Best Actor
Chinese actor Liao Fan wins the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival for his performance in film Black Coal, Thin Ice
Basketball Star Retires
Former NBA player Wang Zhizhi finishes his last match during the final round of the 2013-14 Chinese Basketball Association league

"Prostitution, gambling and the use of drugs, which have decayed social morality, should be rooted out. The ongoing crackdown on prostitution and pornography will help to create a more favorable social atmosphere and a cleaner government."

Zhu Lijia, a professor at the Chinese Academy of Governance, commenting on the nationwide crackdown on prostitution

"The exchange between Chinese and Western musicians will help Chinese music reach the rest of the world. I want to introduce more Chinese musical elements into pop music to attract young people."

Renowned Chinese pianist Lang Lang, after presenting a concert in Charlottesville, a city in the state of Virginia, on February 14

"The National Center for Performing Arts (NCPA) not only provides a platform for the exhibition of national art forms such as Peking and Kunqu operas, but also for local arts like Yue Opera."

Meng Xin, Deputy Director of the Performing Department of the NCPA, upon the center's announcement of a promotional season of performances from February 22 to March 16 of Yue Opera, which dates back at least 800 years.

"More Chinese students are learning fashion and design in Britain, and more Chinese designers were involved in the event this year. The London Fashion Week is a great platform for new Chinese designers, and the transformation of 'Chinese creation.'"

Xiang Xiaowei, Minister Counsellor of the Cultural Department with the Chinese Embassy to Britain, after watching Chinese designer Gao Yang's presentation of his new collection on February 18

Emigration Fuss

Global Times
February 18

The Canadian Government has recently suspended an immigrant investor program, triggering discussions on the emigration of the wealthy Chinese. Emigration has by no means been a "romantic" choice in Chinese history. Wars, deaths and vagrancy dominated various periods of emigration in the old days.

Today, the Chinese are able to emigrate legally, instead of through smuggling, all because of the country's rapid development. While many Chinese have been emigrating to other countries since the 1970s, China is also one of the most attractive investment and tourism destinations for the rest of the world.

Mass Charity

Qilu Evening News
February 18

Recently, a story about an entrepreneur donating to schools for many years but never letting himself be known to the public was revealed by the media. Similarly, in Weifang, Shandong Province, a couple saved 20,000 yuan from their wedding and then donated it to a local charity helping mothers with babies in poverty.

These examples show that charity is something everyone is able to do in their own ways. Many people think that charity is the "privilege" of the rich, and ordinary people do not have as many resources and so are unable to be charitable.

Appealing Site Tourists ride camels in the Shapotou Desert Area, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region (CFP)
Sizing Up Soldiers patrol the border between China and Kazakhstan (FAN YONGQIANG)
Aid Money
China allocates more than 156.6 billion yuan in subsistence allowances for the poor in 2013
Attracting Talent
China will recruit more high-level professionals from abroad this year
Supervising Education
The Ministry of Education will step up supervision over the country's primary and middle schools in a bid to enhance education quality and fairness
Solar Energy Solar panels lay on the ground in the Zhongxin Eco City, Binhai New District of north China’s Tianjin City (LI TING)
Spring Ploughing A farmer plough his land in Chiluocheng County, southwest China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (WEI RUDAI)
Auto Investment
China's Dongfeng Motor Group Co. Ltd. has signed an agreement to buy a 14-percent stake in PSA Peugeot Citroen
Cutting Overcapacity
China's Industry and Information Technology Ministry pledges tougher measures to cut overcapacity in bloated sectors as the problem has become a severe drag on economic growth
O2O Competition
Tencent, one of China's biggest Internet companies, will purchase a 20-percent stake in restaurant ratings and group-buying website Dianping for $400 million
Call It a Comeback
Chinese companies have had a tough time finding a warm welcome in U.S. markets
Yuan Use Expansion
The People's Bank of China announces that China will continue to expand the cross-border use of the yuan this year
Private Capital
Oil refiner Sinopec will bring in social and private capital to market and sell its oil products, the first opening up of the largely monopolized sector
    Police evacuate passengers on February 17 from an Ethiopian Airlines flight en route to Rome, which was hijacked and forced to land in Geneva, where the hijacker was arrested (XINHUA/AFP)
    Anti-government demonstrators obstruct police officers as they clear a protest site near the Government House in Bangkok on February 14 (XINHUA/AFP)
    Police and bomb disposal units carry equipment away from a scene where a suspicious package was delivered at an army recruitment office in Brighton, southern England, on February 13 (XINHUA/AFP)
    A man wearing a mask for protection from volcanic ash arrives at an evacuation center in Malang, East Java Province, on February 14, after Mount Kelud erupted (XINHUA/AFP)
    Matteo Renzi, head of Italy’s center-left Democratic Party, speaks to reporters in Rome on February 17, after his nomination to become the country’s youngest-ever prime minister (XINHUA/AFP)
    Rescuers work at a collapsed auditorium at a resort near southeastern city of Gyeongju on February 18. At least 10 people were killed when the building, packed with students, caved in (XINHUA/AFP)
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