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"One point on which we can be unequivocal is that the UK-China trade and investment relationship is strong and getting stronger at an unprecedented rate."

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Xi makes it China's dream year

In October, the shutdown of the US federal government forced President Obama to cancel a series of trips abroad. In his absence, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Bali, China's President Xi Jinping was de facto the most powerful man in the room, the US pivot to Asia ironically reduced to a mere rhetorical posture.

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Business

New golden goose for nest eggs?

Yang Qian, a retired woman in South China's Guangdong province, started a new hobby after spending 22,000 yuan ($3,600; 2,660 euros) to buy into Yu'E Bao, a fund product co-developed by Alipay, the online payments provider arm of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, and Tian Hong Asset Management Co.

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Life

Chinese rethink ink

He Wenqian is a portrait of how tattoos' image has changed in China. The tattoo artist says Chinese who got inked when he started his studio in 2002 not only were stereotyped as freaks and outlaws - they often were. Now, people from all walks of life, especially among the younger generation, are getting tattoos.

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People

There was once a fish ...

A large part of Irina Zakharova's life is associated with toys, children and art. She has a doctorate in classical art and art theory from Lomonosov Moscow State University, the most prestigious university in Russia, and started work at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts soon after graduating in 1977.

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Spotlight

New world opens for all investors

China will introduce a new, fairer and more efficient administrative model for foreign investment, according to the Commerce Ministry.

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Last Word

Why China should play its cards right

As China's consumer spending continues to grow, financial institutions must be given leeway to adjust credit card interest rates to remain competitive, says Ling Hai, MasterCard's division president for China.

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X - Ray

Nation worked up over days off

Calibrating the holiday schedule has been a discreet exercise in democracy, and people are realizing that there is no perfect choice, only an optimal one determined by a majority.

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Wildlife Special

Experts: preserve animals, traditions

Given the surge in poaching in recent years, efforts to combat the illegal trade in elephant tusks have begun to focus on China due to a perception that the country has a large market for ivory products. In 2008, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora approved China as a trading partner for the second one-off sale of ivory from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Later there was a surge in elephant poaching in Africa. From Dec 2 to 4, an African Elephant Summit will be held in Botswana to discuss the issue. Is China to blame for the diminishing number of African elephants? Recently, China Daily reporter Ma Yi interviewed experts on the question.

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