Half of the cities in China have severely polluted groundwater; 300 million people in the rural areas are drinking water with safety problems. In some areas, "all the rivers have dried and all the water has been polluted." A member of the Chinese NPC Standing Committee stated that "The pollution is a result of profit pursuing. However, the cost to treat the water pollution will be more than a dozen times the profit we have gained."
Since 1958 when China and the Vatican stopped having diplomatic relations, the CCPA (Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association) has appointed all bishops in China. The current Pope, Benedict XVI, has been trying hard to bring Catholics in China back to the Roman Catholic Church. However recently, according to a high official in the CCPA, the Vatican has been attempting to appoint anti-communist bishops in China. 
Domain name provider www.net.cn has been ordered to delete a report on the Henan AIDS disaster from its website, according to the Beijing Aizhixing Institute.
People’s Education Press has posted a sixth grade e-textbook article entitled, "Woeful Plight in the Shadow of War." Intended for its course on Morality and Society, the text shows how Iraqi families have been affected by the war.
In early October, China’s National Male Soccer Team and National Olympic Male Soccer Team gathered at a military base in Laishui County, Hebei Province to receive five days of military training.
In 1997, the state government issued a new policy to put and end to the former system of "education at public expense." That year marked the beginning of an uncurbed increase in college tuition.