Cities along the Silk Road are enormous treasure troves of history, culture, architecture and the arts. A photography competition held by the imaging and optical producer Canon Inc invited photographers to focus their lenses on these Silk Road jewels.
According to the Notice on Expanding Coverage of Naval Sailor Uniforms issued by the PLA general headquarters/departments, all the male junior non-commissioned officers in the PLAN put on the sailor uniforms as of January 1, 2015.
Rousseff greets Li during a meeting at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia
Across America Over the Week (Dec 26 - Jan 1)
For observers who have witnessed the often bumpy and sometimes roller coaster rides in the 35 years of diplomatic ties between China and the United States, many applauded that the increasingly complex relationship ended in 2014 on a positive note.
The ball drops on 2015 in New York's Times Square.
Happy Yunnan Year from Times Square
Zhang Qiyue (center), Consul General of China in New York, is joined by Chinese artist Yuan Xikun (first from left), Duan Yueping, Director General of Yunnan Provincial Tourism Development Commission, Zhang Jinping, president of Sino-American Friendship Association and Li Li, SAFA's executive vice-president on a march through crowds celebrating New Year's Eve at Times Square in New York on Dec 31.
About one million people attend the countdown celebration to watch the ball drop to ring in 2015.
In 2014, the Chinese military played a more active role in assuming the responsibilities of a major country, deepened its relations with the militaries of many countries, aired its voices more loudly, and carried out military drills in a more practical way. If we have to summarize China's military diplomacy in 2014 with one sentence, the best choice may be "military shows more major-country style".
Christoph Kohler (L) and Carola Kohler from Freiburg, Germany, wear novelty hats as they prepare to usher in 2015 on New Year's Eve in Sydney, December 31, 2014.