Insurgents attacked three government offices in a heavily fortified area Wednesday, a day before US envoy Holbrooke's visit.
Recent moves to possibly test a long-range missile may be aimed at grabbing US attention.
An examination of China's record in Geneva Monday will test the country's willingness to answer international criticism.
But winning credibility as an objective news source will be a hurdle, experts say.
A heavily blue-collar economy and the global financial crisis have made it tough for graduates, whose numbers have risen sharply.
This week, the Imperial Household Agency curtailed the emperor's activities amid rising evidence of stress in the royal household.
The global recession is shuttering manufacturers and pushing millions out of work or into lower wages.
Millions – many now jobless – pack the railways during the world's largest annual migration.
The North claimed to have weaponized plutonium and said its nuclear status would not change. But analysts see bid for attention.
The Communist Party speaks sharply – yet again – in a bid to curtail flourishing seasonal corruption.
Beijing hopes stoking domestic consumption can boost its slowing economy. But convincing a nation of savers to spend more during hard times may be a tough sell.
Police have detained activists behind the democracy petition, which has drawn diverse support.
A Beijing treatment center for Web-addicted youths includes counseling, group games like laser tag, and physical exercise.
Beijing restores tax breaks and other perks for Chinese exporters. It's worried that declining exports mean more social unrest.
Its warships and special forces are due in the Gulf of Aden by Jan. 6.
History buffs are struggling to preserve a colonial core dating back to 1619, but now in a state of near ruin.
Beijing marked warming ties with Taiwan by sending two pandas, Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan, to the Taipei Zoo.
Low-cost lodging is spreading – despite the bad economy – as China's new middle class embraces the open road and business travelers look for bargains.
Once a factory cook, Guo Peiji heeded Deng Xiaoping's call and has made his family wealthy as a restaurateur.
A six-part series by Peter Ford, staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor