Cyclists riding the Tour of Beijing have successfully asked officials to stop the race's second stage early due to pollution.
A protest march by pro-democracy supporters in Hong Kong has ended with the arrest of more than 500 people.
China's President Xi Jinping can't sleep, its Premier Li Keqiang pines for a "thread of hope," and the country's mainstream media stands flatfooted.
Vast cities are being built across China to help boost the economy, but they've become almost completely uninhabited ghost towns.
With the Olympics fast approaching, China's human rights record is, more than ever, in the spotlight.