Hospitality staff pose for a group photo in front of the Great Hall of the People during a plenary session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing, Thursday, March 9. China's top leadership as well as thousands of delegates from around the country are gathered at the Chinese capital for the annual legislature meetings.
China's foreign minister said Wednesday that North Korea could suspend its nuclear and missile activities in exchange for a halt in joint U.S.-South Korea military drills, in an unusually public proposal that analysts said showed Beijing's growing alarm over the tensions.
China's top economic official trimmed its growth target and warned Sunday of dangers from global pressure for trade controls, as Beijing tries to build a consumer-driven economy and reduce reliance on exports and investment.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang pledged Sunday to make the country's skies blue again and "work faster" to address pollution caused by coal burning.
Footage of China's military drill conducted Thursday in the waters southeast of Japan's Miyakojima was released Friday night by China state-run television, showing the combined exercises of marine frigates, bombers and fighters.
China will raise its defense budget by about 7 percent this year, a government spokeswoman said Saturday, continuing a trend of lowered growth amid a slowing economy despite regional tensions over the South China Sea and other issues.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's campaign to bring back the death penalty for drug-related crimes has cleared a major hurdle, with supporters backing it in congress but critics denouncing the planned killings as "inhumane".
Lawyer Cheng Hai has a list of compensation demands from Beijing authorities over the city's smog: 65 yuan (US$9) for having to buy face masks, 100 yuan (US$15) for seeing a doctor for a sore throat and 9,999 yuan (US$1,500) for emotional distress.
A worker feeds U.S.-born giant panda Bao Bao as she arrived at the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Center in Chengdu on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Bao Bao started settling into her new home Thursday in southwest China, where she will eventually join a breeding program.
Strolling a tree-lined Shanghai street with friends, Hu Dongyuan pulls out her smartphone and does what millions of Chinese women do daily: take a selfie, digitally "beautify" their faces, and pop it on social media.