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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.

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).

China to invest 1.85 bln yuan to establish Earthquake Warning System

China plans to establish an Earthquake Warning System to quickly record and report seismic activity across the country. Over 15 thousand monitoring stations are set to be built, state news outlet Xinhua reports.

China, U.S. share strong trade, investment ties: MOC

Trade volume between China and the United States has grown rapidly over the past 38 years, and trade has become a mainstay in stable bilateral relations, the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said Thursday.

Chinese envoy urges eliminating external interferences in solving Iran nuclear issue

A Chinese envoy to the United Nations said Wednesday that all parties concerned should reaffirm their political will and eliminate external interferences while dealing with Iran nuclear issue.

Moth gut bacteria create antibiotic to defend their host: study

Chinese and German researchers have found that some species of moths may have evolved an "ironic" strategy to resist microbial infections and flourish in microbe-rich environments.

Plane carrying Brazilian Supreme Court Justice crashes, killing three

A small plane crashed into the ocean near Rio de Janeiro in Brazil on Thursday, killing three people, according to local media.

Adama Barrow sworn in as Gambian president in Senegal

Adama Barrow was sworn as Gambian president on Thursday at the Gambian embassy in Dakar, capital of Senegal.

Moscow invites U.S. to Syria talks in Astana

Russia has invited the United States to a multilateral meeting on Syria scheduled for Monday in Astana, Kazakhstan, a senior Russian diplomat said Thursday.

Arrival in Japan of U.S. F-35 stealth fighter ruffles domestic, regional feathers

The United States beefing up its military presence in Japan with the first overseas deployment of its state-of-the art F-35 stealth fighter jets to the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture has drawn the ire of locals and comes at a time when regional nerves are already frayed.

Dozens feared dead after avalanche crushed ski resort in quake-hit central Italy

Dozens are feared dead after an avalanche crushed a luxury hotel in a mountainous area of central Italy hit by earthquakes on Wednesday, local media reported Thursday.

Iran confirms death of 20 in commercial building fire

Tehran's mayor confirmed the death of 20 fire fighters in the commercial building in the capital of Iran on Thursday, Tasnim news agency reported.

Xi says more help on way for Syria refugees

President Xi Jinping announced on Wednesday that China will provide an additional 200 million yuan ($29.1 million) in humanitarian assistance to help refugees and the homeless in the Syrian crisis.

Hard Brexit objective prompts mixed reactions of fears, hopes in Britain

Britain's latest clearance of its "hard Brexit" objective has triggered a mixed reactions in Britain, ranging from concerns of national division to hopes of a better "post-Brexit" tomorrow.

China expects to strengthen ties with U.S.

China on Thursday voiced its expectations that cooperation and bilateral ties with the new U.S. administration would continue to strengthen from a new starting point.

Theresa May tries to dispel Brexit worries at Davos forum

Two days after announcing a "hard Brexit" objective, British Prime Minister Theresa May was trying to assuage global concerns about Brexit in a special address on Thursday at the World Economic Forum here.

Commentary: Untruthful right-wing books placed in hotels show Japan's urgent need to face history squarely

A Japanese hotel chain has sparked fury on social media recently for placing books in its guest rooms denying the Nanjing Massacre and the forced recruitment of "comfort women" ever happened.

Spotlight: World needs more globalization, not less

Globalization arrives at a crossroad with a series of "black swan" events in Western countries in 2016.

Spotlight: Xi's Switzerland tour shows Chinese wisdom, confidence in face of sluggish global economy, anti-globalization sentiment

Chinese President Xi Jinping's four-day visit to Switzerland and his address at the 2017 World Economic Forum (WEF) have shown the world Chinese wisdom and confidence against the backdrop of a sluggish global economy and rising anti-globalization sentiment, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters here Thursday.

Dozens feared dead after avalanche crushed ski resort in quake-hit central Italy

Dozens are feared dead after an avalanche crushed a luxury hotel in a mountainous area of central Italy hit by earthquakes on Wednesday, local media reported Thursday.

IOC, Alibaba Group launch long-term partnership

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Alibaba Group on Thursday jointly announced a long-term partnership through 2028.

Britain fights for free markets, trade and globalization: May

Britain would fight for free markets, free trade and globalization, British Prime Minister Theresa May said here Thursday.

SW China's Chongqing elects new mayor

Zhang Guoqing was elected mayor of southwest China's Chongqing Municipality on Thursday, local legislature said.

China says forex reserves still abundant

China still has ample foreign exchange (forex) reserves despite continued drops, and fluctuations in the reserves are normal, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) said Thursday.

Switzerland tour throws limelight on Xi's global vision and charisma

The Old Town of Bern is usually quiet on weekends, yet the tranquility was shattered on Saturday by a group of demonstrators chanting slogans against globalization and free trade along Europe's longest weather-protected shopping alley.

Chinese president returns from Switzerland tour

President Xi Jinping returned to Beijing Thursday afternoon after his visit to Switzerland.

Some 30 bodies found in avalanche-buried hotel in Italy

Rescuers on Thursday found some 30 bodies in an avalanche-buried hotel in central Italy, local media reported.

Duan Yingying to face Venus Williams in Australian Open 3rd round

If there ever was an underdog in a tennis match, it's China's Duan Yingying in her Australian Open round three clash against American Venus Williams.

CPC stresses loyalty, professionalism of judicial, law enforcement staff

A document issued by the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee called on all judicial and law enforcement workers to be loyal to the Party and improve their professionalism.

China's top graft-buster exposes decadent officials ahead of Spring Festival

The Communist Party of China (CPC)'s top disciplinary agency on Wednesday named and shamed officials in eight cases of violations as part of a major anti-decadence campaign.

China cuts U.S. treasuries holding in November

China continues to cut its holding of U.S. Treasury securities in November last year, the latest data from the U.S. Treasury Department showed on Wednesday.

Printing of original ancient Buddhist canon returns to Palace Museum

A printing of the complete version of an 18th century edition of the Tripitaka, a collection of Buddhist scriptures, has been collated by the Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City.

Defaulters to face harsher restrictions

People in China who fail to fulfill court orders will be facing more restrictions, as more government bodies and social powers are joining the effort to punish the behavior.

World's first quantum satellite finishes in-orbit test

The world's first Quantum communications satellite, Quantum Experiments at Space Scale(QUESS), independently designed and launched by China in August last year, has finished its four-month in-orbit test and was put into service on January 18th, reports ce.cn.

China to establish ocean economic development demonstration zones during 2016-2020

China will establish 10 to 20 demonstration zones during the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) period to test ocean economy polices, the top economic planner said on Wednesday.

Critically endangered marbled cat filmed in southwest China

A marbled cat has been filmed at the Gaoligongshan National Natural Reserve in southwest China's Yunnan province.

Li calls sound jobs the key to momentum

China will maintain a proactive policy on employment by providing diversified skills training, encouraging entrepreneurship and restructuring inefficient industries, with the aim of boosting the number of new jobs and overall workforce quality.

Hollande, Merkel, Putin discuss Minsk deal, Syria peace talks over phone

Leaders of France, Germany and Russia discussed the situation in eastern Ukraine and progress in implementing the Minsk agreement in addition to Astana intra-Syrian talks in a three-way phone call on Wednesday, the French presidency said in a statement.

Iran rules out review of nuclear deal despite U.S. concerns

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Iran will not accept a review of its international nuclear deal, reported local media on Wednesday.

2016 Earth's 3rd straight hottest year on record: U.S. agencies

Last year's global average temperature was the hottest on record, marking the third year in a row global heat records have been shattered, according to reports published Wednesday by two U.S. government agencies that bolstered the scientific conclusion that our planet is getting warmer.

IS claims progress in battles against Syrian army

The Islamic State (IS) group said it made new progress on Wednesday in the battles against the Syrian army in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour, capturing strategic locations.

School shooting in N Mexico critically injures 5

At least five people, including four teenagers and a teacher, were critically injured early Wednesday, after a student opened fire in a classroom at a private school in the northern city of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon state.

Russia, Turkey conduct first joint air strike on IS in Syria

Russia and Turkey have started their first joint air operation against militants of the Islamic State (IS) in Syria's northern province of Aleppo, a senior Russian military officer said here on Wednesday.

SOEs face 'red line' on investment

China will draw a “red line” that forbids its 102 major State-owned enterprises from investing overseas in real estate, iron ore, petroleum and nonferrous metal, the country’s top State-owned assets regulator said on Jan 18.

S.Korean court rejects request to detain Samsung heir for bribery charge

A South Korean court early Thursday rejected a request from prosecutors to detain the heir apparent of Samsung Group, the country's biggest family-controlled conglomerate, despite alleged charges of bribery, perjury and embezzlement.

EU won't accept pick-and-choose tactics in future Brexit negotiations: Tusk

There will be no place for pick and choose tactics in future Brexit negotiations, European Council President Donald Tusk warned on Wednesday.

China's first freight train to Britain arrives in London

China's first freight train to Britain arrived in London on Wednesday.

Xi urges UN to play central role in global governance

Chinese President Xi Jinping said here Wednesday that the United Nations, the most universal, representative and authoritative inter-governmental organization, should play a central role in global governance.

Chinese leader defends globalization in historic Davos speech

Chinese President Xi Jinping has offered a vigorous defense of globalization and free trade in an historic speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Beijing gearing up for green, clean Winter Olympics in 2022, Xi says

While meeting with Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, at the committee's headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, Xi said Beijing will host a green, open-minded and corruption-free Olympic event in a shared manner.

Sustainability key to China's 2022 Winter Olympics

China is gearing up for one of the most environmentally friendly winter games in Olympic history.

Xi says China stays committed to upholding world peace

Chinese President Xi Jinping said here Wednesday that China remains unchanged in its commitment to upholding world peace.

Chinese president meets IOC president, pledges to make 2022 Winter Olympics an excellent event

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach here on Wednesday, and pledged to make Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games a "remarkable, extraordinary and excellent event."

Russia extends asylum for Snowden

Russia has extended its asylum for U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden for "a couple of years," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday.

Sound China-India ties important to BRICS: Spokesperson

A sound China-India relationship is important to BRICS and developing countries at large, a spokesperson said Wednesday.

HK chief executive highlights economy, livelihood in policy address

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying delivered his policy address for the year of 2017 here on Wednesday, in which he highlighted economic and social issues including boosting innovation and technology, increasing housing supply and Hong Kong's engagement in the Belt and Road Initiative.

China hopes Britain, EU reach win-win agreement through negotiation

China hopes Britain and the European Union (EU) can reach a win-win agreement through negotiation, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Wednesday.

Chinese historian denounces right-wing books at Japanese hotel

A Chinese historian has criticised a Japanese hotel for placing in its rooms a book denying the Nanjing Massacre and the forced recruitment of comfort women.

Chinese president's keynote speech to Davos wins worldwide applause

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday delivered a keynote speech at the 2017 annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, making a strong case for advancing globalization and rejecting protectionism.

China house prices continue to stabilize

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

Xi meets Belgian king, supports European integration

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Belgian King Philippe here on Tuesday, expressing support to the European integration process and opposition to trade protectionism.

Xi's speeches at G20 Hangzhou Summit published

A set of speeches made by President Xi Jinping when attending the G20 Hangzhou Summit in September last year have been published by the Foreign Languages Press.

One-China policy "not negotiable": Obama aide

A top aide to U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday reiterated the stance of the current administration that the One-China policy is "not negotiable," slamming any effort to reopen the issue as "dangerous."

China vows to establish 16 world-class universities by 2030

In an ambitious blueprint, Chinese officials have announced intentions to set up 16 top universities by 2030, spreading across several provincial regions outside Beijing and Shanghai, where a number of famous universities are already situated.

Xinjiang to invest huge amount for highway network

The Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region will inject record funding into building new roads this year so it can better serve as China's trade hub linking countries along the Silk Road Economic Belt.

China to build more welfare facilities during 2016-2020

China will build more welfare facilities to provide care services for juveniles in need, including "left behind" children, the top economic planner said on Tuesday.

China to cap coal consumption at 4.1 bln tonnes by 2020

China aims to cap coal consumption at 4.1 billion tonnes by 2020 and use cleaner fuel.

China registers one million domestic patents, issues new guidelines on IPR

The State Council, China's cabinet, issued new guidelines on the development of IP in the country, laying out the goals and major tasks for intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and usage as part of the current Five-Year Plan, which covers the period between last year and 2020.

Commentary: Globalization no scapegoat for economic inequality

Globalization has come under heavy fire in some Western countries for widening income gap and increasing social inequality. But those who chant protests against globalization are mistaken, if not entirely.

Alibaba joins with name brands to fight counterfeits

China's e-commerce giant Alibaba said Tuesday that it had joined with 20 brands to fight counterfeit goods through big data analysis.

