African leaders commit to ending harmful traditions

African traditional, religious and civil society leaders have expressed their commitment to ending child marriage, female genital mutilation and other harmful practices that, despite their threat to the health, development and life quality of girls and women, have been practiced…

NATO ministers agree on defense plan, investment in innovation

BRUSSELS - Defense ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) endorsed a plan on Thursday to defend against potential attacks on multiple fronts and agreed to launch a billion-US dollar fund to finance new technologies.The new overarching plan is…

Artisan breathes fresh life into She jewelry

Lin Weixing records the history and culture of the She ethnic group through his silverware, which he hopes will pass on the group's cultural heritage while adding innovative elements to give it added commercial value.Born into a family of artisans,…

Gansu, Hebei tighten anti-COVID measures

Local governments in Gansu and Hebei provinces have tightened their COVID-19 pandemic control and prevention measures after sporadic outbreaks were reported.In Lanzhou, Gansu, the bureau of education issued a notice ordering all schools, from kindergartens to senior high schools in…

Chinese cultural tide sweeps young consumers

With interest in traditional Chinese culture increasing, the guochao movement, or the rising China cultural tide, is catching attention of young consumers appreciative of Chinese cultural elements.According to a survey conducted by the Social Survey Center of the China Youth Daily, 96…

Beijing hits road to becoming international consumption hub

City draws up detailed five-year plans for new futureBeijing, which boasts a history of more than 3,000 years, is working hard at self-promotion in its quest to become an international consumption hub.The city, with a population of more than 21…

GDP expands 9.8% in first three quarters

Economic recovery remains unstable amid challenges, says National Bureau of StatisticsChina's economy is expected to gain firmer footing in the rest of the year as the softening growth figures for the past quarter trigger stronger macro policy support and better…

Shanghai to expand greenery with 'forest chief' mechanism

Shanghai will increase its forest coverage and per capita greenery area by implementing a "forest chief" mechanism, municipal officials told a news conference on Thursday. Deng Jianping, director of the city's greenery and public sanitary bureau, said the forest coverage…

Li pledges stable energy supplies for key areas

Premier Li Keqiang has pledged to ensure energy supplies for key manufacturing businesses, saying that the nation is considering the adoption of phased tax cut measures to help smaller firms. Speaking during a fact-finding tour of Guangdong province on Thursday…