Across America

Hotel operators want to establish Mandarin school
  • US readies for Paris climate summit

    The Obama administration on Tuesday published plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, part of a strategy to generate momentum for a global agreement later this year on combating climate change.

  • China, US: dealmaking in Texas

    Bringing together Chinese investors, and Americans looking to raise capital for business ventures is the goal of an investment summit this week in Austin, Texas.

China

Rules that changed on April 1, and it's not a joke

Business

Titan robot entertains visitors in Shenzhen

Life

Beijingers run for a more balanced lifestyle
  • Tales of a nomad

    Australian explorer Tim Cope trails Genghis Khan's travel routes through the Eurasian steppe, and the result is a rollicking read.

  • Ethnic Miao people celebrate Festival of King Bamboo in Guizhou

    A bevy of young Miao people dance at a show at the ongoing Cultural and Art Festival of King Bamboo in Zhenning county, Southwest China's Guizhou province, March 31, 2015.

  • In memory of movie star Leslie Cheung

    April 1, 2014 marked the 11th anniversary of the death of Canto-pop singer and movie star Leslie Cheung.Let's take a closer look at his photos from various films as a way to commemorate him.

Food

A time to enjoy traditional Qingming snack
  • For French baker, China is all about love and loaves

    French native Jean-Pierre Morel, now in his 50s, has loved the smell of baking since he was a little boy. At the age of 16, he became an apprentice at a bakery in Paris. When he was 24, he opened his first bakery, and now has three independent bakeries in the French capital.

  • Origins of British-style 'afternoon tea' in Shanghai

    Drinking tea has long been a particular part of Chinese culture. Knowledge about the subject is as rich as that of Westerners about drinking coffee.

  • Pizza noir

    OK, it probably helped that our pizza came with a side of hot cars and hotter women: The bar TV was showing the Fellini classic La Dolce Vita.

Culture

Ethnic Miao people celebrate Festival of King Bamboo in Guizhou

Entertainment

Actor Lee Byung-hun welcomes baby boy

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.

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.

US 'miscalculated' on AIIB: Albright

Forty-six countries had joined or applied to become founding members of the China-led bank by Tuesday's deadline, including some key US allies such as Great Britain, France, Germany and Italy.

China PMI indicates factories back to expansion

The manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI), a key measure of factory activity in China, posted at 50.1 in March, up from 49.9 in the previous month.

Chinese woman charged with fraud remains in US jail

Zhao Shilan, who with her ex-husband has been charged with money laundering and immigration fraud, remains in jail in Washington state.

46 countries apply to AIIB

Forty-six countries had joined or applied to become founding members of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank by Tuesday's deadline.

Chinese Community Leaders

Theresa Chang: A career learning lessons
  • 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.

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

China, US: dealmaking in Texas
  • Can Cantonese survive in America?

    Chinese characters, culture and courtesy. Ice-breaking small talk, homework review and students struggling to find the correct phrases in their notes.

  • Michigan pitches itself to China

    Michigan is making an effort to attract Chinese travelers and Chinese businesses as its "Pure Michigan" marketing efforts see record returns on investment.

  • Hotel operators want to establish Mandarin school

    A 94-year-old restored hotel in rural Oregon could be the home of a charter or private school with bilingual instruction in English and Mandarin if Charlie Morden and Ruth Rush are successful.

US

Acrobatic ocean giants
  • US readies for Paris climate summit

    The Obama administration on Tuesday published plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, part of a strategy to generate momentum for a global agreement later this year on combating climate change.

  • Two shot as vehicle tries to ram NSA gate

    Two people tried to run their vehicle through a National Security Agency gate near Washington on Monday before guards shot them, one fatally.

  • Ford unveils return of the Continental

    Elvis Presley had one; so did Clark Gable. It was even the sedan of presidents. Then the name vanished amid an invasion of luxury cars from Europe and Asia.

World

Deer roam the neighbourhood in London
  • Indian Navy evacuates 348 Indians from Yemen

    The Indian Navy evacuated 348 Indian nationals by searoute from war-torn Yemen throughout Tuesday night, the External Affairs Ministry said Wednesday.

  • Sarkozy made big political comeback

    Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy made a big political comeback in the French regional elections after conservative candidates took control of 66 out of 98 districts, in a blow to the governing Socialists.

  • President, rebels sign draft cease-fire

    Myanmar's president on Tuesday signed a draft national cease-fire with armed rebel groups that the UN hailed as a "historic and significant achievement" as the country tries to end decades of civil war.

Sports

Kane scores on debut as England thrash Lithuania
  • 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.

Euro drops

Travel

World's largest reclining Buddha statue in Jiangxi
  • Canada lures tourists with film

    A short film of Taiwan model and actor Godfrey Gao presenting interesting experiences in Canada for the Chinese public, was launched by the Canadian Tourism Commission on March 31.

  • Freeing up ports of call

    A new policy allows some Chinese cruise passengers to disembark in Japan without visas.

  • Ritz-Carlton goes dark for Earth Hour

    The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Tianjin continued efforts to implement energy-saving by participating in WWF’s Earth Hour 2015 on March 28 between 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm.