College President
Li Peigen, former president of Huazhong University of Science & Technology, ends his nine-year tenure recently
Honorary Citizen
Former NBA star Stephon Marbury is granted Honorary Citizenship of Beijing on for leading the Beijing Ducks to their second consecutive Chinese Basketball Association title

"Those who are truly concerned with the future of Taiwan need to think of what's beneficial to Taiwan's economic development. Free trade is a global trend and Taiwan should not be marginalized."

Justin Yifu Lin, former Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank, saying the cross-strait service pact will benefit Taiwan

"This is an opportunity for Chinese enterprises to develop our own operating system, which should be Internet-based and support a triple play service."

Zeng Jianqiu, a professor of the School of Economics and Management of Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, commenting on Microsoft's termination on extended support for Windows XP

"Former coal mine owners have become modern agriculture trailblazers with their capital, technology and marketing skills."

Guo Weidong, a senior research fellow at the Shanxi Academy of Social Sciences, commenting on coal miners' enthusiasm in investing in modern agriculture

"Chinese travelers' passions for outbound tourism are insatiable."

Jiang Yiyi, Director of Institute of International Tourism Development of China Tourism Academy, commenting on her academy's new statistics that show Chinese people's outbound travel trips increased 18 percent to reach 98 million in 2013 and could reach 114 million this year

"Chinese writers' rising international recognition is partly attributed to the overall economic development of the nation. More and more people around the world resort to contemporary literature as a gateway to Chinese culture."

Acclaimed Chinese writer Bi Feiyu, on the sidelines of London Book Fair 2014 held from April 8-10

About Headquarters

Oriental Outlook
April 10

In February, Beijing declared that it owned 48 headquarters of the world's top 500 enterprises, surpassing Tokyo for the first time, which owns 47.

For China's first-tier cities, especially its two metropolises of Beijing and Shanghai, the competition in attracting headquarters has been a demonstration of the cities' comprehensive strength and development strategy. It is not about the fame but about the future of the city.

However, compared to New York, Singapore, Hong Kong and other cities, Beijing and Shanghai still have a long way to go.

Strictest Traffic Rules
April 2

A new set of traffic rules of China have earned a flood of attention since they were implemented on January 1, 2013. And it has proved a big success backed up by concrete facts.

In the past year, traffic accidents caused by new drivers decreased by 16.3 percent, and the number of people killed in traffic accidents dropped by 14.9 percent. Also, in 2013, the number of traffic violations detected by monitoring equipment across the country dropped by 9.3 percent, compared to the previous year. This is a big victory against the backdrop of the surging number of cars in China.

Bookworms A reader picks books in Beijing's Sanlian Taofen Bookstore on the early morning of April 9 (WANG JINGSHENG)
Bon Voyage China’s most sophisticated research vessel—Kexue, which means "science"—left for the West Pacific from the port city of Qingdao in east China’s Shandong Province, beginning its first ocean expedition (LI ZIHENG)
Healthcare Rules
Chinese authorities unveil a barrage of new measures including encouraging the private sector to build healthcare institutions
Language Protection
Authorities in Tibet are enacting a new legally-binding regulation to safeguard the heritage and development of the Tibetan language
Smog Forecast
An air-quality early warning system that will forecast smog two or three days in advance is to be put into use
Ship Fair Visitors observe a ship model at the 2014 China International Marine, Port and Shipbuilding Fair (SUN CAN)
I, Robot? People try smart hardware products at the inauguration ceremony for the Huaqiang Yugu Industrial Park in south China’s Shenzhen, Guangdong Province (MAO SIQIAN)
Trade Decline
China's exports go down 6.6 percent to $170.11 billion in March
Economic Circle
China's top economic planner announces that it is drawing up a plan for the coordinated development of a Beijing-centered "economic circle"
Railway Investment
China will increase railway fixed asset investment to 720 billion yuan in 2014
Ye Tan
Financial commentator
"The liberalization of the renminbi exchange rate is like walking on a tightrope. China should follow the German model, widening trading band of its exchange rate when the economy can tolerate and strictly controlling the interest rate so as to prevent the asset price bubbles caused by low interest rates."
    Demonstrators rally outside the Donetsk regional administration building, held by pro-Russian activists, on April 8 in support of their declaration of independence from Kiev (XINHUA/AFP)
    Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine, carrying baby Prince George, arrive in Wellington on April 7 for a 10-day tour of New Zealand (XINHUA/AFP)
    A visitor looks at Missoni furniture creations on April 8 during the Milan Furniture Fair, a leading venue displaying new home-furnishing products (XINHUA/AFP)
    Drought-affected people await the distribution of food by the World Food Program in northwest Haiti’s Port de Paix on April 3 (XINHUA/AFP)
    Robots play a ball game during the RoboCup German Open 2014 in Magdeburg on April 4. The robots participating in the tournament are programmed to master a variety of disciplines, including communication, soccer, rescue and dance (XINHUA/AFP)
    French acrobat Denis Josselin performs a balancing act over the Seine River in Paris on April 6, taking 30 minutes to walk 150 meters of tightrope suspended 25 meters above the river (XINHUA/AFP)
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