the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games would be a success. The remarks were made during Chinese President Xi Jinping's historic visit to the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

China's fiscal revenues grow 4.5 pct in 2016

China's fiscal revenues grow 4.5 percent year on year to 15.96 trillion yuan (around 2.33 trillion U.S. dollars) last year, the Ministry of Finance said on Monday.

Uncertainty remains over Samsung's wish to restore consumer trust after Note 7 debacle

Samsung Electronics announced its independent investigation result on Monday over its fiery Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, but uncertainties remain about its wish to restore consumer trust following one of the largest debacles in tech history.

Xi stresses preparation for Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

President Xi Jinping ordered relevant departments and local governments to carry out high-quality preparatory work for Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games and make the Games a "remarkable, extraordinary, excellent" event.

Death toll in India train derailment rises to 39

The death toll in the derailment of a passenger train in India's southern state of Andhra Pradesh rose to 39, railway officials said Sunday.

China to build manned submersible capable of reaching all seabeds

China has begun to develop a manned submersible capable of taking a crew to all of the earth's seafloors, the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) said.

Medvedev re-elected chair of Russia's governing party

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Sunday was re-elected as the chairman of the country's ruling United Russia party for a next five-year term.

China's rustbelt shows signs of economic recovery

China's northeastern region is showing signs of economic recovery since the traditional heavy industries lost shine, figures released at the annual provincial sessions show.

Hamon, Valls qualify to France's Left primary run-off

Ex-education minister Benoit Hamon on Sunday came top out of seven candidates in the first round of French Left primary to choose a presidential election, partial results showed.

Iran vows reprisal upon breach of nuclear deal

Iran said it will "act appropriately" if the U.S. President Donald Trump chooses to "tear up" the Iranian nuclear deal signed in 2015 between Iran and six world powers, Press TV reported on Sunday.

Thriller film "Split" tops weekend box office

Universal's thriller film "Split" was on track to sell 40.2 million U.S. dollars in tickets this weekend to premiere in the number one spot at weekend box office in North America.

Economic Watch: Why China doomsayers should take a break

Doom-mongers on the Chinese economy have relentless energy to question the country's performance, but a string of upbeat economic data should give them the chance to take a break.

Spotlight: Signs of solutions loom in Syria with fresh int'l approach in Astana

A face time between the rebels and the Syrian government will take place for the first time in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Monday to lay the foundation stone of the solution to the long-standing conflict in Syria.

China schedules launch of Chang'e-5, its first sample return lunar exploration mission

China plans to launch the Chang'e-5 lunar probe at the end of November this year, from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern China's Hainan Province, aboard the heavy-lift carrier rocket Long March-5.

Electronic readers' jump in popularity just beginning

Chinese people clearly love to read. Unlike in other parts of the world, where many publishers are tearing their hair out, sales of both printed and electronic books continued to rise last year.

China introduces regular inspections on marine resources management, environmental protection

The State Oceanic Administration (SOA) will conduct regular inspections of local government management of marine resources and protection of the marine environment.

92% of employees offered year-end bonuses in China: survey

Of 5,184 employees surveyed, 92 percent said they received a year-end bonus for 2016, with 55.7 percent of them being offered over 10,000 yuan (USD 1,455), while 10 percent reported amounts of more than 50,000 yuan (USD 7,275).

Second-child policy increases births by 7.9 percent

The universal second-child policy implemented early last year was a major factor in raising the number of births in China to 17.86 million last year, an increase of 7.9 percent and the highest annual number since since 2000, according to the top health authority.

Road trips expected to surge during Spring Festival

Trips made via China's expressways are expected to increase 8 to 10 percent during the week-long Spring Festival holiday, which starts on Jan. 27, the Ministry of Transport (MOT) said on Sunday.

Xi calls for improved supply-side structural reform

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday called for the improving of the supply-side structure to boost the quality of the Chinese economy.

Xi bids New Year greetings to non-Communist parties, people without party affiliation

Chinese President Xi Jinping Sunday attended a gathering in Beijing and extended Lunar New Year greetings to people from non-Communist parties, the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, and those without party affiliation.

