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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.


Last call for China’s quaint ‘green’ trains
  • Top 10 problems of Chinese society

    The credibility deficit of the government has been cited as a main symptom of the "habitual distrust" in Chinese society, according to a recent survey, in which more than 80 percent of respondents said society is "sub-healthy".

  • National Day floral exhibits rethought

    Austerity rules guiding National Day festivities in Beijing have had gardeners racking their brains to come up with appropriate floral displays in Tian'anmen Square and elsewhere.

  • More space sought for cyclists, pedestrians

    The needs of cyclists and pedestrians should be considered during urban development so people will have more public space, China's top urban planning authority said on Tuesday.


How Alibaba IPO learnt from Facebook's mistake


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.


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.


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.


Gary Chaw's family pose for magazine

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

Ma named 'Asia Game Changer of the Year'

Jack Ma, whose Alibaba Group may set a record later this week with its initial public offering, was named "Asia Game Changer of the Year" by the Asia Society for his company and philanthropic vision.

FDI dips for 2nd straight month

The Commerce Ministry denied on Tuesday any connection between two straight months of decline in foreign direct investment in China and its anti-monopoly measures.

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.

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 Hands

Economist eyes China's transformation
  • Bridging China-US cultures with business and art

    C. Richard Kramlich, co-founder and Chairman of New Enterprise Associates (NEA) Management Company, leads a venture capital firm that has ranked among the top in portfolio IPOs every year in the past decade.

  • Steve Westly: He wants to change the world

    Steve Westly, former California State controller and founder of the Westly Group, one of US' largest clean-tech venture capital firms, uses Chinese I-Ching philosophy Yin & Yang to describes his parallel career in politics and business.


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?


King Fire ravages California
  • US cannot rule out ground role in Iraq

    The most senior US military officer raised the possibility on Tuesday that American troops might need to take on a larger role in Iraq's ground war against Islamic State militants, but the White House stressed they would not deploy on a combat mission.

  • US, ROK discuss DPRK nuke issue

    Top officials of the United States and the Republic of Korea had stressed cooperation in materializing the verifiable denuclearization of DPRK.

  • Boeing, SpaceX to build 'space taxis'

    NASA will partner with Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated "space taxis" to fly astronauts to the International Space Station.


Israel, Palestinians reach deal on Gaza rehabilitation
  • India prepares for President Xi's visit

    Chinese President Xi Jinping will arrive in India Wednesday for a state visit. Indian and Chinese national flags flutter side by side at the Raisina hills in New Delhi, India, on Sept 16, 2014.

  • How typhoons are named

    Typhoon Kalmaegi struck China's southernmost island of Hainan on Tuesday morning carrying with it wind and rain reaching 144 km/h. The ferocity of the storm caused thousands of evacuations, huge flooding and cancellation of several flights.

  • Russia to beef up military in Crimea

    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the deployment of troops in the Crimean direction has become a priority of the Southern military district.


DPRK to send Olympic champions to Incheon Asiad in ROK
  • Athletes gather in Incheon 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.

  • Former NBA stars to play in China

    Tracy McGrady will lead a team of former NBA stars to play friendly games on a 3-week tour in 11 cities across China, organizers said here on Tuesday.

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.


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.