From April to June, China’s high-ranking officials at the provincial and certain district levels were given complete physical exams. Over 90 percent of the officials were found to have "modern diseases" such as hepatic steatosis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Over 95 percent were overweight. An undisclosed number of officials had sexually transmitted diseases. The Chinese public often relates these modern diseases to government officials and even calls them "Luxury Diseases," "Bureaucratic Weight Gain," or "Symptoms of Corruption." 
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. 
On September 4, 2007, Outlook Weekly (瞭望), a magazine under Xinhua New Agency, published an article written by a professor at the Chinese Ministry of Commerce’s Research Institute. The article suggests that the U.S. should take responsibility for the recent increase in the number of Chinese products being recalled. 
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.
Global Times, a daily newspaper under People’s Daily Press, published an article that pointed out, "Up to the present, and for a long period of time, it has been difficult for the U.S. to establish a clear China policy similar to its policy toward the former Soviet Union during the Cold War period. China needs to deal with this lack of clarity."
The State Statistical Bureau announced that China’s inflation rate was 6.5% in August, 0.9 percent higher than July and the highest since December 1996.