Promoting innovation in science and technology for agriculture as the main theme of this year's No 1 document not only demonstrates the central authorities' concern for agriculture. It also points to their consideration for the long-term development of agriculture.
How can transparency and better information disclosure help solve the heavy metal pollution problem China is facing today? The cadmium pollution incident in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region provides a vivid example.
When a tourist to Hainan Island complained on his micro blog that he was charged 3,600 yuan ($571) for a simple three-dish meal at a seafood stall in Sanya during the Spring Festival holiday, local government officials responded to the widespread criticism it triggered by saying it had received no complaints about the service industry during the holiday week.
That efforts to dilute the cadmium content in the Longjiang River in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region are still being made, more than two weeks after it was first discovered, shows the seriousness of the contamination.
China's economic growth declined to 9.2 percent in 2011, down from 10.4 percent a year earlier, as the result of the tightened monetary and banking policies adopted to rein in inflation. This moderate decline is within government expectations and still overshadows economic performance in the rest of the world.