Zika exploding in Americas: WHO
The World Health Organization has announced it will hold an emergency meeting of independent experts next Monday to decide if the outbreak of the Zika virus should be declared an international health emergency.
At a special meeting on Thursday in Geneva, WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan said the virus is now spreading explosively in the Americas.
One WHO scientist said the Americas could see up to four million cases of Zika in the next year.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control, the Zika virus is now in more than 20 countries, mostly in Central and South America.
President Xi urges "strictest" food safety measures
Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged the implementation of the "strictest" measures to ensure food safety for the public.
Noting that the work to ensure food safety impacts both the people's livelihoods and public confidence in government, Xi Jinping called on all Party and governmental authorities to perform their due duty and practice with a people-centered concept in this matter.
Xi Jinping said the food safety situation in China remains grave, calling for a more unified and authoritative supervision system and regulations.
Premier Li explains currency issues to IMF chief
The Chinese Premier has assured the head of the IMF that Beijing "has no intention of boosting export through currency depreciation, not to mention waging a trade war".
Li Keqiang spoke with the IMF managing director Christine Lagarde by phone, saying the Chinese economy had reached mid- and high-speed growth of 6.9 percent last year, with employment sufficient, growth in resident income and savings being faster than that of the economy.
Meanwhile, Lagarde said the IMF is willing to further strengthen communication and cooperation with China and jointly deliver the resolution for reform and the confidence in growth to the market.
Earlier in the day, the IMF chief announced the 2010 quota and governance reforms have come into effect.
The reform anables China to have the third largest IMF quota and voting share after the United States and Japan.
Canadian citizen indicted in China on charges of stealing state secrets
A Canadian citizen has been accused of spying and stealing China's state secrets.
Kevin Garratt has been indicted by prosecutors in Dandong city in northeast Liaoning.
Investigators say they have found evidence which implicates Garratt in accepting tasks from Canadian espionage agencies to gather intelligence in China.
CITIC Bank uncovers 150 mln USD fraud
China CITIC Bank has confirmed that it discovered a fraud involving nearly 150 million US dollars in funds illicitly drawn from its bill financing business.
The state-owned lender said that police have been notified and that funds and related assets have been frozen.
A CITIC Bank employee working in Lanzhou allegedly conspired with other people between May and July to fake documents that were used as collateral to obtain a bankers' acceptance bills.
The fraud news comes days after the Agricultural Bank of China admitted it could lose 590 million dollars from a similar fraud.
Cross-straits Chinese Share Responsibility to Protect Nansha Island: FM
Authorities in the Chinese mainland say people across the Taiwan Straits have a shared responsibility to safeguard the Nansha Islands.
This comes as Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou made a visit to Taiping Island, the largest of the Nansha island group.
He said the islands in the South China Sea were first discovered, named and used by the Chinese more than 2,000 years ago, pledging to work to end disputes and promote the peaceful development in the region.
A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said the Chinese on the two sides of the Taiwan Straits are duty-bound to safeguard the ancestral property of the Chinese nation.
China's 4G users hit 386 mln by 2015
Official figures shows that China saw 290 million new users join its 4G network last year, bringing the total to over 380 million.
According to latest report from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the country now has more than 780 million mobile broadband users.
An action plan published by MIIT in December says China aims to make 4G available across the whole country by 2018.
Alibaba quarterly revenue grows 32 percent
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has announced its revenue in the fourth quarter of 2015 jumped over 30 percent year on year to nearly 35 billion yuan or 5.5 billion U.S. dollars.
The company's attempts to monetize user activity on mobile devices helped its mobile revenue soar almost 200 percent year-on-year to 19 billion yuan in the period.
In addition, Alibaba's net income attributable to ordinary shareholders surged 110 percent to more than 12 billion yuan.
Part of HK-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge opens to traffic
A section of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge has opened to traffic.
The section links north Hengqin interchange with Hongwan interchange, enabling vehicles to get in and out of the Hengqin area of the Guangdong Free Trade Zone quicker than before.
The 50 kilometer Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge links Hong Kong, and Macao with the Chinese inland city of Zhuhai in Guangdong Province.
It will now take about half an hour to drive from Hong Kong to Zhuhai, compared to more than three hours without the bridge.