Food Challenger
Cui Yongyuan, a member of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, has called on the government to strengthen supervision of genetically modified crops during the committee's annual session
Fallen Official
Shen Peiping, former Vice Governor of southwest China's Yunnan Province, is under investigation for suspected serious violation of discipline and laws

"Helping parents who have lost their only children is easier said than done. There must be specific measures to assist them and organizations to evaluate their situations and issue them compensation."

Mo Yan, Nobel laureate and a CPPCC National Committee member, explaining his proposal submitted to this year's CPPCC session

"The premise of increasing salaries for civil servants is to make their pay and benefits system unified and transparent."

Li Chang'an, associate professor at the School of Public Administration, University of International Business and Economics

"An amendment to the Criminal Law has been included in the annual legislative agenda. The legislature will study the possibility of reducing the number of types of crimes to which the death penalty is applicable."

Zang Tiewei, an official of the Legislative Affairs Commission of the National People's Congress Standing Committee, at a press conference on March 9

"Without regulations and arrangements at the top level, local pilot programs on publicizing officials' assets were, without exception, ephemeral. As publicizing officials' assets proved effective in curbing corruption and the public strongly call for it, the Central Government should take the initiative to make it regular."

Zhu Zhongbao, a netizen of

Paid Vacation

Guangming Daily
March 14

The government work report by Premier Li Keqiang at this year's NPC session set forth clearly that the Central Government will put the paid vacation system into practice.

In actual fact, labor laws of China have explicitly set rules for paid leave. But in reality, many enterprises overemphasize their own benefits and interests and neglect the legal rights of their employees, often passing on their administrative costs to them.

City Governance

China Newsweek
March 10

China is prepared to reform its traditional governance system. However, policy making is only the first step of the new round of reforms. How to implement policies is the key question. China is a large country made up by numerous cities and regions. Local governance is directly related to the whole country's governance. To some extent, the Central Government is responsible for top-level design while local governments focus on strengthening executive ability.

Nuclear Check The Ningde Nuclear Power Station in southeast China’s Fujian Province (ZHANG GUOJUN)
Green Volunteers Volunteers in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, plant trees along Fuchun River before China’s Tree Planting Day, which falls on March 12 (XU YU)
Elderly Homes
Chinese authorities publish a regulation encouraging homes for the elderly to insure against risks in their services
Green Island
China's experiment in developing a green economy in Shanghai has been recognized by the UN Environment Programme as a recommended model of green economic development
Organ Donation
China has set up a special committee to supervise organ donations and transplants
China On Display Participants talk business at a pavilion featuring Chinese companies on March 11 during the CeBIT held in Hanover, Germany (ZHANG FAN)
Golden Waterway Takes Off Ships deliver goods via the Xijiang River in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (ZHANG AILIN)
Trade Deficit
China reports a large trade deficit in February mainly due to distortion related to the Chinese New Year holidays, marking the first deficit since April 2013
Moderate Inflation
China's CPI, a main gauge of inflation, increased 2 percent year on year in February, marking easing inflationary pressure since the end of last year
Private Banks
China will set up five private banks on a trial basis before the practice is extended to more areas
Market Supervision Must Be Changed
The transformation of market supervision makes little progress
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    Participants release balloons at the start of a race against breast cancer in Guatemala City on March 9 (XINHUA/AFP)
    A protester uses a smoke grenade as members of the Portuguese police rally against the government’s austerity measures outside the parliament building in Lisbon on March 6 (XINHUA/AFP)
    German President Joachim Gauck (left) greets members of a Jewish community in northwest Greece’s Ioannina on March 7. Gauck apologized for the atrocities committed by Nazi troops in Greece during World War II (XINHUA/AFP)
    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech marking the first anniversary of former leader Hugo Chavez’s death in Caracas on March 5. He also declared a break in relations with Panama for its alleged interference in Venezuela’s internal affairs (XINHUA/AFP)
    Three astronauts join hands in the steppe town of Zhezkazgan on March 11 shortly after the landing of the Soyuz TMA-10M capsule following a five-month stay aboard the International Space Station (XINHUA/AFP)
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