Interview: Argentine experts says China's solid economy ready to tackle reforms in 2017

China's 2016 economic performance showed itself to be solid enough to tackle a series of dynamic reforms in 2017, maintaining its role as an engine of global growth, two leading Argentinian experts has said.

Iraqi forces in near full control of IS stronghold in eastern Mosul

Iraqi government forces advanced further Tuesday in Mosul amid fierce clashes with Islamic State (IS) militant group, as the troops are nearly recapturing the whole eastern bank of the city, a military statement said.

2017 to be crucial for EU: Bulgarian president

The outgoing Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev said here on Tuesday that 2017 would be crucial for the European Union (EU), and the EU should build its capacity to be a global player.

China, Singapore discuss boosting bilateral cooperation, ASEAN-China connectivity

China's Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin visited Singapore Tuesday to co-chair the 10th Bilateral Consultations between the Singapore and Chinese Foreign Ministries with Singapore's Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs Chee Wee Kiong.

IS leader suspected of recruiting suicide assailants arrested in Yemen

Yemeni counter-terrorism forces arrested on Tuesday a leader of the Yemen-based affiliate of the Islamic State (IS) group suspected of recruiting suicide assailants in the southern port city of Aden.

Russia, China key in maintaining world stability: Russian FM

Russia and China, with their relationship at its best ever, have been one of the key factors in maintaining world stability, something the two countries will continue to uphold, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.

Diabetes causes loss of 9 years of life in Chinese patients: study

People in China diagnosed with diabetes in middle age lost an average nine years of life, according to a new study published Tuesday.

U.S. defense budget for 2018 likely soars to 700 billion dollars

John McCain, chairman of the Armed Services Committee in U.S. senate, is proposing a defense budget for the fiscal year of 2018 worth 640 billion dollars, 54 billion dollars above what had been projected by the outgoing Obama administration.

Australia, Malaysia, China call off search for missing MH370

The search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has been called off, in a joint statement made by Australian, Malaysian and Chinese governments on Tuesday.

China angered by right-wing books at Japanese hotel

China on Tuesday was aghast at a Japanese hotel placing a book in its rooms, which denied that the Nanjing Massacre and the forced recruitment of "comfort women" ever happened.

China lays out plan to boost foreign investment

The State Council issued a circular that provides measures to boost foreign investment, as part of an effort to build “a new open economic system” in China.

Spotlight: May's Brexit speech outlines direction, fails to quell uneasiness

British Prime Minister Teresa May assured in her speech here on Tuesday that Brexit would pronounce a new partnership between her country and the European Union, but it seems that many who have listened to her still felt a sense of loss and uncertainty.

UK's May outlines plan for 'hard' Brexit

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May outlined plans for a clean break with the European Union that will include the United Kingdom leaving its single market trade arrangements.

President Xi Jinping calls World Economic Forum "weathervane" of global economy

Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping called the World Economic Forum (WEF) the "weathervane" of global economy during a meeting with WEF founder and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab on Tuesday.

President Xi helps launch Chinese-Swiss tourism year

President Xi Jinping and his Swiss counterpart Doris Leuthard launched the China-Switzerland Tourism Year in Davos on Tuesday.

What's being said about Xi's Davos speech

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday delivered a keynote speech at the 2017 annual meeting of the World Economic Forum and made a strong case for advancing globalization and rejecting protectionism.

Xi addresses Davos forum for first time to advance global growth, governance

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday called for joint efforts to chart the course of economic globalization and forge new models of global growth, cooperation, governance and development.

Xi says Belt and Road Initiative gains increasing global support, Chinese investment surpasses 50 bln USD

Chinese President Xi Jinping said here Tuesday that the circle of friends along the Belt and Road is growing bigger, and Chinese investment in the countries along the routes has surpassed 50 billion U.S. dollars in the past three years.

Xi calls for joint efforts in building long-term, stable China-U.S. relations

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday called for joint efforts by China and the United States in building a long-term, stable and cooperative relationship to meet the interests of both countries and the world.

Xi says China to play constructive role in addressing Ukraine crisis

China is willing to play a constructive role in the political settlement of the Ukraine crisis, Chinese President Xi Jinping said here Tuesday.

China angered by right-wing books at Japanese hotel

China on Tuesday was aghast at a Japanese hotel placing a book in its rooms, which denied that the Nanjing Massacre and the forced recruitment of "comfort women" ever happened.

Senior official visits cultural workers

Senior Chinese leader Liu Yunshan has paid visits to prominent cultural workers ahead of China's Lunar New Year and extended festival greetings to them.

China not only benefits from but also contributes to economic globalization: Xi

Chinese President Xi Jinping said here Tuesday that China has not only benefited from economic globalization, but also contributed to it.

Premier solicits public opinions on draft government work report

Premier Li Keqiang on Monday chaired a seminar to solicit opinions from representatives of education, science and technology, culture, health, sports sectors and of common people on the draft government work report.

Xi says China's development to benefit foreign business communities

China's development will continue to offer opportunities to business communities in other countries, Chinese President Xi Jinping said here Tuesday.

Xi says China to host Belt and Road forum in May

China plans to host a Belt and Road forum for international cooperation in Beijing this May to brainstorm on interconnected development, President Xi Jinping said here on Tuesday.

Xi proposes new models of global growth, cooperation, governance, development

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday stressed the importance of pursuing new models of global growth, cooperation, governance and development.

Chinese president stresses importance of guiding globalization

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday stressed the importance of adapting to and guiding economic globalization and delivering its benefits to all.

Plus-size ballerina becomes online star

A 15-year-old girl has opened up about becoming an inspiration for people of all sizes to dance after her ballet videos went viral.

Commentary: Xi's visit opens new era in China-Switzerland partnership

President Xi Jinping's visit to Switzerland is expected to yield fruitful results and usher in a new era of innovative strategic partnership.

US school's Chinese-language exam leaves native speakers speechless

A Chinese-language final exam paper at a high school in New York has left internet users amused and confused, reported guancha.cn on Saturday.

Snap election on March 2 called in Northern Ireland after gov't fails

A snap election for the devolved Northern Ireland parliament was called Monday night in the latest twist to a major rift between the two main parties, the Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

Eugene Cernan, last man to walk on the moon, dies at 82

Apollo Astronaut Eugene A. Cernan, the last man to set foot on the moon, died at age 82 on Monday.

Russia accuses U.S. of starting new arms race

Washington is "initiating a new arms race" by deploying large-scale troops to Europe, said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Monday.

Attacker on Istanbul nightclub caught in the city: media

Istanbul police on Monday night captured the gunman who launched a shooting spree at a nightclub in the city on New Year's Day, killing 39 people, local media reported.

China's soccer authorities toughen controls on foreign players

Teams in Chinese Super league (CSL) will be only allowed to deploy three foreign players in one game, the Chinese Football Association announced on its official website on Monday.

Overseas Chinese and locals in Switzerland welcome President Xi Jinping in Berne

Chinese President Xi Jinping's arrival in Switzerland has seen members of the Chinese in Bern gather in front of the Swiss parliament building on Sunday to help greet the Chinese leader.

China's local governments set poverty reduction goals

Several Chinese provinces have rolled out goals for poverty reduction at the ongoing local "two sessions" -- the plenary meetings of provincial lawmakers and political advisors.

Ronaldinho planning return to football, says agent

Two-time FIFA world player of the year Ronaldinho is hopeful of returning to football with a South American club this year, according to his brother and agent.

Palestine-Israel issue should not be complicated: Chinese official

The Palestinian-Israeli peace process should be advanced with a responsible, objective and fair attitude, instead of being complicated, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Ming said here.

S.Korean prosecutors request arrest of Samsung heir for bribery charge

South Korean prosecutors on Monday requested the arrest of Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong, the heir apparent of the country's largest family-run conglomerate, for multiple charges including bribery.

Chinese state-owned aluminum giant returns to profit

China's largest aluminum producer returned to profit last year as its bold downsizing helped relieve the burden from loss-making "zombie" subsidiaries.

Commentary: Economic globalization at a crucial moment

As economic globalization appears to have come to a crosscroad where a next step to be taken by major players will lead to either a new world or a dead end, insight and far-reaching vision are essential for the future of the world at such a crucial moment.

China makes great contributions to world security, development: Italian expert

On the occasion of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Europe to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos this week, an Italian geopolitical analyst highlighted here China's contributions to global security and development.

U.S. President-elect Trump has low favorability rating ahead of inauguration: poll

As many as 55 percent of Americans have a negative view of their President-elect Donald Trump, leaving him a historically low favorability rating before the inauguration in comparison with his three immediate predecessors received when they were presidents-elect, a new poll shows Monday.

Chinese firm to supply Boston with extra 134 subway trains in second deal

China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) has inked an agreement with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), which manages most of the public transportation services in the Greater Boston area in the US, to supply the latter with 134 subway trains.

At least 32 killed in Turkish cargo plane crash in Kyrgyzstan

A cargo plane owned by the ACT airlines crashed near the Manas international airport of Kyrgyzstan on Monday, killing at least 32 people, according to the country's Emergency Situations Ministry.

China's ODI up 44.1 pct in 2016

China's non-financial outbound direct investment (ODI) increased 44.1 percent year on year to 170.11 billion U.S. dollars in 2016, official data showed Monday.

Chinese renewable energy advocate wins international prize

The head of China's leading climate change body has been recognized for his key role in driving the renewable energy industry.

Contamination among primary food safety concerns, authority says

Overuse of food additives and microbial contamination were the primary food safety problems facing China last year, according to the top food authority.

Chinese classics listed into gaokao test range

An illustration for the 2017 national college entrance exam (gaokao) in Beijing was published recently, which included six literary works in the scope of the exam.

Beijing, Bern to upgrade FTA

China and Switzerland agreed on Monday to upgrade their free trade agreement, amid both countries' calls for opposition to protectionism, during President Xi Jinping's state visit.

Xi hails inter-parliamentary exchanges in promoting Sino-Swiss relations

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday that close inter-parliamentary exchanges between the two countries have played an important role in promoting the sound and steady development of Sino-Swiss relations.

Spotlight: FTAAP to serve as role model for globalization

As Chinese President Xi Jinping is visiting Switzerland for an annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, the China-backed Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) is in the limelight amid rising protectionism in the region and a gloomy forecast of global trade in 2017.

Premier urges more efforts to cut costs for enterprises

Premier Li Keqiang urged more efforts to benefit enterprises through further tax and fee reductions during a meeting held last week.

Commentary: Not to allow black swans to derail bullet train of globalization

The bullet train of globalization is now in need of proper refit to prevent possible breakdown to the detriment of global economic development, as it seems to have met with some major bumps and hitches since last year.

Premier Li stresses renovation of rundown areas in 2017

Premier Li Keqiang has called for more efforts to expedite the renovation of rundown urban areas and dilapidated houses in 2017, a State Council statement said Monday.

China to reform paid-use mechanism for natural resources

The State Council on Monday released a guideline on reforming the paid-use mechanism for natural resources as the government seeks more efficient and rational use of the national wealth.

Xi's visit opens new era in China-Switzerland partnership

President Xi Jinping's visit to Switzerland is expected to yield fruitful results and usher in a new era of innovative strategic partnership.

China, Switzerland agree to boost ties, oppose protectionism

China and Switzerland on Monday pledged to better develop their innovative strategic partnership and jointly oppose trade protectionism.

History On Today: Construction of Jiujiang Yangtze River Bridge completed on Jan. 16, 1993

On Jan. 16, 1993, the construction of China's Jiujiang Yangtze River Bridge was completed.

Non-State banks: Private and confident

Ten years ago, Peng Jindong, then 21, set up a small e-store called Mmaicco to sell street-dance wear on Taobao, China's largest online marketplace operated by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

Interventions paving way for yuan reforms

The yuan has depreciated in recent times. In the short term, interventions will prevail, but in the longer term, the Chinese currency will stabilize. In the last quarter of 2016, the yuan declined 4 percent, significantly faster than anticipated, because of rising tensions in foreign exchange markets over China's rising debt and bubbling property market .

Turkish Parliament concludes first round of voting on constitutional amendments

The Turkish parliament adopted the last two articles of the new constitutional reform package on Sunday completing the first round of voting, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

Li vows to tackle potential economic risks

Premier Li Keqiang has pledged to implement more precise macroeconomic measures to tackle potential risks.

Beijing to reduce average PM2.5 density to 60 in 2017

The Beijing government plans to reduce the average annual density of PM2.5 to 60 micrograms per cubic meter in 2017, 15% less than levels recorded in 2016.

Chinese museum demands return of horse sculptures from Pennsylvania

A Chinese museum in Northwest China's Shaanxi province has openly demanded the return of two horse relief sculptures displayed at a University of Pennsylvania museum. The sculptures were illegally sold overseas.

