Gong Xueming
Gong Xueming, a citizen in the city of Cixi, has moved many people with his continuous altruism over the past 15 years
Eye-catching Driver
Zhou Yuande has drawn much public attention at the 2012 Dakar Car Rally, a major international automobile rally
Compensation Claims
A maritime court in Tianjin in north China agrees to hear the case of 29 aquaculture farmers who are demanding compensation for the losses they incurred following the country's worst offshore oil spill
Social Safety
China creates more than 12 million new jobs in cities and towns in 2011 and kept the registered urban unemployment rate below 4.6 percent

"China's economic exchanges with Iran do not go against the UN Security Council resolutions and should not be affected. China opposes placing domestic law above nternational law and does not favor unilateral sanctions against other countries."

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei, speaking at a regular press briefing in Beijing on January 4, in response to a question regarding possible U.S. sanctions against Iran

"If this basis does not last in the future, cross-Straits relations could be thrown into uncertainty."

Lai Shin-yuan, head of the "Mainland Affairs Council" under Taiwanese authorities, saying at a press conference in Taipei on January 4 that the "1992 Consensus" is an "important basis" for negotiations between Taiwan and the mainland

"If we implement all the decisions taken at the Brussels summit we will emerge stronger. In 10 years, maybe the euro will be the world's number one currency."

French central bank governor Christain Noyer, in an interview with the weekly newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche in Paris, France, on January 1

"I want to state clearly that there are some people who seek a regional cold war. We are determined to prevent it. A regional sectarian tension would be suicide for the region."

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, during an interview with Turkish semiofficial Anatolia news agency in Ankara on January 4 before his visit to Iran

A reporter visits two penguins who are set to appear at a carnival in Beijing's Taoranting Park during the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year that starts on January 23 (CNSPHOTO)
A pair of figure skaters compete at the ongoing 12th National Winter Games, which kicked off at the Rings Stadium in Changchun, northeast China's Jilin Province (CFP)
A primary school student visits the Shanghai Aerospace Museum on December 30, 2011 (ZHANG JIANSONG)
Passengers walk through automatic ticket inspectors in a station on Beijing's newly opened Subway Line 9. Beijing put three new subway lines into operation on December 31, 2011 (GONG LEI)
BETTER TRAFFIC The seventh bridge across the Yangtze River in Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province opened on December 31, 2011. Total investment in the bridge was 7.28 billion yuan (CHENG MIN)
HAPPY NEW YEAR A large number of tourists go shopping on Nanjing Road in Shanghai during the New Year holiday (January 1-3) (CHEN FEI)
Controversial Director
The new TV version of Journey to the West directed by China's renowed director and producer Zhang Jizhong
Land Sales
Land sales in 130 major Chinese cities dropped 13 percent year on year in 2011
SAIC Booms
SAIC Motor Corp. Ltd., China's largest listed automaker, says in a statement that it sold 4.01 million vehicles this year, up 11.9 percent from a year ago
Dim Prospect
China's group-buying websites are facing an uncertain future
Chinalco's Profit
Aluminum Corp. of China, the nation's largest aluminum producer, generated 3 billion yuan in net profits in the first 11 months of 2011
Wealth Boom
China's wealth management market will keep growing as the investable assets of Chinese individuals are expected to reach 62 trillion yuan by the end of 2011
  • IRAN
    A missile is launched during naval maneuvers off Iran's southern coast on January 2, 2012. Iran test-fired various missiles during the drill (CFP)
  • EU
    The EU has decreed that from January 1, 2012, no laying hen can be housed in a cage less than 750 square centimeters per bird. Under the new Welfare of Laying Hens Directive, egg producers will be required to provide hens with larger and more comfortable cages (XINHUA/AFP)
    Supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gather in Damascus on December 29, 2011, as Arab League observers visited the city (CFP)
    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (center) delivers a speech in Des Moines on January 3, 2012, after beating Rick Santorum, former Senator from Pennsylvania, by only eight votes in the Iowa caucus (XINHUA/AFP)
    Visitors stand around a 25-meter-long snow church made of 1,400 cubic meters of snow just after its opening on December 28, 2011, in Mitterfirmiansreut (XINHUA/AFP)
    Israeli and Palestinian envoys meet in Amman on January 3, 2012, alongside Middle East Quartet representative Tony Blair. It was their first face-to-face meeting in nearly 16 months (CFP)
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