A government campaign to tempt holidaymakers with grilled meat has buoyed revenue and raised hopes of an economic transformation.
More are seeking to escape from pressure and pray for good fortune, while some soak up ‘temple life’ as volunteers for months.
Chinese audiences have expressed pride in the film’s spectacular special effects and its showcasing of cutting-edge home-grown technologies with real-life applications.
Following eased pandemic controls, the sector is struggling to shake off a three-year slump.
Pop-ups effectively banning travel to Beijing become thing of dread as they can delay top-notch medical treatment and threaten livelihoods.
Young Chinese are less keen on Western fashion brands, but local ones still lack international prestige and influence.
A train loaded with wheat sugar and cooking oil on its way and another delivery will follow, Chinese ambassador says.
More infections also reported inside the Winter Olympics bubble.
Foreign ministry says Beijing welcomes the prospect of a trip but gives no dates.
Sources say Michelle Bachelet can make the trip in first half of 2022 but it should be ‘friendly’ in nature and not framed as an investigation.
Two aircraft arrived in the Pacific nation on Thursday morning, according to foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian.
Beijing lodges formal protest with Washington as US consular staff and families seek to avoid zero-Covid control measures in China.
China’s foreign ministry spokesman says the ‘smearing and provocation towards Sino-Russian ties’ in a Bloomberg report was an attempt to drive a wedge between the neighbours.
Beijing says Washington is the biggest threat to global stability and should make the first move by reducing its stockpile.
National security and strategic stability among issues for discussion if meeting can be arranged, sources say.
List of 18 American officials seeking visas for the Beijing-hosted Winter Games has expanded to 46, which will be approved, according to a source.
Foreign ministers Wang Yi and Hossein Amirabdollahian say the 25-year deal, signed last year, is now being implemented.
Chinese Vice-President Wang Qishan says France should guide other EU members towards a ‘correct understanding of China’.
Kurt Campbell, President Joe Biden’s Indo-Pacific coordinator, says ‘2022 will be about these engagements comprehensively across the region’.
Beijing aware of ‘special reasons’ behind neighbour’s absence, foreign ministry spokesman says.
Treaty will set out a framework for cooperation to address ‘shared strategic security challenges’, according to Australian leader Scott Morrison.
Zhang Ming is the first Chinese since 2006 to head a Eurasian grouping that, much like the European Union, has sometimes been described as a ‘talking shop’.
US urged to stop sending ships and aircraft to the South China Sea, as meeting goes ahead after 2020’s cancellation, when China was accused of not turning up.
The US confirms it applied for visas for 18 officials to attend Winter Games to give American athletes and personnel ‘consular and diplomatic security services’.
Beijing urges the US to ‘stop politicising sport’, calling boycott a ‘farce’ as it confirms visa applications for 18 American personnel.
US government applies for three-month visas for 18 people to provide ‘security support operations’ at Beijing Games.
Senior official Thomas Countryman says there are no concrete plans but the issue was raised during last month’s summit between Xi and Biden.
The 53-year-old recently stepped down as head of the department for North American affairs and is tipped to be posted to Jakarta.
Experts at forum predict tensions will continue in the new year, with most expecting Joe Biden to maintain or step up his predecessor’s tough policies on China.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi attacks US pressure on Central America to switch ties during meeting with Nicaraguan counterpart in Tianjin.