China has updated list of medicines covered by basic medical insurance schemes, a long-awaited fillip for drugmakers in the world's second-largest drug market where many new drugs have been kept out of patients' reach because of high costs.
China's recent imposition of a ban on coal imports from North Korea has yet to be fully felt in Pyongyang, says an official in North Korea, playing down the impact of the measure that Beijing adopted in line with international sanctions on the country.
China's central bank said on Tuesday that it will extend a preferential scheme for some banks that will free up additional funds for lending, as long as they channel money to weaker, cash-starved sectors of the economy.
Special envoy of Chinese government on Syria, Xie Xiaoyan, is to pay an official visit to Iran to hold talks with senior Iranian officials on ways to settle the nearly six-year crisis in the Arab country.
"(China) will temporarily stop its imports of coal from North Korea for the rest of this year (including coal for which customs applications have been made but not yet processed)," the Commerce Ministry said in a statement posted on its website.
The common interests between China and the United States far outweigh their differences, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi told US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday in their first face-to-face meeting since Tillerson took up his job.