Actress Honored
Yao Chen, an award-winning actress starring in some of China's biggest romantic comedies from the past five years, has been listed as one of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women by Forbes magazine this year
Snack Entrepreneur
Adil Memettur, a young Uygur man from northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, has turned a traditional Uygur cake into a booming online business after recently receiving free office space from a micro-enterprise incubator program

"Critics of the arts try too hard to meet the entertainment needs of the audience. This approach has already proved harmful in the past."

Zhong Chengxiang, Chairman of the newly founded Association of Chinese Critics

"Contemporary art is becoming more and more popular among young Chinese collectors. There is great potential as contemporary art becomes more affordable for young collectors."

Evelyn Lin, head of contemporary Asian art at Sotheby's, at the preview of an auction in Beijing on June 1

"Teenagers'—especially girls'—ability to protect themselves is sadly lacking in a society that tends to think of itself as sexually conservative. Reports of sex crimes are on the rise. If girls were properly educated about sexual assault, a large number of these crimes would never occur."

Ye Xingtong, a journalist and a volunteer from the Girls' Protection Project under the China Social Assistance Foundation

"I really enjoyed taking part in the film. I am honored to be part of such a splendid production, especially since the Transformers were among my favorite cartoon characters when I was a kid."

Professional boxer Zou Shiming, confirming his guest appearance in the upcoming science fiction action film Transformers: Age of Extinction


Changjiang Daily

June 4

Recently, provincial health and education authorities in central China's Henan Province jointly issued a notice, demanding that new college freshmen undergo HIV tests. The intention is to publicize facts about HIV prevention and educate new students, and the tests will be involuntary and confidential.

The move of the province is quite questionable. Schools are populous places, and the task of publicizing HIV prevention there is not only an important, but also an arduous, one. However, if the aim of HIV tests is to compile crucial information and then impose surveillance on HIV carriers, leading to invisible isolation, it's unacceptable.

Restart Telecom Reform

Caijing Magazine

June 2

Since 1999, China's telecom sector has experienced a complete reorganization and reshuffling four times, creating far more profits and providing more benefit to society than any other monopolized sector in the country.

Now China's telecom market is in need of a new round of reform. Compared with previous reforms, this reform is to be conducted against the background of a new technological revolution. Telecom giants that are at risk of being marginalized have also demonstrated their desire for a reform.

Ready to Go A high school student in Yinchuan, capital of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, shows his confidence before the college entrance exam (WANG PENG)
Wonderful Wax A wax figure of Kate Winslet is on display at Madame Tussauds Beijing (WANG JIANHUA)
Chinese 'Green Cards'
China is considering relaxing its green card policy by lowering the application and approval threshold, in a move to attract more foreign professionals
Serious Situation
Although China's environment has improved in general, the water quality is "not optimistic" and air quality in cities is "critical"
Flood Repairs
As much as 507 million yuan will be spent on repairing water projects that were damaged by recent floods, the Ministry of Finance announces
Technological Innovation A worker tests light emitting diode tubes at Xufeng Optoelectronics Technology Co. Ltd. in Bazhou, Hebei Province (LI XIAOGUO)
Embracing the Harvest Farmers harvest wheat in Yuanyang County, central China's Henan Province (WANG SONG)
PMI Rises
Growth in China's manufacturing sector continues to accelerate in May, rising to the highest level this year and adding to signs of a stabilizing economy
Boosting Efficiency
The State Council's executive meeting decides to abolish or delegate 52 items of administrative procedures previously subject to the State Council's review
Supporting Xinjiang
The National Development and Reform Commission will implement a variety of support policies in employment, education and poverty reduction for Xinjiang
Wang Wen
Executive Dean of Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China
The ongoing economic reform is changing China's social patterns. Superficially, economic growth is now in the middle of a slowdown. However, only certain groups of people have been affected by the economic restructuring. The growth momentum generated by the wave of ongoing economic reforms will strike a new balance among various interest groups.
  • IRAN
    Pedestrians walk amid sandstorm that engulfed Tehran on June 2. At least four people were killed and dozens were injured (XINHUA/AFP)
    A woman braids a traditional Afro-Colombian hairstyle during an Afro-hairdressers’ contest on June 1, in Cali, western Colombia (XINHUA/AFP)
    A villager prays over the carcass of an elephant after it was electrocuted in a cornfield near the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, 15 km from Siliguri, on June 1. Villagers had erected electric fencing to protect their crops (XINHUA/AFP)
    John Millard (left), Commander of the Manas Transit Center, hands a symbolic key to a Kyrgyz representative during a ceremony marking its shutdown on June 3. The U.S. Air Force base near Bishkek had been the main military transit point to Afghanistan for 12 years (XINHUA/AFP)
    Supporters celebrate the re-election of President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on June 4. Assad won his third seven-year term in the first multi-candidate presidential election in Syria’s modern history (XINHUA/AFP)
    Demonstrators hold a giant EU flag in a rally against the French far-right party Front National in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on May 29 following the party’s victory in France’s European parliamentary elections (XINHUA/AFP)
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