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Dong Mingzhu, CEO of Gree Electric Appliances, Inc. of Zhuhai, is elected as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Business Women by Fortune magazine. Dong is ranked 42nd on the list
Speed Skating Surprise
Li Jianrou, a Chinese women's short track speed skater, won China's first gold medal at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games

"A growing number of Chinese tourists are not satisfied with simply taking photos in front of landmarks and shopping for luxury goods. Many of them prefer in-depth travel experience. They want to explore the city, visit the museums and gain a deeper knowledge about its history."

Han Fang, an employee at Mandarin Voyages, a French travel agency that deals mainly with Chinese tourists, commenting on the rise of Chinese tourists in Europe during the Spring Festival break

"It was a great honor to have spoken Shirley's lines. Losing her has brought sadness to the world."

Liu Chunyan, a noted hostess on China Central Television who has dubbed several of Shirley Temple's movies into Chinese, commenting on her death

"Chinese people who are buying a Bordeaux château want to service the market because domestic production cannot meet the growing appetite in China."

Li Demei, Vice Chairman of Wine Institute of China, commenting on Chinese people's increasing interest in wine

"Beijing must implement policies for controlling car ownership and use since they can help the government gain time to ease traffic problems. The move from private cars to a public transport system should be the ultimate goal for Beijing's policymakers in the transport sector."

Xu Kangming, a transport expert, commenting on Beijing's failure to meet its targets for easing road congestion in 2013

Public Servants' Income Transparency

Yangtze Evening News
February 10

Public servants are typically regarded as being well-paid. But now, some governmental officials, particularly those at township level, have begun to complain that their salaries are lower than common workers.

But such complaint does not garner much support. Most people argue that public service positions are steadier than average workers and that they have more hidden income and better welfare benefits. The contradictory opinions on the salary standard of public servants reflect the necessity to make their income transparent to the public. Actually, government employees at the township level are not as well paid as people think

Advertising Forced Marriage

The Beijing News
February 10

Recently, an advertisement video clip produced by a dating service provider has stirred controversy. In the video clip, a young girl in a wedding dress, with tears in her eyes, tells her grandma who is gravely ill that she finally getting married after years of waiting.

Thousands of netizens condemned the video, saying the ad failed to take into account the feelings of unmarried people.

New Base China complets its fourth Antarctic research station called Taishan (XINHUA)
First Patrol of 2014 A live fire drill is held in the West Pacific Ocean by a flotilla with China’s Nanhai Fleet during its annual patrol and training mission (YIN XIANGLONG)
Yutu's Return
China's moon rover Yutu has awoken up from its concerningly abnormal dormant period
Nutrition Guarantee
China's Central Government issues a guideline for the development of the nation's food industry
Rural Schooling
The Chinese Government has spent nearly 40 billion yuan on renovating rural schoolhouses in less-developed regions over the past three years
A Blossoming Hub A florist wraps up fresh flowers in Shilin, Yunnan Province (LIN YIGUANG)
Electrical Meltdown A staff member from a local grid company de-ices a transmission line in Rongjiang, Guizhou Province (WANG BINGZHEN)
Robust Trade
Stronger-than-expected growth in China's foreign trade in January has surprised the market
Electric Car Subsidies
China announces measures to further promote the use of new-energy vehicles in an effort to save energy and cut emissions
Aviation Biofuel
China's top oil refiner has been given a license allowing the commercial use of its self-developed aviation biofuel
Outward Investment May Fuel Economic Upgrading
China needs to advance in the global industrial division by boosting outward investment
Attractive to QFIIs
China's State Administration of Foreign Exchange has granted $51.4 billion of investment quotas to 235 qualified foreign institutional investors
Offshore RMB Index
Standard Chartered says that its Renminbi Globalization Index ended at 1,377 in December 2013, up 84.1 percent year on year
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    People queue during the opening of the country’s first McDonald’s restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City on February 8 (XINHUA/AFP0
    A pair of diamond-encrusted boots, made from 40,000 diamonds, with a value estimated at $3.27 million on display at the Museum aan de Stroom in Antwerp on February 10 (XINHUA/AFP)
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    Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta announced on February 13 that he would resign from office, after his own Democratic Party, a major force in the ruling coalition, asked for a new cabinet to be formed (XINHUA/AFP)
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