Football Star
Chinese national football team skipper Zheng Zhi is awarded the Asian Football Confederation football player of the year prize at the annual gala of the AFC in Kuala Lumpur
Top Negotiator
Chen Deming, President of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, makes his first visit to Taiwan since assuming his post in April by leading a business delegation that arrived in Taiwan

"There are many issues that we are not actually satisfied with, but we can accept the results."

Xie Zhenhua, Head of the Chinese delegation to the 2013 UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, Poland, commenting on the results of the conference at its conclusion on November 23

"Today, people-to-people exchanges, political trust and business cooperation have together become the three pillars underpinning the new model of major-country relations between China and the United States."

Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong, during her speech at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. on November 21

"Putting every judicial process under the spotlight will test judges and help them improve the quality of their rulings. It could also prevent abuse of the right to sue and of legal resources."

Zhou Qiang, President of the Supreme People's Court, urging courts to publicly disclose the progress of trials and judgments to improve judicial transparency, on November 27

"The Chinese think that frequently saying 'thanks' and 'sorry' is being overly polite, and purposely creates distance between friends, which hinders deeper communication."

Shi Tonglan, a professor at Japan's Ryukoku University, in her paper Exploring the Cultural Differences in Chinese and Japanese Language Behaviors

High-Speed Railways

World Knowledge
December 1

China's high-speed railways have jumped to be a rising star in the global sector. Also, it is leading the export of China's high-end products. Up to October, China ranked No. 1 in the world with a total mileage of 13,000 km high-speed railways.

The development of high-speed railways in China has gone through twists and turns. For instance, the collision of two high-speed trains in Wenzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province, on July 23, 2011, threw the industry off track.

Official Vehicle System

Beijing Youth Daily
November 26

China's Central Government recently issued an ordinance, canceling the use of general official vehicles. General official vehicles refer to cars excluding those used for the work of ministerial and higher-level officials and those for law enforcement and other special duties.

Sea Trial China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, leaves its homeport of Qingdao in Shandong Province for a training and scientific observation mission in the South China Sea (XINHUA)
Oil Pipeline Explosion Firefighters search for the missing people after a leaking pipeline caught fire and exploded in Huangdao District , Qingdao, a coastal city in east China’s Shandong Province (LI ZIHENG)
Lunar Exploration
China unveils plans to send Chang'e-3, its domestically developed lunar probe, to the Moon in early December
Spending Rule
The central authorities issues a regulation to standardize fund management and ban Party and government extravagance
Insurance Profits
Gross revenue of China's social insurance funds increases 22 percent year on year to 3.14 trillion yuan in 2012
To Be Connected A bridge across the Yangtze River in Tongling, Anhui Province, is in the final stage of construction (GUO SHINING)
Trash Becomes Treasure A worker examines tissue boxes to be delivered to France in a workshop of Tianhemei Artware in Lin’an, Zhejiang Province (HU JIANHUAN)
Solar Duties
The European Union imposes tariffs of up to 42.1 percent on solar glass imports from China
China's coastal areas lead the Greater China region in cross-border e-commerce retail, ranking highest in both transaction volume and growth rate
Price Fixing
China's leading price regulator will crack down on excessively high prices in six industries as it looks to further protect consumers
Putting Forex Reserves to Better Use
Reform in the financial sector is bound to unleash enormous growth potential
Cinda IPO
China Cinda Asset Management Co. Ltd. launches an initial public offering in Hong Kong
Stocks Rally
A pair of Chinese firms, Ltd. and Sungy Mobile Ltd., see their stocks soar when they made their debut on the U.S. stock markets
    Opposition protesters wave national flags as they march toward a government complex in Bangkok on November 27, attempting to overthrow Yingluck Shinawatra's administration (XINHUA/AFP)
    Women perform during a demonstration commemorating International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in Quito on November 25 (XINHUA/AFP)
    Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond (left) and Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon display their regional government’s white paper, which suggests the region’s independence referendum (XINHUA/AFP)
    Norwegian Magnus Carlsen claimed the world chess title in Chennai on November 22, becoming the first Western champion since 1975 (XINHUA/AFP)
    Fireworks illuminate the sky around Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, on November 27, after the city was chosen to host World Expo 2020 (XINHUA/AFP)
    President Barack Obama, accompanied by his daughters, pardons a turkey named Popcorn before this year's Thanksgiving Day (FANG ZHE)
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