Across America

Across America over the week (Aug 21-27)

China

New semester starts in China
  • Juvenile offenders sent home to get help

    Juveniles from Jiangsu province who commit crimes in Shanghai can be brought to their hometown for redemption and supervision thanks to the country's first intra-provincial cooperation in juvenile prosecutions.

  • For archaeologist, bones speak

    As the youngest staff member at the Forced Laborers Memorial Hall in Northeast China's Jilin province, Pan Sijie is a keeper of the remains.

  • High-speed rail expected to help tourism

    A complete high-speed railway circle is to start operation in Hainan province by the end of this year to further promote tourism of the island.

Business

Funeral service puts deceased pets to rest with style

Life

735,000 see China fashion exhibit

Food

Once upon a starry night
  • Tempting diners to good health with good food

    The "energy balls" and "super-food mocha" from Sprout Lifestyle Cafe in Shanghai have won a place in the hearts of patrons of the city's cafes and food boutiques.

  • The sweet smell of food & flowers

    You do not have to go far to stumble on a coffee shop whose main accoutrement is flowers or to come across a banquet decked with beautiful bunches of the best that nature has to offer.

  • Pizza Hut's new offerings

    Pizza Hut, a popular Western chain, has introduced 20 new dishes in China in June. The most common is "Artisan Pizza", which comes in three flavors — Parma ham, smoked salmon and spicy beef. The latest pizzas use handmade crusts topped with a selection of meat, vegetables and fruits, the company said.

Culture

Birthday boy Harry Potter still magic in China

Entertainment

Young designer inspired by his powerful mother

8 highlights about V-day Parade

Glimpses of Tibet: Plateaus, people and faith

Chinese entrepreneurs remain optimistic despite economic downfall

China's down is slowing down, but that isn't stopping ambitious entrepreneurs trying to establish their business.

50th anniversary of Tibet autonomous region

Tianjin explosions: Deaths, destruction and bravery

Cinemas enjoy strong first half

China's film industry continued to prosper during the first half of the year, driven by a continued expansion in the number of cinemas and the growing popularity of going out to watch a movie.

China's foreign service trade deficit rises

China saw a bigger deficit in foreign service trade in July compared with the previous month, data from the State Administration of Foreign Exchange showed on Monday.

Infographic: Highlights of China's economy in H1

Chinese economy showed strong resilience to slowdown in first half 2015, GDP beats analyst forecast and firmly stand at 7%.

China a forgotten WWII ally: historian

China deserves more respect abroad for its role resisting fascism during World War II, a Chinese historian has said, as the country marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the war.

Seventh China-US strategic dialogue

Premier Li embarks on Latin America visit

What do we know about AIIB

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is expected to be established by the end of this year.

Senior US official to visit China on bilateral issues

The US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel will visit Beijing in Sept, discussing bilateral issues with Chinese counterparts.

China manufacturing PMI falls to 49.7 in August

China's factory activity continued to lose steam in August, suggesting the world's second-largest economy faces prolonged downward pressure.

Second homes in China need lower down payment

The minimum down payment level for second-home buyers was lowered to 20 percent from 30 percent, if buyers had paid off their previous mortgage.

Xi meets with former KMT chairman

Xi Jinping called on people of the mainland and Taiwan to remember history, and promote cross-Strait relations and national rejuvenation.

People

'Women need to be on development bullet train'

Chinese Community Leaders

Grassroots judge carries dream on road
  • New leader at China's Chamber

    With Chinese investment in the United States increasingly rising, an organization that represents Chinese companies' common interests is refining its services.

  • Queens native takes the helm at MOCA

    Taking a leadership role at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) in New York's Chinatown might seem daunting, but Nancy Yao Maasbach, MOCA's president, said it's a move that has roots in her childhood.

China-US

China more keen on trade than US is
  • Yellow River to be played in NYC

    To celebrate the 45th anniversary of theYellow River Piano Concerto, one of the most popular Chinese piano compositions, the work is going to be performed in New York by one of its composers and world premiere pianist Yin Chengzong, accompanied by the Manhattan Symphonie.

  • Mississippi gets Chinese investment

    Seraphim Solar Manufacturing USA Inc plans to invest $50 million to open its first American factory in the Jackson, Mississippi, area.

  • Food producer COFCO looks to expand global reach

    With two major acquisitions closed in October 2014, COFCO is building across five continents.

US

Titanic's last luncheon menu expected to fetch up to $70,000 at auction
  • Cyber sanctions report downplayed

    The State Department is playing down a news report that the Obama administration is developing a package of economic sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals who have benefited from the alleged cybertheft of valuable US trade secrets.

  • Chengdu puts itself on the tourist map

    Chengdu was selected in The New York Times’ list of the world’s 52 must-see places this year. The southwestern city’s inclusion was no doubt largely thanks to a popular travel piece by writer and editor Justin Bergman that was published in the paper in October 2013.

  • Xi's US visit will have big impact

    President Xi Jinping's visit to the United States next month is expected to be a milestone in building a new type of major country relationship, said Su Ge, president of the China Institute of International Studies.

World

Migrant trains reach Germany as EU asylum system creaks
  • Chile Week promotes China-Chile trade

    The largest ever delegation from Chile to give a whole week of promotion in China presented its business goals at the celebration of the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

  • Egyptian president visits Singapore

    Singapore's President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday met with visiting Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.

  • Egypt sets Oct election date

    Egypt will hold a long-awaited parliamentary election, starting on Oct. 18-19, the election commission said on Sunday, the final step in a process to bring back democracy that critics say has been tainted by widespread repression.

Sports

Kenya makes history, reigns supreme at Beijing World Championships
  • Maria Sharapova withdraws from US Open

    Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova withdrew from the US Open on Sunday due to a leg injury.

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt sprints past doping questions

    Usain Bolt, the 28-year-old sprint great from Jamaica, artfully dodged questions about doping in track and field and his rivalry with twice-suspended US runner Justin Gatlin during a meeting with a select band of journalists in Beijing on Thursday.

Abe's security bill
  • Amnesty reflects confidence

    The move will incarnate China's spirit of benevolence by extending to wrongdoers a chance at self-correction. The special amnesty also demonstrates China's confidence in its political and legal establishments and promotes social harmony.

  • China and US should focus on what really matters

    We hope that his meetings with US President Barack Obama will give further guidance to the building of a new model of major country relations between our two great nations, and bring greater benefits to our two peoples.

  • Parade a somber reminder of will to maintain peace

    Rather than flexing its military muscles, China aspires to offer a somber reminder of its will and capacity to maintain world peace, as it has done before, by deterring aggression in the future.

Travel

Where you can see thousands of dinosaur fossils
  • Snapshot of authenticity

    Built in 314 BC, Langzhong Ancient Town has held onto its original name and flavor, including a layout that harkens back to the Feng Shui principles of the Tang Dynasty

  • Rally call of nature

    They came from far and wide in the pursuit of adventure, and the competitors in the annual 5,500-kilometer Taklimakan Rally got that and a lot more besides, not the least of which was the exquisite beauty of the ever-changing landscape of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

  • Spectacular waterfall at Xiaolangdi Reservoir

    Visitors watch the spectacular scene of water-sediment regulation at Xiaolangdi Reservoir on the Yellow River in Luoyang, Central China’s Henan province on the evening of July 4, 2015.