Military Leader Expelled
Xu Caihou, former Vice Chairman of China's Central Military Commission, is expelled from the Communist Party of China following a three-and-a-half month investigation

"Higher job expectations often bring about greater employment pressure, but reasonable and tempered expectations will lower it."

Xiong Hanzhong, Director of the Beijing Youth Stress Management Service Center, drawing on a report from the center that found employment pressure on Chinese graduates has fallen significantly since 2013

"It can reduce corruption related to the preferential policy and reverse the trend of more and more Chinese students studying to get the extra points. But what if students give up developing their talent after they realize that these skills can no longer bring them extra points and put them in better standing on the gaokao?"

Xiong Bingqi, Deputy Director of the 21st Century Education Research Institute, in response on June 30 to the Ministry of Education's tightening of a preferential policy that awards bonus points in the national college entrance exams to students with exceptional abilities in the sciences and sports

"Online lotteries usually account for more than 30 percent of overall lottery sales in developed countries. So it is a market with great potential."

Li Zichuan, an analyst with the Beijing-based Internet consultant group Analysis International, commenting on July 2 on Chinese fans' online gambling during the 2014 World Cup

"Have faith in domestic movies! How can we repeat the 'mistake' of 2012's Lost in Thailand—when we thought it would only bring in 200 million yuan ($320,000)—and ultimately found it was a 1.2 billion yuan ($190 million) movie?"

Zhang Hongsen, Director of the Film Bureau under the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, at the 17th Shanghai International Film Festival on June 25

Abe Undermines Regional Security

Xinhua News Agency

July 1

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is leading his country down a dangerous path as his cabinet approved a so-called constitutional "reinterpretation," essentially gutting Japan's pacifist charter, on July 1. The resolution overturned the ban on exercising the right to collective self-defense and paved the way for Japanese forces to fight abroad in defense of "countries with close ties."

The Japanese general public is clear-eyed and alarmed. Poll after poll has shown that most Japanese are opposed to Abe's attempt to water down the Constitution.

Cutting off Early Exposure to Drugs

Qianjiang Evening News

June 27

In recent years, the average age of drug addicts in China has decreased, meaning that teenagers are now the most at-risk group. As teens are still not fully mature in terms of physical and psychological growth, an addiction to illegal substances can result in many unfortunate outcomes.

Larger Lakes Nam Co Lake is the largest inland lake in Tibet. New research has found that the combined area of inland lakes in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau has expanded to 32,300 square km from 25,600 square km 20 years ago (XINHUA)
The Votes Are In Election workers count ballots at a polling station in Macao (ZHANG JINJIA)
Historical Records
Confessions made by 45 Japanese war criminals tried and convicted by military tribunals in China after World War II are published online
Credit Assessment
China releases an outline for building a government-led system to assess credit worthiness
Fast-Track Trials
China's top legislature approves a pilot program that will speed up trials for minor criminal offenses
Dashing River Tourists watch water gushing out of the Xiaolangdi Reservoir on the Yellow River during a sand-washing operation in Luoyang, Henan Province (ZHU XIANG)
Traditional Garb A customer browses Uygur-style clothes in Yining, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (LI MINGFANG)
Fiscal Reform
China will endeavor to build a comprehensive, transparent and efficient fiscal and tax system by strengthening reforms in the coming years
FTA Takes Effect
Free trade agreements between China and Switzerland and China and Iceland take effect, marking a new dawn for business between the countries
PMI Rebound
Growth in China's manufacturing sector accelerated to a six-month high in June, registering a strong end to the second quarter
Differentiation Strategy Is Key to the Survival of Community Banks
Nearly 1,000 community bank licenses are issued by the China Banking Regulatory Commission
Community banks should exert their advantages as brick-and-mortar outlets and use Internet finance as a supplement. Representing a specialized type of bank, community banks also face a loss in clients and profitability in the wake of the Internet finance explosion.
    European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (right) plants a porcelain flower on the Peace Bench in Ypres on June 26 in commemoration of the centennial of World War I while other European leaders stand by (XINHUA/AFP)
    Protesters rally in Tokyo on July 1 against a resolution that will allow Japan to exercise the "collective self-defense right," paving the way for Japanese forces to fight abroad and signaling a radical turnabout from Japan’s postwar security posture (MA PING)
    Revelers spray wine at each other with toy guns during a wine fight in Haro, north Spain, on June 29 (XINHUA/AFP)
    A paramilitary soldier torches seized drugs during a ceremony marking International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on the outskirts of Peshawar on June 26 (XINHUA/AFP)
    U.S. pilot Matt Guthmiller tops up the engine oil in his aircraft before departing from Nagpur on June 27. The 19-year-old is attempting to become the youngest person ever to fly solo around the world (XINHUA/AFP)
    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon pets a lion cub, which he adopted and named Tumaini (Hope), during his visit to the Nairobi Animal Orphanage on June 28 (XINHUA/AFP)
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