Road trips expected to surge during Spring Festival

Trips made via China's expressways are expected to increase 8 to 10 percent during the week-long Spring Festival holiday, which starts on Jan. 27, the Ministry of Transport (MOT) said on Sunday.

China to host key UN meeting on fighting desertification

China is to host a United Nations meeting on fighting desertification in September, an official said Sunday.

Xi to head central commission for integrated military, civilian development

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, will head a newly formed central commission for integrated military and civilian development, according to a decision by the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee on Sunday.

Pacific tsunami alert issued after 7.9-magnitude earthquake in Papua New Guinea

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii has issued an alert for the Pacific after a powerful 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea on Sunday.

A Man with a Brand——Jia Liqun

Today, let’s read a story of Jia Liqun, a B-type ultrasound scanner specialist at Beijing Children's Hospital.

Many older patients in Norwegian hospitals malnourished: report

One in three patients in Norwegian hospitals are malnourished or are in risk of becoming malnourished while the percentage among older malnourished patients is even higher, newspaper Aftenposten reported Saturday.

UN Security Council condemns destruction of cultural heritage in Syria

The United Nations (UN) Security Council on Friday condemned the destruction of cultural heritage in Syria by the Islamic State (IS) extremist group, "including targeted destruction of religious sites and objects."

Ji Yanyan crowned MVP in North's 116-110 win over South in 2017 WCBA All-Star Game

Home crowd favorite Ji Yanyan snatched the Most Valuable Player (MVP) trophy with a game-high 31 points, helping the North beat the South 116-110 in the 2017 Chinese Women's Basketball Association (WCBA) All-Star Game here on Saturday.

China to improve government service for new economy

China will improve its services for the new economy to accelerate new growth, according to a government document.

Apple files $1 billion lawsuit against chip supplier Qualcomm

Apple Inc filed a $1 billion lawsuit against supplier Qualcomm Inc on Friday, days after the US government filed a lawsuit that accused the chip maker of resorting to anticompetitive tactics to maintain a monopoly over key semiconductors in mobile phones.

IMF's Lagarde warns against policy "black swan"

Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), warned against negative competition in policies at the World Economic Forum happening here.

Turkey at threshold for shift to presidential system

Turkey is on the threshold for shift to an executive presidential system as the parliament approved early Saturday an 18-item constitutional amendment package.

Moving U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem will ignite region: Palestinian factions

Leaders of several Palestinian factions and political powers warned Saturday moving U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem will ignite the region.

British PM calls for early Brexit talks with new European Parliament president

British Prime Minister Theresa May called Saturday for an early meeting with the new president of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani to discuss Britain's exit from the European Union.

12 die as passenger train derails in southern India

At least 12 people have been killed and several others injured after a passenger train derailed in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh late Saturday night, a senior railway official said.

Scientist interprets Catalog of marine creatures collected in the Qing Palace

A popular scientist who studies insects and animals has recently published a new book, providing a detailed analysis on an ancient catalog of marine creatures.

Chinese surgeons use 3D printer in pediatric heart surgery

Chinese surgeons in a central China hospital have succeeded in performing two complex pediatric heart surgeries using 3D printing technology.

China to reduce marine fish catch for ecological protection

China plans to reduce its marine fish catch in the next few years to protect the environment.

Iraqi forces continue fighting at last IS strongholds in eastern Mosul

Iraqi security forces on Saturday continued fierce clashes to drive out the militants of the extremist Islamic State (IS) group from their last strongholds in the northern outskirts of the city of Mosul, the Iraqi military said.

Web users select China's "Good Samaritans"

China's Internet users have selected 10 individuals as the 2016 grassroots heroes, or China's "Good Samaritans."

University of Birmingham welcomes Chinese Year of the Rooster

The University of Birmingham’s China Institute has marked the Chinese New Year with the help of a trio of world-renowned musicians.

Hosts China beat Myanmar 2-0 in Foshan women's soccer tournament

Thanks to Zhang Rui's double in the second half, hosts China overcame Myanmar 2-0 in the CFA Foshan international women's football championships here on Saturday.