Chinese company to set up JV for Indonesian grid construction

Gold Cup Electric, a Chinese electrical wire and cable producer, will establish a joint venture with an Indonesian firm to offer products for the construction of Indonesia's national grid.

China to promote PPP model in Belt and Road Initiative

China will spread public-private partnerships (PPP) in countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative, an infrastructure and trade network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along ancient trade routes, a senior official has said.

Chinese vice premier stresses evaluation of poverty relief work

Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang has said the evaluation of poverty relief work should be used as a way to pressure local governments to implement the country's poverty relief measures.

Chinese premier hears opinions on gov't work report

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has held a symposium to solicit opinions from experts and entrepreneurs on the draft of an annual government work report.

Sporadic battles erupt in water-rich valley near Damascus

Intense battles raged on Sunday in a water-rich valley northwest of Damascus, a day after a truce was breached by rebels' killing of a government envoy, a military source said on condition of anonymity.

Trump playing with fire with his Taiwan game: China Daily editorial

When it comes to tolerance, it is our tradition to display a big heart. That is why one can normally get away with making the same mistake twice, as one will be given the benefit of the doubt.

U.S. & China, quarreling couple that needs to keep dancing together: expert

The Chinese are not thrilled about their entanglement with the U.S. economy, any more than Donald Trump is, but like a quarreling couple, the two nations have kept dancing together out of mutual self-interest, a U.S. expert has said.

Iraqi forces free 2 neighborhoods from IS militants in Mosul

Iraqi forces on Sunday continued fighting the Islamic State (IS) group on the eastern side of the city of Mosul and retook control of two neighborhoods, as the troops are pushing towards the eastern bank of Tigris River in the northern part of the city, the Iraqi military said.

"Hidden Figures" goes on to top of box office in its fourth weekend

The historical space program drama "Hidden Figures" went to the top of North American weekend box office in its fourth weekend of release and second weekend of expanded screening in theaters on Sunday.

Okss Brazil prison violence continues unabated, kills 32

At least 32 prisoners are dead, several decapitated, and some 28 are on the lam following two separate incidents at Brazilian prisons, authorities reported on Sunday.

Middle East Peace Conference held in Paris

France on Sunday held an international meeting to seek ways to revive the stranded Middle East peace negotiations and to push for the implementation of a two-state solution to restore security in the region after decades of conflict.

Ma Long, Zhu Ting voted China's CCTV Sports Personalities of Year 2016

Table tennis Grand-Slam winner Ma Long and volleyballer Zhu Ting were voted the Best Male and Female Athletes of the Year 2016 resepectively at the prestigious China's Central Television (CCTV) Sports Awards gala here on Sunday evening.

Chinese president arrives in Switzerland for state visit, Davos forum

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived here Sunday to pay a state visit to Switzerland and attend the 2017 annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.

Chinese president eyes friendship, cooperation on Switzerland trip

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Sunday that he is looking forward to consolidating friendship and boosting cooperation between China and Switzerland at a welcome ceremony hosted by the seven members of the Swiss Federal Council.

Chinese president hails China-Switzerland "exemplary" partnership

Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke highly of the China-Switzerland partnership here on Sunday, saying it has become a paradigm of relations between countries of different sizes.

Trump era spells uncertainty for U.S.-Argentina ties

Ties between U.S. and Argentina are entering an uncertain phase with President-elect Donald Trump's entry into the White House.

Chinese economy likely to hit bottom in 2017: economist

The Chinese economy is likely to hit bottom in 2017 as several factors will combine to support the bottoming process, a Chinese economist said Saturday.

China, Vietnam agree to manage differences on South China Sea

China and Vietnam on Saturday issued a joint communique, pledging to manage maritime differences and safeguard the peace and stability of the South China Sea.

Four militants, one policeman killed in N. Afghan checkpoint attack

Four Taliban militants and one police personnel were killed after Taliban attacked security checkpoints in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province Saturday night, a local official said on Sunday.

Migrant workers ride motorcycles home for Spring Festival

Thousands of migrant workers in China's southern Guangdong province have started their journey back home on motorcycles on Friday, the first day of this year's Spring Festival travel rush.

First IMAX 3D panda film starts shooting in SW China

Panda lovers can expect more spectacular views of the bear in cinemas as the first IMAX 3D panda documentary began filming on Tuesday in Southwest China's Sichuan province.

Chinese linguist Zhou Youguang dies at 112

Zhou Youguang, a renowned Chinese linguist, died at the age of 112 on Saturday morning in Beijing.

Smog to blanket north China

Smog will hit some parts in north and central China starting from Sunday, China's national observatory warned, suggesting people in affected areas to make precautions.

China faces big chance, responsibility to take leadership role at international level

China now faces a real chance and a big responsibility to take a leadership role at the international level, Swiss businessmen have commented ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to Switzerland and his scheduled attendance at the 47th World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.

Xi's world vision: a community of common destiny, a shared home for humanity

Thousands of years ago, China envisaged a world where people live in perfect harmony and are as dear to one another as family. Today, President Xi Jinping has given the world a new name -- a community of common destiny.

Xi's visit presents golden opportunity to deepen exemplary China-Switzerland partnership

Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Switzerland starting Sunday will further boost the two countries' unique partnership, a paragon of China's interaction with the West.

Xi's signed article earns warm applause in Switzerland

The Swiss people applauded Chinese President Xi Jinping's signed article published ahead of his Jan. 15-18 state visit to Switzerland, saying more exchanges will lead to deeper friendship and better state-to-state relations.

Way found to reprogram mouse embryonic stem cells

Researchers with the University of California, Berkeley, have found a way to reprogram mouse embryonic stem cells so that they exhibit developmental characteristics resembling those of fertilized eggs, or zygotes.

France's Peterhansel wins 13th Dakar Rally title

France's Stephane Peterhansel held off a challenge from compatriot and Peugeot teammate Sebastien Loeb to claim his 13th Dakar Rally title in Argentina on Saturday.

Chinese president leaves for Switzerland

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan left Beijing on Sunday morning for a four-day visit to Switzerland.

China collapse scenario good for no one

What would the future of the world economy be if China's growth were to plunge? It is a scenario many China bears have predicted.

SpaceX makes successful return to flight 4 months after explosion

SpaceX returns to launching rockets on Saturday, four months after an explosion on the launchpad that caused the company to suspend flights. The U.S. private space firm successfully delivered 10 satellites to low-Earth orbit and landed its Falcon 9 on a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean.

China beat Croatia 5-4 after shoutout to finish 3rd in China Cup

China pulled it even at the 89th minute and went on to beat Croatia in penalty shootout on Saturday, finishing third at the 2017 Gree China Cup International Football Championship which also features Chile and Iceland.

Bayern Munich clinch 2017 Telekom Cup

Bayern Munich overcame Mainz 2-1 on the goals from Franck Ribery and Javi Martinez to wrap up the 2017 Telekom Cup in front of 41.244 spectators at Dusseldorf's Espirt Arena on Saturday.

Beijing to cap population at 22 mln in 2017

Beijing is on course to cap its population at 22 million in 2017 as the capital saw its population growth rate slow last year, said acting mayor Cai Qi.

Protesters gather in Washington ahead of Trump's inauguration

Thousands of protesters gathered in the U.S. capital of Washington D.C. Saturday to show their anger at President-elect Donald Trump who is set to take over the White House on Friday.

One China policy "nonnegotiable," China tells US

China on Saturday told the United States that one China policy is the political foundation of bilateral ties and "is nonnegotiable."

WEF expects China to be "responsible, responsive" global leader

Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF), has expressed his expectations of China becoming a "responsible and responsive" global leader amid myriad uncertainties and de-globalization and protectionist trends in the world.

Chinese president's visit to Switzerland to have stabilizing effect on Europe, world

Swiss President Doris Leuthard said Thursday that the upcoming visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping will have a stabilizing effect on both Europe and the world in light of the many changes and challenges affecting the international landscape.

Suggestions pour in for government work report

More than 100,000 suggestions have been submitted in response to an online call to “Share your thoughts with Premier Li”.

Flamengo sign former Brazil midfielder Romulo

Flamengo have announced the signing of former Brazil international midfielder Romulo on a four-year deal.

Raptors score season-best 132 points to outlast Nets

The Toronto Raptors scored a team's season-high 132-113 victory over Brooklyn Nets in Friday's evening NBA action.

Trump hints at lifting sanctions on Russia if Moscow proves helpful

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has hinted that he could lift the sanctions against Russia if Moscow proved helpful in battling terrorists and reaching other goals important to the United States, a newspaper report said Friday.

Chinese snail noodles exported to United States

Rice noodles with snails, a signature dish sold at street stalls in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, are being exported to the United States, a company said.

Traditional 'Ba Da Wan' graces dinner table for coming Lunar New Year

As Chinese Lunar New Year draws near, traditional cuisine is necessary to grace the table during family get-togethers in many places in China.

Time to launch globalization 2.0

With Britons voting to leave the European Union and Donald Trump elected as the next U.S. president, a rising tide of protectionism seems to be sweeping the West.

China's central bank orders payment platforms to hand in customer provisions

China's central bank has ordered third-party payment platforms to put part of their customer provisions in specific official accounts to reduce financial risks.

Space station astronauts upgrade power systems in 2nd spacewalk

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station on Friday successfully completed a battery upgrade to the outpost's power system in their second spacewalk in just one week.

Over 25,000 unaccompanied child migrants reach Italy in 2016

Some 25,800 unaccompanied minor migrants reached Italy last year, more than double the figure of 2015, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday.

UN welcomes reports of agreements on water supply in Wadi Barada, Syria

The United Nations said Friday that it welcomes the reports that an agreement regarding water supply has been reached in Wadi Barada, Syria.

Open letter to Aussie PM calls for anti-corruption watchdog

A swathe of high profile Australians on Saturday called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to immediately establish an anti-corruption watchdog after recent indiscretions led to the resignation of his Health Minister Sussan Ley.

U.S. Justice Department to probe into FBI pre-election handling of Clinton emails

The U.S. Justice Department will look into whether Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey's handling of Hillary Clinton's emails were proper during the election campaign, local media reported Friday.

Militaries of China, Vietnam to enhance cooperation

Vice Chairman of China's Central Military Commission Fan Changlong met with Vietnamese Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich Friday in Beijing.

Senior Chinese leaders meet Vietnamese party chief on stronger ties

Senior Chinese leaders Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang and Wang Qishan met with General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong in Beijing on Friday, vowing to boost relations.

China, Vietnam expected to embrace promising ties

China and Vietnam are looking forward to a promising future in relations as a high-ranking Vietnamese delegation visits Beijing at the beginning of a new year.

Xi extends New Year greetings to veterans

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, on Friday extended Spring Festival greetings to military veterans.

China's aircraft carrier returns to port after drill

China's aircraft carrier formation returned to Qingdao port Friday after finishing a drill, the Chinese navy said Friday.

A legacy to be carried on in U.S.-China relations

A new page in U.S.-China relations is set to open with a shift in White House occupancy a week away. Changes are expected on both sides of the world's most important bilateral relationship.

China continues to stand with "African brothers": spokesperson

China said Friday it would continue to stand together with its "African brothers" in the future, as Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi concluded a routine visit to Africa at the start of the year.

Xi replies to daughter of Uygur patriot, stresses ethnic unity

Chinese President Xi Jinping has replied to a daughter of Kurban Tulum who was twice received by the late Chairman Mao Zedong, underlining ethnic solidarity and efforts to build a bright future for Xinjiang under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

Full Text of Chinese president's signed article in Swiss newspaper

Chinese President Xi Jinping published a signed article in the Swiss newspaper Neue Zurcher Zeitung on Friday under the title "A Shared Commitment to Practical Cooperation and Peaceful Development," ahead of his state visit to Switzerland, his attendance at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos and a tour of Geneva-based international organizations.

China's foreign trade back to growth in Q4

China's foreign trade stabilized and returned to growth in the fourth quarter last year, with total foreign trade value up 3.8 percent in the three-month period, data from the General Administration of Customs (GAC) showed Friday.

China: growth engine, stabilizer of world economy

Although China cannot solely lift the world economy out its current malaise, the nation's current stable growth offers more than just confidence to the world.

UNOG chief wishes to intensify collaboration with China

The Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), Michael Moller, said he wishes to further cooperate with China to better tackle global challenges.

Chinese president's Switzerland trip to have important impact on global economy, governance -- senior diplomat

Chinese President Xi Jinping's scheduled multilateral diplomatic activities in Geneva and Davos during his upcoming visit to Switzerland will have an important and far-reaching influence on the global economic recovery and governance system reform, a senior Chinese diplomat said Wednesday.

History on Today: Michael Jordan retires for a second time on Jan. 13, 1999

On January 13, 1999, the National Basketball Association (NBA) superstar Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls announces his retirement from professional basketball, for the second time, in front of a crowd at Chicago's United Center.

