• Stamp issued to commemorate rescission of agricultural tax

    Stamp issued to commemorate rescission of agricultural tax

    BEIJING, Feb. 22 (Xinhuanet) -- A special stamp was issued on Wednesday to commemorate Chinas rescission of the agricultural tax, the State Post Bureau said. First-day covers, jointly designed and printed by the China National Philatelic Corporation …
  • Eight co-workers share US$365m jackpot

    Eight co-workers share US$365m jackpot

    Eight workers at a Nebraska meatpacking plant are really bringing home the bacon now: They stepped forward Wednesday to claim the biggest lottery jackpot in U.S. history ?US$365 million.The seven men and one woman bought the winning Powerball ticket at…
  • Chen Shui-bian warned not to go down path of secession

    Chen Shui-bian warned not to go down path of secession

    Beijing has vowed "to deal with any possible complicated situation" after Taiwan "president" Chen Shui-bian yesterday reiterated his plan to scrap the islands council and guidelines on unification with the mainland.Chen Yunlin, minis…
  • China faces daunting task on job front

    China faces daunting task on job front

    BEIJING, Feb. 20 -- Imagine 25 million men and women about the combined population of Australia and New Zealand pressing for new jobs. That is the daunting reality that the Chinese economy faces this year, the National Development and Reform Commission …
  • Regulations issued to punish officials for environmental damage

    Regulations issued to punish officials for environmental damage

    BEIJING, Feb. 20 (Xinhuanet) -- The Chinese government on Monday issued a set of regulations aiming to punish government officials for their malpractice or corruption which has resulted in environmental damage to the country. "The move is a majo…
  • Schools charging exorbitant fees put on "blacklist"

    Schools charging exorbitant fees put on "blacklist"

    BEIJING, Feb. 19 (Xinhuanet) -- Chinas State Development and Reform Commission on Sunday publicized a "blacklist" of eight schools, which were accused of charging exorbitant tuition fees totaling some 22.7 million yuan (nearly 3 million U.S. d…
  • 50% of pandas funded by individuals, private sector

    50% of pandas funded by individuals, private sector

    BEIJING, Feb. 20 -- Half of the giant pandas reared in captivity in China have been sponsored by individuals and private enterprises in China and overseas, China News Service reported on Saturday. A total of 184 pandas are raised in captivity through…
  • Chen Zhen artworks to make debut

    Chen Zhen artworks to make debut

    BEIJING, Feb. 20 -- The Shanghai Art Museum will host a display of 14 large installations created by Chen Zhen (1955-2000), one of Chinas most famous contemporary artists, starting Saturday. The show, which will run through March 18, will include one…
  • China chides US for criticism over trade, yuan

    China chides US for criticism over trade, yuan

    BEIJING, Feb. 15 -- China responded on Tuesday to U.S. demands for a stronger yuan to reduce its trade surplus by saying market forces were already driving the currency and warning Washington not to make political capital out of the issue.Chinese Premie…
  • 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…
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