The capitalist West's most famous dream merchants and communist China meet with the opening of Shanghai Disneyland.
Pro-democracy demonstrators continued to occupy central Hong Kong as the city's chief executive rejected their demands
One in five Hong Kong residents may leave because of its poor political prospects
Reports of the violence on local TV and radio actually served to bring other members of the public out onto the streets to express their anger.
More than 70 were arrested on Friday after some two hundred protesters burst through a police cordon
As Beijing moves closer to a handover of power to a new generation of political leaders in 2012, jockeying for influence between rival factions is becoming more evident, with sometimes unexpected results. The annual meeting of the Communist Party Central Committee gave a major boost to current Vice President Xi Jinping's chances of succeeding President Hu Jintao, by electing Xi deputy chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission.
Like many top students in Chinese high schools, Chen Yongfang dreamed of attending college in the United States. But unlike many of his classmates at Shanghai's Foreign Languages High School, Chen did not set his sights on Harvard, Yale, or any of the other Ivy League schools or big research universities long coveted by the Chinese.
It's the kind of scene that only a few years ago would have terrified the Chinese authorities. In the eastern city of Hangzhou, two men dressed like Japanese cartoon characters—with spiky white hair and wearing black leather—fight each other with giant swords for the affections of a pouting young woman in a yellow wig and a miniskirt.
As a former peasant who grew up in a traditional northern Chinese cave house, Xu Dufeng has always had close links to the soil. At the beginning of China's economic reforms in the 1980s, Xu would dig raw clay from the ground in the mountains near his home village and load it onto the back of his three-wheeled tractor.