President Xi's Davos attendance to show China a stability factor, key decision-maker in int'l community

Chinese President Xi Jinping's attendance at the upcoming World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos will show that China is a stability factor in the global community and a key global decision-maker, an Austrian expert said.

AR technology to make "red envelope war" more fun in lunar New Year

Grabbing a digital "red envelope", a cash gift exchanged through a smartphone app, is a popular activity during lunar New Year in China. The activity is expected to become even more fun with the emergence of AR (Augmented Reality) technology.

China rejects U.S. trade accusations

The Chinese commerce ministry has rejected a US report submitted to Congress, alleging that China has not lived up to its commitment within the World Trade Organization 15 years after the country became a WTO member.

German economy reports solid growth in 2016

The German economy produced its strongest growth in five years in 2016, thanks to a surge in consumer spending and government support for refugees, official data revealed on Thursday.

Interview: World Bank economist says China economic policy aims for growth, stability

China is pursuing an economic policy that is carefully calibrated to ensure both growth and stability, according to a World Bank economist.

CPC issues regulation on democratic life meetings

The Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee has issued a regulation concerning the meetings on democratic life for members in Party and state organs at or above the county level.

U.S. slaps sanctions on 18 Syrian officials over use of chemical weapon

The United States on Thursday announced sanctions on 18 senior Syrian officials in connection to Syrian government's use of chemical weapons.

China revises textbooks on war against fascism

Yang Dongliang has fulfilled his historical mission. Starting from spring semester this year, textbooks in China will use the phrase "14-year Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression."

Trump sparks ire, distrust in Latin America

U.S. president-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday sparked anger, uncertainty and skepticism among Latin Americans, following his first press conference since winning the election.

U.S. regulator: Fiat Chrysler cheats on emissions tests

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday accused Fiat Chrysler of violating the country's Clean Air Act by installing and failing to disclose emissions-cheating software in roughly 104,000 vehicles.

S. China Sea threat a lesson, experts say

With US secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson threatening to make trouble for China over the South China Sea, observers said Beijing should continue its buildup in the area and tighten relations with countries involved in the area's territorial disputes.

Chinese FM wraps up five-nation Africa visit, hails "new changes" in cooperation

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi wrapped up his African tour on Thursday that carried him to Madagascar, Zambia, Tanzania, Republic of Congo and Nigeria, at a time when China-Africa cooperation is going from strength to strength.

Kremlin calls allegations of Moscow's involvement in hacker attacks "stupidity"

The Kremlin said Thursday that Moscow considered allegations of its involvement in hacker attacks on the United States as "stupidity."

China, Russia agree to further respond to THAAD deployment

China and Russia have agreed to take further countermeasures in response to the proposed deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD), officials from both countries said Thursday.

Spotlight: Xi's global vision -- a better world for all

Jojivini Vuna was lucky: The 90-year-old Fijian woman had moved into her son's concrete house just days before the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall hit her country and flattened her wooden cottage early last year.

Former UN chief takes people-friendly move on expected run for S. Korean presidency

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday tried hard to show his people-friendly identity as he returned to his home country, South Korea, following the end of his 10-year tenure in the top UN post.

China, Vietnam agree on closer cooperation

Communist Party chiefs of China and Vietnam agreed in Beijing on Thursday that two countries should expand cooperation in various fields including maritime exploration and put ties on the right track.

Facebook introduces journalism project to strengthen media ties, curb fake news

Facebook on Wednesday announced its namesake journalism project to establish stronger ties between the company and the news industry, marking its latest efforts to stamp out fake news on its platform.

China prepares for upcoming Spring Festival travel rush

Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year, will fall on Jan. 28 this year. The travel rush, also known as "Chunyun," will begin on Jan. 13 and last until Feb. 21. Spring Festival is the country's most important family holiday, with hundreds of millions of people heading to their hometowns, which p

Xi's Switzerland visit to deepen bilateral partnership, advance China-EU cooperation, boost world economic confidence

Chinese President Xi Jinping's upcoming visit to Switzerland and his scheduled attendance at the 47th World Economic Forum (WEF) are expected to deepen China-Switzerland partnership, advance China-Europe cooperation as a whole, and reduce uncertainties through injecting confidence and solidarity into the international business community.

Xi urges judicial, law enforcement organs to better deal with risks, challenges

President Xi Jinping has urged all judicial and law enforcement agencies to improve their capabilities by innovating mechanisms and methods to better guard against and handle risks and challenges.

LA becomes No.1 U.S. destination for Chinese tourists

Los Angeles has become the first ever U.S. city destination to receive more than 1 million Chinese visitors in one year, the authorities said Wednesday.

China's aircraft carrier formation passes through Taiwan Strait

A naval formation consisting of aircraft carrier Liaoning on Thursday passed through the Taiwan Strait en route to the South China Sea for drills and tests, said a spokesperson with the People's Liberation Army Navy.

History On Today: Magnitude-7.0 quake hits off Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010

A Magnitude-7.0 earthquake devastates the Caribbean island nation of Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010. The quake, which was the strongest to strike the region in more than 200 years, left over 200,000 people dead and some 895,000 Haitians homeless.

China's top legislature vows deepening anti-graft fight

The leading Party group of China's National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee and NPC Party organizations at various levels will deepen the clean governance drive and anti-graft fight, according to an official statement Wednesday.

Full text: Joint statement of China and Nigeria

The following is the full text of a joint statement released by China and Nigeria on Wednesday:

China, Japan, ROK discuss trade, investment in FTA negotiations

Delegates from China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) discussed goods and services trade and investment as they met in Beijing on Wednesday for the 11th round of trilateral free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations.

Nigeria reaffirms commitment to One-China policy

The Nigerian government reaffirmed its commitment to One-China policy on Wednesday, saying Nigeria will stay committed to the long-standing friendship and cooperation with China.

Panda cubs pose for New Year greetings in SW China

Eight giant panda cubs posed for Lunar New Year greetings on Wednesday at a breeding base in southwest China's Sichuan Province.

China, Nigeria need to deepen strategic partnership: Chinese FM

China and Nigeria need to further expand practical cooperation and deepen strategic partnership, Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here Wednesday.

Iraqi forces gain ground as troops push into IS stronghold in Mosul

The Iraqi government forces on Wednesday extend its grip in the eastern side of the Islamic State stronghold in the city of Mosul in northern Iraq, as fierce clashes continued against the extremist militants, the Iraqi military said.

Trump says he thinks Russia behind election hacking

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said on Wednesday that "I think it was Russia" behind the cyberattacks targetting the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

China's economy, globalization to be on top of President Xi's Davos agenda

President Xi Jinping will discuss the latest developments in China's economy and more inclusive globalization during his first visit to the Davos summit.

China to regulate regional equity markets to aid SMEs financing

China's State Council on Wednesday specified a string of measures aimed at better regulating the regional equity markets in a latest effort to aid financing for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Making sure officials "do not want to be corrupt"

It has become more than clear that China wants to ensure its officials "do not want to be corrupt." But how exactly does a nation go about this? One answer lies in spreading Confucian ideals.

China issues white paper on Asia-Pacific security cooperation

China on Wednesday issued a white paper on policies related to Asia-Pacific security cooperation, which also clarified the nation's stance on issues of regional concern.

98-year-old yoga teacher: There is nothing you can't do

Nearing a century: Tao Porchon-Lynch, 98, who was raised in India and currently lives in Westchester County, New York, has been practicing yoga for more than 70 years, and she shows no signs of slowing down.

China issues white paper on Asia-Pacific security cooperation

China on Wednesday issued a white paper to elaborate its policies on Asia-Pacific security cooperation and its stance on regional hotspot issues.

History On Today: 1st Qomolangma conqueror Edmund Hillary dies on Jan. 11, 2008

New Zealand's Edmund Hillary, who became the first to conquer Mount Qomolangma to win renown as one of the 20th century's greatest adventurers, passed away on Jan. 11, 2008. He was 88.

Iceland beats China 2-0 at China Cup

Iceland scored two goals in the second half to beat host China 2-0 in the curtain-raiser of the 2017 Gree China Cup International Football Championship here on Tuesday.

Iraqi forces advance further into IS stronghold in Mosul

Iraqi security forces on Tuesday advanced further inside the eastern side of the Islamic State stronghold in the city of Mosul in northern Iraq, as fierce clashes continued against the extremist militants, the Iraqi military said.

UEA diplomats among injured in Afghan Kandahar blasts, Kabul toll rises to 28: officials

The United Arab Emirates ambassador to Afghanistan was among several injured after two blasts rocked Kandahar city, capital of southern province of Kandahar on Tuesday night, sources said.

Zika may get pandemic in Vietnam in 2017: health official

The Zika virus may get pandemic in Vietnam in 2017 as the country has source of infection and vectors that are mosquitoes causing dengue fever, said Tran Dac Phu, head of Vietnam's Ministry of Health's General Department of Preventive Medicine on Tuesday.

Folic acid supplementation recommended for preventing birth defects: U.S. panel

Women who are planning or capable of pregnancy should take a daily supplement containing 0.4 to 0.8 mg of folic acid, an influential U.S. panel recommended Tuesday.

Temperature rise could damage insects' reproduction ability: study

Global warming is bad news for insects as rising temperature could negatively affect their ability to reproduce, according to a study released Tuesday by the University of Sheffield.

Egyptian, Chinese antiquities officials study excavations in Egypt

Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anany said on Sunday that an Egyptian delegation from his ministry is now on an official visit to China to strengthen cooperation in the field of archaeology.

Ancient Buddha statue emerges in east China reservoir

Archaeologists have started an underwater detection project after villagers in eastern China's Jiangxi Province found the head of a Buddha statue emerging from the surface of a local reservoir.

WEF founder urges global leaders to show courage to take right decisions

Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF), said Tuesday that a new leadership model based on responsivity and responsibility must be adopted by global leaders in light of the many challenges faced by a rapidly-evolving world.

Nasdaq extends record run ahead of earnings season

U.S. stocks ended mixed Tuesday, with the Nasdaq Composite Index closing at a record high for four consecutive sessions, as investors awaited the start of earnings season.

China seeks better mechanism to prevent, manage natural disasters

Chinese authorities plan to improve the country's capacity to cope with calamitous events.

China, Tanzania pledge to consolidate friendship, promote cooperation

China and Tanzania, during a visit by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi here Monday, pledged to consolidate the traditional friendship, integrate the development strategies and promote pragmatic cooperation between the two countries in various fields.

Russia refutes accusation of "zero" effort in fighting IS

The Russian military released a slew of facts and figures Tuesday in response to an accusation by U.S. Pentagon chief that Russia made "virtually zero" effort to combat the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria.

Venezuelan president installs "anti-coup command"

Venezuela's embattled President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday installed an "anti-coup command" to thwart the opposition's latest attempt to unseat him.

Le Pen at top of 1st round vote, but losing presidential runoff: poll

-- Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's far-right National Front (FN) party is gaining on Francois Fillon, the favourite candidate in the polls to win the first round of the 2017 presidential race, but she would be largely beaten by Fillon in the runoff, a pollster said on Tuesday.

FIFA to expand World Cup to 48-team competition

The FIFA Council on Tuesday has unanimously decided in favor of expanding the FIFA World Cup to a 48-team competition as of the 2026 edition.

Iran bids farewell to Rafsanjani in Tehran funeral

Hundreds of thousands of people took part in the funeral ceremony of Iran's former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on Tuesday.

New UN chief demands strategy changes to prevent war

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday demanded the UN and member states to make corresponding changes to their strategy and operations to prevent war and sustain peace.

World Bank expects global economy to pick up growth in 2017

World Bank on Tuesday said in its latest report that the global economy is expected to see moderate recovery in the coming years, with growth rate in 2017 and 2018 separately at 2.7 percent and 2.9 percent.

Pianist Lang Lang plays for rural left-behind children

Chinese piano virtuoso Lang Lang has given a concert to raise funds for rural left-behind children in Gansu Province.

First IMAX 3D panda film starts shooting in southwest China

Panda lovers can expect more spectacular views of the bear in cinemas as the first IMAX 3D panda documentary began filming on Tuesday in southwest China's Sichuan Province.

Alipay upgrades security settings after discovery of login risk

Alipay, an online payment and financial management service offered by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, says it has improved its security control levels, shortly after netizens exposed a major login security risk.

China and Switzerland see steady growth of bilateral tourism flow

Official figures from Switzerland suggest the country is becoming a favored destination for Chinese travelers in Europe, while China remains a popular choice for Swiss travelers making their way to Asia.

South China Sea not a problem between China, ASEAN: FM spokesman

China said on Tuesday that the South China Sea issue never has been and will not become a problem between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

China to revise textbook language on war against Japanese aggression

Starting in the spring semester of 2017, China's textbooks will adopt the phrase "14-year Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression," marking a revision to the current wording, the Ministry of Education said on Tuesday.

