Zhang Yimou Apology
Famous Chinese film director Zhang Yimou is confirmed as having young children with Chen Ting whom he married in 2011, in violation of the country's birth control policy
University Official Investigated
Cai Rongsheng, head of the Administration Office of Beijing-based Renmin University of China, is currently under investigation by disciplinary departments

"We are transforming economic development, restructuring the economy and encouraging companies to go abroad quickly, while the UK is bolstering reform and welcoming foreign investment. This is the moment for stronger cooperation."

Chinese President Xi Jinping to visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron in Beijing on December 2

"Just like untold stars may light up the night sky, HIV/AIDS control needs not only government authorities to perform their duties, but also the commitment of volunteers in society."

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang emphasizing the need for scientific treatment and public awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS in a letter he wrote to Beijing You'an Hospital on World AIDS Day

"We would like to ask Japan to explain to other countries whether it has an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) or not. When Japan first set up its ADIZ and later on expanded it several times, it never consulted other countries. Japan doesn't want to allow others to do what they have been doing themselves."

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang responding to the news that Japan would raise the issue of China's ADIZ during the Japan-ASEAN special summit held in Tokyo

"I am not a reader. It is a shame that I hardly have time to read a book. The Nobel Prize tears me away from the desk."

Mo Yan, laureate of Nobel Prize in Literature in 2012, when recalling how he spent 2013

Tobacco Production Doubled

Global Times
December 5

Cigarette production in China has almost doubled since the nation signed a landmark international agreement to cut down on tobacco output, meaning that the nation is only paying lip service to tobacco control legislation, according to a new report.

The report, Tobacco Control in China From a Civil Society Perspective 2013, found that around 2.175 trillion cigarettes were produced in the year leading up to October.

Huawei Putting U.S. on Hold

China Daily
December 5

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., China's largest maker of telecommunications networking equipment, is indicating that it will abandon the United States carrier equipment market.

"Huawei is prioritizing its carrier business in markets that are open to competition, innovation and investment," said Huawei spokesman William Plummer. "We remain committed to our customers, employees, investments and operations, and our more than $1 billion in sales in the United States. We stand ready to deliver additional competition and innovative solutions as desired by customers and allowed by authorities."

Anchors Aweigh Research vessel Dayang Yihao departs from Sanya on south China’s island province of Hainan on December 2, making the country’s 30th oceanic exploration mission (ZHANG YONGFENG)
Great Achievements Director General of the UN Food and Agricultural Organization Jose Graziano da Silva delivers a speech during the 40th anniversary of cooperation between China and the FAO in Rome, Italy (XU NIZHI)
City Categories
The Chinese Government has identified 262 cities as being dependent on natural resources, in a bid to roll out targeted measures to boost their development
Outstanding Students
Shanghai is ranked first in mathematics, science and reading in a report on global education released every three years
Emergency Center
A national emergency broadcast center opened in China, as the country looks to speed up the construction of a radio network for transmitting rescue and relief information in disaster-hit regions
4G Arrives Visitors observe the fourth generation (4G) telecom booth at the Ninth China (Nanjing) International Software Product and Information Service Expo, held in Nanjing, capital of east China’s Jiangsu Province (WANG QIMING)
Soilless Cultivation A worker examines vegetables in a soilless vegetable greenhouse at Yangzizhou Township of Nanchang, Jiangxi Province (ZHOU KE)
Trade Dispute
China files a complaint under the WTO's dispute settlement mechanism over anti-dumping measures by the United States against 13 types of Chinese products
VAT Reform Expanded
China will continue to expand the scope of its pilot program to replace turnover tax with value-added tax
PMI Figures
China's purchasing managers' index for the manufacturing sector remained flat at 51.4 percent in November
Medical Insurance Reform
The surplus of China's basic medical insurance funds for urban residents had reached 764.4 billion yuan by the end of 2012
Bitcoin Popular
An estimated 1.8 million Bitcoin, a digital currency, are traded through BTC China in November, the platform with the highest trading volume in the world
Yuan Services in HK
Unionpay International declared that it will launch direct yuan clearing services outside China's mainland, with Hong Kong to be the first place to receive the services
    An opposition protester waves the national flag at Government House in Bangkok on December 3. Hundreds of demonstrators entered government headquarters unopposed that day and later withdrew (GAO JIANJUN)
    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (seventh left) poses for a group photo with heads of delegations participating in the 12th prime ministers’ meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member states in Tashkent, on November 29 (RAO AIMIN)
    People walk by a giant Christmas bauble displayed in Nice on December 4 (XINHUA/AFP)
    A model presents a creation made by local designer Valentina Garcia with organic elements during the BioFashion 2013 show in Cali on November 30 (XINHUA/AFP)
    Schoolchildren take lessons in an open classroom at a refugee camp on the outskirts of Jalalabad on December 1. Afghanistan has had only rare moments of peace over the past 30 years with its education system being seriously undermined (XINHUA/AFP)
    Fine arts students from Allahabad University make a sand sculpture to raise AIDS awareness on the eve of World AIDS Day at Sangam in Allahabad on November 30 (XINHUA/AFP)
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