Billionaire Fan
Xu Jiayin, Chairman of Evergrande Group based in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, hits the headlines in the press recently after Guangzhou Evergrande Football Club lifts the Asian Champions League trophy
Tough Girl
Lu Yuting, a 16-year-old high school girl from Chengdu, Sichuan Province, touches the hearts of thousands when she receives an award for filial piety at a ceremony broadcast by China Central Television

"While around 86.8 percent of elderly people in cities receive a monthly pension, in rural areas only 18.7 percent do. Seniors in the countryside mainly live on support from their families or proceeds from renting out farmland."

Ma Li, former Director of the China Population and Development Research Center, at a recent forum on an aging society in Beijing

"We hope people from both sides of the Taiwan Straits, especially the young generation, will better understand each other and strengthen their common national identity and sense of belonging."

Fan Liqing, spokeswoman of the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, at a regular press conference in Beijing on November 13

"Undoubtedly, the establishment of a state security committee has made terrorists, separatists, and extremists nervous."

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Qin Gang, at a press meeting in Beijing on November 13

"An eased policy would not compromise the nation's long-term goal of achieving low population growth."

Yuan Xin, a professor of population studies at Nankai University in Tianjin, on the news that the Central Government may fine-tune its family planning policy

China's Role in UNESCO

Oriental Outlook
November 14

On November 5, Hao Ping, China's vice minister of education and representative to the UNESCO executive board, was elected president of the 37th General Conference of the UNESCO on a two-year mandate.

So far, this is the highest post a Chinese official has held in the organization, which boasts 195 members states, and indicates approval of China's influence and leading ability in UNESCO affairs.

Free Preschool Education

The Beijing News
November 10

The Nanjing Municipal Government has put forward a series of reform on education. From 2014, local children attending kindergarten will receive free education for one year before they enter primary school, while families in poverty will receive subsidies toward the early years of their child's education.

As preschool education is not compulsory currently, local governments tend to neglect it. In the past, when it was reported that certain counties and townships extended free education to local preschoolers, large cities unanimously stated that it couldn't work on a larger scale. However, Nanjing, as a provincial capital, has made it a reality.

Hard-Won Victory China’s Guangzhou Evergrande football team celebrates after winning the final match of the 2013 AFC Champions League against South Korea’s FC Seoul in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province (LIU DAWEI)
Off the Beaten Path Local authorities in Medog in Tibet Autonomous Region, the last county in China to be connected to the national road network (XINHUA)
School Safety
China is to establish a procedure to help guarantee safety in school buildings
PLA Recruitment
More 100,000 online job applications are received by the People's Liberation Army, most from people holding bachelor's degrees or above
Food Assessments
New materials for food production must be subjected to risk assessment from qualified institutions before they can be approved
Bon Appetit A girl from the Naxi ethnic group feeds goats in Longshan Village in Lijiang, Yunan Province (LIN YIGUANG)
Improving Infrastructure Workers lay irrigation pipes into farmland in Xianghe County, north China’s Hebei Province (LI XIAOGUO)
Moderate Inflation
China's consumer price index, a main gauge of inflation, grew 3.2 percent year on year in October, up from 3.1 percent in September
Exports Up
China's exports reverse their decline and rise 5.6 percent year on year in October to 1.14 trillion yuan
New Yuan Loans
Yuan-denominated lending in October comes in at a touch over 506.1 billion yuan, an increase of 700 million yuan from the same period last year
Challenges to a Unified Land Market
New policy confirms establishment of a unified urban and rural construction land market
HK Debut
China's Huishang Bank Corp. Ltd. starts flat during its Hong Kong trading debut, after raising $1.2 billion in the island city's biggest bank IPO in three years
Rice Futures
China, the world's top rice producer and consumer, will start trading Japonica rice futures on the Zhengzhou Commodity Exchange
    A cache of alcohol and drugs is burnt in Kabul on November 12 as part of local authorities’ fight against the drug trade amid a surge in opium cultivation (XINHUA/AFP)
    People walk among fallen trees at Tacloban Airport on November 9, one day after super-typhoon Haiyan hit the country. Casualties were reported to have reached 2,275 by November 13 (XINHUA/AFP)
    President Francois Holande (second left) attends a ceremony commemorating the end of World War I at the Arch of Triumph in Paris on November 11, known as Rememberance Day (XINHUA/AFP)
    Miss Venezuela Gabriela Isler, a 25-year-old television presenter, is crowned Miss Universe in Moscow during a glittering ceremony (XINHUA/AFP)
    People form a Wir ("we") next to the Berlin Wall memorial at Bernauer Street on November 9 in Berlin for the 24th anniversary of the fall of the Wall (XINHUA/AFP)
    A snowman sits in the Millennium Park on November 11 in Chicago, Illinois, following the city’s first snowfall of the season (XINHUA/AFP)
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