UK to start approval process for Chinese nuclear reactor at Bradwell

The British government has asked nuclear regulators to embark on the process for approving a Chinese-designed reactor for a proposed plant in the UK.

Interview: Pioneering spirit shapes China-Switzerland ties -- Swiss ambassador

A pioneering spirit has always shaped and will further guide Switzerland-China ties, Swiss Ambassador to China Jean-Jacques de Dardel told Xinhua in an exclusive interview.

Davos chief expects Xi's insight on changing world

Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to shed light on China's role in the evolving global geopolitical structure at the upcoming annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Klaus Schwab, founder and Executive Chairman of the Geneva-based international organization, said on Tuesday.

China claims lion's share of global growth

China contributed up to 40 percentof global economic growth in 2016, double the total contribution of the developed economies,Jiang Jianguo, Minister of the State Council Information Office said on Tuesday in Geneva.

China issues five-year plan on public healthcare

A five-year plan on public healthcare (2016-2020) was released by the State Council on Jan 10, setting the goal of raising the average life expectancy by one year in 2020 than that in 2015.

China's economy likely to grow 6.7 pct in 2016

China's economy is estimated to grow by about 6.7 percent in 2016, the top economic planner said Tuesday.

CPC Central Committee's leadership stressed at meeting

BEIJING, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- The top leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Tuesday called for centralized and unified leadership of the Party's Central Committee. The Party's leading groups in the top political organs of the country should conform to the CPC Central Committee with comrade Xi Jinping as the core, and implement major policies of the CPC Central Committee, the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee said in a meeting. The meeting was chaired by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee.

Chinese president to visit Switzerland, attend WEF annual meeting

Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay a state visit to Switzerland from Jan. 15-18, at the invitation of the Federal Council of Switzerland, a foreign ministry spokesperson announced Tuesday in Beijing.

China's supply-side structural reform delivers initial results: economic planner

China's supply-side structural reform has delivered initial results and started to provide new impetus for economic growth, the country's top economic planner said Tuesday.

China calls for reinforced prevention of H7N9 avian flu

China's health authority has called for more efforts to prevent and control the spread of the H7N9 avian flu virus.

6.9-magnitude earthquake strikes off Philippines

A 6.9-magnitude earhquake jolted off southeast Jolo in the Philippines on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

China consumer prices grew faster in 2016

China's consumer inflation reported faster growth last year, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said Tuesday, as a price rebound in commodities gradually drove up prices.

China's economy likely to grow 6.7 pct in 2016: top economic planner

China's economy was estimated to grow about 6.7 percent in 2016, top economic planner said Tuesday.

China consumer prices up 2 pct in 2016

China's consumer prices grew 2 percent year on year in 2016, up from 1.4 percent in 2015 but well below the government's 3-percent annual target, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday.

China's producer price records five-year high in December

China's producer price index (PPI), which measures costs for goods at the factory gate, reached a five-year high in December, official data showed Tuesday.

Today On History: China launched Shenzhou-2 unmanned spaceship on Jan. 10, 2001

On Jan. 10, 2001, China sent Shenzhou-2, the first formally unmanned spaceship, into space, carried by a Long March-2F rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.

UN voices concern over 5.5 million people without water in Syria's Damascus

The United Nations said Monday that it remains concerned that 5.5 million people in and around Damascus City continue to be deprived of running water.

China willing to expand cooperation with Zimbabwe: Xi tells Mugabe

President Xi Jinping said on Monday that China is willing to encourage capable companies to invest in Zimbabwe and expand mutually beneficial cooperation.

News Analysis: No need to panic over China's forex reserve drops

Despite continued drops in China's foreign exchange (forex) reserves, economists believe there is no need to panic as reserves are still abundant for the country to fend off external risks.

China tourism revenue grows fast in 2016

China's domestic tourism industry earned about 3.9 trillion yuan (about 563.6 billion U.S. dollars) in 2016, up 14 percent year on year, official statistics showed on Monday.

China issues medical reform plan for 2016-2020

China's State Council issued a plan Monday on medical reform during the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020).

Chapecoense announce four new signings

Tragedy-hit Chapecoense announced four new signings on Monday as they step up preparations for the new season.

Hard Brexit is not inevitable, says British PM May

A clean break with the EU's single market is not inevitable, British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday, seeking to clarify comments that pushed down the pound on the possibility of a hard Brexit from the European Union.

China M&A activity loses momentum in 2016

Mergers and acquisitions activity in China lost momentum last year after China's securities regulator moved to step up market supervision.

Virtual and augmented reality a crowd favorite

Virtual reality and augmented reality, known as VR and AR, have once again attracted the media spotlight at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

News Analysis: Turkey, Iraq normalizes ties after Ankara changes perspective

Normalization of Turkish-Iraqi ties comes after a change of perspective of Ankara in a bid to restore its bilateral relations in the region, local experts said.

Golden Globe sparks word fight between Trump, Hollywood

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump lashed out at Hollywood Monday in response to jeering against him during the star-studded Golden Globe ceremony.

Assad vows to liberate "every inch" of Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that his mission is to liberate every inch of Syria, state news agency SANA reported on Monday.

Commentary: Tricks do no good to China-U.S. ties

Allowing Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen's stopovers in the United States and even meetings with U.S. officials goes against the globally recognized one-China policy, a cornerstone for the long-term healthy development of the China-U.S. ties.

China urges Japan to take concrete steps to confront past militarism

China on Monday called on Japan to take concrete steps on historical issues to earn the trust of countries in Asia victimized by Japanese militarism in World War II.

Senior official urges Taiwan social organizations to oppose "Taiwan Independence"

Top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng on Monday urged Taiwan's social organizations to oppose Taiwan independence and help integrate the two sides across Taiwan Strait.

CPPCC holds reception for luminaries' widows

China's top political advisory body held a Spring Festival reception for widows of luminaries and national political advisors who were not members of the Communist Party of China on Monday.

Russia denies involvement in hacker attacks against U.S.

The Kremlin on Monday refuted accusations of Russia's involvement in hacker attacks during the U.S. 2016 presidential election, saying that it was a "tiresome witch-hunt."

It's official: Yao Ming takes up post in CBA

The Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) has announced that former NBA player Yao Ming will co-head a transition team to prepare for the organization's upcoming elections.

China tightens overseas anti-corruption measures

A strengthened stance on corruption has been highlighted in a now-concluded annual session of China's top discipline agency.

Ministry of National Defense confirms submarine stopover in Malaysia

The information office of China's Ministry of National Defense (MND) confirmed on Jan. 7 a stopover in Malaysia by a Chinese submarine. It was the first time that a Chinese submarine had visited Malaysia, which, according to analysts, is a sign of alleviated tension in the South China Sea.

Tiny pen nib plays big role in China's manufacturing

China has recently made a major achievement in being able to produce its own ballpoint pen nib. The tiny component had been a great challenge for domestic pen producers for a long time.

China firmly opposes U.S. officials' contact with Taiwan

China on Monday voiced firm opposition to contact between U.S. officials and Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen.

McDonald's announces major deal to turnaround China fortunes

Another 1,500 McDonald's are set to open across the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong in five years under the largest franchise deal outside the US between the fast food giant and a consortium led by CITIC and Carlyle Group.

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best FIFA Men's Player 2016

Cristiano Ronaldo on Monday has crowned the Best FIFA Men's Player 2016, beating Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann.

Two scientists share China's top science award

Two Chinese scientists, physicist Zhao Zhongxian and pharmacologist Tu Youyou, won China's top science award Monday for their outstanding contributions to scientific and technological innovation.

China toughens watch over watchers in anti-graft fight

Wei Jian was a senior official in the Communist Party of China's (CPC) top anti-graft body, until an investigation found he had taken bribes totaling tens of millions of yuan.

"La La Land" breaks record by sweeping 7 Golden Globe Awards

The modern musical romance feature film "La La Land" miraculously made its all seven nominations to real awards at the 74th Golden Globe Awards held at Beverly Hilton, Los Angeles, on Sunday night.

China launches commercial rocket mission Kuaizhou-1A

The rocket Kuaizhou-1A (KZ-1A) has sent three satellites into space in its first commercial mission on Monday.

Two scientists win China's top science award

Two Chinese scientists, physicist Zhao Zhongxian and pharmacologist Tu Youyou, won China's top science award Monday for their outstanding contributions to scientific and technological innovation.

China, Zambia to step up cooperation in industrialization, capacity building

Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here Sunday that China will continue strengthening industrial cooperation with Zambia and helping the country improve the capacity of independent development.

Trump agrees Russia responsible for election hacking: transition team

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has accepted U.S. intelligence community's findings that Russia was behind the cyber attacks targeting the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Trump's team said on Sunday.

World's largest iron pot cooks 26 tons of soup at Liaoning festival

The world’s largest iron pot, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, was used to cook 26 tons of soup at the Fifth Shenyang Kangping Wolong Lake Winter Fishing Festival in Liaoning province on Jan.7.

China's first polar fixed-wing plane lands on Antarctica's peak

At 5:35 p.m., Jan. 8, BJT, China’s first polar fixed-wing aeroplane, “Xueying 601,” lands successfully at the 4,000-meter-high Kunlun Station, which is on the peak of antarctic inland.

Two scientists win China's top science award

Two Chinese scientists, physicist Zhao Zhongxian and pharmacologist Tu Youyou, won China's top science award Monday for their outstanding contributions to scientific and technological innovation.

750-kilo pig wins "King of Pigs" in Henan province

A 2.1-meter long, 750-kilogram weight pig won the title of 'King of Pig' in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan Province on Jan. 8. The event was held by Yellow River Beach Feeding Association.

Nuclear weapons race could weaken US security

US president-elect Donald Trump twittered in late December that the United States "must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes". Later, he declared: "Let it be an arms race," and asserted that the US would win it. It seems he is committing a major mistake.

Chinese FM meets Madagascar's president on cooperation under Belt-Road Initiative

Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday met with Madagascar's President Hery Rajaonarimampianina to discuss relations and cooperation between their two countries under the initiative on the construction of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (the Belt and Road Initiative).

Queiroz says Iran fails to implement preparation plan for World Cup

Carlos Queiroz, head coach of Iran's national soccer team, said Sunday that he is not going to continue his job with the Iranian Football Federation as it has failed to fulfil its promise for preparation plan for World Cup.

Digital economy to create 400m jobs in China: Report

China's digital economy is predicted to create over 400 million jobs by 2035, a new report has said.

Chinese firm to build key road in Afghanistan

A Chinese construction firm signed a contract on Sunday to build a key road in central Afghanistan.

Ancient Chinese-inspired ceramics see revival in Thailand

Sangkhalok ceramics, an ancient product of the Silk Road and a combination of both Chinese and Thai cultures, are now being manufactured again and are winning new-found popularity due to the ceramics' unique colors and motifs. Forty years ago, a Thai farmer came across some ancient ceramic wares with distinctive detailing while he was plowing his fields.

China's app developers come of age

When around 2,000 enthusiastic Chinese app-developers gathered for Google Inc's annual conference for their ilk in Beijing in December, they didn't allow sub-zero winter chills to dampen their enthusiasm for the event.

Chinese writer puts Wonder Boy in cell phone crisis in the Sequel

Renowned Chinese children's writer Zhang Zhilu has published a sequel to his book "Wonder Boy."

China to reform profession rank evaluation system

China will soon begin reform of professional rankings with more focus on contribution and ethical conduct to assist career development and to make the evaluation process more open and transparent.

Tanzania hails China's ivory ban

Tanzania welcomed China's latest decision to ban ivory trade and processing activities, saying the move marked a historic milestone in efforts to save the giant mammals from poaching.

72 mln people make up China's new high-income group

China's population of high-income earners, who have emerged since the reform and opening-up policy launched in 1978, stands at 72 million people, according to a report from sina.com.cn.

Chinese-Indian joint archaeological team discovers Chinese cultural relics in India

Recently, a Chinese team with the Palace Museum and an Indian team with Kerala Council for Historical Research (KCHR), jointly working at the Kollam Port Site in India, discovered ancient Chinese porcelain and coins, reported the Paper, a news outlet from Shanghai.

Lakes in China's Hol Xil reserve swell over past decade

Lakes in the nature reserve of Hol Xil on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, west China, have been swelling over the past decade, due to warmer and wetter climate, scientists have said.

Microsoft's AR glasses could help people track lost objects

Good news for people with bad memory. HoloLens, a pair of augmented reality (AR) glasses developed and manufactured by Microsoft, can help people find and track objects such as car keys.

Ding Yanyuhang leads North to CBA All-Star game win

Ding Yanyuhang from Shandong had team-high 31 points to lead Team North edge the South 149-147 in the 2016-2017 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) All-Star game here on Sunday.

