A strong 6.6 magnitude earthquake has hit southwestern China's Sichuan province, killing at least 56 people and injuring about 600.
China has never promised South Sudan $8-billion in development funds after President Salva Kiir visited Beijing in April, a senior diplomat has said.
China's new president Xi Jinping will be under pressure to tackle growing inequality and pervasive corruption.
China's next manned space mission will launch between June and August, carrying three astronauts to an experimental space module, says a report.
Accusations by a US computer company that a secretive Chinese military unit is likely behind a series of hacking attacks are unreliable, says China.
Tibetans in a north-west part of China, which has been the focus of self-immolation protests against Chinese rule, have marked a grieved New Year.
The Beijing city government has said that it will give users of micro blogs three months to register with their real names or face legal consequences.
Attacks apparently planned by Uighur militants to coincide with a visit to the Xinjiang region by Pakistan's president have been thwarted, China says.
With handshakes and smiles, China showed off the friendly face of its most high profile military unit to foreign journalists on Thursday.
China is developing satellites that will allow it to project power beyond its shores and which may deter the US from using aircraft carriers.