Foreign direct investment fell for a fifth straight month in March as the European debt crisis worsened and the world's second-largest economy registered weaker growth.
Within the last month and a half, the corpses of 12 endangered finless porpoises, including a pregnant one, have been found around Dongting Lake, Hunan province.
The Ministry of Finance has set up a new government fund to collect money for civil aviation development, but has abolished two charges, so the move will not affect air travelers' costs.
On April 9, investors signed contracts to launch projects inside the Xi'an International Trade and Logistics Park in the latest example of the growing popularity of Shaanxi's provincial capital as a destination for investment.
Some top brand names may be contracting river polluters as suppliers, reports Li Jing in Beijing.
It's late afternoon on Monday, the first day of the London Book Fair, and writer Tie Ning is talking to a roomful of people in Earl's Court on the topic of female authors. "Some say women think with their wombs, whereas men use their brains," Tie says. "But the womb controls everything, including the brain." The audience - a mix of nationalities, men and women - bursts into peels of laughter. Tie is leading China's largest delegation of writers to the fair, to showcase contemporary Chinese literature. In addition to the cultural exchange events she is attending, Tie has also signed a contract with Blue Door to publish her signature novel, The Bathing Women.
China's economic growth rate declined for the fifth consecutive quarter, growing 8.1 percent year-on-year in the first quarter this year, a little lower than the widely expected 8.3 percent.
The commercial property developer SOHO China Ltd has inked another deal to acquire a pricey plot of Shanghai real estate in an attempt to become a more prominent player in the city's business districts.