Infrastructure in China's Sansha City sees full development

It's been four years since the creation of Sansha City in 2012, located on the southern island province of Hainan. Since its creation, it has seen the development of infrastructure like government buildings, schools, hospitals, banks, post offices and other shops and services.

Supply-side structural reform boon to county-level economy: experts

China's ongoing supply-side structural reform brings great opportunities for county-level economy as many of counties are confronted with challenges including unbalanced economic structure and anemic growth of farmers' incomes, experts said.

Yuan fluctuation no hurdle for Chinese export firms in Gulf countries

Sales managers of companies from the petrochemical and machinery sectors in China said here on Sunday that they have encountered recent fluctuation of the Chinese currency, but the impact is manageable.

Mexico arrests suspected attacker of U.S. consular agent

-- Mexican officials on Sunday said they arrested a man suspected of shooting and wounding a U.S. consular agent in Mexico's second-largest city, Guadalajara, capital of western Jalisco state.

Assad says next stage in Syria war not easy

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Sunday that the next stage of the Syria war after the liberation of Aleppo city won't be easy given the Western continuing support to terrorist groups, state news agency SANA reported.

China to set up national supervisory commission

China will establish a national supervisory commission and push the stipulation of a law on national supervision, as part of efforts to reform the state supervisory system, according to an official communique.

Part of Lhasa ring road opens for trial operation in China's Tibet

The ring road, built to ease traffic congestion and accelerate the city's development, is about 75 km long, with seven tunnels and 27 bridges. The construction started in October 2015, and the framework is mostly complete. Part of the road has already opened for trial operation.

China's scientific innovation gains momentum in 2016

From the Internet to space missions, scientific innovation picked up speed in China last year, as the country has its sights set becoming an innovative nation by 2020.

Iraqi forces advance in Mosul, reach Tigris River for first time

Iraqi security forces on Sunday recaptured new areas from the Islamic State (IS) militants in the city of Mosul, as the troops reached the eastern bank of Tigris River for the first time in northern Iraq, the Iraqi military said.

British PM close to spelling out her plans for Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday she will set out her plans for Britain's exit strategy from the European Union over the coming weeks.

Iran's ex-president Rafsanjani dies aged 82

Iran's influential cleric politician Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died of heart disease on Sunday.

DPRK says to launch ICBM anytime

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Sunday that it will launch an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) "anytime and anywhere" determined by the country's supreme headquarters.

Perpetrator of deadly truck-ramming was "IS supporter": Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the perpetrator of Sunday's truck-ramming attack, which killed four soldiers in Jerusalem, was an apparent adherent of the Islamic State.

Trump's hope to get along with Russia will be dashed quickly: Senate Republican leader

The Republican leader in the U.S. Senate said on Sunday U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's hope to improve relations with Russia would be "dashed" quickly.

China welcomes Africa to Belt and Road Initiative

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here Saturday that China welcomes African countries to join the Belt and Road Initiative.

China's top anti-graft body to keep high pressure on corruption

China's top anti-graft authority has pledged to maintain a tough stance on corruption in 2017 and promote "comprehensively and strictly governing the Party" to go deeper.

2,000-year-old city found in NE China

The site of an ancient settlement in Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province, has been confirmed as dating back more than 2,000 years, the city cultural relics and archaeology institute said on Sunday.

Tension persists in water-rich Barada valley near Damascus

A truce in the rebel-held water-rich Barada Valley near Damascus has ended Sunday, with military operations resuming after the rebels thwarted negotiations to defuse the situation in that area, the main water source to Damascus, a military source told Xinhua.

At least four killed, 12 injured in twin blasts in Mogadishu

At least four people were killed and 12 others injured in twin explosions at a restaurant in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Saturday evening, officials and witnesses confirmed on Sunday.

Spotlight: Florida airport shooting uncovers U.S. government ills

A shooting incident that claimed five lives at the Fort Lauderdale airport in the U.S. state of Florida has prompted the suspect's relatives and lawmakers on Saturday to question the government's role in the latest tragedy of the gun-violence-rampant country.

China Focus: Creative publicity boosts China's anti-corruption fight

A TV documentary jointly produced by China Central Television (CCTV) and the Communist Party of China's (CPC) top anti-corruption watchdog made headlines during the first week of the new year.

U.S. drops over 26,000 bombs around the world in 2016

In Barack Obama's last year in office, the United States dropped an estimated 26,171 bombs in seven countries, which were 3,027 more than the previous year, a new report has revealed.

11 killed in suicide car bomb attack in Iraq's Baghdad

Up to 11 people were killed and 25 others wounded on Sunday in a suicide car bomb explosion in eastern part of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, a police source said.

Huge iceberg poised to break off from Antarctica: study

A huge iceberg is almost certain to break off from Antarctica in months after an enormous rift in one of the continent's largest ice shelves grew dramatically in December, British scientists have said.

China to set up gravitational wave telescopes in Tibet

China is working to set up the world's highest altitude gravitational wave telescopes in Tibet Autonomous Region to detect the faintest echoes resonating from the universe, which may reveal more about the Big Bang.

Tubo period petroglyphs found in Tibet

Eight stone inscriptions found in Mangkam County in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region have been confirmed as dating back to the Tibetan Tubo Kingdom more than 1,000 years ago, the county cultural relics bureau said Sunday.

Vietnam's communist party chief to visit China

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong will visit China from the coming Thursday to Sunday, a spokesperson for the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee said Sunday.

Volkswagen to recall nearly 50,000 vehicles in China

Volkswagen China will recall 49,480 vehicles due to brake design defects starting Feb. 6, according to China's quality watchdog.

Chinese city to promote "toilet chiefs" for better management

The northwestern Chinese city of Xi'an, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, is to appoint "toilet chiefs" this year, the city tourism bureau said Sunday.

CSRC stresses risk prevention in steadier market

China's securities watchdog said it will attach greater importance to risk prevention in the stock market in 2017.

U.S. consular officer shot in western Mexico

A U.S. consular official was shot on Friday in Guadalajara, the capital of the Mexican state of Jalisco, the country's Prosecutor-General's Office (PGR) said Saturday.

Syrians receive UN relief aid in Muadamiyeh

Syrians receive UN relief aid in the town of Muadamiyeh, countryside of Damascus, capital of Syria, on Jan. 7, 2017.

Trump picks former Senator Coats as national intelligence director

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said on Saturday that he will nominate former Senator Dan Coats for U.S. director of national intelligence.

Talks to avert London tube strike fail

Talks aimed at averting a walkout by staff on London Underground broke up Saturday without a resolution, tens of thousands of commuters could be affected.

Iraqi forces recapture new areas, close in on Tigris River in IS stronghold Mosul

Iraqi government forces on Saturday freed more areas from the Islamic State (IS) militants in the city of Mosul, bringing the troops closer to the bank of Tigris River for the first time in northern Iraq, the Iraqi military said.

Migrants to EU by sea fall by two-thirds in 2016: Frontex

The total number of migrants reaching Europe by sea in 2016 fell by nearly two-thirds in comparison with 2015, Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency said Friday.

China Focus: Acting mayor of Beijing vows to tackle smog

Cai Qi, deputy Party chief and acting mayor of Beijing, has promised to take tougher measures to improve the city's air quality in 2017. "Like many of us, I am used to checking the weather and the air quality index (AQI) of Beijing first thing in the morning. I totally understand the public's concerns and complaints over air pollution," Cai said during a three-hour meeting with press and citizens on Saturday after a spell of smog lasting more than a week in the city.

Cold front to disperse north China smog

A strong cold front late on Sunday is expected to disperse smog that has lasted for several days in north China, the country's meteorological authorities said Saturday.

Real, Atletico, Sevilla enjoy easy wins

Real Madrid enjoyed their 39th unbeaten game thanks to a comfortable 5-0 win at home to struggling Granada on Saturday.

Five H7N9 human cases reported in China

Five human H7N9 avian flu cases were reported in east China's Shandong and Jiangxi provinces as well as the central province of Hunan on Saturday, local authorities said.

Macy's to close stores, lay off 10,000 employees in 2017

The U.S. department-store chains Macy's has announced its plan to close 68 stores and lay off more than 10,000 employees in 2017 after a disappointing holiday shopping season.

Shooter killing five chose Florida airport "specifically" to attack: FBI

The Iraq war veteran accused of killing five people at the Fort Lauderdale airport, the U.S. state of Florida, "came here specifically to carry out this horrific attack," authorities said on Saturday.

Commentary: Chinese FM's African tour to give fresh boost to decades-long friendship

Following a nearly three-decade-long diplomatic tradition, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is making Africa his first overseas destination in 2017.

China to extend family doctor services in 2017

China is planning to extend family doctor services to 30 percent of its urban population and 60 percent of priority groups in 2017, according a top health official.

China Focus: Environmental improvement moves forward despite obstacles

China has been cleaning its environment and will continue to improve the response of local governments to pollution, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) said.

Turkish PM arrives in Baghdad for talks to solve dispute

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim arrived Saturday in Baghdad on an official visit to hold talks with the Iraqi leaders to end the diplomatic crisis between the two countries, the Iraqi official television reported.

El Nino brings dry year to upper Yellow River

El Nino brought rising temperatures and reduced rainfall in 2016, resulting in falling water levels in the upper reaches of China's second-longest river.

Nobel laureates warn Trump's economic policies could lead to deep recession

Several Nobel Prize-winning economists said Friday that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's economic policies could lead to a deep recession of the U.S. economy, media reported.

Software to be installed in cafes and phones to protect minors

China has drawn up internet protection rules for minors to prevent youth being drawn into violent crime, pornography, and terrorism, the People's Daily reported.

Consumer Electronics Show presents dazzling Chinese creations

The annual Consumer Electronics Show(CES), largest of its kind in the world, is held between Jan. 5 and 8 in Las Vegas. The four-day event is brimming with Chinese faces, which presents to the world the increasingly dazzling Chinese creations.

Big data discloses China's sports preferences

More Chinese people online searched for popular and grassroots sports in 2016, according to big data analysis released Thursday.

China to keep monetary policy prudent, neutral

China's monetary policy will be kept prudent and neutral in 2017, said a central bank statement issued Friday, echoing the tone set at the Central Economic Work Conference.

U.S. intelligence releases report on alleged Russia's interference in presidential election

The U.S. intelligence released a report on Friday, making public its assessment of alleged Russia's interference in the U.S. presidential election last year.

S&P 500, Nasdaq end at record highs amid data

U.S. stocks rallied Friday, with both the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq setting new closing records, as investors digested a batch of economic data, including a key non-farm payrolls report.

Celebrities born in the Year of the Rooster

Jan 28 marks the start of the Year of Rooster, another Chinese Lunar New Year. People born in this year are believed to be adventurous, optimistic and honest and have pride in their inner self. Here are 10 celebrities and famous people born in China and abroad with the blessings of this zodiac animal.

Oil prices increase as producers show signs of output cut

Oil prices rose on Friday after oil producers from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) showed signs of crude output cut, which was stipulated in an agreement to ease global supply glut.

New UN chief orders high-level task force be formed to tackle sexual abuse

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday "as a matter of urgency" ordered a high-level task force be established to develop "a clear game-changing strategy" to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation and abuse involving military and civilian personnel, his spokesman said.

China to improve smog response ability

China's environmental ministry said Friday that it was evaluating 20 cities' emergency plans in dealing with heavy air pollution, hoping to improve their response ability.

Iraqi forces gain ground in Mosul, enter northern city for first time

Iraqi government forces on Friday retook control of more areas from the Islamic State (IS) militants in the city of Mosul, making a new progress for the first time in northern the city, the Iraqi military said.

Florida airport shooting kills 5, suspect caught: police

A shooting has killed five people and injured eight inside the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport in the U.S. state of Florida Friday, local police said.

China mulls juvenile protection against online bullying

Chinese authorities Friday published a draft regulation protecting minors' rights in cyberspace that includes remedies for online bullying.

China's 4G users exceed 700 mln: ministry

China has a total of 734 million 4G mobile users, and 5G commercial operations will be launched in 2020, the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) said Friday.

Int'l community expects stable China-U.S. ties: foreign ministry

A stable China-U.S. relationship is the shared expectation of the people of both countries and the international community at large, a spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry said Friday.

China Focus: Chinese yuan starts new year journey with big jump

The Chinese yuan, or renminbi, started the new year with a big jump, surprising the market with a strong strengthening performance.

China's SOE poverty relief fund to invest 5 bln yuan in 2017

A fund launched by China's state-owned enterprises (SOE) aims to invest 5 billion yuan (722 million U.S. dollars) this year in impoverished areas, according to a board meeting on Friday.

China still bonanza for foreign investors: official

China will continue to offer rich opportunities and remarkable returns for foreign investors, Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Shouwen said Friday.

