The State Council, or China's Cabinet, in an executive meeting on Jan. 26 introduced a policy package urging enhanced efforts to ensure the healthy development of the property sector and to promote the construction of affordable housing units for low-income earners.
As of the end of October, construction had begun on over 10 million new affordable housing units this year, exceeding a target set by the central government for 2011. [More]
A socialist system of laws with Chinese characteristics has been established "on schedule" in China, top legislator Wu Bangguo announced Thursday, hailing it as a "major milestone" in the history of the development of the country's socialist democratic legal system.
The umbrella of laws governs all sectors of social life and provides a legal basis for the country's economic and social construction. [More]
Chinese lawmakers overwhelmingly adopted a national plan to steer the world's second largest economy into a path of fairer and greener growth in the next five years.
The 12th Five-Year Plan for National Economic and Social Development was approved by the legislature, the National People's Congress (NPC), with 2,778 out of a total of 2875 deputies voting for it. [More]
An executive meeting of the State Council on May 4 ordered all central government departments to publicize their 2011 budgets on government-funded overseas travel, receptions and official cars.
More than 90 central government departments and institutions had done so following the order.Expenditures on these three items have long been criticized as the largest sources of corruption and waste in government departments. [More]
In his speech delivered on July 1 at a ceremony marking the 90th anniversary of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Chinese President Hu Jintao hailed the three major achievements the Party has made.
The first is that the CPC, relying on the people, completed the new-democratic revolution, winning national independence and the liberation of the people. The second is that the CPC completed the socialist revolution and established the basic socialist system. The third is that the Party carried out a great new revolution of reform and opening up, creating, upholding, and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics.[More]
On July 23, a high-speed train rammed into a stalled train near the city of Wenzhou in the eastern province of Zhejiang, leaving 40 dead and 191 injured.
Preliminary investigations revealed serious design flaws in railway signaling equipment, as well as loopholes in railway safety management, according to officials.
A total of 54 people accountable for the accident will be given disciplinary punishment, according to a decision made at an executive meeting of the State Council on Wednesday. [More]
Shenzhou-8, an unmanned spacecraft launched on Nov. 1 and safely returned to earth on Nov. 17, marked the full success of China's first space docking mission joining the unmanned spacecraft with the target module Tiangong-1, which was launched on Sept. 29.
Tiangong-1 entered into long-term operation management in space on Nov. 18, and is preparing for two more docking missions planned for 2012. [More]
A grand ceremony was held on Oct. 9 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of China's 1911 Revolution which ended 2,000 years of imperial rule in the country by toppling the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
Addressing the gathering, President Hu Jintao hailed Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the leader of the 1911 Revolution, as a great national hero, a great patriot and a great leader of the Chinese democratic revolution, urging all Chinese people to aspire to the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. [More]
The 17th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) concluded its sixth plenary session in Beijing Tuesday, adopting a guideline to improve the nation's cultural soft power.
Hu Jintao, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, delivered an important speech at the session, which opened on Saturday. [More]
China decided Tuesday to almost double its standard for defining the poverty line of the nation's farmers to benefit at least 100 million people as it aims to build itself into an overall well-off society in the coming decade.
The nation's top leaders decided to raise the threshold to 2,300 yuan (362 U.S. dollars) in terms of the annual net income of farmers, up 92 percent from that of 2009. [More]