• Zhang Yimou to direct opera in New York

    Zhang Yimou to direct opera in New York

    BEIJING, Feb. 14 (Xinhuanet) -- Chinas internationally acclaimed film director Zhang Yimou announced here Tuesday that he will debut a historical opera of ancient China "The First Emperor" at the New York Metropolitan Opera House on Dec. 21, t…
  • Rural school teachers to enjoy better conditions

    Rural school teachers to enjoy better conditions

    BEIJING, Feb. 15 (Xinhuanet) -- The Chinese central government has mapped out a national development blueprint for rural compulsory education to provide better conditions for teachers and to tackle staff shortages.China Daily reported Wednesday that at
  • Great Wall to introduce patrol team

    Great Wall to introduce patrol team

    A dedicated team is to patrol Great Wall to check against damage of the mammoth structure.The unit will focus on the 630-kilometre-long section in Beijing. Team members, who will be paid by local governments, will be mainly rural residents who live near…
  • Don't overplay trade friction, say analysts

    Don't overplay trade friction, say analysts

    Sino-US trade frictions should not be overplayed and positive trends ignored, Chinese experts said yesterday in response to a United States review on its trade relations with China.On Tuesday, the US Trade Representative Office released its first top-to…
  • Here comes China's 1st gold at Turin

    Here comes China's 1st gold at Turin

    Wang Meng from China celebrates her womans 500 metres short track speed skating final at the Torino 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy, February 15, 2006. This is Chinas first gold at the ongoing event.Wang Meng (111) from China speeds to win gol…
  • Parents, teachers have educational divide

    Parents, teachers have educational divide

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Considering they share responsibility for 50 million children, parents and teachers sure have some different views about what goes on in school.Sawyer Tucker, 5, giggles with her mom Kathy while doing homework.From discipline to stand…
  • Hu pledges to improve farmers' lot

    Hu pledges to improve farmers' lot

    President Hu Jintao pledged yesterday to "respect farmers wishes, safeguard their interests and enhance their welfare" while building a new socialist countryside.He made the remarks during a speech to provincial and ministerial officials at a …
  • Chinese celebrate festival with more techno-fashion

    Chinese celebrate festival with more techno-fashion

    BEIJING, Feb. 13 (Xinhuanet) -- Li Hui said he was happy to receive New Year greetings from his friends via mobile phone until he received 128 text messages during the Spring Festival or Chinese Lunar New Year.Li, a resident in the central Chinese city …
  • Ancient golf paintings to be shown in HK

    Ancient golf paintings to be shown in HK

    BEIJING, Feb. 14 -- Key evidence supporting the long-disputed claim that the Chinese invented golf will be on show in Hong Kong next month.Two paintings, the "Wall Painting of Chuiwan" from the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) and "The Autumn Ban…
  • Illinois Governor Suggests Preschool for All

    Illinois Governor Suggests Preschool for All

    CHICAGO, Feb. 12 ?Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich announced Sunday that he wanted Illinois to become the first state in the nation to offer universal preschool to 3- and 4-year-olds.Mr. Blagojevich, a Democrat who is up for re-election this year, said the pres…
  • S. Africa: "No organized effort" against Chinese

    S. Africa: "No organized effort" against Chinese

    BEIJING, Feb. 13 (Xinhuanet) -- Vusi B. Koloane, minister plenipotentiary of South Africa in China, said on Monday that his government will do everything possible to "completely eliminate" crimes.Koloane said during an exclusive interview with…
  • Efforts urged to build new socialist countryside

    Efforts urged to build new socialist countryside

    HAIKOU, Feb. 12 (Xinhuanet) -- The publicity chief of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Saturday completed a four-day tour around farms in the southern province of Hainan, and called for efforts to build new socialist countryside.Liu …
  • On a day for love, it is a matter of dates

    On a day for love, it is a matter of dates

    Tan Huimin has been looking forward to her Valentines rendezvous tonight with her single friends who also do not have a date.The 26-year-old designer will join them for dinner at a hotpot restaurant and belt out karaoke numbers later."Valentines Da…
  • Valentine's Day

    Valentine's Day

    A girl chooses roses, each of which is sold for 199 yuan, at a flower shop on the eve of Valentines Day February 13, 2006 in Shenyang, Northeast Chinas Liaoning Province. Valentines Day is getting increasingly popular in China.A pair of dogs made of flo…
  • Top planner: Oil refinery capacity 'must rise'

    Top planner: Oil refinery capacity 'must rise'

    The nations top economic planner has warned that oil-refining facilities are stretched to the limit and urged that capacity be increased.The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) also suggested that prices of refined-oil products, which are …
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