With the long-awaited blue skies back to central and eastern China, a sharp temperature drop will be the side effect.
Despite a stock market rally in China, there is still some way to go in revaluation that could take prices to even higher levels in 2013.
Efforts will be intensified to accelerate the country's agricultural modernization and enhance developmental vitality in the sector, a central policy document said.
Vice-Premier Li Keqiang called for more trust between China and the United States while meeting a visiting US congressional delegation on Thursday.
A Chinese navy fleet will conduct a training exercise in the Pacific after sailing through islands off the country's coast, the defense ministry said Wednesday.
US President Barack Obama said he believed it was possible to get a deal done by the end of the year if not in the first half.
Well-known Chinese baijiu brands have lowered their prices just before Spring Festival, which is usually the peak season for liquor sales.
The worst smog for decades in many parts of China has prompted calls to curb fireworks and firecrackers during Spring Festival, which begins on Feb 10.
The 2013 Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, will begin on February 10 and marks the start of the Year of the Snake.
A US judge accepted an agreement by BP Plc to plead guilty for its role in the Deepwater Horizon disaster and pay a record $4 billion in criminal penalties for the worst offshore oil spill in US history.
Sales of purifiers at Suning.com, a leading e-commerce company, rose by about 70 percent month-on-month, as smog continues to take its toll on air quality.
China's property prices will continue to rise in 2013, fueled by tighter supply, quickening urbanization and an improved economy.