Musician Acknowledged
Noted composer Chen Qigang received the Order of Arts and Letters medal from French ambassador to China Sylvie Bermann at the French Embassy in Beijing
Vice Minister Sacked
Li Dongsheng, former Vice Minister of Public Security, is recently removed from his official posts

"The visit to the Yasukuni Shrine is essentially an attempt to whitewash the history of aggression and colonialism by militarist Japan, to overturn the just trial of Japanese militarism by the international community and to challenge the outcome of World War II and post-war international order."

Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang, in a statement condemning Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, where war criminals are honored alongside fallen Japanese soldiers, on December 26, 2013

"With 400 Beijing residents celebrating their 60th birthday every day, the current number of eldercare professionals is far from meeting the demand."

Du Peng, a professor with the School of Sociology and Population Studies, Renmin University of China, commenting on the shortage of trained senior care professionals in Beijing

"There are many children living in poor conditions and in need of help. We hope that the donation can help relieve their difficulties."

Jason Han, an employee at China's telecommunications giant Huawei, after making a donation on behalf of the company consisting of laptops, cash, writing books, pens, and food to a Cambodian charity organization on December 22, 2013

"It's time for such a major country in the world to look at footballers. Thinking footballers means to work on development of football at grassroots level."

Jérôme Valcke, Secretary General of FIFA, commenting on China's football development on December 20, 2013

University Enrollment

People's Daily
December 23

Renmin University of China, a renowned university based in Beijing, recently announced that it would suspend independent enrollment of students for 2014, following the arrest of the university's head of admissions in November 2013 over allegations of taking bribes.

Cold Winter for Calendar Market

Yangcheng Evening News
December 24

After the Central Government recently strictly prohibited local governments and state-owned enterprises from using public funds to print calendars, many businesses specializing in printing calendars have experienced a lapse in business.

According to Jin Jingxi, head of the Calendar Products Association in Yiwu, a hub for calendar printing in east China's Zhejiang Province, local printers have lost more than 100 million yuan ($16.47 million) since the government ban.

Capability Tests According to a statement by the PLA navy on December 22, 2013, China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, has conducted more than 100 tests and training tasks (XINHUA)
Bird Flu Response Passing cars are disinfected in Nanshi District in Baoding City, north China’s Hebei Province (WANG XIAO)
Anti-Graft Plan
The Communist Party of China vows to fight corruption and maintain its 'high-handed posture' for the next five years
Judicial Transparency
The Supreme People's Court, China's highest judicial body, issues a judicial interpretation that clarifies procedures for cross-examining cases of state compensation
Baby Formula Rules
China's food safety watchdog unveils a revised regulation, which will significantly increase standards for domestic infant-formula producers
More Green Coverage A farmer feeds his goats in Gangcha County, Qinghai Province (ZHANG HONGXIANG)
Freight Boom Snow falls on the Horgos Railway Station in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (JIANG WENYAO)
China Mobile Deal
Apple and China Mobile announces that they have penned an agreement to bring iPhones to the world's largest mobile network
Cash Injection
China's interbank money rate falls after the central bank put funds into the system by selling seven-day reverse repurchase contracts for the first time in two weeks
Chicken Dispute
China's Ministry of Commerce makes a decision to reinvestigate its anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on U.S. white-feathered broiler chicken imports
The Role of Risk
China should keep an eye on debt risks
Massive Refinancing
Ten banks announce a refinancing plan worth as much as 348.2 billion yuan this year, implying great pressures on capital flow in the banking industry
Loan for Sinopec Firms
China Petrochemical Corp., also known as Sinopec, announces that it has helped its two subsidiaries to land a $3.5 billion syndicated loan
    UN soldiers carry a wreath of flowers during a memorial ceremony for two of their comrades killed in Akobo, Jonglei State, on December 21, 2013. Some 2,000 armed Nuer youths stormed the Akobo UN base where 36 Dinka civilians had sought refuge, leaving at least 20 of the civilians and two Indian peacekeepers dead (XINHUA/AFP)
    Customers in a Target store in Miami, Florida, on December 19, 2013. The U.S. retailer announced that an estimated 40 million credit and debit card details belonging to customers who made purchases by card in its stores between November 27 and December 15 may have been compromised (XINHUA/AFP)
    This December 24, 2013 NASA TV still image shows astronauts Mike Hopkins (lower right) and Rick Mastracchio (front) during a spacewalk outside the International Space Station (XINHUA/AFP)
    A helicopter is lifted from the bed of the Dordogne River near Bordeaux on December 23, 2013, as part of an investigation into a crash that killed a Chinese tycoon and a French winemaker. The crash occurred three days earlier as they took on an aerial tour of a chateau and its estate that the Chinese businessman had just bought (XINHUA/AFP)
    Heavily armed police officers take down a driver that had threatened to set fire to himself after parking his car outside the New South Wales Parliament in Sydney on December 20, 2013 (XINHUA/AFP)
  • EU
    European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (left) talks to European Parliament President Martin Schulz during an EU Summit focusing on common security, defense policies as well as economic and monetary union on December 19 in Brussels (XINHUA/AFP)
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