Xi plans to make 1st state visit to US

The official China Daily newspaper quoted China’s ambassador to the U.S. Cui Tiankai as saying Chinese and U.S. officials are discussing the visit. Cui told Chinese reporters Sunday that no

Mafia boss tied to disgraced security czar executed for leading crime gang

  A former mining tycoon who led a mafia-style crime gang that ran casinos and killed rivals has been executed along with four of the gang’s members, a court in central

‘Crouching Tiger’ actress Zhang Ziyi accepts drone proposal 

Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi who gained international fame for her role in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” has accepted a marriage proposal delivered by drone. Zhang, who turned 36 yesterday, was celebrating

Authorities convict man of 1996 crime for which teen was executed

The parents of a man executed for murder and rape and then posthumously exonerated 18 years later watched yesterday as a court in northern China convicted and sentenced another man

Record trade surplus highlights weak domestic demand

China registered a record trade surplus last month as imports plunged on falling commodity prices and weak domestic demand. Imports fell by the most in more than five years, declining 19.9

Taiwan | TransAsia gives money to victims’ families for funeral costs

  TransAsia Airways representatives met yesterday with relatives of the victims of last week’s plane crash in Taiwan to discuss compensation after it began distributing money to families of the deceased

Authorities seize toilet paper bearing image of Hong Kong leader 

Authorities in southern China have seized about 8,000 rolls of toilet paper and another 20,000 packages of tissues containing unflattering images of Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing chief executive, according to an official of

China emerges as Latin America’s lender of last resort

  As soon as she landed in Beijing this week, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner began lauding new deals with what she called the world's "No. 1 economy," ranging from

TAIWAN | Mayday call issued before plane crashed into Taipei river

Moments before the TransAsia Airways propjet banked sharply and crashed into a river, one of its pilots said, “Mayday, mayday, engine flameout,” according to a Taiwanese aviation official. “Engine flameout” refers

Beijing tightens rules on Internet use, online comments 

  China announced yesterday that users of blogs and chat rooms will be required to register their names with operators and promise in writing to avoid challenging the communist political system, further

Gov’t moves to boost lending, reverse slowdown 

China yesterday cut the minimum level of reserves its banks are required to hold in a new move to reverse a deepening economic slowdown. The reduction will make more money available for

Taiwan | Crashed plane hoisted from river; 25 confirmed dead 

  Rescuers used a crane to hoist a wrecked TransAsia Airways plane from a shallow river in Taiwan’s capital late yesterday as they searched into the night for 18 people missing in

FILM | French director Annaud ‘touched’ to make key movie 

  French director Jean-Jacques Annaud, who fell out of favor in China after portraying Chinese troops invading Tibet, said he had “incredible freedom” to turn best-selling book “Wolf Totem” into a movie at

Most major cities seen failing on air quality 

The worst-performing cities were in the country’s north adjacent to Beijing, with the Hebei province industrial center of Baoding just to the southwest coming in dead last, according to a

Jack Ma says Alibaba resolved conflict with mainland regulator

  Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. resolved its problems with China’s State Administration of Industry and Commerce “at the first stage,” billionaire founder Jack Ma said during a speech in Hong Kong. The SAIC’s

LABOR RIGHTS | Focus: Cleaning up Xi’an’s mean streets

  When street sweeper Ding Quan, 58, paused to warm himself at a roadside fire after putting in a hard shift in driving snow, little did he suspect that it would

Alibaba offers young Hong Kong entrepreneurs HKD1 billion

Alibaba Group is planning to pump HKD1 billion into a not-for-profit foundation aimed at boosting entrepreneurship among Hong Kong’s younger population, international IT website ZDNet reported yesterday. According to an article

CCTV to take its New Year TV gala to a global audience 

  China says its annual Lunar New Year gala TV show is all set to go international. State broadcaster China Central Television says it’s making rights available to foreign broadcasters for the first time, and

Minsheng Bank falls as president resigns after probe report

  China Minsheng Banking Corp. shares fell after President Mao Xiaofeng resigned and a magazine reported that he’s being investigated by Chinese authorities. Mao stepped down for “personal reasons,” the bank said

Gov’t executes 2 from banned sect for murder at McDonald’s

China and India reaffirmed their warming ties Friday following U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to New Delhi that underscored Beijing’s complicated relationship with both countries. Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomed India’s External

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