New ISO President
Zhang Xiaogang, Chairman of the World Steel Association and a member of the China Standardization Expert Committee, is elected president of the International Organization for Standardization in St. Petersburg, Russia
Desertification Fighter
Wang Wenbiao, Chairman of Elion Resources Group in China, is awarded the Global Drylands Champions award by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification in Windhoek, Namibia

"Although early education centers can no doubt teach some skills to children, good development depends on learning within the family."

Liu Yan, an expert researching preschool education at Beijing Normal University, commenting on Chinese parental predilections for early educational centers, on September 19

"The move shows the Party and Central Government are determined to further improve and root out official extravagance rather than making empty promises."

Wu Hui, an associate professor of governance at the Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, in response to a new regulation on spending for official conferences aimed at streamlining government work and curbing extravagance

"Not only should the gates of courts be opened, but more media for judicial publicity should be created and utilized."

Zhou Qiang, President of the Supreme People's Court, in response to the growing use of social media by Chinese courts, such as the use of Weibo, a Twitter-like micro-blogging service, to post details of Bo Xilai's trial by the Jinan Intermediate People's Court in Shandong Province

"Xinjiang should be established as a western port for China's foreign trade given the fact that it is located at what has been an important merchant route, the 'Silk Road,' since ancient times."

Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, at the fourth national work conference on "pairing assistance" projects to support Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region development, which was held in Beijing on September 23-24

Historical Architecture Preservation

Guangming Daily
September 24

Various forms of world famous architecture are being copied in urban residences across China today. For example, Guangsha Tianducheng Residential, a luxury real-estate project built in a European style, is currently under construction on the outskirts of Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province. Tourists can take a tour of two of the world's most beautiful cities, Paris and Venice, in a single afternoon by visiting the site, French media reported.

A Return Voyage

Guangzhou Daily
September 23

On September 15, an airplane returned to Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport to fetch a passenger while it was preparing for take-off. It was for a desperate mother who had missed the last plane. She hurried home because her daughter had been killed in a car accident. After asking the opinion of passengers on board, the airport recalled the plane and let the woman onboard.

Typhoon Aftermath Local residents walk past a fallen street lamp in Shanwei, south China’s Guangdong Province, after Typhoon Usagi swept through the city on September 23 (LIANG XU)
Green Way Volunteers ride bikes to promote low-carbon transportation in Nantong city, Jiangsu Province, on September 22 (HUANG ZHE)
Eco-friendly Growth
An annual report measuring green development in 30 regions and 100 cities on the Chinese mainland has been released
Drop in Donations
About 81.7 billion yuan in donations from domestic and overseas sources was made to China in 2012, down 3.31 percent year on year
Carrier Tests
China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, returns to its homeport after a three-month voyage
A Rural Escape Tourists pick flowers at Xifenying Village of Bazhou, north China’s Hebei Province (LI XIAOGUO)
Connecting East to West Flight attendants from British Airways pose for pictures in Chengdu, capital of southwest China’s Sichuan Province, on September 23 (LI QIAOQIAO)
Home Prices Rise
Prices of both new and existing homes continued to rise in most Chinese cities in August
Fuel Upgrade
Chinese drivers will have to pay more in fuel prices amid the country's drive to reduce air pollution through upgraded fuel quality
Cultural Investment
Dalian Wanda Group will establish a massive movie industry project in the coastal city of Qingdao, with investments of more than 50 billion yuan
A QE Taper, Sooner or Later
The Federal Reserve unexpectedly will maintain the quantitative easing
Alleviated Pressure
As China's economy is stabilizing, capital outflow pressure has shown signs of easing
Profit Forecast
Given the cyclical recovery and rapid growth of China's emerging industries, roughly 60 percent of Chinese listed companies expect a profit increase in the third quarter
    Opposition protesters clash with the police on September 23 in Conakry, capital of Guinea. A trainee policeman was shot dead as renewed violence broke out in the city (XINHUA/AFP)
    Brides-to-be take part in a charity event dubbed The Runaway Brides on September 21 in Granada. The winners will have their wedding ceremony paid for by event organizers (XINHUA/AFP)
    Oliver Langheim poses with his 320-kg giant pumpkin on September 19 in his garden. He said the pumpkin grows 4 to 5 kg of weight a day (XINHUA/AFP)
    Prime Minister Hun Sen (right) greets people during the first parliament meeting at the National Assembly building in Phnom Penh on September 23 (XINHUA/AFP)
  • IRAQ
    Syrian children play nearby their tent school set up at a refugee camp on September 23. With the help of the UN Children’s Fund and the Iraqi Government, makeshift educational facilities were built for refugee children (ZHANG SHUHUI)
    Pierre Cadeac, founder of Fauna Films, trains a wolf for movie productions at the Fauna Films park in Villemer on September 18 (XINHUA/AFP)
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