Former Premier Publishes Memoir
Former Premier Li Peng releases an autobiography that has become a national bestseller
Coach Splits With Top Tennis Player
Argentinean coach Carlos Rodriguez recently splits with his top student Li Na, China’s two-time Grand Slam winner

"You need to book the services of senior yuesao (nannies who specialize in newborn and maternal care following childbirth) at least three months in advance."

Li Jielu, General Manager of Beijing Ainong Homemaking Service Co., a cleaning service and baby care provider, on July 8

"We urgently need to cultivate counter-terrorism specialists to improve our preventive and terror-fighting capabilities."

Cheng Lin, President of the People's Public Security University of China, explaining the university's new move to invite overseas counter-terrorism experts to serve as visiting professors to help train anti-terror personnel, on July 9

"Over the past few years, the quantity and competence of Chinese staff working at the UN have indeed improved significantly. However, this number is still very small compared with China's financial contribution to the organization's annual budget."

Lu Yulin, an official in charge of international cooperation at the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, revealing China's plan to invest more in training high-caliber professionals for working at the UN, on July 7

"Today, our sales team in Hong Kong is supporting these Chinese businesses. We are of course exploring ways that we can provide even more support in the future."

Debbie Frost, a spokeswoman for Facebook, said on July 5 in an e-mailed statement regarding reports that say the company has leased space in Beijing to open a China office

Time to Fight Fire With Fire

Changjiang Daily

July 8

Within just minutes, the destinies of those riding a bus in the downtown area of Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, on July 5 were irreparably changed when the vehicle caught fire. Thirty-two people inside were injured, 24 among them critically.

Police investigations found that the 34-year-old man responsible for the fire lit flammable liquid and poured it on the bus. His motives remain unclear.

Where Is the Baby Boom?

Caixin Magazine

June 23

China's stance on family planning was softened half a year ago, allowing a couple to have a second child if either of them is their family's sole offspring.

The strict family-planning policy, in place for over 30 years, has had a visible impact on society and the economy. Facing a continually decreasing fertility rate and working-age population, the government expects this new policy to stimulate the total number of childbirths in the country.

Wildlife Growth Red deer in a nature reserve in Tibet Autonomous Region. The wildlife population of Tibet has risen significantly during the last two decades (CHEN TIANHU)
Judicial Reform Judges hear a case in Fangchenggang City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (ZHANG AILIN)
Sample Census
China will conduct its fourth 1-percent national sample census next year, covering a population of about 14 million
Fewer Primary Schools
China has 266,300 primary and junior high schools at the end of last year, 15,500 less than the previous year
Migrant Childbirth
About 95 percent of migrant mothers in China had their children delivered in a hospital in 2012
Clean Energy Xiluodu Hydropower Station commences the first flood discharge of this year since entering the flood season (YANG DI)
Water Planting Farmers have managed to grow vegetables on the surfaces of fish ponds in Shuanglong Village of Bishan District, southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality (LIU CHAN)
Extending Foreign Aid
China has exchanged experiences and explored practical cooperation with international organizations in its foreign aid in an increasingly open-minded manner
Trade Gaining Steam
China's exports in June increases 7.2 percent year on year to $186.8 billion, as the country's foreign trade continues its warming trend
Inflation Eases
The CPI, a main gauge of inflation, softens to a 2.3 percent year-on-year growth in June, triggering concerns of broader monetary policy easing
Zhang Yugui
Dean of School of Economics and Finance, Shanghai International Studies University

China, the world's second largest economy, saw 100 companies entering the latest Fortune Global 500 list, 91 of which come from the mainland, marking the 11th year straight that the number of Chinese Global 500 companies has increased.

Despite an increased presence on the list, China should reflect on its unsustainable growth model and the lack of international competitiveness of its companies, and foster 100 conglomerates capable of deploying resources globally, rather than expanding their corporate revenue.

    Smoke and flames are seen billowing in the sky following an air strike in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah on July 8 after Israeli Defense Forces launched air strikes to halt rocket attacks on south Israel from the Hamas-controlled coastal enclave (XINHUA/AFP)
    Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s top leader, visits the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang, the final resting place of the country’s former leaders, on July 8, which marks the 20th anniversary of the death of his grandfather Kim Il Sung (XINHUA/AFP)
    A dog surfs with its owner in Kanagawa-ken, on July 6, as a growing number of surfing enthusiasts have begun taking their pets along for the ride (XINHUA/AFP)
    Children from Amran Province gather on the street outside the presidential palace in Sanaa on July 8, seeking shelter after fleeing from fierce fighting between army and Shiite rebels (XINHUA)
    A model showcases a new fashion design by the brand On Aura Tout Vu at a show in Paris on July 7 (XINHUA/AFP)
    A woman casts her vote at a polling station in Tangerang on July 9 for the presidential election between Joko Widodo, Governor of Jakarta, and Prabowo Subianto, an ex-army general (XINHUA)
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