China's oil refining industry grew steadily in 2012 as a result of rising domestic consumption, according to a report from NDRC.
The Chinese Ministry of Commerce on Wednesday quashed recent media reports speculating that China had surpassed the United States to become the world's biggest trading nation by volume.
Obama called for support from a divided Congress on Tuesday for his ambitious plan to revive the economy, and for a long list of other priorities such as education, gun control, immigration reform, climate change and the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.
The surprise recommendation to drop wrestling from the Olympics has angered athletes, officials and fans around the world and the IOC played down the finality of its decision on Wednesday.
Concerns that Valentine's Day clashing with the Spring Festival holiday might hurt business have been allayed as retailers and restaurateurs report good turnover.
The United States and its allies may boost their military presence in the Asia-Pacific region, citing Pyongyang's nuclear test, analysts said.
Two people were shot outside of a county courthouse in the US state of South Carolina, local media reported on Wednesday.
The United States' sanctions on Chinese enterprises have harmed international trade order, China's Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said Wednesday.
The European Union (EU) and the United States (US) had decided to initiate internal procedures to launch negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA), chief of the European Commission said on Wednesday.
US President Barack Obama urged the Congress to move on the long-time divisive issue of gun control in the first State of the Union address of his second term on Tuesday.
Four days after the massive fireworks displays that marked Lunar New Year's Eve, Beijing's municipal weather bureau has maintained a warning against exercising outdoors due to the city's air pollution.
China will demand new buildings in cities achieve mandatory energy-saving standards and renovate existing buildings.