Xi calls for creativity in strict CPC governance

The anti-corruption battle must go deeper, Chinese President Xi Jinping said at an anti-graft meeting Friday, urging for efforts to govern the Communist Party of China (CPC) systematically, creatively and efficiently.

Russia begins to withdraw armed forces in Syria

Russia is reducing its military presence in Syria with the withdrawal of its aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov from the Mediterranean, said Valery Gerasimov, chief of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff,on Friday.

8 killed as train crushes school vehicle in central Pakistan

At least eight people including seven school children and a driver were killed and four others injured when a passenger train hit a vehicle carrying school kids in Pakistan's central Lodhran district on Friday, officials said.

Search for MH370 in "final lap": Malaysian official

The ongoing search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has entered "final lap" and a tripartite meeting would be held to decide the next step, a Malaysian official said on Friday.

"Face with tears of joy" found to be world's most popular emoji

The world's most popular emoji is the "face with tears of joy", a recent study has revealed.

Spotlight: China remains major engine for world economic growth

China has remained the world's major growth engine in 2016, shoring up global economic growth through such channels as trade, market and investment.

Chinese soccer clubs urged to stop “burning money”

China’s leading sports governing body has announced it will limit the spending of Chinese soccer clubs.

Sino-U.S. cooperation on infrastructure, trade promising: expert

China and the United States have great potential in infrastructure and trade cooperation in the new year to drive economic growth, said former Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of World Bank Justin Yifu Lin on Thursday.

S.Korea says Japan's recalling of envoys over comfort women statue "very regrettable"

South Korea's foreign ministry said Friday that it was very regrettable for Japan to recall its senior envoys over the placing near its consulate of a statue symbolizing Japan's wartime sex slavery victims.

Go player "Master" turns out to be AlphaGo

A player registered as "master" on the Chinese online board game platforms has won 60 consecutive online Go games since Dec 29, beating a host of elite players including Ke Jie, Iyama Yuta and Pak Jeong-hwan.

More suits over sale of fake goods expected

E-commerce giant Alibaba Group may take more rogue vendors to court after suing two sellers of fake Swarovski watches offered on its shopping sites, the first such lawsuit in China, analysts said.

Putting a name on her potential

The 16-year-old Australian advanced through qualifying before becoming the first player born in the 2000s to win a main draw match at an elite WTA event, beating veteran American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in their first-round match at the Brisbane International on Tuesday.

E-commerce set to grow 15% by 2020

Chinese e-commerce is set to grow by 15 percent by 2020, cementing its position as the biggest e-commerce market worldwide, according to a report issued by Worldpay, a leading payments company with global reach.

Chinese scientists develop fireproof, waterproof paper

Chinese scientists develop fireproof, waterproof paper

Fast walking tops popular exercise list

A recent survey by social networking app QQ has unveiled that fast walking topped all exercise activities in China in 2016 due to its accessibility and low cost.

Chinese novels make waves globally

With many international awards, literary works from the mainland made a mark on the international stage last year.

Radwanska out, Konta into semis at WTA Shenzhen Open

Two seeded players, Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland and Johanna Konta of Britain, encountered tough battles but had different endings at the quarterfinals of the WTA Shenzhen Open here on Thursday.

Planned Syria talks waver as uncertainty, distrust eclipse current cease-fire

The second stage of a recent Turkish-Russian understanding about imminent Syrian peace talks in Astana is obscure, as the first step of a cease-fire has been disturbed by military gears and mutual distrust, analysts say.

U.S. initial jobless claims fall to almost 43-year low

The number of Americans initially applying for unemployment aid fell to 235,000, near a 43-year low level, as job market kept improving.

5 key words shaping Chinese diplomacy in 2017

With the arrival of a new year, China is embarking on a new diplomatic journey with the rest of the world. Here are 5 key words that could shape the country's foreign relations in 2017.

Manila may split S. China Sea issue to boost relations

Momentum is growing in Philippine political circles to prevent South China Sea territorial issues from hampering cooperation with Beijing, observers said.

Apple accused of patent infringement in China

US company GPNE Crop sued Apple Inc for direct infringement of claims on its patent, which was issued in China in 2001, according to a recent report by domestic business newspaper National Business Daily.

London theatre in China racism row

A theatre in West London has become embroiled in a row over the last few days over a production that's set in China.

Traditional Chinese herbal medicine obtains international "identity card"

According to the ISO, Chinese herbal medicines has been approved by the ISO following a careful, three-month review and vote. This means these substances and other materials used for Tradtional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have formally been granted an international "identity card."

China starts preparations for 2019 Military World Games

The Chinese military formally launched preparations for the seventh Military World Games (MWG), with the establishment of the event's organizing committee in Beijing Thursday.

Senior official calls for reforms in intellectual property rights

State Councilor Wang Yong said Thursday China should still deepen reforms in intellectual property rights, despite the fact it has shown great improvement in the area in recent years.

Xinjiang to run 400 westbound cross-border trains in 2017

Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region will run more westbound trains on China-Europe routes in 2017 to boost exports.

China refutes Indian officials' criticism on terror related issues

China on Thursday refuted the allegations by some Indian officials that China has double standards when it comes to adding people to a UN Security Council blacklist of groups linked to al Qaeda.

Nepal's Siddharthanagar, Chinese city Baoji establish sister city relationship

Nepalese southern city of Siddharthanagar and Chinese city Baoji have formally entered into the bond of sister cities, officials said here on Thursday.

Letters from Princess Diana to a palace steward sell for thousands of USD

Rare letters written by the late Princess Diana of Wales mentioning her two sons were sold by auction Thursday for well over their expected price.

U.S. blacklists Osama bin Laden's son as terrorist

The United States on Thursday designated Hamza bin Laden, son of late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, as terrorist, the State Department said in a statement.

Senior U.S. senator pledges action against alleged Russia hacking

John McCain, chairman of U.S. Senate's Armed Services Committee, on Thursday vowed to take actions in response to Russia's alleged cyber attacks during last year's presidential election. "Every American should be alarmed by Russia's attacks on our nation," McCain said in a Senate hearing on cyber threats to the U.S., calling Moscow's action "unprecedented attack on our democracy".

Israel's Netanyahu interrogated over allegedly receiving "benefits": police

Israeli police said they interrogated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday night for suspicion of receiving "benefits," amidst a string of criminal investigations of corruption affairs.

U.S. embassy issues fresh warning after car bombing in Turkey's Izmir

The U.S. embassy in Turkey on Thursday issued a fresh warning after a car bombing attack left four dead earlier in the day in the country's western city of Izmir.

Iraqi forces fight fierce clashes in Mosul

Iraqi government forces fight heavy clashes in the northern city of Mosul to drive out the Islamic State (IS) militants from their last major stronghold in Iraq, the Iraqi military said.

China issues five-year plan on saving energy, cutting emissions

The State Council, China's cabinet, issued on Thursday a comprehensive plan on energy conservation and emission reductions for the 2016-2020 period.

Kerry: Both US parties back 'one China'

The one-China policy, which has been challenged by US president-elect Donald Trump, is supported by the Democratic and Republican parties, US Secretary of State John Kerry assured Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday.

Next generation VR headset set for launch at CES

A leading China-based developer of virtual reality (VR) products, Deepoon VR, will showcase its next-generation PC headset at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world's leading technology exhibition, scheduled to take place Jan. 5-8, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV.

Earthquake monitoring network set

An earthquake early response and warning system, consisting of about 15,000 observation stations, will cover the mainland by 2020, to facilitate disaster identification and the protection of people's lives, vital infrastructure and utilities.

Premier Li calls for an intermediary service overhaul

Premier Li Keqiang warned that some government officials might profit from intermediary organs dealing with administrative approval items that had been weeded out. Enterprises must pay for intermediary services to accomplish certain tasks, which led to an increase in their burden, he said at the State Council’s executive meeting on Jan 4.

China the most powerful engine for global economy

China’s contribution to the growth of the global economy has been leading other economies since 2009, and it has become the most powerful engine driving the global economy, according to Wu Qi, from the commercial bank research center at the research institute of Hengfeng Bank.

Streamlining administration is key to invigorating market

Streamlining administration and delegating government power to lower levels, two major measures in furthering reform and transforming government functions, continue to be among Premier Li Keqiang's top concerns.

China policy outlook: A change in tone for 2017

The December Central Economic Work Conference (CEWC), the Chinese government's annual policy meeting, points to a slight shift in the macro policy stance this year away from growth towards reducing financial risks.

Chinese FM calls for jointly maintaining Sino-U.S. cooperation results

China and the United States should work together to carefully maintain the outcomes of their cooperation and hold the correct direction of the development of their relations, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Thursday.

China urges proper settlement with ROK on THAAD issue

China on Thursday urged communication with the Republic of Korea (ROK) to find a proper solution to the ROK's deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system, the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD).

Vice Premier urges improved work of central and state organs

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli on Thursday called for more efforts to reform and develop work on central and state organs.

Strict discipline provides cohesion for CPC governance

"China actively advanced strict governance of the Communist Party of China (CPC), and resolutely cracked down on high-ranking and low-level corruption," President Xi Jinping said in his New Year greetings, setting the tone for perfecting CPC governance in the new era.

Chinese economy ends 2016 on "positive note"

The Chinese economy ended on a positive note in 2016, with both the manufacturing and service sectors registering strong increases in business activities in the final month of the year, a private survey showed Thursday.

S.Korea re-affirms THAAD deployment as planned

South Korea on Thursday re-affirmed its position to deploy a U.S. missile defense system in its soil as planned despite strong opposition from neighboring countries.

Open mind, cooperation better benefit China, U.S. than protectionism

As Obama's chief science adviser is preparing a study that could lead to restrictions on Chinese investment in the U.S. semiconductor sector, the world's largest economy has again turned to protectionism against China.

Heavy fog closes down China expressways, airports

Heavy fog and smog continued to cause havoc across north and central China Wednesday, grounding flights and bringing traffic to a standstill.

More than 100 injured in New York train incident

New York City authorities have reported more than 100 people suffered minor injuries when a Long Island Rail Road train hit the buffers at a Brooklyn station.

China to grant subsistence allowance to pneumoconiosis patients

China is going to grant subsistence allowance to families suffering from pneumoconiosis, according to the country's Occupational Diseases Prevention and Cure Plan.

24 Solar Terms: 6 things you may not know about Minor Cold

The traditional Chinese lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms. Minor Cold (Chinese: 小寒), the 23rd solar term, begins this year on Jan 5 and ends on Jan 19.

Alli double for Tottenham ends Chelsea's winning streak

Tottenham Hotspur denied Chelsea a record 14th consecutive Premier League win and loosened their grip on the title race as two Dele Alli headers secured a 2-0 victory at a rocking White Hart Lane on Wednesday.

A Chinese institution of excellence

The 11th of January 2017 is going to signal a new start for many parents and their children. Many of the latter will be embarking on the journey of the rest of their lives at a time when the South African education system has been shambolic at best and beset by many a scandal. The Pretoria Chinese School is an institution that nurtures excellence among its learners in all its forms.

Caixin service PMI rises to 17-month high

China's service sector continued to expand in December 2016, as a private survey showed Thursday that an index for the sector posted its strongest rate in 17 months.

Runner and his desert dog come home

A stray dog that joined a runner on a 155-mile race across the Gobi desert has arrived in Scotland to live with him.

Study reveals bidirectional movement of "motor" protein

Researchers have discovered what they say is an unexpected behavior about a "motor" protein as part of the complex cellular machinery that animal and fungi cells use to ensure normal cell division.

Year on, Bowie remembered as engaging until end

When David Bowie walked unassumingly into a cozy New York jazz club to hear Donny McCaslin play, the saxophonist admits he wasn't well-versed in the rock icon's vast discography.

Site of "Marquis of Haihun" tomb to become national park

Plans are being made to turn China's most complete Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C.- 25 A.D.) cemetery into a national park.

New study disproves "global warming hiatus"

A study by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and Berkeley Earth, a non-profit research institute, disproves what is known as the "global warming hiatus."

Kids from Gansu get soccer training by Arsenal in UK

Thirteen young soccer players from local primary schools of Northwest China's Gansu province left for UK on December 30 for a 15-day training course at the Arsenal Football Club. It was the first time that some of them stepped out of their mountainous area, according to gansu.gscn.com.cn.

Marbury shines as Beijing beat Shanxi in CBA

Stephon Marbury scored 41 points, 20 in the final quarter, to carry Beijing over Shanxi 85-75 in CBA on Wednesday.

Chinese real estate developer to invest $3 billion in luxury hotels in Cambodia

Chinese real estate developer Guangzhou R&F Properties planned to invest 3 billion U.S. dollars within five years to build six-star hotels in Phnom Penh and coastal Preah Sihanouk province, a senior Cambodian official said on Wednesday.

PLA's media volley seeks young recruits

To build a modern military, the People's Liberation Army is making full use of the 21st-century tools in its arsenal to attract new recruits.

