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Top legislature mulls several laws, prepares for annual session

China's top legislature Wednesday started its bimonthly session, with lawmakers deliberating revisions to several laws and preparing for the annual session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) in March.

China to start anti-graft inspections in universities

China will send anti-corruption inspectors to centrally-administrated universities, discipline authority of the Communist Party of China (CPC) announced Wednesday.

Boeing eyes China's booming air delivery market

Boeing is upbeat about the Chinese market and is designing products and services to meet the demands of the growing e-commerce sector, according to a Boeing executive.

Landmark trade agreement enters into force: WTO chief

The World Trade Organisation's (WTO) Director-General announced Wednesday that the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) has entered into force after two thirds of members completed their domestic ratification process.

China welcomes U.S.-born panda back home

A charter flight carrying Bao Bao, a giant panda born in the United States, landed in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan province Wednesday evening.

Scientists discover 7 earth-sized exoplanets around nearby star

A compact analogue of our inner solar system about 40 light years away from the Earth has been discovered, NASA announced during a press conference on Wednesday.

China, France agree to boost ties as French PM visits

Chinese President Xi Jinping and French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve agreed in Beijing on Wednesday to boost bilateral ties and cooperation in global affairs such as climate change.

China, Italy pledge stronger ties

President Xi Jinping and his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella held talks Wednesday, pledging to enhance bilateral ties.

SpaceX's Dragon aborts planned docking with ISS

SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo spacecraft has missed Wednesday morning's planned docking with the International Space Station (ISS), said U.S. space agency NASA.

Finland foreign minister to visit China

Finland Foreign Minister Timo Soini will pay an official visit to China from Feb. 26 to March 1, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang announced Wednesday.

China, Singapore to hold meetings on governmental projects

China and Singapore will hold a series of meetings in Beijing on Feb. 27, discussing cooperation projects and mapping out the future of bilateral relations.

China eyes tougher air pollution controls in Beijing, nearby regions

China will impose tougher controls on air pollution in Beijing and nearby regions this year to combat heavy smog, closing illegal plants and slashing steel production, a senior environmental official said Wednesday.

Commentary: Despite U.S. meddling, China and ASEAN back on track over South China Sea

The probability of agreement on a framework for a code of conduct in the South China Sea between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) by mid-year is a positive sign.

China e-commerce giant to build world's first drone delivery network

E-commerce giant JD.com has teamed up with the government of northwest China's Shaanxi Province to build the world's first drone delivery network.

5,000m relay victory sweetest, says Chinese skater

China claimed sweet revenge in men's 5,000m short track speed skating, as Wu Dajing led his teammates to a close victory over South Korea at the Asian Winter Games on Wednesday.

Xi stresses precision in battle against poverty

President Xi Jinping underscored the importance of precision in the battle against poverty, saying that poverty relief targets should be accomplished as scheduled.

Messi arrives in Egypt for anti-Hepatitis campaign

Argentine footballer Lionel Messi arrived in Cairo on Tuesday to promote a new treatment for Hepatitis C virus, according to a source at Cairo International Airport.

Atletico beat Leverkusen 4-2 in UEFA Champions League

Atletico Madrid put one foot in the quarterfinals after easing past hosts Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League last-16 on Tuesday.

Chinese banks lend more to agriculture, small firms

Chinese banks strengthened financial support for agriculture, small-and-micro enterprises and affordable housing projects last year.

"Taiwan independence" biggest threat to cross-Strait peace, stability: spokesperson

Peaceful development of cross-Strait relations is the fundamental guarantee of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, while "Taiwan independence" secessionist forces and their activities are the biggest threat, a Chinese mainland spokesperson said Wednesday.

China home prices continue to stabilize

China's red-hot property market in major cities has continued to stabilize after authorities took a series of measures to contain price rise, according to an official survey Wednesday.

Best science images of 2016

Every year, scientists reveal nature's beauty by cutting-edge researches. 'Nature' magazine documents some of the most astonishing science images to show people the great and marvelous nature.

Chinese film wins award in road safety film festival

A Chinese short film named "Distracted Driving" won the second prize of the 2017 Global Road Safety Film Festival, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) announced on Tuesday.

Climate change could lead to decrease of mineral vital to human health: study

Researchers have developed a new model showing that concentrations of selenium, an important mineral to human health, in soils are significantly affected by climate change, according to a study released Tuesday by the Rothamsted Research, a renowned agricultural research station in Britain.

Study identifies "late-life" genes only active in response to stress, aging

A new study indicates that a subset of genes involved in daily circadian rhythms, or the "biological clock," only become active late in life or during periods of intense stress when they are most needed to help protect critical life functions.

China plans for cultural relics development

China will improve the way in which it protects immovable artifacts, according to a plan issued by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage on Tuesday.

