Table Tennis Prodigy
Chinese table tennis player Fan Zhendong, 16, has impressed the sport's circle after securing fifth place in the latest world rankings issued by the International Table Tennis Federation
Opera Legend Passes
Cantonese Opera singer Hong Xiannu, who was widely celebrated as a master of the art form, died in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, on December 8 at the age of 89

"Internet security is no longer a technological issue today. It is a requirement for innovation, a guarantee for development, a leader for technologies and the market, and a symbol of core competitiveness."

Lu Wei, Minister of China's State Internet Information Office, at the second China-South Korea Internet roundtable conference in Seoul on December 10

"The function of the abacus can be replaced by advanced tools, but the invisible benefit it brings to practitioners will last."

Yang Qingxia, retired accountant and proficient abacus user, commenting on the listing of the zhusuan, also known as the Chinese abacus, as intangible cultural heritage by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

"I love changes and innovation. The Internet industry has the busiest jobs. I didn't found Baidu for the money."

Li Yanhong, also known as Robin Li, co-founder of China's largest search engine Baidu, at a forum in Beijing on December 7

"In contrast the achievements measured by scores and rankings, it can be seen that Shanghai's students are weaker in active learning and problem solving."

Wang Tianrong, a college teacher in China, commenting on Shanghai students' ranking first on recent global student tests in math, reading and science skills by the Program for International Student Assessment

Welcome to 4G Era

Life Weekly
December 2

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is about to officially issue fourth-generation (4G) mobile network licenses, ushering the whole country into the 4G era.

"Fast" is the most outstanding feature of 4G. With a download speed of 100mb/s, 4G's transmission speed is about 10 times faster than 3G. It only takes about two minutes to download a 1G video.

Protecting Measures

Beijing Morning Post
December 9

The ancient tombs of northwest China's Qinghai Province are the biggest group of Tubo tombs on Chinese territory. China's State Administration of Cultural Heritage has listed the site as a major archeological discovery and named it "the oriental pyramid" on the south Silk Road of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

This "oriental pyramid" covers an area of 21,000 square kms, with only two groundkeepers. Obviously, the efforts to safeguard these precious relics are far from adequate. The 200 tombs in Reshui Township were all damaged with no exception.

Gray Skies A tourist takes a picture of Shanghai from the Bund while the city remained shrouded in smog (PEI XIN)
A New Baby Home The first baby drop-off in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, located near Xi'an Children Welfare Center is recently opened in Xi'an (DING HAITAO)
Disaster Aid
China's ministries of finance and civil affairs allocate 111 million yuan to three regions as aid for residents affected by disasters
Water Project
A key section of China's water diversion project across arid Hebei Province has been completed
Massacre Record
An encyclopedia recording the history of the Nanjing Massacre in 1937 is being compiled and is expected to be published next year
Clean Energy Staff members from the National Grid and the Tianjin Yingli photovoltaic industrial park examine solar panels to make sure the generated electricity is connected to the grid in Tianjin (REN LIHUA)
3D Printing A visitor takes a picture of a lampshade made by a 3D printer in the exhibition hall of the China 3D Printing Research Institute (SUN CAN)
Mapping the Future
China opens its annual Central Economic Work Conference amid calls for stronger and more concrete reform efforts
Interest Rate Reform
China's new guideline on deposit certificates in the interbank market, loosening controls on deposit rates to scrap the floor limit of lending rates
Exports Surge
China's exports outperformed market expectations in November due to improved data in the United States and the European Union
Innovation Nation
Americans seem to love worrying about China
Yuan Bonds in Taiwan
Four Chinese mainland banks issue yuan-denominated bonds worth 6.7 billion yuan which are traded on the GreTai Securities Market in Taiwan
Wealth Management Up
China's wealth management products totaled 9.92 trillion yuan as of the end of September
    Nobel Prize winner Martin Karplus (left) receives his medal for chemistry from the King of Sweden at the Stockholm Concert Hall on December 10 (XINHUA/AFP)
    This mosaic of images from the Mast Camera on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover released on December 9 shows a series of sedimentary deposits in the Glenelg area of Gale Crater (XINHUA/AFP)
    Syrian children warm themselves around a stove at a refugee camp in southern Lebanon on December 11 (XINHUA)
    A demonstrator raises a placard to protest against a controversial new state secrets bill at a park in Tokyo on December 6 (XINHUA/AFP)
    Seleka militia soldiers watch as Red Cross workers retrieve bodies from the site of clashes in Bangui, capital of the country, on December 6 (XINHUA/AFP)
    The King and Queen of Rio's Carnival 2014 perform before boarding a special Samba train to celebrate festivities in Rio de Janeiro on December 7 (XINHUA/AFP)
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