New Tech Billionaire
Tang Yan, founder and CEO of social networking platform Momo Inc., has become China's newest IT billionaire after Momo made its trading debut in Nasdaq, raising $216 million for its U.S. initial public offering
A Mother for Justice
Shang Aiyun, 62, mother of a wrongfully convicted young man who was later executed, finally succeeds in clearing her son's name, bringing to an end a years-long campaign

"Some state-owned enterprise (SOE) directors have colluded with foreign forces to trade national assets in return for huge bribes. We will fight such practices resolutely."

Hao Mingjin, Vice Minister of Supervision, discussing ongoing efforts to uncover corruption in SOEs

"Lack of animal welfare protection will impede our efforts to curb acts of animal abuse such as catching and killing animals or making them perform for entertainment purposes."

Yang Zhaoxia, deputy head of the Ecological Law Research Center of Beijing Forestry University, pointing out that animal welfare will be legally recognized for the first time in China in an upcoming revision of the country's wildlife protection law

"In future, we hope to perfect our water supply facilities through more cooperation between Guangdong and Macao. This includes the completion of a fourth water supply pipe."

Wong Soi Man, Director of Macao's Marine and Water Bureau, speaking at a recent press conference about collaboration with the mainland to meet the special administrative region's freshwater needs

"China's decision on foreign aid projects adheres to strict standards."

Shen Danyang, spokesman for the Ministry of Commerce, saying that China has taken the development strategies of recipient nations into consideration when providing foreign assistance, on December 16

Parks and Recreation

Oriental Outlook

December 18

Following the establishment of the first national park in the world—the Yellowstone National Park—in the United States in 1872, about 100 countries and regions have set up their own equivalents.

Although China commenced construction of pilot national parks in 2008, these programs have failed to meet their initial target. Local governments have followed the same management methods used with heritage sites or natural conservation areas in constructing these pilot projects. Some do not even have a clear understanding of the concept of national parks.

Punishing a 'Gang of Four'

Beijing Youth Daily

December 16

An in-flight brawl between Chinese passengers and Thailand flight attendants on December 11 forced the plane to return to Don Mueng International Airport in Bangkok. The four passengers involved, which included a couple, were taken away by Thai police. They were required to pay compensation of 50,000 Thai baht ($1,525) to the flight attendant. Prior to their arrest, the female member of the couple had thrown hot water at the attendant and another of the four had even threatened to blow up the plane.

Newly Named Pandas On December 15, Chime Long Safari Park in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, announces names for the world’s only surviving giant panda triplets, choosing from over 1 million names proposed by the cubs’ fans across the world (HUANG GUOBAO)
Three Gorges Project China’s Three Gorges project celebrates its 20th anniversary on December 14 with a record-high throughput of its five-tier ship lock (MENG TAO)
Earthquake Network
China Earthquake Networks Center  will provide an earthquake notification service to the public through its microblogging account
More Media Exposure
China's State Council Information Office plans to hold regular media briefings on key policies to address public concern
Literature Database
A database of Chinese poems and classics of literature will soon be open to viewers both home and abroad
Safety First Zhoushan Qiming Power Co. finishes the construction and installation of a carousel on a ship for laying submarine cables which can greatly improve the safety and efficiency of laying cables in the seabed (XU YU)
Time-Saving Railway Workers lay tracks on the Nantong section of the Nanjing-Qidong railway in east China’s Jiangsu Province (XU CONGJUN)
Home Prices
China's property sector continues to cool down in November, but the declines have been narrowing, data from the National Bureau of Statistics shows
FDI Surges
Foreign direct investment into the Chinese mainland jumps 22.2 percent in November from a year earlier, settling at $10.36 billion
Gas Field Operational
China's largest producer of offshore oil and gas, CNOOC, announces production has begun at the Liuhua 34-2 gas field in the South China Sea
Ma Hongman
Financial commentator
One important sign of a matured FTZ is the free exchange of renminbi. In the future, competitions among FTZs in different parts of the country will mainly concentrate on finance
    Muslim women lay flowers at a makeshift memorial for victims of a fatal siege at a cafe in the heart of Sydney’s financial district on December 16. Three people, including the Iranian-born perpetrator Man Haron Monis, died in the siege (XINHUA/AFP)
    Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev speaks during a meeting on the country’s financial and economic situation with high-ranking officials in Moscow on December 16, after the Russian ruble crashed to record lows despite drastic overnight measures by the central bank to hike the key rate (XINHUA/AFP)
    A scuba diver wearing a Santa Claus costume feeds fish inside a tank at the Aquaria KLCC in Kuala Lumpur on December 16 as part of the aquarium’s Christmas festivities (XINHUA/AFP)
    President Barack Obama delivers an address to the nation at the White House on December 17, announcing plans to normalize relations with Cuba, ending more than five decades of estrangement between the two countries (XINHUA/AFP)
    Rescuers carry an injured girl to a hospital following an attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in Peshawar on December 16, in which 141 people were killed, mostly children (XINHUA/AFP)
    Paris residents skate on an ice rink located on the Eiffel Tower’s first floor on December 15 (XINHUA/AFP)
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