Xi extends greetings to non-CPC parties, invites valuable advice
Chinese President Xi Jinping, also the head of the CPC Central Committee, has sat down with non-CPC officials ahead of this year's Spring Festival.
As part of the meeting in Beijing, he's called on non-communist parties in China to help the CPC accomplish its development goals.
In extending lunar New Year's greetings, Xi Jinping says he appreciates the valuable suggestions non-Communist parties have made over the past year.
A total of 8 non-Communist parties are recoginzed in China, and play an advisory role to the CPC.
China is calling on the US to respect and abide by relevant laws of China
China is calling on the US to respect and abide by relevant laws and to do more to contribute to mutual trust as well as regional peace and stability.
The call has been made in response to media reports that the USS Curtis Wilbur, a guided missile destroyer, sailed within 12 nautical miles of the Zhongjian Island, one of the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea on Saturday.
The report carried in the Wall Street Journal says the US warship made the move without prior notice.
Hua Chunying, spokeswoman for China's Foreign Ministry, says the U.S. naval ship violated Chinese law by entering China's territorial waters.
She says China monitored the ship's movement and issued verbal messages in accordance with law.
Chinese FM kicks off four-nation Africa tour
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has begun a 4-nation tour in Africa, including stops in Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique and Namibia.
The Foreign Ministry says by sending the Foreign Minister to Africa for his first trip of the year every year, it symbolizes China's commitment to China-Africa ties.
Top on Wang Yi's agenda will be how to implement the outcomes of the latest Forum on China-Africa Cooperation last year in Johannesburg.
As part of the summit in early December, Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed 10 major cooperation plans for the next 3-years in areas such as industrialization, infrastructure, and poverty reduction.
After Wang Yi's time in Africa, he's due to head to London to attend a Syrian donors conference on February 4th.
Cancers cause 2.8 mln deaths in China in 2015: study
New analysis is suggesting as many as 75-hundred people may have died from cancer every day last year in China.
A study done by a group of Chinese researchers, published in a US medical journal, is suggesting cancer took the lives of an estimated 2.8 million people in China last year.
The figures are estimates based on analysis from over 70 different cancer treatment centers across the country.
The analysis also points to a sharp rise in cancer diagnoses, with an estimated 12-thousand new cases discovered every day.
The study suggests smoking remains one of the leading causes of cancer in China.
China has more than 100 mln stock market investors
New analysis is suggesting there are more than 100 million investors in the mainland stock markets.
The China Securities Regulatory Commission says the number of investors has increased by nearly 1.3 million in January alone.
Despite the massive swings the mainland markets have seen over the past year, an average of 68-thousand new investors entered the stock market every day in January.
The same analysis by the CSCR also shows the number investors who traded shares decreased through January.
This suggests investors could be sitting on the sidelines as they await more stability in the mainland markets.
Sichuan-Tibet railway work picks up speed
China will accelerate the construction of Sichuan-Tibet railway starting this year.
The nearly 1700-kilometer long railway connects Lhasa and Chengdu. More than 74 percent of its length running will be on bridges or in tunnels.
Construction of the west and the east sections began last year. The whole project is expected to be completed in the early 2030s.
The project will cost at least 100 million yuan per kilometer, similar to the cost of high-speed railways on plains.
Major cyclone heads Western Australia
A tropical cyclone is heading to the northwest coast of Western Australia and gaining strength.
Cyclone Stan, the first of this season that lasts until April, is forecast to cross the coast northeast of Port Hedland late Saturday or early Sunday.
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology also said there are "very destructive winds with gusts to 155 kilometers per hour" near the cyclone center.
It has issued a yellow alert for communities in Port Hedland, Dampier and surrounding coastal and inland areas, meaning that residents there need to move to shelter.
Details of David Bowie's will Released
David Bowie's last will and testament has been officially filed.
The musician is leaving up to 100 million US dollars to his two children and his widow, supermodel Iman.
He's also leaving millions of dollars to friends, specifically 2 million US dollars to his longtime personal assistant Corinne Schwab, as well as 1 million US dollars to Marion Skene, who is his daughter's nanny.
Meanwhile, Bowie has requested his ashes scattered in Bali "in accordance with Buddhist rituals."
David Bowie had been battling cancer for around 18 months.
He died on January 10th, just days after celebrating his 69th birthday.