China's middle- and high-end restaurants are facing what industry insiders call a "chilly spring", with many taking measures to combat a drop in business.
Foreign talent will be eligible for China visas valid for up to five years, under a draft regulation released by the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council.
High-end demand has tapered off this year due to recent government measures aimed at checking extravagant spending and reining in corruption.
Modest growth is likely to be maintained in China, helped by ongoing structural reforms, despite it still facing some strong headwinds.
The price of Chinese high-end liquor has dropped sharply, or even halved, this year, due to the government's reining in of lavish spending as part of its anti-corruption drive.
China will punish the production and sale of unsafe food products more harshly to combat increasingly severe food scandals.
Food safety authorities announced on Friday that plans to create new, unified national standards on bottled drinking water are under way.
More than 21,000 hectares of Beijing’s outskirts had been covered by greenery as of May 2, according to the city authorities.
China is working to unify different sets of bottled water quality standards, said a major food safety agency on Friday, in the wake of a public outcry for supervision of the industry.
A building collapsed in Central China's Henan province on Friday morning, leaving at least seven workers dead.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences on Friday said it welcomed public supervision over its election of members, after queries were raised recently about the organization's non-selection of a high-profile scientist.
Australia welcomes China's rise, but recognizes that it changes the strategic order of the region, according to Prime Minister Julia Gillard after the launch of the 2013 Defence White Paper on Friday.