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.
He's been critical of monetary policy and has named human rights defenders to key posts.
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.
Team Obama is more pragmatic and less ideological than its predecessors, say diplomats and campaign advisers. Afghanistan will be a foreign-policy priority.