Admirable Teacher
Zhou Lina, the only ethnic Han teacher at a bilingual kindergarten in Artux, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, was honored with the title of Most Gracious Village Teacher in China along with nine other people on September 10 for their outstanding contributions
Search Engine Boss
Zhang Yaqin, a former top executive for Microsoft Corp. in China, was appointed president of Beijing-based Baidu Inc., the world's largest Chinese-language Internet search provider, on September 10.

"Only with a clear idea of the nature and soul of Confucianism can it play a greater role in China's reform drive."

Yang Chaoming, head of the Qufu-based Confucius Research Institute, at a seminar on the role of traditional culture in today's society held on September 6 in Qufu, east China's Shandong Province, the birthplace of ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius

"First we need to clear up rights to reside, rights to run businesses, and residential ownership rights; then we can worry about gradually harmonizing the two-tiered registration system."

Li Yining, a renowned Chinese economist, on China's urbanization process at the St. Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance on September 8

"What we cannot allow is undermining the country's interests while doing business in this market and profiting from it."

Lu Wei, Ministerr of the State Internet Information Office, elaborating on the Chinese Government's Internet management policy on September 9

"Treating China as an entirely non-market economy might have been a reasonable policy two or three decades ago, but it's not a reasonable policy today."

Nicholas Lardy, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C., commenting on the transformation of China's economy in an interview with Xinhua News Agency on September 10

Old Cities on the Brink of Extinction

Oriental Outlook

September 11

Recently, Qiqihar in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province was designated a "national historical and cultural city." By August 21, 125 cities had been awarded the title by the Central Government. However, experts say many of them have not lived up to their names.

Alarmingly, areas that exemplify the cultural atmosphere of these time-honored cities have been damaged or have disappeared. The list of "historical and cultural cities" on the verge of extinction jointly proposed by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage and the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development in 2011 will be released later this year. Those famous locales that have not been well-preserved or are seriously damaged will be included on the list as a warning.

How Are Leading Officials Selected?

China Newsweek

September 8

A revised regulation on the selection and appointment of leading officials of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and government agencies was published in the beginning of this year, marking the first revision since the original regulation was made 12 years ago. According to the new regulation, the convention of choosing leaders from reserve officials will be changed.

Huge Waves Excited crowds watch the Qiantang River tidal in Yanguan Town of Haining, east China's Zhejiang Province, on September 11 (XINHUA)
Space Plan Yang Liwei, China's first astronaut and deputy chief of China's Manned Space Agency, announced an ambitious space program timetable building up to the country establishing its first space station by 2022 (GONG LEI)
Pollution Warning
China plans a monitoring and warning system to respond to heavy air pollution, according to a revised draft of the Air Pollution Law which was released on September 9
Punishing Smugglers
A new judicial explanation by the Supreme People's Court (SPC) on September 9 clears up ambiguities about the punishment of smugglers
Unemployment Rates
A survey of 31 large and medium-sized Chinese cities found the unemployment rate remained at around 5 percent in the first eight months of the year, despite an economic slowdown
Bird on a Wire A remote-controlled helicopter is used to place wires to connect the power grids across the Yellow River during the construction of a 750-kilovolt power transmission and transformation project in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region on September 10 (LI RAN)
Freight Train Coming The first express freight train in the Yangtze River Delta leaves Nanjing West Railway Station on September 9. The train carried over 1,500 items weighing more than 40 tons (SUN CAN)
Moderate Inflation
China's consumer price index (CPI), a main gauge of inflation, eased to 2 percent year on year in August, marking the lowest level in four months
Delegating Powers
The State Council will further cut administrative approvals and delegate power to lower-level governments this year in order to promote efficiency and clear obstacles standing in the way of economic growth
Global Financial Reform
China called for emerging markets and developing countries to have a greater say in the global financial system, claiming that the system should be further reformed in this direction
Yu Fenghui
A financial commentator
The expansion of trade surplus in August and the decline in imports reflect a deep-seated problem in China's economy—a serious lack of domestic demand. If not promptly and thoroughly addressed and kept in check, this problem will directly affect the stabilization of the country's economic growth.
    Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces new products, including the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, during an event in Cupertino, California, on September 9 (XINHUA) 
    Following an explosion, smoke rises in the sky as an old Bergolin lacquer-producing plant burns near Bremen on September 9 (XINHUA/AFP)
    A young girl browses traditional souvenirs at a lantern fair in Ho Chi Minh City on September 8, which was held to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, a centuries-old celebration in many East Asian countries (XINHUA)
    Local hunters showcase their tamed falcons at the 12th Session of the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition that kicked off on September 10 (MA XIPING)
  • IRAQ
    Parliament members vote on Iraq's new government line-up in Baghdad on September 8, naming Haidar al-Abadi as prime minister (XINHUA/AFP)
    Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai holds up a preliminary report on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17's downing over east Ukraine at a press conference in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur, on September 9. The plane split into pieces after being hit by numerous high-speed projectiles on July 17, said the report released by the Dutch Safety Board (XINHUA/AFP)
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