The ASEAN foreign ministers' meeting on Monday produced a joint communiqué which stopped short of mentioning the South China Sea arbitration case while emphasizing the importance of resolving the disputes between the nations directly concerned. Full Story

42 dead, 74 missing in central, north China storms

Rainstorms have caused severe disruptions across north and central China since Wednesday morning, causing casualties, traffic chaos and the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people. Full Story

Chinese premier demands efforts to boost social investment

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has urged efforts to boost social (private and mixed-owned) investment by "removing obstacles, improving the environment and expanding room for development." Full Story