Marathon Champion
Chinese runner Zhang Yingying clinches the women's title with a time of 2 hours, 31 minutes and 19 seconds at the 33rd Beijing International Marathon
Official Fireda
Ji Jianye, former mayor of Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, is sacked, the latest move in a nationwide crackdown on corruption

"We need to innovate ways of monitoring and strengthening supervision of Party officials, especially top leaders at the local level."

Wang Qishan, head of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China, commenting on the upcoming second round of disciplinary inspections at a meeting in Beijing on October 23

"I didn't expect the smog to get even worse. I cannot even see the faces of those standing just 5 meters away."

Liu Liwen, resident of Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, commenting on the dense smog in the city on October 21

"Last year, the working-age population dropped for the first time, a signal that China needs to make better use of its human resources."

Hu Xiaoyi, Vice Minister of Human Resources and Social Security, commenting on a possible extension of the retiring age to ease strain placed on pensions by China's aging population in Beijing on October 21

"There is no other country in the world where people attach so much importance to mastering a foreign language as the Chinese people studying English."

Cheng Fangping, professor of education at Renmin University of China, supporting the Beijing Municipal Commission of Education's decision released on October 21, to downplay the role of English proficiency in admitting students to high schools and colleges

New Development in Kashgar

Oriental Outlook
October 24

In Kashgar, an inland city in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, two 58-story tall towers will be constructed and crowned the highest buildings in Central Asia.

The highest building in a province usually tends to stand in the provincial capital, highlighting its importance in promoting the economy and development. Kashgar is an exception to this, much like Shenzhen in south China's Guangdong Province.

Genetically Modified Foods
October 21

On October 19, more than 300 people attended the First National Gold Rice Tasting at Huazhong Agricultural University in Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province, with volunteers savoring the genetically modified product. Earlier in July, 61 Chinese scholars signed a petition to state leaders, requesting the government to promote industrialization of transgenic rice.

However, the event also aroused anxiety among citizens opposed to genetically modified food. The government needs to respect people's right to question such produce, guarantee their right to refuse it, and promote diversified consumption.

Low Visibility Vehicles move slowly through dense smog in downtown Harbin, northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, on October 22 (WANG KAI)
No Visa Needed Southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality will implement regulations allowing 72-hour stays in the city without a visa for some travelers beginning on November 1 (LIU CHAN)
Message of Change
Comprehensive reforms will be planned during the upcoming Third Plenary Session of the 18th Communist Party of China Central Committee in November
Tibet White Paper
The Chinese Government issues a white paper, titled Development and Progress of Tibet
Anti-Pollution Plan
Beijing will ban half of all private vehicles and 80 percent of civil servants' work transports from the city's roads if an air-quality red alert is issued
Green Home Visitors look at a housing model during the 12th China International Housing Industry Exhibition held in Beijing from October 23 to 25 (WANG JINGSHENG)
Travel in Yunnan Several women dressed in traditional Yunnan costumes introduce their hometown of Honghe to a visitor at the China International Travel Mart, held in the province on October 24-27 (LIANG ZHIQIANG)
Housing Price Hikes
Prices of both new and existing homes continued to rise in most Chinese cities in September
Tax Revenue Rises
China's tax revenue, a major source of the government's fiscal income, grew 9 percent year on year in the first three quarters
Bid Successful
China's largest offshore oil and gas producer has won a 35-year production-sharing contract to develop a pre-salt oil discovery in Brazil's Libra oil field
Monetary Policy in a Dilemma, Again
The substantial inflow of cross-border capital puts China in a dilemma
Housing Loans Surge
Loans in China's real estate sector experience steady growth as the housing market regained vigor, data from People's Bank of China shows
Earnings Shoot Up
China Huarong Asset Management Co. Ltd., the largest financial asset management corporation in China, reports profits of 10.32 billion yuan in the first three quarters, up 56.01 percent from the previous year
    A group of clowns pose for a photo at the Latin American Clown Convention in Mexico City, on October 23. At least 500 clowns took part in the event (XINHUA/AFP)
    Soldiers stand guard in front of the hotel where Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency auctioned the drilling rights to one of the world’s largest offshore oil discoveries in Barra de Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, on October 20 (XINHUA/AFP)
  • CUBA
    A Cuban shows Cuban Pesos CUP and Convertible Pesos CUC on October 22 in Havana. The Cuban Government announced that day the beginning of the unification of the two separate currencies in use in Cuba for 19 years (XINHUA/AFP)
    An aerial picture shows Britain’s largest land artwork, entitled Wish, at the Belfast Titanic Quarter in Northern Ireland on October 23. The artwork spans 11 acres (XINHUA/AFP)
    A child helps his mother ahead of Halloween by pushing a wagon filled with pumpkins at the 20th annual Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Festival on October 20 in Pomona, California (XINHUA/AFP)
    A giant birthday cup cake is displayed on the steps of the Sydney Opera House as the world heritage-listed building celebrates its 40th birthday on October 20 (XINHUA/AFP)
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