Messi arrives in Egypt for anti-Hepatitis campaign

Argentine footballer Lionel Messi arrived in Cairo on Tuesday to promote a new treatment for Hepatitis C virus, a source at Cairo International Airport told Xinhua.

Updated textbooks on China's war against Japanese aggression put into use

Students in middle and elementary schools of China have all received new textbooks that changed the duration of China's war against Japanese aggression from 8 years to 14 years, reported Beijing Youth Daily.

China dominates 500m short track, Japan sweeps speed skating

China dominated in the 500m short track speed skating at the Asian Winter Games here on Tuesday, while host Japan topped the medal tally by sweeping four speed skating golds.

Minister dismisses conjecture on FDI fall

Foreign direct investment to China will be further optimized and diversified in the long run as the country's economy is transformed and upgraded, the top commerce official said on Tuesday.

EU's Juncker warns Britain of "hefty" Brexit bill

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has chosen a French term to tell Britain it can expect to pay a "salty" price for quitting the European Union.

China to improve food, drug safety by 2020

The State Council has released two national plans on food and drug safety during the 2016-2020 period, promising rigorous standards with strong supervision, accountability and sanctions.

Scientists complete drilling task in South China Sea

Scientists on Tuesday completed the first drilling task of an expedition to the South China Sea.

China, France sign deals on nuclear energy, science

China and France on Tuesday signed agreements on nuclear energy and science during French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve's Beijing visit.

China sees upsurge in copyright registrations in 2016

China received more than two million new copyright registrations in 2016, an increase of 22 percent, according to official figures revealed on Tuesday.

China, India pledge stronger ties

Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi met with Indian Foreign Secretary Subramanyam Jaishankar on Tuesday, calling for stronger ties between the two neighbors.

Chinese State Councilor urges China, U.S. to step up ties

Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi on Tuesday urged China and the United States to strengthen pragmatic cooperation in a bid to push forward bilateral relations.

UN honors Chinese peacekeeping force in Liberia

The United Nations Mission in Liberia on Tuesday local time honored a team of Chinese peacekeepers for their outstanding performance, according to China's Ministry of Public Security.

Political advisors' proposals receive timely feedback

Nearly all proposals raised by China's political advisors last year have been dealt with, the national political advisory body announced Tuesday.

China bucks global trend with record-high fintech investment: report

Investment in China's venture capital (VC)-backed financial technology (fintech) firms hit a record high in 2016, bucking the global downward trend, international accounting firm KPMG said Tuesday.

China, France vow to safeguard free trade

China and France vowed to boost globalization and safeguard free trade by condemning rising protectionism after Premier Li Keqiang met with his visiting French counterpart on Tuesday.

China leadership pledges stability, progress in key reform areas

China's top leadership on Tuesday pledged to stick to the basic tone of "seeking progress while maintaining stability" in 2017, aiming for more progress from supply-side structural reform.

China's foreign trade narrows decline, seeks better quality

China's foreign trade narrowed its decline in 2016 as the country took steps to pursue a better quality development model, Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng said Tuesday.

Philippines says to pursue bigger aspects of ties with China

Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said on Tuesday that the South China Sea issue is not the "sum-total" of relations between the Philippines and China, and the two countries should focus on economy and investment.

China urges U.S. to contribute to peace in South China Sea

China said on Tuesday that it hoped the United States would do what is good to the peace and stability in the South China Sea as a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group began patrolling the region.

China expresses support for dialogue on Korean Peninsula nuclear issue

China said on Tuesday that it supports relevant parties in conducting dialogue and contact in order to find a solution to the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

China encourages local gov't bond issuance in FTZs

China will encourage local governments to issue bonds in free trade zones (FTZs) in 2017, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) said Tuesday.

China offers condolences over death of Russia's UN envoy

China on Tuesday expressed deep condolences over the sudden death of Vitaly Churkin, Russia's permanent representative to the United Nations.

China's information technology industry grows fast

The output of China's information technology industry expanded 10 percent year on year in 2016, thanks to strong performance of smart phones, routers and LCD panels, an official said Tuesday.

Pension funds of seven Chinese regions entrusted for investment

Seven Chinese provincial-level regions, including Beijing and Shanghai, have started entrusting their pension funds to the National Council for Social Security Fund (NCSSF) for investment.

Belt and Road initiative drives China's opening-up efforts

The Belt and Road Initiative is driving China's opening-up efforts and unimpeded trade will be a key topic at the Belt and Road forum for international cooperation to be held in Beijing this May, a senior Chinese trade official said Tuesday.

45 years on, more mature China-U.S. ties ready for new heights

Forty-five years ago, then U.S. President Richard Nixon touched down in Beijing for a milestone visit to China, opening what he called a "week that changed the world."

