Official Sentenced for Negligence
Tong Mingqian, a former senior official in central China's Hunan Province, was sentenced to five years in prison for neglect of his duties in one of the largest election frauds in China
Award-Winning Poet Faces Backlash
Zhou Xiaotian, a poet and professor with the College of Literature and Journalism at Sichuan University, came into the center of controversy after winning the prestigious Lu Xun Literature Prize for his poetry collection, Invitation to Tea

"The gap between these companies and their Western counterparts is not that big. China's drone industry is quite competitive, especially in the areas of avionics and flight control."

Zhang Feng, Secretary General of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of China, commenting on the technological prowess of Chinese unmanned aerial vehicle companies in a recent interview with Xinhua News Agency

"China's active participation in drawing up international standards will help domestic toy factories better understand and employ such standards in production."

Li Zhuoming, an executive with the Guangdong Toy Association, speaking on August 15 about China's release of a new international toy safety standard adopted by the International Organization for Standardization, which is largely based on a Chinese national standard

"Almost three quarters of the parts of the Great Wall that was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) are poorly preserved, and under 10 percent is in sound condition."

Wu Guoqiang, Secretary General of the China Great Wall Society, at a seminar in Beijing on August 15, calling for intensified efforts to preserve the Great Wall, which was built from the 3rd century B.C. to the A.D. 17th century for military defense

"Kenya and China have been recognized by the CITES [Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna] for their dedication to alleviating the menace of poaching. Both countries mete out heavy penalties on offenders."

William Kiprono, Director of the Kenya Wildlife Service, commenting on China's donation of anti-poaching equipment worth $20,000 to Kenya on August 15

Ideal System Reform

Oriental Outlook

August 21

As early as in 1992, late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping said that it might take 30 years for China to form a more mature and programmed institutional system, wherein all policies and principles would be even more conventionalized. He believed that three standards can measure whether or not the system is good enough: Economically, China should catch up with developed countries; politically, the country should help the people to govern in a way that is more practical and nuanced than the system in Western countries; and it should feature a more outstanding set of personnel than those countries.

Celebrity Drugs Abuse

Beijing Youth Daily

August 19

Celebrities have occupied more of the social scene and carried influence. The public has a right to hold higher expectations of them. No one is above the law, not even celebrities. Famous people who get caught doing drugs can cause more damage to others and create worse consequences.

Recently, several Chinese celebrities, including kungfu star Jackie Chan's son Jaycee Chan, have been detained due to their drug problem.

Reform Plan High school graduates in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province take picture together with teachers after the college entrance exam (SUN CAN)
Multicultural Games Beijing’s Ninth Traditional Ethnic Sports Games open on August 19. The sports meeting is held once every four years (JIANG XIAOYING)
Anniversary of Victory
The Chinese Government will hold commemorative activities as the 69th anniversary of winning the War Against Japanese Aggression (1937-45) approaches
Cult Crackdown
Chinese police have arrested nearly 1,000 suspected members of the illegal Quannengshen (Almighty God) cult
HIV Reduction
A total of 436,800 people were living with HIV or AIDS in China at the end of 2013, while 136,300 had died from the disease
Rooftop Power Plant Staff from a local power grid company connect solar panels to the grid in Zibo, east China’s Shandong Province (YUAN DELIANG)
Of Great Import Two frontier soldiers walk past trucks that are waiting for customs checking in Ebu Duge Port on the border of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and Mongolia (REN JUNCHUAN)
Anti-Trust Probe
A total of 12 Japanese auto parts and bearing makers have been fined 1.24 billion yuan owing to their collusion in creating a price monopoly
Housing Prices Drop
China's property sector showed new signs of cooling in July, with more cities reporting month-on-month price drops
FDI Falters
Foreign direct investment  into the Chinese mainland fell sharply again in July, slumping 16.95 percent from a year earlier to $7.81 billion
Xiang Zheng
Financial commentator

Considering China's recent economic history, declines in monthly newly added loans are certainly nothing new. In July 2004 and 2005, there was even a decline in the overall balance of yuan-denominated loans.

The essence of monetary policy should not be how "loose" or "tight" it is, but should be how well it matches conditions in the real economy.

    Technicians carry out cleaning and maintenance work on one of the faces of the Great Clock atop the landmark Elizabeth Tower that houses Big Ben in London on August 19 (XINHUA/AFP)
    Demonstrators hold a rally protesting the death of Michael Brown and the excessive use of force by police on August 18 in New York City (XINHUA/AFP)
    A model displays an Indian creation during the Lakmé Fashion Week in Mumbai on August 21 (XINHUA/AFP)
    Supporters of the late Brazilian socialist presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, who died on August 13 in a jet crash, pay tribute as his coffin arrives on August 16 at the Palácio do Campo das Princesas (XINHUA/AFP)
    South Korean soldiers subdue a mock terrorist (bottom) during an annual South Korea-U.S. joint military drill called Ulchi Freedom Guardian in Seoul on August 18 (XINHUA/AFP)
    A Palestinian doctor carries a wounded child at a hospital following an Israeli air strike on a house in Gaza City on August 19 (XINHUA/AFP)
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