Across America

RMB hub makes a splash

China

58,000 drawn to college
  • PLA bribery probe to continue

    Investigations into suspects who had connections with Xu Caihou will continue to the end, a Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman said on Thursday.

  • Baby havens 'under great pressure'

    An organization that runs a safe haven for abandoned babies has had to scale back its operations because of financial constraints and a lack of workers.

  • Ministry slashes number of duplicate IDs

    The ministry will cancel all duplicate ID numbers by the end of 2016, realizing the goal of one ID number and one hukou for each citizen.

Business

Market for wine grows as drinkers change their preferences

Life

In diplomatic fashion
  • Spring scenery of Hongcun village, E China

    Listed as a world cultural heritage site, Hongcun village in East China's Anhui province preserved a remarkable extent of the surviving examples of Anhui-style architecture.

  • Murder, he writes

    How does a professor go about sketching the lead character of his crime thrillers?

  • Book on the country's last monkey trainers

    Chinese photographer Ma Hongjie traveled across China for more than a decade documenting the lives of people who train monkeys for roadside shows, once a popular form of entertainment in China, but now on the decline.

Food

A carnival for foodies
  • Qiulin lieba—a symbol of Harbin

    When friends visit Harbin, I recommend they try lieba (the Russian chljeb ‘bread’), a large round bread baked with beer yeast. Actually, this type of bread has become the symbol of Harbin cuisine.

  • Kunming's 1910 'station' boasts century-old charm

    It's a Sunday afternoon in Kunming, the provincial capital of Yunnan, and warm weather has drawn a crowd to the outdoor dining deck of 1910 La Gare du Sud.

  • Spanish chef eager to make his mark in Beijing

    Jordi Villegas can't wait for his mama to visit China's capital, because the demands of his job have kept him from going to his home near Barcelona for the past three years.

Culture

Natural markings on stone looks like map of China

Entertainment

Strike a pose for reality TV 'Supermodel'
  • CCTV presents series on people and nature

    China's first high-definition documentary series reflecting the relationship between people and nature on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is being shown on China Central Television on Wednesday night.

  • Telling China's story

    Discovery Channel, known for its culturally diverse content, has launched Hour China, a documentary anthology on the country for its global audience.

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.

Star's marriage is 'bittersweet' news for fans

Liu Jiao and a bunch of her music-loving peers were "heartbroken" at the news that Chinese pop icon Jay Chou got married in Britain.

Chinese IPOs in the US in 2014

Tale of two cities

Tales from living nightmare of commuters' life in the 'city of beds'

Apple Pay would face battle in China: Analysts

Though Apple Inc hasn't announced a plan to roll out its Apple Pay service in China, some analysts say that if it does they are skeptical the service would significantly affect the Chinese mobile-payments market

Analysts: US urged to not politicize bank

Resisting the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and blocking reforms on existing global financial mechanisms will only isolate the United States from the trend of restructuring multilateral financial governance in the Asia-Pacific region, Chinese analysts said.

Germanwings' co-pilot 100 percent fit to fly: Lufthansa CEO

The co-pilot who was charged of deliberately crashing Germanwings A320 flight on Tuesday had passed all the flight and medical tests and was "100 percent fit to fly".

Yuan backed on Silk Road

Bank of China Ltd will promote wider use of renminbi in countries and regions along the New Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.

Chinese Community Leaders

New leader at China's Chamber
  • 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.

  • Yuhuang Chemical executes an ambitious plan

    Yuhuang Chemical - a US subsidiary of Shangdong Yuhuang Chemical - started its venture in the US with an ambitious plan: build a $1.85 billion methanol complex on 1,200 acres of farm land in St James Parish, Louisiana. It's by far the largest green field investment in methanol by a Chinese company in the US.

People

Amy Tan talks about writing
  • Pao can seek damages: judge

    Ellen Pao, a former junior partner of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), can pursue punitive damages in her gender discrimination and retaliation case against her former employer, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Harold Kahn ruled on Saturday.

  • Hu Yanyan: the guardian of China Guardian

    Hu Yanyan is leading the transformation of the world's fourth-largest auction house.

China-US

New York Chinese museum prepares display for centenarian artist
  • Chinese one-third of US foreign students: report

    The number of international students studying in the United States has risen, bolstered by growth from China, according to a report from the Department of Homeland Security.

  • Liner beefs up China fleet

    China has become one of the more highly sought-after cruise markets in recent years, and companies are positioning themselves to make a splash.

  • US legal system can be a hurdle

    As the Chinese increase investment in the US, they are discovering the American legal system, which in turn is being schooled about an ancient culture and people. The result is a steep learning curve for both sides, according to a panel of legal observers.

US

US sending Bill Clinton for Lee Kuan Yew's funeral
  • US invites Brazil's Rousseff for official visit

    The US government has invited Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff for an official visit to Washington D.C., in a move to repair strained relations.

  • US seeks China ties at investment summit

    When US Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews said that the SelectUSA Investment Summit had a "powerful start" on Monday, he was facing the huge Potomac Ballroom in the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

  • Toronto debuts N. American yuan trading

    The first clearinghouse in North America for China's yuan currency, also known as the renminbi, is officially opened following ceremonies on Monday in Toronto.

World

Germanwings' co-pilot 100 percent fit to fly: Lufthansa CEO
  • Voice recordings show one pilot locked out cockpit

    The cockpit voice recordings from one of the black boxes of the crashed Geramn Airbus plan show that one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not get back in before the flight went down.

  • China's Sri Lankan project back on track

    China's biggest investment project in Sri Lanka, suspended for months by Sri Lanka's new administration, is to continue.

  • Xi meets Sri Lanka's president

    President Xi Jinping met with his Sri Lankan counterpart Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday in Beijing, calling on the two sides to deepen their cooperation in every sector.

Sports

Chelsea extends contract one year for captain Terry
  • Legends get ready for the sevens at HK stadium

    Brian O’Driscoll, joined fellow HSBC Ambassadors - Waisale Serevi, George Gregan, Jonathan Davies and Gavin Hastings today at the iconic Hong Kong Stadium ahead of this weekend's Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.

  • Ex-NBA player now Columbia student

    Andrew Keh of the New York Times recently caught up with the 6'11" Murphy, who is now a full-time student at Columbia University nearing a degree in sociology.

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Travel

Sri Lanka's tourism earnings grow 6.6 pct helped by Chinese arrivals
  • A carnival for foodies

    A market in Yunnan offers an array of treats ranging from the province's famed mushrooms, to creepy snake fruits and rice crisps.

  • Paradise lost

    Palau seeks to curb Chinese tourist inflows as visitors oversaturate its attractions.

  • Sun, fun and roulette

    Double-oh-seven has been there for some sun and fun. In fact, three 007s have frolicked in the surf on these islands.