Interview: China, Ukraine enjoy vast opportunities under Silk Road Initiative: Ukrainian official

China and Ukraine, which are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations Wednesday, have vast potential to push forward their strategic cooperation thanks to the opportunities offered by the Silk Road Initiative, a senior Ukrainian official said Wednesday.

Tibet leads China in mobile payments

Tibet continued to top the country in mobile payments as a proportion of total online payments for the fifth year in China, Alibaba's financial branch Ant Financial said Wednesday.

China highlights ecological protection in offshore wind power development

China will highlight ecological protection in developing offshore wind power, according to a regulation released Wednesday by the nation's energy and oceanic authorities.

Food exports to China key part in Britain's post-Brexit era: minister

China has been identified as one of the top priority post-Brexit markets for British food and drink, a government minister said on Wednesday.

Commuter train derailment injures 103 in New York

A Long Island Railroad (LIRR) train derailed during the morning rush hour on Wednesday in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City, injuring 103 people, according to local authorities.

105-year-old French cyclist breaks world record

Robert Marchand, a 105-year-old French rider, on Wednesday beat his own hour record on the opened cycling track, according to local report.

Four keywords that define CES 2017

From smartphones and tablets to drones and self-driving cars, tens of thousands of new tech products are about to make their debut this week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017, one of the world's biggest tech events.

Iraqi forces advance closer to Mosul city center after recapturing new areas

Iraqi security forces on Wednesday advanced further to the city center of Mosul after they retook control of a new neighborhood from the Islamic State (IS) militants, as part of the troops push into the eastern part of the city, the Iraqi military said.

Britain names new EU ambassador after sudden quit

Former British ambassador to Russia, Sir Tim Barrow, was confirmed on Wednesday night as Britain's new envoy to the European Union (EU).

Aleppo victory crucial to restore peace to Syria: Iranian official

The recapture of Syria's northern city of Aleppo will be conducive in restoring peace to all of Syria, a visiting Iranian official said Wednesday.

Stamps set to mark Year of Rooster

China Post Group Co will release a new set of rooster-themed stamps to celebrate the Year of the Rooster based on the Chinese zodiac.

HK, Shanghai maintain edge

Despite concerns over the economic slowdown in China, two of the country's cities have won spots in a ranking of the world's top 10 competitive cities.

Trump casts new doubt on Russia hacking allegations

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday quoted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to voice new doubt about the findings by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia has intervened in the 2016 presidential election.

Israeli PM backs pardoning soldier convicted of killing Palestinian assailant

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that he supports pardoning Elor Azaria, the soldier convicted earlier of the manslaughter of an incapacitated Palestinian assailant in the West Bank.

Chinese FM urges ROK to cherish bilateral ties

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday urged the Republic of Korea (ROK) to value the hard-won results of the bilateral ties and work with China to overcome disturbance to ensure the healthy development of the ties.

China supports Philippines in holding ASEAN rotating presidency

China supports the Philippines in assuming the rotating presidency of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2017, said a Foreign Ministry spokesman on Wednesday.

Premier Li: More dynamic market is the cornerstone for development

China will make more efforts to streamline administration through more power delegation and fewer certification and evaluation requirements, and will soon issue its first guideline for market supervision and regulation to make its business environment more inviting.

Eurozone inflation record high in over three years

The inflation in the 19-country Eurozone in December hit the highest rate in over three years, official data showed Wednesday.

An innovative China gets global attention

With a series of scientific breakthroughs during the past year, China is ushering in 2017 looking to grow into one of the world's great innovators.

Beijing extends orange alert for air pollution

Beijing extended its orange alert for heavy air pollution again on Wednesday as smog is expected to persist until the weekend, environmental authorities said.

China Coast Guard vessels patrol Diaoyu Islands

China Coast Guard vessels on Wednesday conducted a patrol in territorial waters of the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea, according to a State Oceanic Administration statement.

China's Syrian issue envoy to travel abroad to work on political solution

A special envoy of the Chinese government on the Syrian issue will travel to Geneva, the European Union, Turkey and Russia in efforts to work on a political solution to the Syrian crisis.

Trial on Park Geun-hye begins as S.Korean political scene sees shakeup

The first trial on a parliamentary motion to impeach South Korean President Park Geun-hye ended just in nine minutes on Tuesday without Park's attendance.

Turkey continues manhunt for New Year nightclub attacker

The Turkish police have detained the wife of the Istanbul nightclub attacker who is still on the run three days after killing 39 people celebrating the New Year.

China celebrates 1,500-year-old Laba Festival

Tomorrow is the traditional Laba Festival in China. Laba means the eighth day of the twelfth month of the lunar calendar. It has been celebrated for 1,500 years.

Review and prospects of China's diplomacy

The year 2016 was eventful both to China and other countries. In addition to growing regional conflicts and incessant terrorist attacks, the presidential election of the United States, the exit of Great Britain from the EU, disputes over South Chinese Sea islands between China and the Philippines and the deployment of U.S. Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea have all added to the uncertainty of international politics and world order and posed great challenges to China's diplomatic work.

Twins born 10 minutes apart in different years

Parents Holly and Brandon Shay in Arizona welcomed their first son, Sawyer, into the world at 11:51 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2016, and his brother, Everett, followed just after midnight on Jan. 1, 2017 at Banner Hospital.

CSL: Quanjian signs Belgian star Witsel

Belgian international soccer star Axel Witsel has joined Chinese Super League team Tianjin Quanjian from Zenit St. Petersburg, the Russian club confirmed Tuesday.

Premier's visit promotes innovative culture in Chengdu's ancient street

Kuanzhai Ancient Street, a traditional cultural hot spot located in downtown Chengdu, Sichuan province, is taking on a new look after Premier Li Keqiang’s visit in April 2016.

Over 130 inmates escape after armed men raid prison in southern Philippines

Armed men believed connected to a Muslim rebel group stormed a jail facility in North Cotabato in the southern Philippines early on Wednesday and freed about 132 inmates, officials said.

Arabian horses appear on 2,000-year-old cliff paintings in north China

Chinese and German archeologists have found images of what they believe to be Arabian horses on cliff paintings dating back 2,000 years in the Yinshan Mountains of north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Twice as many Chinese travel during New Year holiday: report

The number of Chinese people making trips during the New Year holiday doubled from the same period a year ago, an industry report said Tuesday.

Golfing talent gives more students from China a shot at US scholarships

Stanford freshman Emily Wang Ziyi had a high SAT score, was a student union president and enjoyed reading, writing, calligraphy, music and jogging. But what really helped the 18-year-old get into the elite US university was something rarer: her potential to be an international golf star.

Medvescak Zagreb start new year with a win over China's Kunlun Red Star

Medvescak Zagreb started the new 2017 year with a 1-0 win over Chinese side Kunlun Red Star from Beijing on Tuesday in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) to keep the playoff hopes alive.

Costa Book Awards announces 2016 category winners

Costa on Tuesday announced the Costa Book Awards 2016 winners in the first novel, novel, biography, poetry and children's book categories.

Hull City manager Phelan sacked

English Premier League bottom side Hull City announced on Tuesday that they had sacked manager Mike Phelan.

Loeb wins Dakar Rally stage 2 takes overall lead

Nine-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb of France clinched the second stage of the Dakar Rally on Tuesday by holding off Qatari rival Nasser Al-Attiyah.

Alibaba 'creates 30 million jobs'

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has achieved one-third of its pledged goal of creating 100 million jobs in 20 years, as the e-commerce giant sees 2017 as a crucial year to "redefine the real economy".

China to strengthen authentification checks on companies going abroad

Senior Chinese Commerce officials are warning of increased scrutiny this year of Chinese companies planning to invest abroad as part of the attempt to stop illicit capital outflows.

Heavy fog, smog continue to disrupt traffic in China

Low visibility caused by fog and smog in large parts of China is disrupting traffic after the New Year holiday.

CNPC in running for Iran projects

China National Petroleum Corp, one of the country's oil giants, has been invited to bid for Iran's crude and natural gas development projects as the Persian Gulf state seeks investments in energy.

Foreign cosmetic brands cut retail prices in China market

High-end cosmetic brands, including Estee Lauder and Amorepacific, have announced price cuts in the Chinese market in the new year in response to lowered consumption tax.

Almost 130,000 displaced from Mosul since fighting rages in October

A total of 129,642 civilians have fled Mosul and its adjacent districts since military operations to reclaim one of the Islamic State's (IS) last strongholds began in October last year, according to figures released by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Tuesday.

Trump's gathering trade war bodes ill for all

US president-elect Donald Trump has not moderated his anti-trade tone since winning the election. Instead, he has upped the ante and fired a series of early warning shots in what could turn into a full-blown global trade war, with disastrous consequences for the United States and the rest of the world.

Beijing's DPRK efforts 'widely recognized'

Beijing's efforts and contributions to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula are widely acknowledged by the international community, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday after US president-elect Donald Trump said China was not helping with the issue.

Beijing in 2016 saw more 'good air' days

Beijing experienced 12 more blue-sky days last year compared with 2015 and saw a 9.9 percent drop in the average daily concentration of PM2.5, according to data released on Tuesday, when the capital was again shrouded in thick smog.

New UN chief calls for reform, collective efforts to achieve UN goals

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told UN staff members here on Tuesday that the UN needs their collective engagement to make changes to achieve the goals of the organization on peace, security and development.

WeChat to launch Miniapps

Social and communication app WeChat is expected to launch its Miniapps on January 9. Miniapps are described as the solution to prevent users from having to clear apps when needing space on their device.

Chinese geographer becomes first Asian to receive prestigious Vega Medal

Yao Tandong, a geographer with the Chinese Academy of Sciences has won the 2017 Vega Medal for his research accomplishment on plateau glaciers and environment, announced the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography (SSAG).

China's Shelter Forest Program proves effective to eliminate PM2.5

A new study says that the Three-North Shelter Forest Program, originally built to improve the ecological environment, is also able to combat PM2.5.

Danish higher court dismisses appeal by daughter of S. Korea's Choi Soon-sil

Western High Court of Denmark on Tuesday rejected an appeal made by Chung Yoo-ra, daughter of impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye's longtime confidante Choi Soon-sil, against a local court's decision to remand her in custody for four weeks.

Iran denies Hezbollah's retreat from Syria

Iran denied on Tuesday that Lebanese Hezbollah militants will retreat from Syria, Tehran Times daily reported.

Chinese innovations solidify its importance in global tech industry: Gary Shapiro

Gary Shapiro, president of the U.S. Consumer Technology Association (CTA), said he was impressed by Chinese innovations in the consumer technology industry, from drones and smartphones to innovative mobile services, etc.

Britain's top EU diplomat in Brussels resigns

Britain's ambassador to the European Union (EU), Sir Ivan Rogers, has quit his job in Brussels, according to a report in the Financial Times (FT) on Tuesday.

New Republican-dominated U.S. Congress braces for big partisan fights

Intense bipartisan fights are expected across the two-year 115th U.S. Congress sworn in Tuesday, which will be dominated by Republicans.

Turkey to extend state of emergency for 3 more months

The Turkish parliament on Tuesday approved to extend the state of emergency for another three more months, Dogan News Agency reported.

China's efforts on Korean Peninsula denuclearization "obvious to all": FM spokesperson

China said Tuesday its efforts to realize denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is obvious to all.

China to work with Turkey to fight terrorism

China firmly opposes any form of terrorism and is ready to work with Turkey and the international community to prevent and respond to the threat of terrorism, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang on Tuesday.

Senior CPC official calls for better publicity work

A senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Tuesday called for better publicity work to prepare for the upcoming 19th CPC National Congress.

China to establish comprehensive food safety standard system: report

China's food safety system will soon cover almost all kinds of food and major hazard factors, according to a report released Friday.

Chinese foreign minister to visit five African countries

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will follow a two-decade-long diplomatic tradition to make Africa his first overseas destination in 2017, a spokesperson said Tuesday.

Beijing's PM2.5 density drops 9.9 percent in 2016

Beijing saw more blue sky days in 2016 as its average PM2.5 density fell 9.9 percent, the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau said Tuesday.

CPC sharpens teeth against discipline violations

The discipline watchdog of the Communist Party of China (CPC) has made more efforts for discipline violation reviews.

China's top leadership urge more efforts to ensure food safety

China's top leadership have called for more efforts to ensure food safety, noting there are still many problems despite improving food safety situation.

Instant noodle maker says Chinese mainland business as usual

A popular instant food maker said Tuesday that its Chinese mainland business will not be affected by the dissolution of its subsidiary in Taiwan.

Syrian peace process struggles as rebels suspend talks

Several rebel groups announced on Monday that they were freezing talks on planned negotiations with the Syrian government, casting a shadow over the struggling peace process of the war-torn Middle Eastern country.