Walking on the moon – China fired its first woman into orbit in 2012, could a Chinese astronaut set foot on the moon in 2013?
Anti-corruption crusade – The spectacular fall of leading Communist Party chief Bo Xilai and the imprisonment of his wife, Gu Kailai, for murder, was the biggest political scandal to hit China in years. The new leadership has pledged to crack on official corruption.
U.S.-China relations – Further afield, Taiwan will be central to U.S.-China relations once again in 2013, with Beijing watching future weapons sales to the island by Washington.
Islands no paradise – China's fractious relationship with many of its neighbors over disputed islands in the region -- such as the spat with Japan over a group known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China -- will be another issue to watch in the new year.
China better connected – China is forecast to overtake the U.S. in smartphone shipments and become the world's leading smartphone market.