Chinese mainland tourists to Taiwan hits record high

Chinese mainland visitors to Taiwan topped 1.97 million in 2012, up 57.6 percent year on year, hitting a record high, the cross-Straits tourism authority said Sunday. The Association for Tourism Exchange Across the Taiwan Straits said more than 1.78 million were group tourists, with the rest being individuals. Group visitors rose nearly 46 percent year […]

7 dead in N China orphanage fire

Six children and one adult died Friday morning in a fire that engulfed an unregistered orphan shelter in Lankao county in central China’s Henan Province, local government sources said. Eight people, including a 20 year old and seven children, were inside the two-room private house when the fire broke out around 8:30 a.m., a spokesman […]

Central China official investigated for owning 29 houses

A former housing administration official in central China’s Henan Province is under legal investigation for corruption after a whistle-blower exposed that his family owns 29 houses. The procuratorate of Zhengzhou, capital of Henan, decided on Friday to investigate Zhai Zhenfeng, the former director of the housing administration bureau in Erqi district of the city. A […]

Chinese language gains popularity in Serbian high schools

Chinese investments in Serbia have influenced more and more Serbian school children to take interest in learning Chinese language, said Wednesday Vesna Fila assistant to Minister of Education and Science, to Tanjug news agency. According to her words, Russian investments in Serbia such as South Stream Pipeline, are having the same effect to earlier less […]

Tough traffic rule ensures safety

Tough traffic rule ensures safety

Drivers in China will have to pay more attention to traffic rules or risk paying much higher penalties, according to a revised regulation that takes effect on Tuesday. The regulation on the application and use of driving licenses, issued by the Ministry of Public Security in October, aims to bring drivers under greater oversight and […]

Hong Kong is testament of success of “One country, Two systems”: senior UN official

United Nations General Assembly President Vuk Jeremic, in his recent speech in Hong Kong, described Hong Kong as a testament of the success of the “One country, Two systems” approach, and the benefits of unimpeded economic cooperation. At a salon held on Saturday by the China Energy Fund Committee, a Hong Kong-based think tank, Jeremic […]

China handles 184 illegal news media cases

China’s various anti-illegal publication departments dealt with 184 cases involving illegal newspaper and magazines this year, according to the National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications. The office said Sunday in a statement that it joined hands with General Administration of Press and Publication to confiscate some five million copies of illegal papers and magazines […]

China’s transport improves, faces pressure

Some 87,000 kilometers of new highways opened in China in 2012, marking a record-high year-on-year growth rate, a senior transport official said Saturday. Minister of Transport Yang Chuantang said 11,000 km of the new highways are expressways. In addition to building new highways, China has also improved 194,000 km of rural roads this year, according […]

China maintains blue alert for blizzards, cold snap

China’s National Meteorological Center(NMC) on Saturday maintained its blue alert for blizzards and a severe cold snap in the next 24 to 48 hours. Eastern parts of northeast China’s Heilongjiang and Jilin provinces, coastal areas of Shandong Province and northeastern parts of Guizhou Province will see heavy snowfall and possibly blizzards in the coming 24 […]

China stresses support for the needy during holidays

All levels of Party and government departments have been told to assist elderly and impoverished people during the New Year holidays by releasing insurance and special support funds for them. According to a circular jointly released Wednesday by the General Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the General […]

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