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Weather bears down on rice

Drought, heat, heavy rain and floods in China's major rice-growing regions are likely to cut the country's harvest and increase reliance on imports, industry experts have forecast.

China endures worst heat in half-century

The sweltering summer of 2013 is going on record as the hottest summer in China since 1961. Hot times mean hotter prices Places to beat the summer heat

China announces 9 pilot 'smart cities'

As China accelerates the pace of its urbanization, the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation unveiled its Smart City program on Tuesday with the first nine selected pilot cities.

Burned auto worker remains in critical condition

A 54-year-old man in Hubei province who suffered major burns to 96 percent of his body in an auto factory incident remains in critical condition after receiving two skin grafts from his two sons.

China kicks off emergency response to drought

China's National Commission for Disaster Reduction and the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) kicked off a level-four emergency response to severe drought in central Jiangxi and Hubei provinces on Thursday evening.

College grads encouraged to join military

Local governments across China have issued favorable policies to encourage college grads to join the military in accordance with a decree.

Fitness requires youths to do more exercise

"National Fitness Day" reminds people to take more exercise to help them stay healthy, and many cities across the nation held activities.