Li Keqiang sees 'big' potential for US ties
Executive Vice-Premier Li Keqiang said China and the US have "big" potential for co-operation and should break "unreasonable" business barriers. Li, who will be premier in March, was speaking in the Zhongnanhai compound to visiting executives from the US. "It will be important for the world economy if China and the United States, the two major economies, take care of themselves," Li said. Bloomberg
Guangdong graft probe on former police chief
In Guangdong's latest anti-corruption drive, Zheng Beiquan, former deputy mayor and police chief of Yingde city, is being investigated for graft, officials in Qingyuan said. Zheng is accused of taking bribes and causing economic problems. Mimi Lau
Hainan border police cleared to board ships
Border patrol police in Hainan yesterday were given the power to board and check ships illegally entering its waters. They can land on, check, seize and expel ships illegally entering the island's sea areas, according to a revised maritime law. Xinhua
Paper falls for Kim as the 'sexiest man alive'
The online version of the People's Daily has hailed a report by The Onion naming North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as the "sexiest man alive" - not realising it is satire. The website yesterday ran a 55-page photo spread under the headline "North Korea's top leader named The Onion's Sexiest Man Alive for 2012". AP