China's western regions have become the new hotbed for illegal land seizures in 2011, the country's top land administrator said.
China will continue to expand energy ties with Central Asian countries.
Beijing pledged to restrict property purchases and build more government subsidized housing.
The Chinese capital began releasing hourly air pollution data on Thursday to address growing public concern over air quality.
The parents of twins claimed on Thursday that Synutra brand baby formula caused the death of a boy and sickened his sister in East China.
Spokespersons for China's major religious organizations have been appointed for the first time.
Beijing will focus on air quality through measures such as improving pollution monitoring.
China said here Thursday that the United Nations has "a unique role to play in supporting and assisting Africa," calling on the world body to work with the African Union (AU) to strengthen the partnership between them.
The Fourth Senior Officials Meeting of China and 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for the implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) will be held in Beijing from Friday to Sunday.
China will continue to expand energy ties with Central Asian countries, which have proven to be a fruitful model of mutually beneficial cooperation, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Thursday.
Premier Wen Jiabao said Thursday China welcomed foreigners with expertise to work in the country and China will provide them with good working and living conditions.
Stephano Smars is among the first group of high-level foreign officials invited to attend the Hubei People's Congress.