Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Sochi on February 6. Xi paid a three-day visit to the Black Sea city and attended the opening ceremony of the 22nd Winter Olympic Games from February 7-23
Political Meetings
Journalists from China and abroad have been invited to cover two major political events in Beijing in March
Safety Certification
From September 1, China will require child safety seats to pass compulsory safety checks before distribution, the top quality watchdog and accreditation regulators said
Lenovo will buy Motorola Mobility from Google for $2.9 billion, in a bid to boost its smartphone business in the Americas and Western Europe, as well as access thousands of patents
A man takes pictures of illuminations during a lantern fair in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, which kicked off on February 6 in celebration of the traditional Lantern Festival due on February 14 (XINHUA)
A Beijing resident writes down her welcome to the city's first snowfall in this winter on a snow-blanketed road on February 7. The snow brought an end to a dry spell lasting 107 days (HE JUNCHANG)
China will sever the link between produce prices and government subsidies to build a price mechanism that benefits both customers and farmers
New Banks
China will allow private investors to establish rural commercial banks to inject more funds into the countryside and boost rural development
Price-Linked Aid
Low-income people in China will receive government help if inflation is too high and lasts too long, according to a joint statement released by five ministries
Coal Liquefaction
China's first direct coal-to-oil project, operated by the country's leading coal producer, Shenhua Group, produced 866,000 tons of oil products last year
    Visitors walk beside a Hello Kitty statue during the 65th annual Sapporo Snow Festival on February 5. The weeklong event showcased a total of 198 snow statues (XINHUA/AFP)
    A boy waves flags bearing the image of former Foreign Minister and presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul during a gathering in Kabul on February 3. Afghans are scheduled to elect a new president on April 5 (XINHUA/AFP)
    A clerk stands at the cigarette counter of a CVS drugstore on February 5 in Washington, D.C. CVS, the second largest U.S. drugstore chain, announced that day it will stop selling cigarettes by the end of the year (XINHUA/AFP)
    Residents of the besieged Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, south of Damascus, receive food parcels from the UN on January 31 (XINHUA/AFP)
    A man fishes in the flooded St Mark's Square in Venice on February 1. The flooding was caused by wind and rain combined with the lagoon city's periodic tidal phenomenon (XINHUA/AFP)
  • TOGO
    Recently seized ivory is displayed at the Togolese Security Ministry in Lome on February 4. Togo is intensifying its efforts to crack down on ivory trafficking, warning smugglers that the country will no longer be a staging post for the illegal trade (XINHUA/AFP)
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