Comfort Woman Passes Away
Wan Aihua, a Chinese woman who was forced into sex slavery during the Japanese invasion of China during World War II, died on September 4 at the age of 83
Five-Year-Old Pilot
He Yide, a 5-year-old boy with the nickname duoduo, flies for a total of 47 minutes in two flights around the Beijing Wildlife Zoo, at the request of his father He Liesheng

"The games were initiated to encourage public sports participation, but they have evolved into a fierce battle between local sports authorities as they chase after medals."

Yi Jiandong, a sports researcher and Vice President of the Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics, in response to scandals surrounding the 12th National Games, including allegations of biased judges

"Parents will be more worried if I decline the gifts. They may think that I look down on what they are offering me. However, if I accept the gifts, I will feel uncomfortable."

Du Jinxia, a private primary school teacher, commenting on the practice of parents sending gifts to teachers on Teachers' Day which falls on September 10 in China

"Abolish English classes for primary school students and add lessons on the Chinese classics. Ban off-school English training programs. Save children and save Chinese!"

Wang Xuming, President of the Beijing-based Language and Culture Press, who has more than 1.8 million followers on Sina Weibo, a Chinese microblogging platform similar to Twitter, urging on September 8 for more emphasis on Chinese language education

"Although lymphoma is a serious disease, which worries my family members and friends a lot, I know that this is life, and it is full of unexpected things. I will choose to face it, as illness is a part of life."

Lee Kai-Fu, one of the most celebrated executives in the Chinese tech world and popular blogger, revealing his lymphoma diagnosis online on September 6

Petroleum and Chemical Industry

Oriental Outlook
September 12

The Ministry of Environmental Protection has suspended environmental approval for the chemical production and refinement projects by the country's two oil and gas giants—the China National Petroleum Corp. and the China Petroleum and Chemical Corp.—due to their weak environmental protection performance last year.

For a long time, the rapid development of chemical production and refinement has caused serious environmental problems, which in turn has triggered social conflicts.

Curbing Cyber Defamation

Jinan Daily
September 10

China issued judicial interpretations on the enforcement of laws on the crime of defamation (libel) by spreading information on the Internet on September 9, which took effect as of September 10.

As cyber defamation differs from usual defamation in real life, it's necessary to offer special judicial interpretations on cyber defamation. The most important thing is to reach a balance between the public's right of free expression and supervision and the accurate cracking down on all kinds of cyber libel.

New Book Launched The English edition of Zhu Rongji on the Record is launched in New York City (HUANG WEI)
On the Way Passengers wait to board a train at a railway station in Jinan, Shandong Province (XU SUHUI)
Cleaner Air
A government plan says that China will take a multi-faceted approach in tackling the country's air pollution
Medical Subsidies
The Chinese Government announces a raise in medical insurance subsidies for rural residents
Human Rights Forum
The Sixth Beijing Forum on Human Rights was held in Beijing
Advocator of Reforms Chinese Premier Li Keqiang addresses the opening ceremony of the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2013, also known as Summer Davos (PANG XINGLEI)
A Shipbuilding Breakthrough A 180,000-ton deadweight super-large bulk cargo ship is pulled out of a shipyard in Tianjin (XINHUA)
Treasury Futures
China re-launches trade of its Treasury bond futures, 18 years after banning it following a multi-billion-yuan trading scandal
Solar Power Giant
China is expected to overtake Germany to become the world's largest generator of solar power this year
Emerging Tourists
The number of inbound tourists from emerging markets surged year on year in July, while visitors from developed countries continued to decline
Will the Asian Financial Crisis Stage a Comeback?
Factors have aroused concerns over whether the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis would be replayed .
New Yuan Loan
New yuan-denominated loans rose more than expected in August, giving further support to the recovery of the Chinese economy
Consumer Confidence
Chinese consumer spending using bankcards dropped slightly in August, illustrating stable consumer confidence
    U.S. mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato performs at the Royal Albert Hall in west London on September 7 during the Last Night of the Proms, which boasts a 118-year history (XINHUA/AFP)
    Protesters light candles in memory of a 4-year-old who was killed by stray dogs, during a rally organized to demand that authorities come up with a solution to the stray dog population on September 6 (XINHUA/AFP)
    Miss Venezuela, Karen Soto, poses before her Miss World preparation ceremony on the Nusa Dua resort island of Bali on September 8 (XINHUA/AFP)
  • Kazakhstan
    A Russian spacecraft lands in Kazakhstan on September 11. Three astronauts returned to Earth after a half-year mission on the International Space Station (XINHUA/AFP)
    Ruth Lamagne remembers her son, Port Authority police officer David Lamagne, at the 9/11 Memorial during ceremonies marking the 12th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City (XINHUA/AFP)
    A military parade is held at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang on September 9, marking the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DU BAIYU)
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