China is the world's second largest economy, but for many, the Chinese dream is still far away. People have to wait too long to see a doctor. Family incomes are too low to raise and support both children and elderly parents.
Chinese lawmakers and political advisors are debating a pay raise for millions of civil servants, whose jobs were once hailed for their security and privileges.
In his separate visits to Kazakhstan and Indonesia in September and October 2013, President Xi Jinping of China called for joint development of an "Economic Belt along the Silk Road" and a "Maritime Silk Road of the 21st Century".
China has adjusted the operations of orbiting satellites to help in the search of the missing flight MH370, according to a website run by the People's Liberation Army. [Special Report]
- Five Chinese vessels search for missing plane
- Chinese naval vessels find no trace of missing Malaysia Airlines plane
- Hunt for missing plane extended to land: airline
There is no easy path to improving China's environment. But changes are being made, and will continue to be made.
There are voices bad mouthing China, saying China's economic growth is unsustainable because of its internal system and mechanism.
China plans to raise its defense budget by 12.2 percent to 808.2 billion yuan (about 132 billion U.S. dollars) in 2014.