Reuters in Beijing

Bringing coal use to a peak by 2020 could save China billions of dollars in environmental costs, slash water consumption by nearly 30 per cent and prevent tens of thousands of deaths from coal-related illnesses, a study released on Thursday said.

The People's Liberation Army Daily warns against "challenging the intuitive knowledge of mankind" as it describes revisionist attitudes towards wartime conduct in Japan

China will dispatch an elite PLA unit to help Ebola-hit Liberia, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday, responding to UN calls for a greater global effort to fight the deadly virus in West Africa.

The Uygur mayor of Hotan in the unruly far-western region of Xinjiang is being investigated for corruption, state media said on Thursday, one of the few minority officials to be caught up in the government’s war on graft.

Washington welcomes China’s growing role in trying to ensure Afghanistan’s future stability, saying a forthcoming Beijing conference of foreign ministers on Afghan reconstruction shows Beijing's commitment to the region as Western troops pull out.

China and Vietnam have agreed to “address and control” maritime disputes, Chinese state media said on Friday, as differences over the potentially energy-rich South China Sea have upset relations between the two countries and other neighbours.