Popular Anchor Detained
Rui Chenggang, a financial news channel anchor with the state-owned China Central Television network, is detained by prosecutors on July 11
First Femal
Dilihumal Ablet, who graduated from the Dalian Naval Academy in northeast China on July 11, has become the first female Uygur officer in the People's Liberation Army Navy

"There has to be an active engagement. It cannot be one where one side takes on the role which the other used to play. It cannot be one where you are dividing the world into a G2 [Group of Two]."

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, speaking about the China-U.S. relationship at the Future China Global Forum in Singapore on July 17

"There is a possibility that China will host the World Cup in the next 20 years, as its fast-growing economy appeals to FIFA."

Adam Zhang, founder of Beijing-based sports consultancy firm Key-Sports, in a recent interview with China Daily on China's participation in the global soccer event

"More Chinese people are acquiring the adequate language skills to read books as originally written. The increasing internationalization of business also requires business people to read the latest information firsthand."

Roc E, project manager of Blue Fountain, an online bookstore specializing in the selling of imported books in China, on July 15

"It's a better way for the public to supervise court work. When residents leave messages on our microblogs, our judges are required to answer as soon as possible."

Wang Mingda, Vice President of the Beijing High People's Court, commenting on the use of Sina Weibo in Beijing's court system, on July 17

Banquets Fuel Bribery

Guangming Daily

July 14

Every year, during graduation season, many parents and students in China hold lavish banquets to express gratitude to their teachers. This year, however, such banquets have been banned by the educational and disciplinary inspection authorities in a number of cities in a bid to crack down on corruption and extravagance.

No Smooth Sailing for Seafarers

Oriental Outlook

July 10

Chinese sailors recently celebrated International Day of the Seafarer on June 25 and China Maritime Day, which fell on July 11. However, these two holidays have not received much attention from the public, much like Chinese seafarers, who remain an obscure group and have not received adequate attention.

Every Chinese citizen benefits from the work of the nation's seafarers. For example, many resources crucial to the economy and people's livelihoods such as crude oil are imported by sea.

Heavy Rain Rescue workers on rafts come to the aid of people stuck in a flooded street in Fenghuang Ancient Town in central China’s Hunan Province (YIN ZHONG)
First Graduates Zhu Qingshi (center), President of the South University of Science and Technology of China in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, poses with the first two graduates (COURTESY OF SUSTC)
Judicial Reform
Shanghai, China's main financial hub, initiates a pilot judicial reform program to make judges more accountable while also curbing government intervention in court
HK Election Method
China's top legislature has received a report from Leung Chun-ying, Chief Executive of HKSAR, on possible revisions of how the region's chief executive and local legislature will be elected in the future
Pollution Fine
Ten thermal power plants across China have been fined for attempting to evade supervision of their sulphur emissions
Auto Feast Visitors view a display model manufactured by Tianjin FAW, an automobile manufacturer in north China’s Tianjin, at the 11th China International Automobile Expo in Changchun, Jilin Province (ZHANG NAN)
Reaping the Benefits A farmer harvests rice in Shixia village, Jing’an County in Jiangxi Province (XINHUA)
SOE Reform
Six large state-owned enterprises will pilot reforms in ownership, management and supervision
Land Finance
The total land transaction fees collected by local governments in 2013 soars to an all-time high of 3.91 trillion yuan
Green Push
China unveils a plan that encourages government organs to buy more new-energy vehicles
Yu Fenghui
Financial commentator
The Fortune China website published a list of the top 500 Chinese enterprises. It's good indeed to see that state-owned enterprises (SOEs) have become a dominant force in driving the country's economic growth, but over-concentration of resources in their hands—especially in the hands of central SOEs—means that privately owned enterprises are left with less and less space to survive.
    The Israeli army fires shells from a 155mm M109 Dores toward the Gaza Strip on July 14 (LI RUI)
    Medical responders gather around the wreckage of an emergency rescue helicopter that crashed near an elementary school in Gwangju on July 17, killing five people on board (XINHUA/AFP)
    The Royal Air Force Red Arrows perform during an air display at the Farnborough Airshow in southern England on July 14, the opening day of the international aerospace exhibition (HANG TAI)
    About 400 Japanese protesters demonstrate against Japan's conservative leader Shinzo Abe and his move to lift a ban on collective self-defense, near the parliamentary building in Tokyo, on July 14 (LIU TIAN)
    Shepherds run with leading oxen during the seventh bull-run of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, northern Spain, on July 13. The festival has been a symbol of Spanish culture since its debut in 1591 (XINHUA/AFP)
    Paramedics treat passengers injured after several subway cars derailed in Moscow, killing three and injuring dozens on July 15 (XINHUA/AFP)
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