Film Director Awarded
Chinese director Zhang Meng wins the Special Jury Award for his film Uncle Victory at the 17th Shanghai International Film Festival
Teen Girl Wows on Gaokao
Liu Dingning, a 19-year-old girl from Benxi, northeast China’s Liaoning Province, comes into the spotlight after scoring the highest college entrance exam grade in her province twice

"Through the food safety law amendment, the country expects to impose the harshest civil, administrative and criminal penalties on offenders and the strictest punishment on supervisors who neglect their duties."

Zhang Yong, head of the China Food and Drug Administration, commenting on a revision to China's Food Safety Law submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, the country's top legislature, on June 23

"Public bicycles make it easy to reach the subway or bus stations. They make it possible for people to choose public transport and leave their cars at home."

Mao Baohua, Executive Director of the China Transportation Research Center at Beijing Jiaotong University, commenting on the public bike increase in Beijing, on June 24

"Every year around 60,000 Chinese citizens travel abroad to seek medical services ranging from anti-aging therapy to cancer screening and chronic disease treatment to giving birth. This phenomenon could gain even more momentum in the foreseeable future."

Yan Jian, CEO of the Shanghai Medical Tourism Products and Promotion Platform, commenting on an increasing number of well-heeled Chinese flying abroad in search of better medical services, on June 24

"Of China's neighboring countries, South Korea is the one that makes the most vigorous effort to attract Chinese tourists. Their endeavors can be seen in the Chinese language bulletins and guideboards and with the Chinese-speaking shop assistants everywhere."

Zhang Jia, a travel project manager who offers travel guides from different countries, on June 24

Dog Meat Debate

Beijing Morning Post

June 24

The heated debate over the annual dog meat festival in the city of Yulin, southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, has recently occupied the media spotlight.

Regardless of the stance debaters choose, the discussion itself represents social progress in China, as more people are daring to express their opinions in public. Though there are ocassionally irrational voices in the crowd, modern society needs such debates to progress. Debates enrich our minds and broaden our perspectives. In order to grow, it's important to challenge ourselves with controversial ideas and criticism.

Eyes on the Skies

China Newsweek

June 16

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in March has raised concerns over aviation safety. China Newsweek traced the process from a flight's takeoff to its landing and discovered a massive organizational system behind the process, one akin to our own nervous systems. Any mistake in the system would surely result in disaster.


Listed Waterway China’s Grand Canal has been added to the World Heritage List. The decision was announced at the 38th Session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee in Doha, Qatar (LI ZHONG)
Safer Food An inspector from the local industrial and commercial bureau checks processed food on the shelves in a supermarket in Hengshui, Hebei Province (XINHUA)
Homes for Pensions
China has begun to pilot its much-debated houses-for-pensions program in four cities
Anti-Terror Fight
The Chinese Government releases a television program about online terrorist propaganda created by the East Turkestan Islamic Movement
Super Computer
The Tianhe-2 supercomputer, developed by China's National University of Defense Technology, remains the world's most powerful computer
Making Tracks Workers weld railway tracks in a logistics park in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (REN JUNCHUAN)
Causing a Stir Farmers pick tea leaves in Rushan, Shandong Province (GUO XULEI)
Declining Confidence
Chinese entrepreneurs, bankers and residents have become less optimistic about the country's economic conditions
Fiscal Pressure
China may struggle to meet this year's fiscal revenue target
A Net Investor
China's outward foreign direct investment is very likely to exceed its inward FDI in 2014, making the country a net investor
Dominique de Villepin
Former French Prime Minister

Today, we live in a dangerously paradoxical world concerning credit. The credit system remains dominated by Western models and rules. But Asia is becoming the beating heart of the global economy. This paradox causes gaps in growth and endangers stability to a great degree.

  • IRAQ
    A woman sits next to her child at a temporary refugee camp near Erbil in north Iraq on June 20. The country’s humanitarian and security situation is worsening due to recent attacks by Islamic insurgents (XINHUA/AFP)
    Flamingos at a zoo in Prague on June 21 (XINHUA/AFP)
    Akihiro Suzuki (right), a member of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly, bows to Ayaka Shiomura, a fellow lawmaker, to apologize for a sexist jeer he made during a recent event, at the Tokyo City Hall on June 23 (XINHUA/AFP)
    Three Al Jazeera journalists listen to their verdict from inside the defendant cage during their trial for allegedly supporting the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo on June 23. An Egyptian court sentenced the journalists to jail terms ranging from seven to 10 years (XINHUA/AFP)
    Models present creations by a Malaysian designer at the Islamic Fashion Festival in Kuala Lumpur on June 20 (XINHUA/AFP)
    Lava flows out of the Piton de la Fournaise Volcano, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean after it began to erupt on June 21 (XINHUA/AFP)
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