Across America

Cleaner coal goal in deal by Houston firm
  • Chinese city shops for talent in Houston

    While people are busy Christmas shopping, a recruitment team froma Chinese city came to Houston to shop for talent.

  • China niche for California design firm

    The California lifestyle has been good to Mike Ellis and Tim Magill. It's been so good that they have managed to create a thriving enterprise that receives half of its billings from China based in part on the Golden State's famous ethos of sun and a laid-back attitude toward life and people.

China

Runners welcome winter solstice in underwear

Business

Retailers lure Christmas shoppers with goodies
  • China likely to lower oil prices

    China is likely to slash gasoline and diesel prices in the coming week due to sluggish domestic demands and a continuing crude price slump in the global market.

  • China to become net capital exporter

    China is poised to become a net capital exporter for the first time, with total overseas direct investment exceeding foreign direct investment by the end of the year.

  • China further opens access for intl banks

    China will widen the opening-up of its financial sector by relaxing control over market access for foreign-funded banks, the State Council announced.

Life

Entertainment weekly photos: Dec 13 - 19

Food

Tea contest held in China's Xiamen
  • Painting the town bright red

    There is actually method in his madness, if you can seat him down long enough to listen to his story. Pauline D. Loh captures the chef in a quiet moment and finds out what drives him with such passion.

  • A bigger slice of the action

    After earning his spurs in the kitchens of The Westin, The Sheraton, Sens on the Bund, and a sprinkling of other top-notch venues, Simpson Lu fi nally got the chance to become his own boss in November 2010.

  • A taste of Paris

    The tearooms once frequented by Coco Chanel and Marcel Proust are upping sticks and coming to Shanghai.

Culture

A French Chinese or a Chinese Frenchman?
  • Best bets

    Founded by Alicia Alonso in 1948, the Cuban National Ballet is one of the world's leading ballet companies.

  • $36 million chicken cup meets the public

    The $36 million chicken cup purchased by collector Liu Yiqian officially meets the public at an elaborately planned exhibition in Liu's Long Museum in Shanghai.

Entertainment

Woman does Yoga in deep freeze
  • Miss Leisure World in full swing

    Contestants came from 70 cities among China gather in Guangzhou to attend 2014 Miss Leisure World Chinese annual final.

  • All wrapped up in Christmas

    Christmas is a time to show your loved ones your care by giving them heartfelt gifts. Wang Ying and Chen Bingru come up with some innovative present ideas.

China's Xi receives highest rating among world leaders

Chinese President Xi Jinping was the highest rated world leader in many fields, according to a survey published by Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center.

Beijing wins central approval for new international airport

Government approves plan for a new airport in Beijing that will enable the capital to handle 72 million more passengers each year.

Relocated parents face hard lessons

As Chinese children head abroad to study, many parents are opting to move with them, but some experts say the trend is a double-edged sword.

SCO urged to cut trade barriers

China proposed to help SCO countries upgrade their resource-based economies with advanced industrial equipment and financial support.

HK chief calls for respect of law as protests end

Hong Kong's Chief Executive, Leung Chun-ying, called on Monday for full respect for the rule of law and the constitutional framework governing the special administrative region's election overhaul.

High-end club hidden in Beijing's historic site

Private clubs continue to operate in some historic buildings in Beijing despite the government ban.

Canada preparing to return property

Canada and China are ready to sign an agreement to return illegal assets seized from fugitives of economic crime, including corrupt officials.

National Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre victims

A state memorial ceremony is held in Nanjing for China's first National Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre Victims.

Strength of China's anti-graft body revealed

About 1,000 employees are currently working at China's top anti-corruption body, according to a report by Phoenix Weekly on December 3, 2014.

8 sentenced to die for killer blasts

Eight terrorists who triggered two explosions that killed 46 people in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region received the death sentence on Monday.

Official sees bright future for Macao

The "one country, two systems" plan has been a great success since Macao formally returned to the motherland 15 years ago.

The heat is on for the 'living fossil'

Nation to become net capital exporter

China is poised to become a net capital exporter, with total overseas direct investment exceeding foreign direct investment by the end of the year.

Beijing willing to assist Moscow

China's top diplomat is offering Beijing's assistance to Moscow, as pessimism is spreading about the uncertainties of the Russian economy.

US-led strikes against IS in Syria 'ineffective'

The strikes of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State, in Syria are "ineffective" in halting the progress of the terror group, Syrian Information Minister has said.

Pyongyang denies cyberattack on Sony

DPRK says US accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures are "groundless slander", and wants a joint probe with the US.

Chinese Community Leaders

Father's legal battle leads to helping immigrants

China Hands

Robert Daly: Many of his paths lead to China
  • Gary Locke: China hand extraordinaire

    He is a man of many firsts: the first Chinese-American US ambassador to China, the first Chinese-American Secretary of Commerce and the first Chinese-American governor of the State of Washington.

  • Building bridges from Michigan to China

    As Governor Rick Snyder wraps up another extended trip to China, Michigan continues to be a leader among US states in developing economic and cultural ties with China.

China-US

China niche for California design firm
  • California city fights 'birth tourism'

    "Birth tourism" has been a controversial issue in Southern California for some time. Some homes converted into "maternity hotels" in the region draw pregnant Chinese women to stay and gave birth in the United States.

  • Build, not break, a bridge for people

    A US congressional committee recently heard from critics of China's Confucius Institute program in the United States, who said the program is a form of propaganda by China, but Chinese teachers who have been through the program think it a fuss over nothing.

  • NYC schools can mark Lunar New Year

    New York City must consider making the Chinese Lunar New Year a public school holiday under a new law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo that the city's Asian residents have sought for years.

US

NY reacts to police slayings
  • US-led strikes in Syria 'ineffective'

    The strikes of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State, also locally known as Daesh, in Syria are "ineffective" in halting the progress of the terror group, Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi has said.

  • Obama vows to close Guantanamo prison

    US President Barrack Obama vowed Sunday that he will do everything possible to close the US military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

  • Cyber attack on Sony not 'act of war'

    US President Barack Obama said Sunday that he regards the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) as an "act of cyber vandalism" rather than an "act of war", while reiterating the US will respond proportionately.

World

The world in photos: Dec 15-21
  • Abbas starts official visit to Algeria

    President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday began an official visit to Algeria at the invitation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

  • Pyongyang denies cyberattack on Sony

    The Democratic People's Republic of Korea said US accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander", and it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States.

  • A fruitful year for China-Brazil relationship

    In review of the relationship between China and Brazil over the past year, Chinese Latin-America watchers used the word "fruitful".

Sports

Brazil beats China at 2014 Int'l Tournament of Brasilia
Peace constitution under threat
  • Toward progress of friendship and inclusive development

    The following is an excerpt of the speech by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the opening session of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Summit in Bangkok on December 20, 2014.

  • Shame of discrimination

    Ignorance and selfishness are the culprits for the discrimination against a child with AIDS.

  • Cigar aroma rises above an embargo era

    Obama's gesture toward Cuba, whose people and economy absurdly have been trapped in Cold War politics long after that dark chapter of history has been closed, means two neighbors with a natural affinity will learn to be friends again.

Travel

Snow-covered Erlanghe in Heilongjiang