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Group: Beijing might play down political crime cases

China might be trying to obscure the number of dissidents it is targeting by charging them with public order offenses instead of political crimes, a ... Full story

CPPCC concludes annual session

The 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China’s top political advisory body, concluded its annual session yesterday.Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of ... Full story

Regulator picks owners for 5 new private banks

Ten companies including Internet giants Alibaba and Tencent have been picked to invest in China’s first five privately owned banks, the industry’s chief regulator said ... Full story

Xinhua Insight: To change, China has hard nuts to crack

China is the world’s second largest economy, but for many, the Chinese dream is still far away. People have to wait too long to see ... Full story

Beijing may ax interest rate controls within 2 years 

China is likely to ease controls on interest rates paid on bank savings within two years and will allow wider use of its tightly controlled ... Full story

Missing Malaysian airline’s lack of information angers relatives 

The anguished hours had turned into a day and a half. Fed up with awaiting word on the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, relatives of passengers ... Full story

Tobacco ban faces hurdles to beat habit

Midway through Premier Li Keqiang’s opening speech at China’s legislative meeting, delegate Gai Ruyin slipped out for a cigarette break.Gai, the representative from a northeastern ... Full story

Officials tortured for confessions of graft 

The local Chinese official remembers all too clearly the panic he felt in Room 109. He had refused again and again to confess to bribery ... Full story

Gov’t to tighten rules against pollution

China will strengthen environmental-protection laws this year to ensure that polluters are held accountable for the damage they cause, the head of the nation’s legislature ... Full story

Beijing defiant on territory claims, demands respect 

China will never make concessions in territorial disputes with its neighbors, while good relations with the U.S. depend on Washington respecting Beijing's sovereignty claims, Foreign ... Full story

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