The latest book on China's position in the world this century offers a nuanced picture of the country's strengths and weaknesses.
Transport system put to test
China's foreign Minister Wang Yi has just concluded a four-nation trip to sub-Sahara Africa, a trip that followed a ritual set in place by his predecessors in the job over the past 21 years: visiting the continent at the start of every year. Being faithful to that long tradition in itself speaks volumes about China's long-time commitment to consolidating the Sino-African friendship.
"Traditional PC vendors are no longer our top rivals. Our next step is to challenge Apple and Samsung in the portable consumer electronics sector."
Long-term separation from family members has become a top reason for migrant workers to consider quitting their jobs, a survey shows. This poses many problems for companies in maintaining an efficient and stable workforce, it says.
Having probably done more for the image of African women in China than anyone previously, Debucada Sanca is now putting her newfound fame to good use by promoting cultural and business ties between nations.
China will introduce a new, fairer and more efficient administrative model for foreign investment, according to the Commerce Ministry.
A new national marketing strategy is promoting the country as a vibrant destination for tourists and culture buffs as well as investors.
Renowned filmmaker Zhang Yimou has found himself in deep water. Not only has he been fined 7.48 million yuan ($1.24 million; 907,000 euros) for violating the family planning policy, but many Chinese want even harsher punishment. The tidal wave of malignancy as displayed online is nothing short of unsettling. It's like a virtual lynching.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's nationalistic policies will "not go far", as his country's economic interests are intertwined with the world's, especially in Asia, a veteran diplomat says.