At a press conference during this year's session of the National People's Congress, Premier Li Keqiang said the government had already abolished one-third of the unnecessary administrative licenses and will reduce them by half by the end of the year.
China launched a pilot program for supervision reform in Beijing, Shanxi and Zhejiang provinces in November with the aim of setting up anti-corruption bodies established by provincial-level people's congresses that will jointly work with Party disciplinary committees at the same level.
The Supreme People's Court declared Nie Shubin innocent on Dec 2, 21 years after the resident of Shijiazhuang in North China's Hebei province was executed for "rape and murder" at the age of 21.
The Sixth Plenum of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China issued two documents in November: The Norms Regarding Intra-Party Political Life In New Situation and Regulations Regarding Intra-Party Supervision.
It is worth noting that none of the “dire environmental consequences” the conservationists warned about in recent years has ever happened, not to mention an ecological disaster.
The non-intervention principle, argued by Sixtus Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching before the Court of Appeal, was without merit — and any further appeals must be rejected.
The first and most obvious problem area requiring bold new measures is the dearth of decent but affordable housing.
This developing trend seems to have gone unnoticed by the authorities in Hong Kong despite the fact that it should be of particular significance in this densely populated and overbuilt city.
US President Barack Obama's eight-year term will end in January. He has rewritten history by becoming the first African American president of the United States, but he will leave behind a mixed legacy.
On Monday, a Turkish policeman shot dead Russia's ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov. Both Moscow and Ankara condemned Karlov's assassination, saying the act was an attempt to thwart efforts to repair bilateral ties.