China's economy will sustain a durable development, the country's chief economic planner predicted as he praised the 7.8 percent growth last year.
Outgoing Premier Wen Jiabao, inaugurating China's annual Parliament session, Monday set an economic growth target of 7.5 percent for this year.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said he was "relieved" to see conditions improving in earthquake-damaged provinces in the northwest, as Lunar New Year arrived.
China, locked in an escalating territorial dispute with Japan in the East China Sea, made two announcements relating to its claims to the South China Sea.
A spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Wall Street Journal and New York Times' hacking allegations are unfounded.
The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal say their computers have been attacked by Chinese hackers.
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China has lifted a ban on controversial hydropower development on the Salween River.
China's Communist Party Congress is picking new leadership that will determine whether liberals or conservatives will be at the country's helm in coming years.
China's economic fundamentals remain sound but its rebound is not yet stable, Premier Wen Jiabao said, warning economic hardships may continue for a while.