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People's Daily | Dec 10, 2011

BEIJING, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- China's Qinghai-Tibet grid interconnection project, which is expected to ease power strains on the frigid plateau, began a trial run Friday.

The project ends Tibetan power grid's isolation -- making the power system on the Chinese mainland fully integrated and providing a solid base to sort out power shortages in Tibet, Vice Premier Li Keqiang said at a ceremony in Bejing.

It plays a very important role in improving people's lives and protecting the environment ...

People's Daily | Dec 10, 2011

BEIJING, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- China's Ministry of Environmental Protection this week announced that its proposal for tighter air-quality monitoring, which includes issuing standards for the much-talked-about "PM2.5" measure, has won overwhelming support in public feedback and that it would take citizens' advice in finalizing the measures.

In making the announcement, the ministry showed once again that China is responsive to public health concerns.

Particles less than 2.5 micrometers in diame ...

New York Times | Dec 09, 2011

A group of five Nobel laureates has called on China to release Liu Xiaobo, the imprisoned winner of the Nobel Peace Prize last year.

People's Daily | Dec 09, 2011

KAMPALA, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has met a group of officials from the Export-Import (Exim) Bank of China who have expressed interest in investing in the East African country's banking and infrastructure sectors.

Museveni, according to a State House statement issued here on Friday, told the delegation led by Zhu Hongjie, vice president of the Exim Bank, that Uganda regards investors as true development partners.

He told the visiting delegation which he met in t ...

People's Daily | Dec 09, 2011

BEIJING, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- China's Ministry of Finance (MOF) said on Friday that it will cut corporate income tax by half for micro-and-small-sized enterprises to facilitate their growth amid financial strains.

The ministry deems enterprises with annual corporate income of no more than 60,000 yuan as micro-and-small-sized companies. After the adjustment, their tax base will be cut by 50 percent while the tax rate remains 20 percent, the ministry said in a statement on its website.

The new ...

People's Daily | Dec 09, 2011

BEIJING, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- China's auto sales and output this year are set to surpass those of last year's 18 million units despite curbs on purchases, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) said in a report on Friday.

In the first 11 months, auto output and sales grew about 2 percent year-on-year to 16.73 million units and 16.82 million units, respectively, according to the report.

In November, output and sales both exceeded 1.65 million units, which hit a high level in ...

People's Daily | Dec 09, 2011

BEIJING, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- China's housing market is expected to achieve a soft landing due to the effects that emerged from the government's strict house-buying limits, according to a think tank's report released Friday.

The Annual Report on Development of Housing Market in China (2010-2011), released by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the dramatic rising trend of housing prices had been curbed preliminarily, with falls in both housing prices and sales.

On the basis of conso ...

People's Daily | Dec 09, 2011

BEIJING, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Dampened by the government's grip over the property market, commercial housing sales in China slipped 1.2 percent year-on-year in November, according to data released Friday by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

The total area of commercial housing sold during the month dipped 1.7 percent year-on-year, while the sector's climate index, which reflects overall conditions in the sector, fell to 99.87 points from October's 100.27 points, the NBS said.

Meanwhil ...

Guardian | Dec 09, 2011

• Old rifts healed at Durban, but new fault lines emerge• Kyoto agreement under threat without UN dealChina, India, Africa and the EU were at loggerheads on Friday night, pushing UN climate talks into extra time on Saturday as 194 countries attempted to reach a global deal to prevent dangerous global warming.There were signs of movement on all sides, according to people in the talks in Durban, with compromises possible but no final breakthrough.

Guardian | Dec 09, 2011

China's chief negotiator says proposals on final day of Durban talks were unacceptable as they would lead to the end of the Kyoto protocolThe climate change talks in Durban were in trouble on Friday night as China's chief negotiator firmly rejected proposals for a new global treaty on greenhouse gas emissions.Su Wei said the proposals were unacceptable because they would lead to the end of the Kyoto protocol, the world's only existing treaty stipulating emissions cuts. He told the Guardian: "The G77 [group of more than 100 developing countries] could not take this [proposal] as the basis...

Guardian | Dec 09, 2011

Two Chinese schoolgirls have published a guide to surviving pushy parents, and given us a valuable lesson about childrearingLike mother, like daughter.

BBC | Dec 09, 2011

China is set to join Burma, Laos and Thailand in river patrols along the Mekong after killing of 13 Chinese sailors.

Voice of Russia | Dec 09, 2011

A life-size replica of the Italian city of Florence has been made in China. Also built were copies of the Coliseum and life-like Venetian canals. Thus, Chinese people who cannot afford a long trip abroad, can become acquainted with Europe without leaving the country.

Christian Science Monitor | Dec 09, 2011

Democratic Taiwan supports closer trade and economic ties with China, analysts say, but many prefer the political status quo.


People's Daily | Dec 09, 2011

BEIJING, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- China will maintain its prudent monetary policy and proactive fiscal policy next year, the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee announced on Friday.

At the meeting chaired by President Hu Jintao, who is also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, it was agreed that the country will make its policy responses more targeted, flexible and forward-looking next year.

The country also pledges to maintain control over the int ...