Across America

Apple Pay eyes inroads to China
  • IMF assesses risks and benefits of China's shadow banking

    China's shadow banking sector, a rapidly growing but opaque part of the nation's financial system, brings benefits, costs and risks to the world's second-largest economy, according to an article on the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) IMFdirect website.

  • Microsoft relaunches chat robot

    Microsoft's artificial intelligence (AI) chat robots in China - Cortana and her little sister XiaoBing - are not only out to entertain the country's 600 million Internet users with their hip, slang-laden comebacks, reminders and tips, but they also aim to explore the huge mobile and smart home market.

China

Same-sex couple seen through the lens in E China

Business

Whirlpool gets approval for acquisition of Hefei Sanyo
  • IMF assesses risks and benefits of shadow banking

    China's shadow banking sector, a rapidly growing but opaque part of the nation's financial system, brings benefits, costs and risks to the world's second-largest economy, according to an article on the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) IMFdirect website.

  • To US consumers, Alibaba is a non-entity

    The vast majority of Americans have never heard of Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce company which is on the verge of the world's largest IPO.

  • Hebei Iron and Steel takes stake in Duferco

    China's largest steelmaker, Hebei Iron and Steel Group Co Ltd, will take a controlling stake of 51 to 52 percent in Swiss-based steel trader Duferco.

Life

Street snaps of Gao Yuanyuan in New York
  • Renovation programme underway at Labrang Monastery

    The Labrang Monastery, a major Tibetan Buddhism monastery in China, is undergoing the largest renovation programme since its establishment in 1709.

  • Wengang Township: hometown for brush pens

    Zhou Pengcheng, a boss of brush pen workshop makes personalized brush pens in Wengang township of Jinxian county, east China's Jiangxi province, Sept 11, 2014.

  • Best bets

    As of now, eight of the top 10 women tennis players are expected to take part in the Wuhan Open.

Food

A gilded prophet comes home
  • An abundance of riches

    Shanghai food has always been unabashedly heavy, its flavors enhanced by generous applications of the kitchen trinity of oil, sugar and soy. Xu Junqian talks to a chef who claims he was born "dipped in soy".

  • No shoddy oil found on mainland so far

    No tainted oil from Taiwan has been found so far to have been imported to the mainland, authorities said on Wednesday, as the quality watchdog suspended the importation of all suspect products.

  • Creative themed restaurants around China

    Theme restaurants are restaurants in which the concept of the restaurant takes priority over everything else, influencing the architecture, food, music, and overall 'feel' of the restaurant.

Culture

Wired to Wear
  • Twin pop singers from Atlanta find a welcome in China

    Preach and Danger Jackson are identical twins, but that's not the only reason it's tricky to tell them apart.

  • Twin operas from Italy

    The National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, where getting a new production onstage is famously tough, recently hired Giancarlo del Monaco to direct the twin operas Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci and infuse them with Italianate jealousy, betrayal and bloodshed.

Entertainment

Seven Songstresses in the Bund of Shanghai
  • Li keeps working to find 'her' music

    As more than 400 fans scream her name, Li Yuchun appears onstage in a black-and-white outfit, her short hair cut in its trademark style. With her latest album I Met You in 1987, Li proves that if China's show business has to select a representative, she is the one.

  • Zhang Yuqi appreciates support after husband's arrest

    Popular actress Zhang Yuqi said she has calmly accepted the fact that her director husband, Wang Quan'an, was detained on suspicion of hiring a prostitute.

11th China-ASEAN Expo

Go Wuxi: Canal city in transition

Budding businesses of the digital age

Young Chinese entrepreneurs are tapping opportunities to realize their world-changing dreams as the Internet is breaking down the barriers.

Top 10 most used desktop instant messaging tools

Here is a look at the top 10 instant messaging tools used by Chinese netizens in July.

Top 8 executives who left western firms for Chinese companies

Premier Li attends Summer Davos forum

China's top business elites under 40

Business magazine Fortune's Chinese version has ranked top 40 business elites in China who are under 40.

Host of Japan's historic surrender

Young China - You've got talent

Swimming in Politics:the allure of Beidaihe

Quaint seaside city has punched above its weight in the political arena, hosting waves of national leaders and serving as the launch pad for key state policies.

President Xi visits Mongolia

Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games

China to help Maldives build 1,500 homes

Second phase of construction project will be spread across nine coral islands

Improved quality 'key to growth', says Li

Premier Li Keqiang called for promoting the quality of Chinese products to help set off the side effects of decelerating economic growth.

