E-commerce Pioneer Goes Global
Ma Yun (better known as Jack Ma), Chairman of the Board and co-founder of Alibaba Group, has vowed to make his e-business company known to the world with its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange
Lawyer Takes on Rail Authority
Dong Zhengwei, a lawyer in Beijing, won his lawsuit against the National Railway Administration over high ticket refund fees

"Chinese consumers are increasingly opting for healthy foods. And that's where Chilean products come in."

Jorge Heine, Chilean Ambassador to China, predicting China will become a main importer of Chile's foodstuffs in a decade, in an article published in a Chilean newspaper on September 16

"It is a symbol of the RMB's internationalization with a more solid basis on the European continent, and it is also a reflection of the great attention and recognition the RMB has gained from the global financial market."

Tian Guoli, Chairman of the Bank of China, announcing the first offshore RMB-denominated bond listing by the bank on Euronext, the eurozone's primary exchange, in Paris on September 15

"Our mine-hunting efforts over the past three years have turned out the most remarkable results since 1949."

Peng Qiming, Director of the Geological Exploration Department of the Ministry of Land and Resources, reporting on Chinese prospectors' success in finding 451 medium-sized and large mines of natural resources from 2011 to 2013, on September 12

"The major difference between America and China is that Chinese teachers, parents, children and administrators are all on the same page and work toward the same goal."

Reina Joa, a math teacher at New York City's Brooklyn High School of the Arts who recently took a 10-day professional development trip to Shanghai, in an interview with Xinhua News Agency

Forgotten Toxin Plagues China's Air

Caixin Century Weekly

September 8

Ammonia, composed of nitrogen and hydrogen, is a highly toxic chemical that easily dissolves in water. The salt substances that result from chemical reactions between ammonia, water and acids are the major factors contributing to ammonia's influence on PM 2.5 (particulate matter 2.5 micrometers or less in diameter) levels. Nitrogen fertilizers and the agricultural industry contribute 90 percent of the ammonia in the environment that goes on to pollute the air.

Chinese Cellphones Gain Favor

Oriental Outlook

September 18

Recent statistics issued by the International Data Corp. show that the shares of Samsung and Apple in the global smartphone market dropped to their lowest in recent years in the second quarter of 2014. However, Chinese cellphone brands such as Huawei and Lenovo are on the rise in the rankings, immediately following those long-time worldwide favorites.

Anniversary of Japanese Invasion Veterans who fought in the War Against Japanese Aggression from 1937-45 participate in a bell-ringing ceremony held in Shenyang, northeast China's Liaoning Province, on September 18 to mark the 83rd anniversary of the September 18 Incident (XINHUA)
Water Damages Local residents in Changshou District, Chongqing Municipality, clean up a mud-covered market on September 15 after flood water receded (LIU CHAN)
Chinese Teachers Abroad
China has trained more than 5,000 overseas students pursuing Master of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages degrees
Tumor Data
China will compile a second edition of its cancer atlas to optimize the use of medical resources
Growing Wealth
The personal fortunes of 300 Chinese topped 10 billion yuan ($1.63 billion) as of the end of 2013, according to a new annual ranking of the wealthiest individuals in China
Standing to Attention The opening ceremony of the 11th China-ASEAN Expo is held in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on September 16 (HUANG XIAOBANG)
Limited Edition A silver bar commemorating the Year of the Goat issued by the China Gold Coin Inc. on September 16 (XINHUA)
Slowed Production
China's value-added industrial output expanded 6.9 percent year on year in August, down from the 9-percent growth in July
Property Cools
NBS data showed real estate investment rose 13.2 percent year on year in the first eight months to 5.9 trillion yuan ($959.44 billion), 0.5 percentage points lower than the growth in the January-July period
FDI Drops
Foreign direct investment (FDI) into the Chinese mainland dropped 14 percent in August from a year earlier, settling at $7.2 billion, the Ministry of Commerce said on September 16
Ma Guangyuan
An independent economist
Unless remarkable breakthroughs in the reforms of the financial industry, state-owned enterprises, land use rights and the permanent household registration system can be achieved this year, this country's economy may face some truly harrowing prospects.
    Anti-war activists protest as U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (left) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey testify on U.S. strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on September 16 (YIN BOGU)
    Students sit in a damaged classroom at a school in Gaza on September 14, the first day of the new school year, which was three weeks later than usual as a result of the devastating 50-day war between Israel and Hamas this summer (XINHUA/AFP)
    Planes park on the tarmac of Orly Airport in Paris on September 16, the second day of the Air France pilots' strike over company plans to expand its low-cost subsidiary Transavia (XINHUA/AFP)
    Lava flows out of the Bardarbunga volcano on September 14. Bardarbunga, at 2,000 meters above sea level, is the country’s second highest peak and is located under Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajökull (XINHUA/AFP)
    Lawmakers applaud after successfully voting for ratification of a Ukraine-EU association agreement in the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev on September 16 (XINHUA/AFP)
    Hot-air balloons fly over buildings on the outskirts of Minsk on September 12, during the International Festival of Aeronautics (XINHUA/AFP)
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