CPC meeting discusses draft government work report

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, on Tuesday chaired a meeting which discussed the draft government work report.

China takes two short track speed skating golds at Asiad

China wrapped up two short track speed skating golds as Zang Yize won the women's 500m and Wu Dajing won the men's 500m at the 2017 Sapporo Asian Winter Games here on Tuesday.

Nobel laureate, Turing Award winner become Chinese citizens

Nobel laureate Chen Ning Yang and Turing Award-winning computer scientist Andrew Chi-Chih Yao have given up their foreign citizenship and become Chinese citizens, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) announced Tuesday.

China's consumption to maintain strong growth in 2017

China will maintain strong growth in consumption this year with deepening supply-side structural reform, Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng said Tuesday.

Tulip blossom in Jiangxi attracts citizens to enjoy

Citizens enjoy tulips blossoming at a subtropical botanic garden in Xiannv lake district of Xinyu city, Jiangxi province, on Feb. 20.

Belt and Road Initiative drives China's opening-up: official

China has pushed forward the Belt and Road Initiative with solid progress and the initiative is driving the nation's opening-up efforts, Gao Hucheng, China's Commerce Minister, said Tuesday.

History On Today: Nixon visits China on Feb. 21, 1972

Richard Nixon became the first U.S. president to set foot in China on Feb. 21, 1972. The week-long ice-breaking tour is one of the world’s most significant diplomatic milestones in the 20th Century.

Battle for Brexit moves to its final hurdles in House of Lords

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside Britain's Houses of Parliament Monday as the debate over Brexit moved to the House of Lords.

Spanish scientists create 3D bioprinter to print human skin

Spanish scientists have created a 3D bioprinter capable of producing functional human skin, which according to a researcher, opens a new phase.

China to be guest country for 2018 Cuba Int'l Book Fair

China will be the guest country at the 2018 Cuba International Book Fair as a sign of historical friendly ties between the two nations and a way to expand cultural cooperation, a senior Cuban official said on Sunday.

European Council agrees on proposal to better protect consumers

The European Council on Monday approved a proposal to strengthen cooperation between national authorities for the enforcement of consumer protection laws.

Greek archaeological sites, museums closed due to anti-austerity strike

Thousands of visitors who climbed Acropolis Hill here on Monday, or reached the entrances of other archaeological sites and museums throughout Greece, found padlocked doors due to a 24-hour anti-austerity strike declared by the Panhellenic Union of Employees for Guarding Antiquities.

Danish badminton legend Erland Kops dies at 80

The Danish badminton legend Erland Kops died over the weekend at age of 80, local media reported on Monday.

China social security fund reports annual investment yield of 8.4 percent

The annual investment yield for the national social security fund averaged 8.4 percent in the 16 years since it was established, according to an official from the National Council for Social Security Fund (NCSSF).

Charity group launches Belt and Road first-aid project

The Chinese Red Cross Foundation (CRCF) Monday launched a first-aid project under the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative in Beijing.

Abu Dhabi defense fair sees blns USD deals

The ongoing International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX), the biggest of its kind in the Middle East, saw the value of deals on Monday amounted to 11.34 billion dirham (3.08 billion U.S. dollars).

Second child brings happiness, survey finds

Most mothers in China feel they are happier after having a second child, according to a survey report released a year after the country relaxed its family planning policy.

Man Dandan wins China's first gold at Asian Winter Games

Cross-country skier Man Dandan won the women's 1.4 km individual sprint classical here on Monday, pocketing China's first gold at the eighth Asian Winter Games.

Mongolia reaffirms commitment to one-China policy

Mongolia reaffirmed its commitment to the one-China policy on Monday during the visit by the country's foreign minister, after bilateral relations were disrupted by the Dalai Lama's visit to the landlocked country in November.

China to build monitoring network for ecological security

China will build a comprehensive monitoring system by 2020 to implement its ecological "red line" strategy and supervise activities inside the nature reserves, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) said Monday.

China's Gao wins men's 500m speed skating in Asiad

The 20-year-old Chinese Gao Tingyu won the men's 500m speed skating gold medal at the 8th Asian Winter Games here on Monday, clocking at 34.49 seconds.

China to improve government service in townships

The central authorities have issued a document calling for improved public services at the township level.

Debt risk in China's real estate industry within control

The looming debt risks in China's real estate industry are generally within control, analysts said Monday, calling for more attention on businesses' increasingly diversified financing channels.

The new bullish view on China's economy

Views on China's economic trajectory have turned more bullish recently with global investors and economists showing optimism.

Deforestation helping animal-human disease transmission: New Zealand scientist

Deforestation is creating "disease reservoirs" in west and central Africa that resulted in the deadly Eboloa outbreak and could cause other possible epidemics, a New Zealand veterinary scientist said Monday.

