China ups spending related to quality of life

China’s central budget for 2013 features notable spending increases in areas closely related to quality of life, including education, healthcare, social security and public housing. Government spending on medical and health care increased by 27.1 percent year on year to 260.25 billion yuan (41.31 billion U.S. dollars), according to the central budget report submitted to […]

China launches campaign to crack down on porn

A campaign has been launched against pornography in online game advertisements, mobile systems applications and online media players, the National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications said Tuesday. The office said the campaign, named “cleaning the web,” will also focus on online literature, fora, microblogs, social network services, search engines and realtime communications groups among […]

Missing baby killed in NE China

A missing baby, who was left in a car that had been stolen on Monday morning in northeast China’s Jilin Province, died after being strangled, local police confirmed Tuesday evening. Zhou Xijun, 48, handed himself to local police at around 5 p.m. Tuesday and confessed that he had strangled the baby and buried him in […]

China to launch first national geographic census

China is set to launch its first national census of geographic conditions between 2013 and 2015, according to a Cabinet decision publicized Tuesday. A State Council circular said the census will target natural and cultural elements on the Earth’s surface within China’s land territory. Information on land features, vegetation, waters, deserts, and bare areas, as […]

China issues stamps on Lei Feng

China on Tuesday issued stamps to mark the 50th anniversary of late Chairman Mao Zedong’s call of “learning from Lei Feng,” the country’s most famous Good Samaritan. Besides stamps, there are other philatelic products to mark the anniversary including commemorative envelopes and comic books, according to a China National Philatelic Corporation statement. Lei, a young […]

China honors female role models

The All-China Women’s Federation has granted 10 women the title of “Role Model for March 8th Red Banner Holder,” a national honor granted to those who are regarded as role models for all Chinese women to follow, the federation announced on Wednesday. Zhang Lili, a middle school teacher in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province who lost […]

Detailed property control policies underway

Detailed property control policies underway

Chinese authorities are discussing and preparing policy details to contain fast-rising home prices in some cities amid the government’s recent pledge to keep control measures continuous and steady, the China Securities Journal reported Monday. Related ministries and local governments have been offering policy suggestions and stepping up market analyses regarding recent dynamics in the property […]

Most Chinese believe CPI will rise: poll

Chinese people are feeling the pinch from rising prices, especially in regards to food and housing, and a majority believe prices will rise this year, an ongoing poll shows. Around 75 percent of respondents said food prices have the largest impact on their lives, while 15 percent pointed to rising home costs and rent, according […]

Chinese police seize Myanmar drug trafficker

Police in southwest China’s Yunnan Province announced Monday that they have detained a drug trafficker from Myanmar and confiscated 14.9 kilograms of heroin. The suspect was caught carrying 29 packages of heroin while crossing the China-Myanmar border in Gengma county in the city of Lincang at 11:35 p.m. on Sunday, a spokesman with the Lincang […]

Beijing’s fireworks spree ends amid smog

Fireworks were set off amid heavy smog in Beijing on Sunday night to mark the Lantern Festival, the end to Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations and the city’s 16-day fireworks spree. On Sunday, the average density of PM2.5 hit 300 micrograms per cubic meter in some parts of the city, up from 200 micrograms per […]