Travel peak comes as Chinese go home for Spring Festival

Chinese authorities have forecasted a peak travel rush in the second week of China's 40-day "Chunyun," starting Friday, as many Chinese people are rushing back home for the Spring Festival.

School bus with Hungarian students crashes in northern Italy, killing 16

A school bus carrying Hungarian students crashed and caught fire in northeast Italy late Friday, killing 16 people, Italian authorities have said.

China provides short-term liquidity support for big banks

China's central bank has provided provisional liquidity support for several big commercial banks to meet rising cash demand ahead of the upcoming Spring Festival.

State Council cuts 39 more administrative approvals

China eliminated a third batch of 39 administrative approval items that the central authority had designated to local governments, according to a circular issued by the State Council on Jan 21.

Premier calls for better poverty relief mechanism at grassroots level

Premier Li Keqiang urged for more efforts to establish a coordination mechanism for the poverty relief work by governments at all levels during the State Council executive meeting on Jan 18.

China to continue higher-level opening up: premier

China will continue to promote a new round of higher-level opening up to the outside world, Premier Li Keqiang said Friday.

Premier Li seeks work report advice from non-Party members

Premier Li Keqiang presided over a conference on Jan 19 and solicited opinions on drafts of the government work report for 2017, which was attended by representatives of democratic parties, the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce and non-Party affiliated individuals.

Discipline inspection rules published to improve self-supervision

The Communist Party of China (CPC) on Friday published pilot work rules for discipline inspection organs to strengthen self-supervision.

Shenzhou-11 crew awarded with medals

China on Friday held a ceremony to honor the two astronauts of the Shenzhou-11 spaceflight mission for their outstanding contributions to the country's space endeavors.

China aims to boost real economy

Once a successful real estate developer, Li Fangping has shifted to high-end manufacturing by setting up a medical device company.

China expects Astana talks on Syria to make progress

China on Friday expressed positive expectations for the upcoming dialogue on Syria issues scheduled in Astana, Kazakhstan next Monday, saying that it hoped the talks would set a sound foundation for the Syrian talks in Geneva.

Ying Yong elected Shanghai mayor

Ying Yong was elected mayor of east China's Shanghai Municipality Friday at the fifth session of the 14th Shanghai Municipal People's Congress, the city's legislature.

Chinese FM dismisses Taiwan's self-styled delegation to Trump's inauguration

China's Foreign Ministry on Friday dismissed Taiwan's sending of a self-styled delegation to President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony, saying that the move was aimed to disrupt China-U.S. relations.

Baby pandas appear in Preliminary Eve group photo

Today is Preliminary Eve, the beginning of a seven-day countdown to Chinese New Year, and 23 baby giant pandas born in 2016 have joined the celebrations in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan province. They appeared on a small stage in Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to take a group photo to delight their fans all over the country.

Chinese people celebrate Preliminary Eve

Today is the 23rd day of the 12th month in the Chinese lunar calendar. Traditionally, this day is called the Preliminary Eve.

Survey shows rich Chinese confident of China's economy

Over 90 percent of rich Chinese are optimistic about China's economy, according to the results of a survey released Thursday.

IS militants executed 12 people in Syria's Palmyra city

The Islamic State (IS) group executed 12 civilians in the ancient oasis city of Palmyra in central Syria, state news agency SANA reported on Thursday.

2017 Asian Winter Games organizer ask Japan's APA hotel to remove right-wing books

The organizer of the Olympic Council of Asia's 8th Asian Winter Games (AWG) in Sapporo has asked Japan's leading business hotel chain APA Group to remove right-wing books in its guestrooms that sparked public anger recently, but the hotel made no replies so far, the organizer told Xinhua Thursday.

China to speed up modernization of education

China's State Council has issued a plan on educational development for the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020), which aims to achieve major progress by 2020.

China Oceanwide, IDG Capital to acquire IDG

China Oceanwide Holdings Group and International Data Group (IDG) Capital announced Thursday that they have entered into a definitive agreement to buy IDG Inc., a leading global media, market research and venture company.

China to set personal credit records for 14 occupational groups

The establishment of personal credit records will boom in China in 2017, with people from 14 kinds of important occupations being targeted as the new records system is established, said Lian Weiliang, deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).