IMF assesses risks and benefits of shadow banking

China's shadow banking sector, a rapidly growing but opaque part of the nation's financial system, brings benefits, costs and risks to the world's second-largest economy, according to an article on the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) IMFdirect website.

Apple Pay eyes inroads to China

It may not be the next big thing, but Apple is hoping a new iPhone app will carve out a new niche.

Chinese Community Leaders

Building a golden China-Hollywood bridge
  • GOP candidate a natural gas advocate

    Doug Lee is a Republican candidate for the New York State Assembly District 16 in Nassau County and he will try to unseat Democratic incumbent Michelle Schimel in November on a platform.

  • Chen connects police, Asian community

    As the assistant chief of the Houston Police Department and in charge of staff services, John Chen wears a uniform and spends a lot of time in his downtown office.

China-US

Works of Chinese artist featured at UN
  • Microsoft tries again with chat robot Xiaobing

    Microsoft's artificial intelligence (AI) chat robots in China - Cortana and her little sister Xiaobing - are not only out to entertain the country's 600 million Internet users with their hip, slang-laden comebacks, reminders and tips, but they also aim to explore the huge mobile and smart home market.

  • Turning conventional wisdom on Chinese economy inside out

    The prevalent view about China's economy is that the state sector has been playing an increasingly important or even dominant role. Some even describe the world's second largest economy as state capitalism.

  • Film, TV insiders convene in LA

    What do you get when you put the top heavy-hitters from the world's top two film and TV industries under one roof?

US

US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola
  • US prefers a 'united' Britain

    The White House said that the Obama administration prefers a "united" Britain, three days before the Scots cast their votes on whether to split from the kingdom.

  • US-led exercises to begin in Ukraine

    US-led military exercises involving 15 countries were set to begin in Ukraine Monday, as fighting rumbles on in the restive east between government forces and pro-Russian rebels in violation of a ceasefire.

  • US to restart adoption program in Vietnam

    Vietnam and the United States will soon resume limited inter-country adoptions, the US Embassy said Friday, six years after a ban was imposed because of allegations of widespread baby-selling and children offered without the consent of their birth parents.

World

British PM makes final appeal against Scotland independence
  • EU, Russia agree to hold trilateral meeting

    The European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso called Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, discussing the energy situation and agreeing to hold a trilateral meeting at ministerial level.

  • Sri Lankan media agog over Xi's visit

    Sri Lanka's media have given significant coverage to the historic visit by Chinese president Xi Jinping with articles being penned on the topic of China-Sri Lanka relations.

  • Australia to sign agreement with China

    Australia looks set to sign a free-trade agreement with China, the deal expected to be clinched by the end of the year.

Sports

China loses Asian Games soccer opener 3-0
  • Coach puts heat on Olympic champ Zhang

    Head coach Liu Guoliang warns Olympic and world singles champ Zhang Jike to knuckle down for team events or risk a chance to defend his gold.

  • Athletes gather in South Korea for Asian Games

    Thousands of athletes from 45 Olympic Council of Asia members are gathering in South Korea's western port city of Incheon for the Asian Games, a key test for many of them ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Scotland referendum
  • Persist with anti-graft fight

    The anti-corruption campaign is trying to squeeze the space available for officials to seek personal gain by abusing their power and make it so they dare not should any space remain.

  • Independent Scotland will be a blow to UK

    Although opinion polls show a high percent of Scottish people favoring a "yes" vote, the ultimate result of the referendum remains uncertain.

  • Asia-Pacific adapting to changes

    China is promoting economic transition and innovation to seize the new opportunities and it is willing to work with others in the region.

Travel

Top destinations in China for autumn photography
  • Aquatic plants exhibition attracts visitors in Taipei

    Giant leaves of Victoria are seen during an aquatic plants exhibition at the Shuangxi Park in Taipei, Southeast China's Taiwan, Sept 11, 2014.

  • Beauty of Gahai Wetland in NW China's Gansu

    The Gahai Wetland, a source area of China's Yellow River, is growing in both water area and waterfowl numbers since the establishment of a national natural reserve in 2002.

  • LA highlights its tourist attractions

    The Tourism and Convention Board of Los Angeles unveiled a showroom highlighting the city’s attractions in Beijing on Sept 10 as it endeavors to reach a double-digit increase in Chinese tourists to the largest city on the west coast of the United States.