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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao concluded Saturday an official visit to Indonesia where he reiterated China’s willingness to boost friendly relations with Indonesia and with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). In a speech delivered Saturday morning at Balai Kartini in Jakarta, Wen said China will strengthen its good-neighborly relations with Indonesia and deepen […]

The current number of residences in Beijing has reached nearly 20 million, and experts concern that the city is on the verge of an over-population crisis, citing a report of Beijing News Monday. By the end of 2009, the number of permanent residents in the metropolis had reached 19.7 million, among which 12.4 million possessed […]

by Marzia De Giuli TURIN, Italy, April 29 (Xinhua) — A particularly heated round of the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, was held in Turin on Friday. Fourteen Italian students learning the Chinese language, selected from the country’s best universities took part in the contest. […]

The world’s poor face daunting realities amid worldwide food price spikes, which threaten local economies in the short term and impede long term economic development, an economist with the World Bank has told Xinhua. In the face of food price hikes, families are forced to tighten budget and make cutbacks — fewer trips to local […]

The Japanese earthquake will impact Asia in terms of international trade, foreign direct investment and supply chains, Gerald Lyons said lately at Asia House in London. “Small and open economies in Asia are incredibly volatile and always more exposed to any shocks,” said Lyons, adding Singapore, Thailand and China’s regions of Hong Kong and Taiwan […]

On April 22, China issued a white paper presenting an overall picture of its foreign aid activities over the past few decades. This is the first time China has issued a White Paper on Foreign Aid. The document provides transparency for the nation’s policy on the subject, which has been at the center of several […]

Former premier Zhu Rongji made a rare public appearance yesterday, delivering a scathing criticism of the mainland’s education system and other policies during a visit to his alma mater, Tsinghua University. Zhu (pictured) lashed out at the much-criticised reform of tertiary education and urged mainland officials and scholars to speak the truth. He said a […]

Selling produce at a loss is best desperate vegetable growers can hope for, Duan Yan in Shandong province and Hu Yongqi in Beijing report. Last year was better for Xu Yuguang, a Shandong farmer. The price of Chinese cabbage rose to 1.6 yuan (25 cents) per kilogram and he made a tidy profit. This spring, […]

Foreign investors in China will have more room to operate and potential for higher profits as China’s economy continues to develop, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in Beijing on Tuesday. Hong’s remark came in response to the 2011 White Paper on the State of American Business in China, released by the American Chamber of […]

The Chinese government announced Tuesday that it has launched an emergency program to protect farmers from produce price slumps and stabilize the produce market. China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said in a statement on its website that local authorities are being urged to take measures to help farmers sell produce after a large harvest brought […]

China’s chief negotiator to UN climate change talks said here on Tuesday that the country is drafting a special law dedicated to climate change and will explore a low carbon development path suitable to China. “We are in the process of preparing for a special law dedicated to climate change and we have already set […]

The fertile fields of this corner of eastern China are an unlikely microcosm of the national economy. There is not a power plant or factory in sight. Yet the area encapsulates as well as any industrial city some of the forces that are reshaping the country. People grumble about rising prices, adding weight to the […]

The battle between two major Chinese social networking sites, Renren.com and Kaixin001.com, will soon spread to the US stock market. That’s because the two companies are planning IPOs in the United States in the coming months. On April 15, Renren submitted its application for an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. With a price […]

They may not have written the book of love, but Beijing’s education authorities have come close, updating the capital’s university curriculum with a chapter on how to handle romantic relationships. The new teaching guidelines on mental health, released for feedback by Beijing’s Municipal Education Working Committee last week, have sparked heated debate on campus about […]

Drivers obtaining their license will have to fill out an organ-donation form to state whether they will be organ donors in the event of a fatal accident, Chongqing Evening News reported Monday. Huang Jiefu, vice-minister of health, said in an interview that this plan is being adopted because of the severe organ-donation shortage in China […]

BEIJING – At least 2,428 Chinese governmental agencies and officials have been posting short messages online using domestic micro-blogging services that are similar to Twitter, according to a research report published by the Fudan University on Friday. By March 20, government and Party departments had opened 1,708 mico-blog accounts and officials had opened 720 accounts […]

A December 2006 US diplomatic cable leaked by Wikileaks has given valuable insights into what the Americans, at least the then US ambassador David Mulford, viewed as India’s role in the emerging political scenario in Asia. Not only did Mulford see India as a counterweight to China, “which it can never match,” but he also […]

BEIJING – China’s consumer prices may increase about 4.5 percent this year, exceeding the government’s full-year target of 4 percent, an official said Monday. Chen Dongqi, deputy chief of the Macroeconomic Research Institute under the National Development and Reform Commission, said consumer prices are still controllable, dismissing concerns that inflation would rise like an “unbridled […]

Editor’s Note: Neil K. Shenai is an Instructor of International Economics and Ph.D. Candidate at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). By Neil K. Shenai, Special to CNN The notion of “American decline” is once again en vogue. Emerging powers such as Brazil, India, and China pose a threat to U.S. dominance, […]

A delicate tea set produced in China’s capital of porcelain, Jingdezhen, and embedded with rich culture traditions, is expected to arrive at Buckingham Palace for the royal wedding this week, media reports said. The gift originated from Zhu Xiaoju, a Chinese woman who once studied in the UK and came up with the idea during […]

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