Heroic Mountaineer
Pan Duo, 75, the first woman to ascend the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth, from its more dangerous northern face, passed away in Wuxi, east China's Jiangsu Province
Phenomenal Player
Golf prodigy Guan Tianlang receives the Star of Hope award at an annual ceremony called You Bring Charm to the World—Chinese Influencing the World

"Many countries in the world have national cemeteries for military personnel. As the military service is associated with the sacrifice of one's life, we must properly bury those sacrificing themselves for us."

Gong Fangbin, a professor at the National Defense University PLA China

"Discussions about the China Railway Corp.'s debts are mainly about the scale of its investment in high-speed rail, the main body of the corporation's investment. The high-speed rail network is our railway system's lifeline."

Zheng Xinye, a professor at the School of Economics, Renmin University of China

"The percentage of female senior managers in China is higher than the global average. Women hold 38 percent of corporate senior management positions in China, compared with an average of 24 percent globally."

Rose Zhou, partner of the Chinese branch of Grant Thornton, a global organization of independent audit, tax and advisory firms, talking about a survey conducted by her company

"We should strengthen the management on 'naked officials,' whose wives and children have moved abroad, by limiting the power to their positions. The Guangdong Provincial Government has taken the lead in this issue, which should be followed by other places."

Guo Yuanpeng, a netizen on People.com.cn

"Instead of maintaining the GDP growth above 7 or 8 percent, a focus should be placed on how to elevate the sales-output ratio of Chinese enterprises... Large state-owned enterprises should adapt themselves to customized production, so that their products can better meet market demand."

Huang Guoxiong, a professor at the School of Business, Renmin University of China, in an interview with Beijing Business Today

Violent Protests

Qilu Evening News
April 1

On the evening of March 30, a thunderstorm hit the airport of Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province, leading to large-scale flight delays and leaving passengers stranded in the airport for a whole night. Some passengers lashed out at airport staff for its mismanagement.

In recent years, similar conflicts often broke out between passengers and airports due to flight cancellations or delays. In fact, this kind of behavior cannot protect passengers' legal rights but damage public order in airports and threatens the safety of both passengers and airport staff.

Rule of Law

Outlook Weekly
March 31

This year, China has carried out two significant moves to reform its legal system. The country abolished the decades-old system of reeducation through labor. For a long time, reeducation through labor drew criticism from the public for its poor ability to rectify juvenile delinquents and for causing physical and mental damage.

The Chinese Government also vowed to reform the current petition mechanism, which is the major legal outlet for citizens to appeal to government when they encounter injustice or difficulties.


No Words Today People in Xi’an wear masks with “No Words Today” printed on to express their support for autistic children on April 2, World Autism Awareness Day (LIU XIAO)
Heavy Rain Local residents make their way through a flooded street in Foshan City, Guangdong Province (YIN HONG)
PX Controversy
The construction of a petrochemical plant in Maoming in south China's Guangdong Province will be halted if the majority of residents object to it
Carbon Trading
Central China's Hubei Province launched the country's sixth carbon trading scheme. The scheme covers 138 companies in 12 high pollution industries
Terrorists Arrested
Four suspects from the Kunming terror attack have been arrested for the crimes of organizing, leading, taking part in a terrorist attack and intentional homicide
Surviving the Drought An agricultural technician plants tomato seedlings on Longyun Farm in Xiangyun County of Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province (CHEN HAINING)
Music to the Market's Ears A foreign visitor appreciates traditional Chinese instruments at the Eighth China Henan International Investment and Trade Fair opened in Zhengzhou, capital of central China’s Henan Province (LI BO)
More Quotas
China grants new investment quotas of 29 billion yuan to qualified foreign institutional investors in March as the country moves cautiously to encourage capital flows
PMI Expands
The purchasing managers' index for China's manufacturing sector rises to 50.3 percent in March, up from 50.2 percent in February
Surging External Debt
China's outstanding foreign debt has hit $863.2 billion by the end of 2013, up 17 percent over the previous year
Financial Risk Awareness Needs to Be Guided by a Better System
A financial commentator shares views on China's financial market
A lack of risk governance and arrangement system has forced China's financial markets to shoulder more risks than it should have undertaken. The lack of a deposit insurance system has forced the country to use its sovereign credit to vouch for all of the deposits.
    Stranded immigrants wait on a boat at sea off the Greek island of Crete on March 31 before being rescued by the Hellenic Coast Guard (XINHUA/AFP)
    Residents take shelter on Yeonpyeong Island on March 31 after North Korea started a live-fire drill. Pyongyang and Seoul traded live fire into the sea across their disputed maritime border that day (XINHUA/AFP)
    A woman shops at a supermarket in Tokyo on April 1, the day a controversial sales tax rise went into effect. The move sparked fears that a drop in consumer spending will derail a nascent economic recovery (XINHUA/AFP)
    Residents of Iquique evacuate on April 1 after a massive earthquake measuring 8.2 on the Richter scale struck under the sea off north Chile (XINHUA/AGENCIA UNO)
    A supporter of Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai is playfully tossed into the air during an election rally in Jalalabad on March 27 (XINHUA/AFP)
    A view of the Las Vegas High Roller on March 30 on the eve of its opening. The 168-meter-tall attraction, the highest observation wheel in the world, features 28 spherical cabins that can hold up to 40 people each (XINHUA/AFP)
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