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From left: CEO of German carmaker Volkswagen Martin Winterkorn, President Xi Jinping and Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan wave during a friendly football match on March 29, 2014 in Berlin. AFP

Xi calls for soccer development

China should focus more on developing and promoting soccer among youth, President Xi Jinping said after he and First Lady Peng Liyuan took time out from his first state visit to Europe to watch the Sino-German Junior Football Friendship Match in Berlin Stadium on Saturday.

Sunday Talk

Chinese return from overseas study hungry for work

Sunday News

More objects discovered in MH370 search

Objects that may be related to the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 have been recovered by Chinese and Australian ships, and three more were spotted by Chinese aircraft on Saturday.

Governments call for more exchanges between young Chinese and Russians

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Sunday Special

Applause for cultural outreach

President Xi Jinping called on the country to enhance confidence in its culture while communicating with the outside world, saying that prejudice and misunderstanding of China will disappear through persistent exchanges.

Chinese-German cooperation on new energy runs deep

Leader's love of soccer scores big points

Xi on sports

Sunday People

Blue sky thinking

Against a clear blue sky, several jet fighters painted in bright colors roll, flip and twist above a multitude of spectators. They might dive sharply like hawks swooping for prey or pose mid-air, but in the next second they dash across the sky In the eyes of Zhao Wei, these breathtaking aerobatic maneuvers are still too easy. He can do better with a greater degree of difficulty. For normal aerobatic performance, the plane can only roll once or twice each time, but Zhao can make his aircraft roll a dozen times.

World Scene

Kiwi savors his slice of Chinese life

Long love affair with African art

Out and about

Heart of the matter

Sunday Image

Moving into the future

An elderly artisan perpetuates an ethnic dance listed as a Hubei provincial intangible cultural heritage

Sunday Food

French kiss

There is an old Irish saying: "A new broom sweeps clean, but the old brush knows all the corners." Luckily, the new broom in what is arguably the city's best French kitchen is inheriting a kitchen that hasn't been left to him with dirty corners.

After the Revolution, a speakeasy arrives

Modern meets mellow with Asian twist

Sunday Style

Xie puts the 'me' in mesmerising mode

Fashion designer Xie Siyu is bold and brash about his ambition: to dress up the country's dandies or, as some would say, playboys.

LaBeouf's paper-bag art stunt draws curious crowd

Sunday Kaleidoscope

Sunday Travel

Glowing with excitement

It was a pitch-dark winter night and the time was way beyond midnight. With the outside temperature hovering between - 23 C to - 25 C, we patiently sat on the couch inside a heated log cabin, sipping hot coffee and waiting for the aurora borealis to appear.

Group cooking offers so much food for thought