Chinese police rescue 31 workers kept as slaves at a brickworks in Linfen, in Shanxi province, run by the son of a local official of the Communist Party of China.
- Reuters via News Limited
- A 56-vehicle pile-up on the G5 Beijing-Kunming Expressway in China's northern Shanxi province, leaves at least 17 people dead and 37 others injured.
- Luo Huining leaves his position as party chief of Qinghai and becomes party chief of Shanxi province, replacing Wang Rulin.
- Authorities in China sentence Huang Yu, a computer technician from Sichuan who worked for a government department which handled state secrets, to death for leaking more than 150,000 classified documents to an unidentified foreign power. The documents in question covered secrets ranging from the ruling Communist Party to military and financial issues.
- Wei Hong is removed as the Governor of China's Sichuan province due to perceived disloyalty to the Communist Party.
- The two-child policy takes effect in China, allowing couples in the country to have at most two children, replacing the controversial one-child policy. The change in law was announced by the ruling Communist Party on October 29 and passed the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on December 27, five days prior to its effect.
- Chinese prosecutors say that they are investigating former top Communist Party official Su Rong for alleged corruption.
- Liu Tienan, the deputy head of China's National Development and Reform Commission, is expelled from the Communist Party for corruption.
- The 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China is opened in Beijing, during which current Paramount Leader Hu Jintao is expected to step down to make way for presumptive leader Xi Jinping.
- The Chinese Communist Party expels the former railways minister, Liu Zhijun, over corruption.
- The Chinese Communist Party suspends the Politburo membership of former senior official Bo Xilai, while his wife Gu Kailai is named as a suspect in the murder of a British businessman.