Life in a megacity comes at a high premium. In Hong Kong, the costs of living have exploded in recent years, making life almost unlivable for 1 in 6.
Protesters have rallied in Hong Kong to demand that the city government halt a perceived erosion of media freedom. Journalists claim mainland China is increasingly seeking to influence editorial decisions.
Hong Kong has banned the sale of live chickens ahead of the Lunar New Year as the city deals with the latest outbreak of H7N9 avian influenza. Already, there are more cases of the virus than last year.
Authorities in eastern China have banned live poultry sales following increased H7N9 infections. Bird flu cases dropped significantly after the end of June last year but have spiked recently with the onset of winter.
China is targeting economic growth of around 7.5 percent in 2014, Premier Li Keqiang has said. The announcement is part of sweeping reforms, including increased defense spending, aiming for a more sustainable economy.
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