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US officials seek business on tour

China

Ten photos you don’t wanna miss – May 29

Business

CES Shanghai keeps city on cutting edge
  • Mind the gap

    There are few chinks in Old Navy's China armor but there is a Gap, and it has proven a blessing for its sister brand as Western fast fashion labels ride China's e-commerce boom, Matt Hodges reports.

  • Software park beckons start-ups

    In the next five years, the Shanghai Pudong Software Park (SPSP) will provide a minimum of 300 million yuan ($48.4 million) to support business start-ups, part of the city's goal of building a global technological innovation center.

  • Local govt debt rules eased

    Curbs on debt issues by local government financing vehicles are being eased to boost funding for infrastructure investment that will offset slowing economic growth.

Life

The old timekeeper
  • School uniform dresses up museum

    The humble uniform of a middle school in Shenzhen has become part of the collection in one of the world's greatest museums.

  • Canyon running through the city in Chongqing

    Located in the core area of the three urban clusters, Qianjiang City Grand Canyon in Southwest China's Chongqing municipality is the country's only canyon running through a city centre.

  • Student poet writing his own destiny

    Khachamgyal's hometown in China's Qinghai province is famous for producing learned scholars and literary legends, and the college student is determined to follow in their footsteps.

Food

Grilling, South Africa style
  • Belgian chef celebrates 'natural wonders'

    Visiting chef Seppe Nobels' blue eyes light up with excitement when he is asked about his morning at Jingshen Hai-xian Shichang, the capital's busiest fish market.

  • Red bowl's chic hotpot

    About 1,500 years ago, Mongol horsemen, cooking over campfires, seared meat in their shields and simmered soup in their upturned helmets.

  • As cafes multiply, so do 'coffee cats'

    On May 12, American ice cream brand Haagen Dazs refurbished one of its key outlets in Shanghai's Nanjing road and began switching up its products. It added ice cream to glasses of coffee and marketed the new store as its first global coffee shop.

Culture

Beijing spring auction season to see chilly winds

Entertainment

Gao Yuanyuan releases travel photos

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.

Full coverage of Boao Forum for Asia

The 2015 Boao Forum for Asia annual conference will be held from March 26 to 29 in South China's Hainan province.

Annual legislative and political advisory sessions

The plenary sessions of the National People's Congress and the National Committee of the Chinese People' s Political Consultative Conference kick off.

Spring Festival trends reflect a changing China

Spring Festival is an annual celebration in China. This year's celebration, which lasts from Feb 18 to Feb 25, is marked by the following features.

Patent applications lead the world

China recorded 928,000 invention patent applications in 2014, of them about 663,000 inventions having high quality and market value.

BC lures Chinese tourists

As the Chinese Lunar New Year, which falls on Feb 19, draws close, the scramble to attract Chinese travelers is growing intense.

Festival Special: Apps that make holiday shopping easier

With the increase in sales of nianhuo, the special goods bought to celebrate the Spring Festival, the rising purchasing power of Chinese consumers is on full display.

Alibaba places China smartphone business bet with $590m Meizu deal

Alibaba is taking a $590 million stake in an obscure domestic smartphone maker.

China, US vow to deepen military relations

Vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission Fan Changlong met with Michael Vickers, visiting US under secretary of defense for intelligence.

Premier Li attends Davos Forum

China plans to withstand downward pressure and continue with its strategic focus in 2015, Premier Li Keqiang said at the Davos Forum.

Li Na expecting first baby

Reigning Australian Open champion Li Na and husband Jiang Shan are expecting their first child.

China's most-wanted fugitive set to be extradited by US

A Chinese official accused of embezzling more than $40 million fled China in 2003 and was detained after entering the US using a fake passport.

US charges 15 Chinese nationals in college exam fraud scheme

Fifteen Chinese nationals have been charged with developing a fraud scheme in which they paid imposters to take entrance exams to elite American colleges and universities.

Former US House Speaker Hastert indicted on federal charges

Former US House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert was indicted on Thursday on federal charges, including for lying to the FBI, relating to an alleged effort to hide $3.5 million in payments he was making to a person to conceal past misconduct.

No one tells us what to do, Beijing says

Observers warned that Washington is playing with fire as it has adopted an increasingly high profile over the South China Sea situation in recent months.

People

Bammy Wong: Building a network of legends
  • Wei Yang: Focusing on critical battles

    On April 22, 2015, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest and most prestigious honorary societies in the US and a leading center for independent policy research, announced its newly elected members.

  • Li Hengda: Taking art to an ever higher level

    Li Hengda, founder of the American Asian Performing Arts Theatre and Hengda Dance Academy, is not only a celebrated dancer and art educator in Seattle, but an artist who is dedicated to promoting Chinese classic dance and sharing more Chinese art with the world.

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, Chicago sign tourism pact

US

Spelling Bee ends in tie for 2nd year in US
  • Central Pacific will see more hurricanes

    Forecasters say the 2015 hurricane season in the central Pacific region will see more storms than average because of warmer ocean water.

  • Chinese books in spotlight

    China's participation in the Global Market Forum during the upcoming Bookexpo America will provide the American public with more access to understand it, Chinese Consul General to New York Zhang Qiyue said on May 26.

  • Storms kill 16 in Texas, Oklahoma

    Torrential rains have killed at least 16 people in Texas and Oklahoma, including four in Houston where floods turned streets into rivers and led to about 1,000 calls for help in the fourth-most populous US city, officials said on Tuesday.

World

Asian nations meet to discuss Rohingya migrant crisis
  • Cameron in Paris to push for EU reforms

    French President Francois Hollande received British Prime Minister David Cameron who started a European tour to build support for EU reforms before EU membership in-out referendum by the end of 2017.

  • Volcano erupts on southern Japanese island

    A volcano is erupting on a small island in southern Japan, and authorities have advised residents to evacuate from the immediate area.

  • Heat wave hits Gaza City

    Heat wave hits Gaza City. A Palestinian boy plays in a fountain basin to cool off during hot weather in Gaza City May 27, 2015.

Sports

China win Asian Women's Volleyball Championship title
Danger
  • Cooperation in public diplomacy needed

    This "new pattern" in international relations is reflected in the way China handles its ties with the United States.

  • US out to disturb regional security

    It is difficult to make people believe the US-Japan alliance is not targeted at China if Obama and Abe don't make real efforts to prove their sincerity.

  • Tsai must clarify cross-Straits position

    On May 29, Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), will begin a 12-day trip to the United States. The DPP candidate for Taiwan's 2016 leadership elections will meet with US government officials, lawmakers, scholars and others with an interest in East Asian affairs.

Travel

Sightseeing by sidecar is like a portal to the past