Language Promoter Awarded
Xu Lin, Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters in China, is awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa at the University of Bucharest
U.S.-Born Translator Passes Away
Sidney Shapiro, a famed U.S.-born translator who was one of the few Westerners to gain Chinese citizenship, died on October 18 in Beijing at the age of 98

"Artists should not lose themselves in the tide of market economy nor go astray while answering the question of whom to serve, otherwise their works will lack vitality."

Xi Jinping, Chinese President, at a symposium with representatives of literature and art circles in Beijing on October 15

"By 2020, China is expected to have nuclear power generating units with total installed capacity reaching 58 gigawatts."

Wang Yiren, Deputy Director of the China Atomic Energy Authority

"It's not a matter of whether or not we will see it, but when. It's a matter of timing."

Arthur Fan, CEO of BOCI Global Commodities (UK) Ltd., on the London Metal Exchange's planned introduction of yuan-denominated contracts at a seminar in Shanghai on October 20

"Under the indulgence of the United States, Japan may evolve into a new 'global cop' and a cheerleader for 'neo-interventionism'."

Su Xiaohui, a research fellow with the China Institute of International Studies, commenting on the revising of the guidelines for U.S.-Japanese defense cooperation

Healthcare Vital at Community Level

Outlook Weekly

October 20

In recent years, the Chinese public has bemoaned the increasing difficulty of seeing a doctor and the growing expenses for medical services. In an effort to make healthcare more affordable, a pertinent solution would be to set up a complete basic medical security system. A more balanced distribution of medical resources, too, would help people gain easier access to healthcare services. Better utilizing the nation's general practitioners and community clinics is the key.

Marathon Popularity on the Rise

Beijing Morning Post

October 20

Despite the increased enrollment fee for participation in this year's Beijing Marathon on October 19, more people enrolled than in previous years. This is good news for a country that is faced with a steadily rising number of chronic disease sufferers, and shows that such races ought to be more strongly encouraged in China.

Every year, 10 million Chinese people are newly diagnosed with high blood pressure, and 10 percent of the country's population now suffers from diabetes. Of the cohort aged 15- 64, chronic diseases afflict 52 percent. It is suspected that the underlying cause for these increases is a lack in exercise: Compared to 1991, the time people now spend playing sports has decreased by 45 percent, and fewer than 12 percent of those over age 18 regularly participate in sports.

Robot War Long Ma, a French-made mechanical creature, rears up with smoke billowing from its dragon’s snout as it approached its robotic arachnid adversary during a performance in Beijing (ZHANG YUWEI)
Safe Travel A traffic police officer conducts a DUI (driving under the influence) test on a driver in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province (DING HAITAO)
Wellbeing Pledge
Chinese leaders call for continued efforts to fight poverty on October 17, the country's first Poverty Relief Day
Fund Management
China will reform state research fund management, delegating power to independent institutes in a bid to curb academic corruption and sharpen innovation
Ebola Prevention
Health authorities and hospitals have been urged to fully prepare for potential Ebola cases, as the virus keeps spreading
Financial Gathering Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli (center front) attends the opening ceremony of the 21st APEC Finance Minister’s Meeting on October 22 (DING LIN)
A Red Flag A model of Chinese luxury car brand Hongqi is displayed at the 2014 Shenyang International Auto Show, which opened on October 22, and attracted 137 carmakers from home and abroad (YAO JIANFENG)
Supporting Growth
Finance ministers of APEC member economies pledge to flexibly implement fiscal policies in a joint statement released after the 21st APEC Finance Ministers' Meeting
Construction Projects
The National Development and Reform Commission has approved feasibility reports on five airports and three railway projects
New-Energy Buses
Chinese authorities require the heavily polluted metropolises of Beijing and Tianjin as well as cities in Hebei Province to put more new-energy buses on the road to cut pollution
Xiang Zheng
A financial commentator

With a large number of people's living conditions having been greatly improved, market demand is naturally shrinking, which has caused price falls since the last quarter of 2013. Market expectations have changed from price increases to a divergence in opinions and then to price declines, which has helped dampen speculative activities in the property sector.

    Police officers stand guard outside the Palais Coburg palace in Vienna, where nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 group were being held, on October 16. The group consists of the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany (XINHUA/AFP)
    A JPMorgan Chase Bank worker teaches pedestrians how to use Apple Pay, a software service that allows users to pay for purchases using their iPhone’s NFC capabilities instead of credit cards, as part of a Visa/Chase promotion, in New York City on October 20 (XINHUA/AFP)
    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Chairman Hideaki Omiya answers questions from reporters during a debut ceremony of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, the first made-in-Japan passenger aircraft in nearly five decades, at the Nagoya Airport in Komaki, Aichi prefecture, on October 18 (XINHUA/AFP)
    A rescue team checks a broken ventilation grate in Seongnam City, near Seoul, on October 17 after concertgoers fell through it into an underground parking area three days before. Fourteen people died and 11 others were injured in the accident (XINHUA/AFP)
    President Joko Widodo and First Lady Ariana wave to photographers after Widodo was sworn in at the House of Representative in Jakarta on October 20 (XINHUA/AFP)
    Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip on October 16 visit the Tower of London’s Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red poppy installation, which was created to symbolize more than 800,000 British and colonial military fatalities in World War I (XINHUA/AFP)
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