PPPs to drive China infrastructure investments: Fitch

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) will be the main financing model Chinese local governments use for infrastructure investments up to 2020, with state-owned enterprises (SOEs) to play the leading role, global ratings agency Fitch said Monday.

China claims 2 golds in Asian Winter Games

Cross-country skier Man Dandan grabbed China's first gold medal at the Asian Winter Games and Zang Ruxin added one from snowboard on Sunday.

Liu Qibao visits CCTV in Beijing

Liu Qibao, head of the publicity department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, visits China Central Television (CCTV) in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 19, 2017.

Australia's Trade Minister to embark on tourism mission to China

Australia's Trade Minister will this week lead a delegation of Australian tourism executives on a visit to Beijing and Shanghai to launch the China-Australia Year of Tourism.

Messi saves Barca, but storm clouds continue to brew after matchday 23 in Spain

Leo Messi saved FC Barcelona from the abyss, but even his goals were not enough to hide the feeling that the club is in crisis following their 2-1 win at home to Leganes.

Kris Wu and Jiang Jinfu play in NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

Chinese actor Jiang Jinfu (left) drives against Chinese-Canadian singer and actor Kris Wu (right) during the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on Feb. 17, 2017 in New Orleans, the United States. Jiang and Kris played a "Chinese derby" in 2017 New Orleans NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.

Microbes discovered in Mexican crystal cave may have survived up to 50,000 years

Scientists have discovered long-dormant microbes trapped in giant crystals in the famous Naica mine of Mexico and have estimated that these organisms may have survived 10,000 to 50,000 years.

China to start construction on 35 railway projects: report

It is full steam ahead for China's railway sector as construction on 35 new railway projects will start in 2017 as the country plans to expand the network, according to a recent report in Xinhua-run Economic Information Daily.

Spain to deport over 200 Taiwan fraud suspects back to Chinese mainland: media

The Spanish government has decided to deport 269 Chinese, mostly from Taiwan, on suspicion of being involved in telecom scams, to the Chinese mainland, according to reports in Taiwan media on Saturday.

China to send technical workers to poor villages

China will dispatch 18,000 scientific and technical workers annually to help poor villagers become technology-savvy in the battle against poverty.

Chinese affordable lung cancer drug hits market

A generic targeted drug to treat cancer manufactured by a Chinese pharmaceutical company hit market over the weekend.

China to track air quality improvement by cities to tackle pollution

China's environment watchdog will monitor air quality changes in cities to gauge the success of measures to reduce pollution.

UAE, China firms seal onshore oil concession deal

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company of the United Arab Emirates signed an agreement Sunday with China National Petroleum Corporation, awarding it an eight percent interest in Abu Dhabi's onshore oil concession, both sides said in an e-mailed statement.

China, Britain hold security dialogue, agree to strengthen cooperation

China and Britain held their second high-level security dialogue here on Friday, with both sides agreeing to strengthen cooperation in security and law enforcement.

Cold front brings strong gales, temperature drops to north China

A cold front will hit north China from Sunday evening to Tuesday, bringing strong gales and low temperatures, according to the National Meteorological Center (NMC), which issued a blue alert for the cold front.

2,000-year-old classic becomes bestseller in China

A leading Chinese publishing house released its annual sales figures this week and one of its top bestsellers turns out to have been the legendary thinker's Analects, a classic text composed over 2,000 years ago.

Chinese FM pledges more coordination to prepare for BRICS Summit

China will strengthen coordination with BRICS members including South Africa to prepare for the BRICS leaders' summit.

China Focus: One year on, Xi's speech injects vitality into media

China's major media outlets have carried articles profiling the changes to news reporting since President Xi Jinping gave a speech on the Communist Party of China's (CPC) media and publicity work.

8th Asian Winter Games opens in Sapporo

The eighth Asian Winter Games raised its curtain here at the Sapporo Dome Sunday afternoon.

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NASA finds 7 Earth-sized planets orbiting star

A compact analogue of our inner solar system about 40 light years away has been discovered, the U.S. space station NASA announced at a press conference on Wednesday.

British royal institute opens workshop on ancient Chinese artform

Woodblock prints are often recognized as a Japanese art form, but the practice actually began in China more than a century before Japanese adoption. Now, a special workshop at the Prince's School of Traditional Arts in London invites students to explore the art of Chinese woodblock prints with an established master.

Landmark trade agreement enters into force: WTO chief

The World Trade Organisation's (WTO) Director-General announced Wednesday that the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) has entered into force after two thirds of members completed their domestic ratification process.

Belt and Road Initiative offers new opportunity for U.S.-China cooperation: ex-Trump adviser

The Belt and Road Initiative offers China and the United States a new opportunity for cooperation, a former adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump said here on Wednesday.

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