Official Removed From Office
Jiang Jiemin has been removed from his post as head of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council for alleged disciplinary violations
Legendary Athlete
Gao E wins the Women's Trap event at China's 12th National Games on September 1 despite being 51 years of age

"For students who are 12 or younger, spending six to seven hours a day at school is already physically stressful. They need more time to sleep and exercise, to develop their curiosity and hobbies."

Hu Ruiwen, a member of the National Education Advisory Committee, in response to new national education guidelines that aim to reduce students' workload

"Few people are interested in mooncake gift packages worth 500 yuan ($81) or more, while large orders by government bodies are no longer a reality."

Li Aihua, who owns an online mooncake franchise shop in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, commenting on August 29 on declining sales of luxury mooncakes ahead of the Mid-Autumn Festival when the sweet treat is given as a gift to friends and family

"With an increase in high-calorie, high-fat, high-sugar, and high-sodium diets, a decrease in physical activity and a more sedentary lifestyle, all factors that lead to weight gain, diabetes and other chronic diseases are now reaching epidemic proportions in China."

Guang Ning, Vice President of Ruijin Hospital, affiliated with the Shanghai Jiaotong University Medical School, on September 3

"Laws should be made to clarify that guardians cannot leave children under a certain age unattended."

Qin Qianhong, a law professor with Wuhan University in Hubei Province, in response to a recent slew of child injuries and deaths across the country, on September 4

Real-Name Registration System

Beijing Times
September 2

China's real-name registration system for all new telephone users went into effect on September 1. Real-name registration system is a universal policy across the world to control illegal practices. But it doesn't necessarily spell the end of junk messages and nuisance phone calls.

Housing Tax

Guangzhou Daily
September 2

Xu Shaoshi, head of China's National Development and Reform Commission, recently announced that China will launch pilot property tax programs in more cities. He affirmed that the policy will be scheduled for the second half of 2013.

Thanks to the reform and opening up, Chinese citizens are richer than ever before. However, their property forms are so limited that real estate is the major—and almost the only—form for them. Now an additional housing tax is on the way, meaning that ordinary citizens will have to pay extra for their sole property.

Cooperation Pledge Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visits the exhibition hall of the China-ASEAN Expo in Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, on September 3 (YAO DAWEI)
Car Control Beijing’s first reversible lane is located on Chaoyang Road and was put into use on September 5 as part of efforts to ease worsening gridlock (WANG ZHEN)
Discipline Online
The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China and the Ministry of Supervision jointly launch an official website
Higher Thresholds
Ten provincial-level regions nationwide have been put under a pilot reform program that raises the threshold of becoming a teacher
Trademark Law
China's top legislature passes a new intellectual property law to crack down on copyright infringements and ensure a fair market for trademark holders
Roof Goes Solar Wang Xiaogang, a resident in Changxing County, Zhejiang Province, and electricians from a local power department check the grid-connected solar power unit installed on Wang’s roof (XU YU)
Trend Technologies Visitors inspect the latest gaming software on display at the ninth China (Nanjing) International Software Product and Information Service Expo in Jiangsu Province on September 5-8 (SUN CAN)
Economic Rebound
China's manufacturing activities posts a strong recovery in August, offering further signs that the world's second largest economy is emerging from the shadows of a protracted slowdown
China's Top 500
The 2013 edition of the Top 500 Chinese Enterprises list is unveiled at a press conference in Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province
GDP Revised
The National Bureau of Statistics lowers China's growth rate for 2012 to 7.7 percent based on its preliminary verification
After Microsoft's Nokia Deal
Microsoft Corp. will buy Nokia's phone business and license its patents for $7.2 billion, which is expected to be finalized in early 2014
Cross-Border Yuan Lending
Coca-Cola Beverages (Shanghai) Ltd. has completed a 250-million-yuan inter-company loan to London-based Atlantic Industries, a Coca-Cola subsidiary, with the help of Citibank China
Fund Management JV
AMP Capital will establish a funds management company in China with China Life Asset Management Co., Australian and New Zealand independent wealth management company AMP announced
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    President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (center) pays his respects in front of the Independence Monument after taking the oath of office on September 4 (XINHUA/AFP)
    Protesters wearing masks of German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right) and her challenger Peer Steinbrück demonstrate against energy policies of both candidates in Berlin on September 1 (XINHUA/AFP)
    Diana Nyad (center), 64, emerges from the Atlantic Ocean after completing a 111-mile swim without the security of a shark cage from Cuba to Key West, Florida, on September 2 (XINHUA/AFP)
    Indian artists make final preparations of an idol of the Hindu God Lord Ganesh in Hyderabad on August 30 (XINHUA/AFP)
    Onlookers spray water on participants of the color run in Medellin on September 1 (XINHUA/AFP)
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