China and the United States signed 31 agreements on financial services, food safety, product quality, the environment and energy.
This was during the Third China-US Strategic Economic Dialogue held in Xianghe, Hebei Province.
Vice-Premier Wu Yi and US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson led their respective trade delegations.
In addition China has granted the US Approved Destination Status. This allows Chinese tour groups to visit the US as early as next spring.
China: Nanjing Massacre marked
Sirens wailed and a giant bell tolled yesterday to mark the 70th anniversary of The Nanjing Massacre.
On December 13, 1937, Japanese troops marched into then the Chinese capital and started six-weeks of killing, raping, burning and pillaging, when at least 300,000 Chinese were slaughtered and 20,000 raped.
Some 8,000 people, including 100 survivors, were at the event that took place in front of the memorial hall for the Chinese victims.
China: Expats wanted as guides for Forbidden City
The Forbidden City museum is looking for 20 expatriates as volunteer guides for next year.
A growing number of foreign visitors come to the Forbidden City, and museum officials hope guides speaking in their native tongues will make the visit more informative.
The museum is looking for expats who can speak such languages as English, French, German, Japanese, Korean and Arabic.
The candidates should have an interest in Chinese culture and they will be trained for three months before they start working in May 2008.
Olympics: China’s first velodrome unveiled
As the Olympic city of Beijing is preparing with all the testing games in recent months, Chinadaily reproter Fang Xuan bring us the scenes at China's first velodrome in west Beijing.
This is Fang Xuan at Olympic venues. Today we're taking a tour of China's first velodrome.
Located in suburbia of west Beijing, the Laoshan velodrome was completed in November of 2007 after a three-year construction.
The huge dome is supported by twenty-four "V"-shaped posts, which the designer said symbolize the victory.
When you go inside the stadium, the huge dome catches your eyes at the first sight. The iron framework, spanning more than 130 meters, was lifted into the position by manpower.
The designer wanted the dome to allow sunlight in so that the electric lights aren't necessary at the regular training sessions.
The velodrome has all together 6000 seats ready for the Olympics next year. Half of them are temporary.
One lap around the cycling track is 250 meters and the wood for the racing floor is from Siberia pine tree because its trunk can grow high and straight.
"It's very bright and spacious inside; I'm just watching the athletes doing laps; it is great fun, especially when they are chasing one another.
China has yet to see its first Olympic cycling champion as ten gold medals will be decided here next year.
Beijing: US Health Secretary talks to China Daily
United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt gave an exclusive interview to China Daily website earlier this week.
United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael O. Leavitt arrived at the offices of China Daily website office in Beijing on December 10, 2007.
Gao Anming, president of chinadaily.com.cn, welcomed Mr. Leavitt at the lobby and showed him to the studio.
During the one-hour online interview, Mr. Leavitt took questions from Chinese Internet users, ranging from leadership to healthcare and product quality and safety.
Mr. Leavitt is in the Chinese capital to participate in the Third China-US Strategic Economic Dialogue December 12 and 13.
（英语点津 Celene 编辑）
About the broadcaster:
Bernice Chan is a foreign expert at China Daily Website. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Bernice has written for newspapers and magazines in Hong Kong and most recently worked as a broadcaster for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, producing current affairs shows and documentaries.
Brendan is an Australian who has been involved in education and writing for over a decade. He has published most recently for the Tiger Airways Inflight magazine, The Bangkok Post, The Taipei Times and Japan's Hiroshima Outside Magazine. He holds a Masters Degree in Community Development and Management and has resided in China for over 3 years.