The State Council, China's Cabinet, approved a national plan on Wednesday listing steps to be taken during the next decade to prevent droughts.
The Communist Party of China will strengthen its evaluation on the ethics of cadres, to "maintain the Party's advanced nature, build a high-quality cadre team, and to boost public credibility of its cadre-selecting processes," according to an official circular.
As China's new icebreaker readies to set sail in 2014, the country might conduct expeditions to the North Pole every year in the near future, a senior official said.
Two Chinese spacecraft accomplished the country's first space docking procedure early Thursday.
About 60 percent of the rich Chinese people said they intended to migrate from China.
Representatives of the international Red Cross came out in support of the scandal-hit Red Cross Society of China, calling it a model from which the world can learn.
Capital's air quality rating raises public health concerns, Li Jing, Duan Yan and Cui Jia report in Beijing.
A key domestic manufacturing index dropped to a 32-month low in October, igniting market speculation that tight monetary policy may be eased.
The G20 should give top priority to maintaining economic growth, said President Hu Jintao.
G20 Summit in Cannes
Hu's trip, the first by a Chinese president in 12 years, conveys the message of cultural exchange.
Jumping in the water to save a drowning woman in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, seemed the right thing to do for Maria Fernanda.
Continent has ability to overcome present difficulties, Chinese president says. Special