Rescuers are stepping up frantic efforts to save 11 China miners still believed to be trapped by a deadly gas blast on Saturday.
Beijing traffic jams are notorious – one in September lasted for 10 days. The problem is likely to grow, with Chinese car dealers selling thousands of new cars a day.
The People's Daily, a mouthpiece for the Communist Party of China, criticized the Apple iPad for making it too difficult to install pirate software or illegally download movies.
China-US defense chiefs met Tuesday for the first time since Beijing severed links earlier this year. The nations worked to ease tensions over a string of recent maritime disputes in East Asia.
In the weeks leading up to China's big mid-Autumn festival, Beijing's traffic was at a standstill. Streets have opened up as workers stay home for the holiday.
The China-Japan boat standoff escalated Tuesday with a stern warning from the Chinese prime minister, Wen Jiabao.