President Xi Jinping and Laotian President Bounnhang Vorachith place flowers during a ceremony on Tuesday marking the start of work on a hospital expansion in Vientiane, Laos, involving money and medical equipment from China. Ma Zhancheng / Xinhua

Xi returns with overseas successes

President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday that his visit to Laos was a success and he is "fully confident" of the future of China-Laos ties.


Murder suspect likely to stay in Japan, experts say

Legal experts said on Tuesday that a Chinese suspect who will stand trial in Japan after being accused of killing a Chinese woman last year is unlikely to be returned to China, but the victim's mother could file a civil lawsuit in China to demand compensation if the man is convicted.


Bringing the best brains to rural schools

In the past decade, a nonprofit organization has been trying to reverse an imbalance in the quality of education provided in urban and rural areas. Since 2008, Teach for China has been sending graduate volunteers from some of the country's top universities to teach in remote villages and address a shortage of talented teachers. The program is now beginning to reap real rewards.


Right time for region to build economic community

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and China's relationship with the 10-member bloc is the most vibrant among the bloc's relations with its regional partners, not least because they share a similar view of the importance of interconnectivity, interdependence and cooperation.


Service industry leads China's GDP growth

Chinese companies in the service sector saw stronger profit growth in the first three quarters thanks to rising demand for services and steady price rises, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed on Tuesday.