• China releases 7th population census data

    The State Council Information Office held a news conference on the outcome of the seventh national population census on Tuesday. Here are the highlights:

     - Chinese mainland registers a population of 1.41 billion, with an annual growth rate of 0.53 percent in the past decade, down from 0.57 percent recorded from 2000 to 2010.

  • Nation to improve population policy as blueprint unfolds in new era, experts say

    China's family planning policy is expected to be further relaxed over the next five years and beyond, with extensive social and economic support provided to counter increasingly prominent problems such as a shrinking workforce and an aging population, experts said.

    "The universal second-child policy will by no means be the end of optimization of the family planning policy," said Yuan Xin, vice-president of the China Population Association. "More inclusive population policies will be introduced to improve fertility, the quality of the workforce and the structure of the population."

  • No foreign interference able to undermine rule of law in Hong Kong

    The rule of law is never to be played with, and those who go against the laws shall never escape punishment.

    The District Court of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) recently sentenced Joshua Wong Chi-fung, an instigator of the Hong Kong riots, as well as other three persons, four to ten months in jail for participating in an unauthorized assembly.