History-Making Cyclist
27-year-old Ji Cheng made history by becoming the first Chinese cyclist to ever complete the Tour de France, which ran July 5-27 this year
Forerunner in Private Rocket Launch
Hu Zhenyu, founder and CEO of China's first private rocket-launching firm Link Space, has recently gained wide attention for his lofty goals

"Around 83 percent of Chinese doctors feel excessive pressure during work hours and more than 90 percent do not get enough sleep."

Lin Hua, a doctor with the Orthopedics Department of Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital, speaking about a survey conducted by several Chinese medical organizations, on July 30

"The next financial center might be in Asia, likely in China. China is becoming more important. In the past, Chinese students went overseas to pursue studies; now some international students choose to come to China to get in touch with the possible next center."

James Warner, Managing Director of Leadership and Talent Consulting at the China branch of Korn Ferry, a global executive search firm, on July 28

"Job security and stability are still the reasons that college graduates favor state-owned enterprises (SOEs). However, private companies are becoming increasingly attractive to job seekers who have three to five years' experience".

Zhao Zifeng, Director of the human resources company ChinaHR.com's Research Institute, drawing on his institute's report that 36 percent of university students and recent graduates consider SOEs the best employers, on July 25

"Among many factors, the change in Chinese people's eating habits over the past few decades is taking its toll on people's health and contributing to increasing weight and obesity problems."

Zhaoping Li, professor of medicine and Director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of California, Los Angeles, in a recent interview with China Daily

Putting a Stop to Land Pollution

Caixin Century Weekly

July 14

According to China's Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), of all the soil samples obtained at testing sites, 19.4 percent are polluted, a sharp rise from the 10-percent pollution rate of the 1990s. This is undoubtedly bad news for China, whose per-capita arable land is only 40 percent of the world's average.

In April, the Ministry of Land and Resources in cooperation with the MEP enumerated three major ways polluted soil harms the country. First, it leads to the decline of grain output and quality, and most importantly, for those ingesting this produce over an extended period of time, long-term health concerns. Second, polluted soil in turn contaminates the surrounding environment and further affects human respiratory and physical health. Finally, polluted soil jeopardizes China's ecological environment.

Concerns Over GM Seed Monopoly

South Reviews

July 29

Current disputes regarding genetically modified (GM) food focus on the safety of such agricultural products. However, another equally important issue that is often overlooked is GM food-related intellectual property rights (IPR), and IPR-based business expansion.

Species across the globe should not be subject to anyone. Those modifying the genes of certain species and applying for patents, however, can now claim these species as their private property, forcing others to pay for access to them.

New ID Qiao Zonglian, 84, shows her QR code card in Dingxiang community of Hefei, Anhui Province, on July 29. Dingxiang community in Hefei gave out the first batch of personal QR code cards to people over 80 years old. The card can provide the holder’s basic information if they get lost (LIU JUNXI)
Festival's End Muslims perform the Eid al-Fitr prayer in Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, on July 29. Muslims across the country celebrated Eid al-Fitr on the day, marking the end of the month of Ramadan (PENG ZHAOZHI)
No GM Rice
Chinese authorities have vowed to take a zero-tolerance stance on the illegal selling and growing of genetically modified (GM) crops days after the media exposure of GM rice on sale at a supermarket in central China
Official Auditing
Chinese authorities will focus on environmental protection, science and technology innovation and improvement of people's livelihood when evaluating the performance of officials
Hukou Reform
China plans to help an estimated 100 million people without urban ID records settle in towns and cities by 2020
Stimulus in Place Swathes of high-rise buildings stand over the center of Ningbo, which eased home-buying restrictions on July 30. Around 20 cities with high inventories have lifted or eased bans on ownership of more than one home, introduced in early 2011 as a tool to cool the property market. (JU HUANZONG)
Sky Highway A bus runs on a highway in Saga County, Tibet Autonomous Region. The region's total highway length climbed from 21,800 km in 1994 to over 70,000 km in 2013 (LIU KUN)
Banking Liberalization
The establishment of three private banks, including Webank by Internet giant Tencent, has been approved by regulatory authorities as it steps up financial reforms and opens up the banking sector
Gold Discovery
Geologists have discovered a large gold deposit worth a potential $6.46 billion in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region
Anti-Trust Probe
The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) has launched an anti-monopoly investigation into Microsoft Corp.'s business on the Chinese mainland
Zhang Monan
A researcher with the State Information Center
In recent years, China has consistently pledged more resources to innovation, with its investment in research and development (R&D) surging from 2.2 percent of the total spent by all countries in the world in 2000 to 14.5 percent in 2011. In the future, the country will make further investment in R&D and human capital, and take the initiative to incorporate itself into the global innovation network, thus gaining momentum for another round of economic growth.
    People look on at a crime scene where two U.S. Marshals and one New York Police Department detective were shot on July 28 in the West Village of Manhattan, New York City (XINHUA/AFP)
    People gather around the blast site in Giza on the outskirts of Cairo on July 30. A bomb-laden car exploded in Giza that day, killing three suspected militants (XINHUA/AFP)
    Pianist Stefan Aaron hovers above the Munich airport Franz-Josef-Strauss in south Germany on July 23, playing a piano aboard an aluminum structure reminiscent of a flying carpet (XINHUA/AFP)
    Newborn baby girl Jennalyn Sentino, who was designated the Philippines' "100 millionth baby," sleeps during a reception at a hospital in Manila on July 27 (XINHUA/AFP)
    Soldiers conduct a parachute jump on July 30 to mark the 15th anniversary of King Mohammed VI's accession to the Moroccan throne (XINHUA/AFP)
    A paleontology student poses on July 29 with a 34-cm long phalanx from a presumed 40-meter-long Sauropoda dinosaur he found four days prior during excavations in Angeac-Charente (XINHUA/AFP)
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