The NBS also noted that among the 80-plus major consumables, 74.3 percent were domestic brands, 2.3 percentage points higher than that of 2004.
China has given final approval for the much-anticipated high-speed rail link between Beijing and Shanghai, welcoming foreign investment in the hugely expensive project. The National Development and Reform Commission said on its Web site that the State Council has given the green light to a high-speed maglev line between the eastern cities of Shanghai and Hangzhou.
Former Serb leader Slobodan Milosevic was found dead in his prison cell Saturday, abruptly ending his four-year U.N. war crimes trial for orchestrating a decade of conflict that ended with 250,000 dead and the Yugoslav federation torn asunder. He was 64.