President Xi Jinping meets with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow on Friday. New deals will see China become the largest consumer of Russian gas.      Mikhail Klimentyev / Reuters

Agreements cement relationship with Russia

President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Friday cemented the partnership of the two powers, boosting political and economic ties with the signing of more than 30 documents.

Xi's Visit

Russians aid China as foreign experts

More than 30,000 foreign experts from Russia and the Soviet Union have participated in China's economic development since the 1950s in dozens of field, including agriculture, energy, transportation, education and technology.


Cigarette tax rises to 11 percent

China raised the consumption tax on cigarettes on Friday, but experts expect the effort to deter smoker may be muted in the world's largest maker and consumer of cigarettes, given the moderate rate increase.


Xi's Russia visit goes beyond trade

President Xi Jinping will attend Russia's Victory Day parade in Moscow on May 9 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Great Patriotic War. And for the first time a unit of the People's Liberation Army will take part in a parade in Russia.



Event set for declaration anniversary

Private organizations from the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea agreed to hold a joint event in Seoul next month to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the historic June 15 Declaration, local media said on Friday.

Weekend Life

Is the era of handwritten letters ending in china?

As technology transforms communication - even in the countryside - some say they miss the traditional mail

Cover Story

Moving on with the times

With the ongoing global slide in paper mail, China Post, the country's postal backbone is increasingly diversifying its business to stay relevant.


Ancient art gets a modern makeover

Song Brocade is a rapidly disappearing art form that is enjoying a new lease of life thanks to an innovative businessman, Wang Shanshan and Zhou Furong report Wang Shanshan/Zhou Furong


The many charms of rabat

Most tourists to Morocco head directly to Casablanca and Marrakesh, but the country's capital is a treasure trove of history and seaside splendor


Essence of napa

California wineries are getting more serious about the Chinese market. Dong Fangyu samples some of the New World's best tipples at a recent Beijing seminar and wine-tasting

Goings On


Frozen is coming to Beijing, bringing a cool summer to the Chinese audience. The 2015 Bejing Ice Magic will include 1,000 square meters of temperature controlled zone, in which creative ice sculpture exhibition will be presented in three different themes - prehistoric ice century, gourmet world and 12 constellations. Eight plots of the movie Frozen will be shown through a combination of ice, fog and light overlap, and special screen and music presentations will enable visitors to feel as if be personally on the scene.


When is Cheryl's birthday?' The tricky maths problem that has everyone stumped

It was meant to be a question to test teenagers at an elite high school in Singapore but it has baffled adults worldwide, triggering a string of attempts to solve it.


Thailand boosts MICE business

At a recent media event held by the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau in Bangkok, industry insiders and government officials shared strategies to boost international confidence in the country's Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions industry.