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Choked by smog, Beijing creates new environmental police
Officials in Beijing have announced a new environmental police squad to root out illegal burning, the latest government response to the widespread public anger over China's persistent problems with smog.
 
Drug enforcement chief to visit China as US tries to halt supply of opioids
The top U.S. drug enforcement official plans to visit China next week, a sign of intensifying efforts to stop the flow of deadly synthetic drugs from China to the United States.
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New "modus vivendi" needed to maintain cross-strait status quo: U.S. think tank
The National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP), a U.S. think tank has recommended new measures be taken to maintain the status quo in the Taiwan Strait in a report released today.
 
China confirmed that its aircraft carrier has for the first time conducted drills in the South China Sea with a formation of other warships and fighter jets, a move that could raise concerns among its neighbors.
 
China has started an overhaul of its salt industry, easing a monopoly that has existed in some form for more than 2,000 years and predates the Great Wall.
 
Smog disrupts travel, triggers alerts
With heavy smog dampening the festive atmosphere in northern China, the country's environmental authorities are strengthening inspections and enforcement to fight air pollution violations.
 
Beijing white-collar workers were more satisfied with their work and life than their counterparts in other large Chinese cities in 2016, despite facing limited promotion opportunities, intense competition and choking smog, according to a new report.
 
Beijing starts 2017 under a cloud
This photo combo shows buildings on a polluted day in Beijing on Jan. 1 (top) and on a clear day on Dec. 23, 2016 (bottom). Beijing woke on the first morning of 2017 covered in thick toxic fog, with a concentration of harmful particles 20 times higher than international standards.
 
Sixteen people including two surgeons have been jailed for between two and five years in China for trafficking in human organs, a practice still widespread in the country.
 
Manufacturing activity in China slowed slightly in December, official figures showed Sunday, as the world's second largest economy stabilizes.
 
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