China will accelerate efforts to improve the spokesperson system and be more open to the world next year when the country's ruling Party holds its 18th national congress.
The initiative was launched to support the US president's "100,000 Strong Initiative" boosting the number of young Americans studying in China and improve ties.
School buses will not have to wait for a draft law to be ratified that proposes giving them the right of way in traffic before they are given the privilege.
A man suspected of causing an explosion near a State-owned bank in Central China this month was arrested on Friday, local police said.
China aims to keep the unemployment rate among registered city dwellers under 5% from 2011 to 2015, according to a statement released on Friday.
"Who's next?" asked a middle-aged woman wearing a blue gown as nurses trailed behind her.
Foreign direct investment fell almost 10 percent last month from a year earlier, the first drop in 28 months.
The Chinese character kong, a word that generally means control, has been selected as the 2011 character of the year in China.
Industries produce more than 65% of air pollutants and seriously impair people's health, says a report released by a Beijing-based environmental group.
A new non-stop flight between Beijing and Lhasa, which is expected to boost tourism in the Tibet autonomous region, went into operation on Thursday.
Chinese economists have urged a gradual loosening of monetary policy to avoid a faster-than-expected cooling of the economy next year.
The annual three-day Central Economic Work Conference laid out an economic blueprint for 2012 and agreed to "make progress while maintaining stability".