Bao Tong says term limits for the top leader is "the acid test for telling the difference between a monarchy and a republic."
Heavy investment overseas is doing little to stem supply risks.
Activist Chen Guangcheng describes how he was "forced to believe that this most unwelcome news was true" about the death of his friend, Li Boguang.
Experts expect efforts to avoid a trade war.
China bears still in danger, while South Korea and Vietnam make progress in curbing abuse of bears for their bile.
Beijing says downsizing targets will be met ahead of schedule.
Cutbacks on coal are adding to the country's dependence on natural gas imports.