Best Voice of China
Li Qi, 23, champions Zhejiang Satellite TV's second season of the talent show Voice of China 
Shanghai FTZ Director
Ai Baojun, Deputy Mayor of Shanghai, is appointed director of the managing committee of the Shanghai pilot free trade zone

"The law will greatly enhance awareness of China's local authorities in protecting the interest of tourists, as it makes clear that the government is responsible for the supervision of local tourism safety."

Dai Bin, head of the China Tourism Academy, in response to the country's first tourism law that took effect on October 1

"There are so many reality shows today, but they are all similar and unappealing. A show that is over hyped, but with mediocre contestants, only makes me want to turn off the TV."

Dai Guangxiu, 49, who feverishly followed the second season of Super Girl in 2005, commenting on dozens of similar TV talent contests that vie for the attention of increasingly picky audiences, on September 29

"Many rural residents who flock to cities are unskilled or unable to adapt to urban life. They can't find jobs like other migrant workers and thus become homeless. Meanwhile, many city governments lack effective measures, like job training, to properly handle this group of people."

Xia Xueluan, a sociology professor with Peking University, in response on October 3 to the increasing urban homeless population, which has become a prominent issue as China experiences rapid urbanization

"It is our job to respond to disasters, earthquakes and traffic accidents, life-and-death matters, but the reality is that half of our missions, or even more, are not emergencies."

Li Jin, Deputy Director of Beijing Fire Control. As of July 20, firefighters in the capital had been called to assist 3,119 cases of people locked out of their homes, closely followed by cases such as searching for lost pets and removing rings from people's fingers

Chinese Investment Faced With Obstacles

Oriental Outlook
October 10

Although direct overseas investment in the world is declining due to the weakened global economy, China's overseas investment, especially that in the United States, is growing faster. In the first half of 2013, China's investment in the United States increased by 290 percent.

For example, Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd., China's largest meat producer, offered to buy U.S. pork giant Smithfield Foods Inc., while China National Offshore Oil Corp. Ltd. acquired Canadian oil and gas company Nexen.

Digital Scrawl

Beijing Youth Daily
October 8

Starting from the National Day holiday on October 1, tourists can scrawl wantonly across a large digital screen inside the Yellow Crane Tower, a famous historical building situated on the Yangtze River bank in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province.

As is known, many Chinese tourists have a habit of writing on cultural vestiges. The Yellow Crane Tower has undergone its fair share of scrawling since ancient times, with famous Tang Dynasty poet and scholar Cui Hao (704-754) leaving a beautiful poem on its walls.

A Thawing Threat Sanjiangyuan, the origin of China’s three major waterways—Yangtze, Yellow and Lancang rivers, is continuing to heat up and become wetter as a result of global warming, recent monitoring data showed (YANG SHOUDE)
New Talent Top prize winners of the Fourth Xingyun Awards pose for the media following the prize presentation in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, on October 4 (FAN MINDA)
Online Whistleblowers
A website that is opened by the top disciplinary agency of the Communist Party of China has received an average of 827 corruption tip-offs daily since its launch
Fund Management
The Chinese Government vows to reinforce management of public funds used for social programs, such as funds for poverty-relief
Warning System
China has revealed plans to develop a system that will be capable of issuing early warnings regarding geological and environmental risks
A Helping Hand for SMEs A staff member at an electricity company checks equipment in an innovation park for small and medium-sized enterprises in Shizuishan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region (WANG PENG)
Buy Me with WeChat A customer uses the social messaging smartphone application WeChat to pay for drinks in a Beijing subway station on October 9 (WANG SHEN)
Bank Supervision
The China Banking Regulatory Commission revises its rules to step up supervision of small and medium-sized rural banks
Registration Starts
A total of 577 people apply to register companies at the newly launched Shanghai pilot free trade zone on October 8, the first day for registration
Growth Forecast
The World Bank cuts its growth forecast for developing economies in East Asia and the Pacific region as a whole in 2013 to 7.1 percent from the previous forecast of 7.8 percent
Don't Acquire for the Sake of Acquisition
Statistics from Zero2IPO show that 654 M&As took place in China by August
ZTE's Ambition
Chinese smartphone maker ZTE Corp. has plans to dominate the Philippine smartphone market through the creation of affordable handsets in the next three years
Mobile Game Thrives
The First International Game Forum was launched in Beijing on October 10
    A girl sits on makeshift raft amid rising floodwaters. More than 80 people have died during recent flooding (XINHUA/AFP)
    On October 6, soldiers carry the body of a victim of a ship loaded with 518 people that sank three days earlier in the Lampedusa harbor. The rescue operation saved 155 passengers (XINHUA/AFP)
    A photo taken on June 25, 2009, in Dublin, Ireland shows Canadian author Alice Munro who has been awarded the 2013 Nobel Literature Prize, the Royal Swedish Academy announced on October 10 in Stockholm (XINHUA/AFP)
    A man waves a national flag in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the 1973 October War between Arabian and Israeli forces (CUI XINYU)
    Indian Air Force soldiers march past a C-130J aircraft during a parade at the Hindon Air Force station on the outskirts of New Delhi on October 8 (XINHUA/AFP)
    A vendor shows off his sheep to customers on October 9, during a livestock sale to celebrate the upcoming festival Eid al-Adha, also called Feast of the Sacrifice (LU XIAOWEI)
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