Official Under Probe
Yao Mugen, Vice Governor of east China's Jiangxi Province, has been under investigation for suspected serious disciplinary and legal violations
Historical Truth Teller
Chinese netizens have expressed interest in a documentary Diaoyu Islands: The Truth by Chris D. Nebe, which made its debut in Beijing

"Studying abroad is about so much more than improving your own future. It's about shaping the future of your countries and of the world we all share."

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, in her speech at Peking University on March 22

"I hoped the publishing of Decoded's English version would help Penguin Classics find more Chinese authors and publications."

Chairman of Penguin Random House John Makinson, whose company recently released the translated espionage novel by Chinese novelist Mai Jia

"The protection of intangible cultural heritage should focus more on cultures that are forgotten and overlooked due to their lack of commercial value."

Tian Qing, Director of the National Center of Intangible Cultural Heritage Protection, the Chinese National Academy of Arts, criticizing a rise in applications for traditional food by some local governments

"This suddenly released policy lacks the participation of public opinions and when public policies seem to be lacking in reasoning like this, they often meet with the public's strong disdain and complaints after coming out."

Wang Shichuan, a netizen commentator on, on Hangzhou government's announcement to impose an annual quota for the city's new car plates on March 25 evening, which went into effect the next day

Medicine Reform

Beijing Youth Daily
March 24

It has been reported that quite a lot of cheap basic medicines have been disappearing from drugstores in provinces such as Hunan and Anhui. Once the cheap medicines are removed from shelves, consumers have to buy substitutes, which tend to be much more expensive than the original medicine, adding to patients' economic burdens.

However, pharmaceutical companies also have their reasons to stop producing cheap medicines. Cheap medicines mean small profit margins or even no profits at all, which is a blow to manufacturers' enthusiasm.

Campaign to Curb Smog

Oriental Outlook
March 20

Smog that has exasperated half of all Chinese cities, including the capital Beijing, in recent years has made environmental protection a political priority in China. Meanwhile, the Chinese Government has begun to change their ways of thinking on reducing environmental pollution. A number of heavy polluting and low energy efficient coal power plants across the country have been closed, and air quality has been made subject to an assessment standard for local governments. A regional coordination mechanism is to be set up.

However, the key to the environmental protection campaign is to share economic interests equally as well as distribute responsibility impartially to local governments.

Suzhou Honored Suzhou in east China was conferred with the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize for this year, standing out from 36 nominated cities worldwide (XINHUA)
Car Curb Cars queue up to get licensed in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, after the local government announced its decision to restrict issuance of new car licenses from the next day (XINHUA)
Anti-Graft Inspections
The top discipline watchdog of the Communist Party of China starts a new round of inspections of officials to expose corruption nationwide
Medical Reform
China will inject more funds and let the market play a bigger role in reforming its medical sector
China has established a special committee to take part in the Future Earth program and strengthen international cooperation in the building of an eco-civilization
Plugged In Directly Workers patrol to check the normal operation of Maliantai Power Station at Ningdong Energy and Chemical Industrial Base, northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region (PENG ZHAOZHI)
Tower of Nutrition Visitors tour around the Second Beijing Agricultural Carnival. More than 500 advanced agricultural varieties and 60 technologies are displayed at the event (JI LINPING)
New Reform Measures
Rules on the implementation of the free trade account system will be rolled out before the end of June
Offshore RMB Trading
The Bank of England and the People's Bank of China are to sign an agreement on renminbi clearing and settlement in London
Slower Growth
China International Capital Corp. (CICC) expects the nation's economic growth to slow to 7.3 percent in 2014 due to multiple downward factors
Guan Jianzhong
The Chairman of Dagong Global Credit Rating Co. Ltd., a credit ratings agency based in Beijing
The global financial crisis has testified to the failure of the Western credit ratings system, with the entire world suffering from the ensuing consequences. Western rating agencies were widely criticized for having given their highest ratings to the debt instruments whose failure helped spark the global financial crisis in 2008.
    Leaders from the Group of Seven countries—the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Canada, Italy and Japan—as well as the European Union hold a meeting in The Hague on March 24 (XINHUA/AFP)
    A man who lost his home in a massive mudslide prepares to spend the night at a temporary Red Cross shelter in Darrington, Washington, on March 23 (XINHUA/AFP)
    A worker charges an electric car at the 2014 Vancouver International Auto Show on March 25, which highlighted eco-friendly cars, including hybrids and pure electric vehicles (JIANG YAPING)
    Census takers attend a training course at a school in Kangyidaunt in the Irrawaddy Delta region on March 20 prior to the nation’s first nationwide census in three decades, set to begin on March 30 (XINHUA/AFP)
    A participant attaches a bird cage to a cord so it can be hoisted to the top of a pole in a bird-singing contest in Rueso, south Thailand’s Narathiwat Province, on March 23 (XINHUA/AFP)
    Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah (center) and Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby (right) talk during the opening of the 25th Arab League Summit in Kuwait City on March 25 (CUI XINYU)
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