Innovative Entrepreneur
Liu Qingfeng, CEO and President of iFlytek, a speech-recognition technology developer, receives the title of Economic Figure of 2013 at a gala hosted by China Central Television
Economic Visionary
Li Yining, a renowned economist and the Honorary Dean of Guanghua School of Management of Peking University, is given a Lifetime Achievement Award at a CCTV gala honoring the Economic Figures of 2013

"The National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA) will continue to produce quality programs in the future. Through our Going Out strategy, we'll do a better job at telling China's story and conveying Chinese messages to the rest of the world."

NCPA Vice President Wang Zhengming, during the center's public open day on December 22, when the center hosted free shows, lectures, exhibitions and performances

"The most fantastic thing about the landing of China's first moon rover is seeing images captured and relayed to Earth by the Yutu rover."

Liu Cixin, one of China's most celebrated science fiction writers, after watching the live broadcast of the Yutu rover's disembarking on TV

"The total production costs for the event were 13 million HK dollars this year. A total of 400,000 people are expected to watch the show on both sides of the harbor, and share the cheerfulness of the New Year."

Peter Lam, Chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board, on Hong Kong's plan to launch the largest ever countdown extravaganza in Victoria Harbor on December 31, with an unprecedented fireworks display

"It is the first time we detected the H10N8 virus in human pneumonia samples. Studies in our laboratories show the chances of human infection from contact with live poultry is rare."

Feng Zijian, Director of the Emergency Office of the Chinese Center for Disease Control, following the death of a woman in central China's Jiangxi Province in mid-December, who was believed to be the first recorded human case of the H10N8 strain of bird flu

Parking Space

Changjiang Daily
December 18

The number of vehicles on Beijing's roads exceeds 5.4 million, but the city only has 2.76 million regular parking spaces. Currently, over 80 percent of vehicles are parked in irregular spaces, but this doesn't mean there are insufficient parking spaces.

Parking space problems are an inevitable pain during urban development, but high fees are definitely not the answer. A city should be capable of holding its vehicles. More and more parking spaces and their management should be made public property again.

Airport Paralysis

Yangcheng Evening News
December 17

This year, it was not rare to see an airport paralyzed during bad weather. In many cases, not only did some flights fail to operate normally, but some airports failed to cope appropriately.

Flight delays caused by weather happen frequently. Every airline and airport has a corresponding emergency plan. With efforts to promote common sense and safety knowledge, people would be able to show more understanding and tolerance when there are unexpected circumstances caused by natural disasters during their travels. However, for this to happen, an orderly and well-prepared follow-up services from airlines and airports are needed. Airports and flights might be affected, but emergency plans shouldn't. Recklessness and disorder should be avoided.

Housing Projects Affordable houses under construction in Xining, capital of northwest China’s Qinghai Province (WANG BO)
Fare Increases Passengers pass through the security check at the Tian’anmen West subway station in Beijing (LI WEN)
Registration Reform
The Ministry of Public Security says that it has already drafted a plan for reforming the current household registration system
Greener Petrol
China's standardization authority announces stricter quality standards for gasoline in an effort to reduce vehicle emissions
Protected Zone
China plans to strengthen environmental protection in the Sanjiangyuan region of west China's Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the headwater of many of its major rivers
Making Toys for the World Workers from a toy company in Wendeng, Shandong Province, examine toys made for the movie Rio 2 (CHEN HONGQING)
4G Set to Take Off A consumer demonstrates video played on a 4G cellphone in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province. Mobile’s 4G services were launched in three cities in Zhejiang (ZHANG PEIJIAN)
OTC Market Expansion
China has decided to expand its over-the-counter market to all qualified small and medium-sized enterprises
Home Prices Surge
The price of homes in large Chinese cities continued to rise in November
Control Easing
The Ministry of Commerce announces that it will further loosen controls on cross-border yuan direct investment
Avoiding Misinterpretations of the 'Third Board'
China's efforts to build a multilevel capital market
Shoring up Confidence
Central Huijin Investment Ltd., a state-owned investment company, increased its stake in China's four largest state-owned commercial banks, in a move to boost the flagging stock market
Forex Surplus
Chinese banks purchased foreign exchanges worth $164.7 billion in November while selling $128.1 billion, for a surplus of $36.6 billion
    Chairwoman of the Southern African Development Community and President of Malawi Joyce Banda (left) and President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni sign a landmark peace deal between the M23 Rebels and the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo on December 12 in Nairobi (XINHUA/AFP)
    Former South African President Nelson Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Mandela Madikizela (left) and widow Graca Machel (center) stand by his coffin during a funeral ceremony in Qunu on December 15 (XINHUA/AFP)
    Chilean President-elect Michelle Bachelet waves as she celebrates her victory in the presidential elections in Santiago on December 15 (XINHUA/AFP)
    An anti-government demonstrator blows a whistle at the gate of the Government House in Bangkok on December 12 (XINHUA/AFP)
    Israelis try to move a stranded vehicle out of the snow in Jerusalem on December 13. The city experienced its worst snowstorm since 1953 (XINHUA/AFP)
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (front right) and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, stand side by side at a memorial service marking the second anniversary of Kim's father and former leader Kim Jung Il's passing in Pyongyang on December 17 (XINHUA/KCNA)
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