Official Under Investigation
Vice Governor of south China's Hainan Province Ji Wenlin is now under investigation for suspected serious disciplinary and legal violations
Organized Crime Kingpin
Prosecutors in Hubei Province bring nine murders and other charges against 36 members of an alleged organized crime gang led by Liu Han, a former mining magnate

"Reading books gives you access to the knowledge and culture of the people of different countries. The main problem facing China and Turkey in the field of literature is the lack of translated books."

Chinese writer and Nobel laureate Mo Yan, calling for more translated literature works at a news briefing in Istanbul on February 22

"The exposure will promote Cambodia's tourist sites to the Chinese people. More importantly, it will help to strengthen cultural ties between the two nations."

Ang Kim Eang, President of Cambodia Association of Travel Agents, commenting on a Chinese crew's filming of an episodic drama series titled Love is Brave in Cambodia, which started on February 25

"I wish I knew more about Chinese music. [The pieces that performed by Li were] a great way to learn more about the wonderful and fascinating Chinese culture."

Nicholas Beale, a business executive, after attending Chinese pianist Li Yundi's concert at the Royal Festival Hall in London on February 25 evening, where Li played both classical and Chinese folk music

"More foreign universities have begun to accept that Chinese students with high scores in China's national college entrance exam are qualified to sit in world-class classrooms."

Zhang Feng, marketing manager for projects in Australia and New Zealand for EIC Group, an overseas study consultancy, on February 24

Studying Abroad
February 24

China's Ministry of Education recently published a list of overseas universities on its website. The list contains over 10,000 universities in 44 countries where there is strong demand for admissions by Chinese citizens.

Many Chinese families have a strong wish for their children to study abroad. But most of them know little about overseas universities. In past years, a good number of Chinese families were cheated by unqualified education organizations abroad. These students received an uncertified diploma after their families paid large sums of money for expensive tuition and living expenses abroad.

Transparency for Government Departments

Beijing Youth Daily
February 25

The Institute of Law under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) published The Index Report of Governmental Transparency on February 25. The report issues a ranking list for major governmental departments. The Ministry of Education ranks at the top and the restructured National Railway Administration comes at the bottom of the list.

In the list, those governmental departments ranking high are close to people's livelihood or social concerns. They draw much attention from the public.

Green Coverage China’s forests such as that pictured to the right covered 21.63 percent of the country’s land at the end of 2013, a rise of 1.27 percentage points compared to five years ago (CFP)
Needle Standardization Acupuncture, a traditional Chinese medical practice, treats patients by manipulating thin needles that are inserted into specific points in the skin (CFP)
Lawsuit Against Japan
Thirty-seven Chinese citizens file a lawsuit in a Beijing court demanding Japanese apologies and compensation for forced labor during World War II
Cross-Straits Pacts
Two cross-Straits cooperation agreements on meteorological and earthquake monitoring are signed in Taipei
Petition Reform
China unveil a set of reforms to its petition system, vowing to uphold the rule of law in handling petition cases and expanding petition channels online to better redress public grievances
End of the Travel Rush Passengers head to boarding platforms at the Yinchuan Railway Station in northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region (PENG ZHAOZHI)
Rising Fuel Prices A gas station employee refuels a car in Changchun, capital of northeast China’s Jilin Province (ZHAN NAN)
Growth Cools
Growth in home prices in Chinese cities continued to slow in January, adding to signs of a cooling property sector
Scrapping Ceiling
The People's Bank of China makes yet another stride in liberalizing the interest rate
Financing Support
China will offer customized financial services to new farming practices to push agricultural modernization
Sustained Yuan Appreciation Unlikely
The continued depreciation of the yuan has arouses extensive attention
Offshore Yuan Bonds
The International Finance Corp. (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, will issue yuan-denominated bonds worth 1 billion yuan in London
A Probable IPO
Sina Weibo, China's version of Twitter, is planning a stock market listing in New York "relatively soon," a source told Xinhua News Agency
    A trader from London protests in front of the office of MtGox in Tokyo on February 26. The trading platform for the digital currency bitcoin went offline following a suspected multimillion dollar theft (XINHUA/AFP)
    People light candles near a makeshift memorial in Kiev on February 25 in homage to protesters who died in clashes with riot police (XINHUA/AFP)
    Captured Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman Loera, the most wanted by U.S. and Mexican anti-drug agencies, is escorted by marines at a press conference in Mexico City on February 22 (XINHUA/AFP)
    A woman from South Korea embraces her father, who lives in North Korea, on the last day of a reunion for divided families—the first within the past three years—at the Mount Kumgang resort area on February 25 (XINHUA/AFP)
    Costumed revelers pose on Saint Mark’s Square during the Carnival of Venice on February 21 (XINHUA/AFP)
    A child wearing a panda hat waits to welcome two pandas from China at the Pairi Daiza zoo in Brugelette, 60 km southwest of Brussels, on February 23 (YE PINGFAN)
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