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End land finance to lower house prices

If local governments in China do not end their reliance on land finance, it will be very difficult to lower housing prices in the cities.

Fast growth to continue, Xi says

China will grow relatively quickly for a long time, and its market will be open and fair, President Xi said.

Errors in urbanization must be avoided

China should learn from the negative urbanization experiences in foreign countries and set out a clear plan from the start, economists and entrepreneurs said at the Boao Forum for Asia.

Xi touts cross-Straits ties

President Xi Jinping called for long-term cooperation to boost cross-Straits ties when he met with Vincent C. Siew, honorary chairman of the Taiwan-based Cross-Straits Common Market Foundation on Monday.

Higher age for retiring urged

China should adjust its family planning policy and raise the retirement age to address aging population, former national social security fund chairman said.

President Xi meets Taiwan politician

President Xi Jinping met with Vincent Siew, honorary chairman of the Taiwan-based Cross-Straits Common Market Foundation, at the ongoing Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2013 on Monday.

Adviser suggests different term for rich kids

Media should use the term "second generation with entrepreneurship" instead of "rich second generation" to draw a full and fair picture of the young people's lives, a top political adviser said.

Violators of smoke-free zones could face fines

People who light up in smoke-free zones in Shenzhen could face up to 500 yuan ($81) in fines, according to the draft of a newly revised regulation on the city's smoking ban, Guangzhou Daily reported on Monday.

Report outlines country's use of resources

The annual report from the National Development and Reform Commission on April 8 described the basics of China's utilization of mineral resources, industrial, agricultural and forestry waste, and renewable resources in 2011.

Steel industry must change growth model

China's steel industry has to change from the capacity expansion-driven to the innovation-driven development model as the country upgrades its industrial structure, said Xu Lejiang, chairman of Baosteel Group Co, the country's largest listed steelmaker.