Brave Girl
Xiang Xinyuan, a senior middle school student, wins nationwide praise because she bravely saves a drowning boy in freezing winter
Centenarian Scholar
Yang Jingnian, a 104-year-old renowned economist, educator and translator, has become something of a legend. Yang is one of the founders of development economics in China
Job Creation
China's State Council issues a plan to boost employment by creating 45 million jobs in cities by 2015
New Water Source
The local government of Liuzhou, a city in southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, announces a plan to find an alternative source of drinking water

"Technology transfer and technological cooperation shall be decided by businesses independently and will not be used by the Chinese Government as a precondition for market access."

Chinese Commerce Minister Chen Deming, responding to questions on the alleged "forced sharing of technology" in an interview with the Bloomberg news agency on February 9

"The minimum wage increase of more than 13 percent each year will help increase the money in workers' pockets and will also be conducive to an elevation in the level of their social security."

Liu Junsheng, a researcher with the Labor and Wage Institute affiliated with the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, commenting on China's new national employment promotion plan released on February 8

"The rise of India and China cannot only be a parallel process but, with vision and commitment, actually a reinforcing process."

Indian External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna speaking at the inauguration ceremony for India's new embassy complex in Beijing on February 8

"Any outcome of national dialogue should be the result of agreement between the Syrians themselves and should be acceptable to all the Syrians."

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, telling the press on February 8 after his visit to Damascus

People visit the Third Art Work Exhibition of College Students held at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, on February 8 (JU HUANZONG)
Streets of Haikou, capital of Hainan Province, are decorated with colorful lanterns on February 6, China's Lantern Festival (GUO CHENG)
Street cleaners clear snow in Yakeshi City, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, on February 3. Much of north China was in the grip of a severe cold spell in early February (WANG WEI)
China on February 6 published a complete set of lunar maps and lunar images, which cover the entire surface of the moon. With a resolution of 7 meters, the images were captured by China's second lunar orbiter, Chang'e-2 (XINHUA)
BUMPER HARVEST A worker sifts corn in Tongxin County, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. Purchase prices of corn have been increasing recently due to bouyant demand (PENG ZHAOZHI)
TRANSPORT BOOM A container terminal at the Qinghuangdao Port, Hebei Province. Annual container throughput capacity of the province is expected to reach 6 million TEUs by 2015 (YANG SHIYAO)
Businesswoman Sentenced
Wu Ying, 31, former boss of Bense Group, a business conglomerate based in east China's Zhejiang Province, receives the death sentence for cheating investors out of several hundred million yuan in January
CPI at Three-Month High
China's consumer price index rises to a three-month high of 4.5 percent in January, 0.4 percentage points higher than that in December 2011
Tax Tussle
China says it will not require domestic airlines to pay carbon emission taxes imposed by the European Union on flights to and from Europe
Breaking the Mengniu Model
Mengniu Dairy Group has been struggling with constant scandals surrounding tainted milk
Shopping Overseas
Chinese consumers spend a record high of $7.2 billion outside the country during the Spring Festival holiday, according to a recent survey by the World Luxury Association
Playing Catch-up
With six of them entering the list of top 10 handset brands in China, domestic cellphone makers have taken a combined market share of 37.5 percent by the end of last year, close to the four big overseas brands' share of 41.5 percent
    Passengers wait in front of the ticketing desk of Hungarian airline Malev in the Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport on February 3. The financially strained carrier grounded all its flights a month after the EU said it must pay back state aid (XINHUA/AFP)
    Penguins in a zoo in Asahikawa on February 3. Severe snowfall hit western and northern Japan in early February (XINHUA/AFP)
    Displaced children receive food rations at a feeding center in Mogadishu. The UN said on February 3 that famine conditions have ended in this war-torn country six months after they were declared. But the situation remains dire, with nearly a third of the population needing emergency support (XINHUA/AFP)
    Mohamed Nasheed, President of the Maldives, announces his resignation on February 7 in Male after a mutiny by the police and weeks of demonstrations (XINHUA/AFP)
    Palestinian President and Fatah chief Mahmoud Abbas (left) signs a unity government agreement with Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal (right) in the presence of Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani (middle), Qatar's Emir, on February 6 in Doha. A unified transitional government headed by Abbas will be formed for the West Bank and the Gaza Strip (XINHUA/AFP)
    Queen Elizabeth II greets subjects in King's Lynn on February 6. The day marked 60 years since the Queen's accession to the throne (XINHUA/AFP)
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