Youth Ambassador
Deng Zhonghan, Chairman, CEO and President of Vimicro Corporation, the largest multimedia semiconductor technology company in China, has been chosen as China's ambassador for the Year of China-Europe Youth Exchanges during 2011, along with four other celebrities
Building a New Shanxi
Yuan Chunqing, Secretary of the Shanxi Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China, is determined to build the province anew
Out for Season
Houston Rockets All-Star center Yao Ming will miss the rest of the season because of a stress fracture in his left foot. Thirty-year-old Yao underwent surgery in January this year

"With the amendment, China will be a step closer to building up a national organ donation system. The system is aimed at ensuring the sustainable and healthy development of organ transplants and saving more lives. A pilot project is being run in 11 provinces and regions now."

Chinese Vice Health Minister Huang Jiefu, commenting on an amendment to China's organ transplant regulations in preparation. It may be issued in March following revision

"There are many areas where we have mutual interests and can work together. In those areas we have disagreements; those disagreements are best dealt with through constant dialogue and discussion with one another and transparency."

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, in a meeting with Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie in Beijing

"It is confirmed at the global level the world economy has demonstrated the capacity to behave better than previous projections and forecasts."

European Central Bank (ECB) chief Jean-Claude Trichet, at a meeting on the global economy on January 10 in Basel, Switzerland

"The referendum is not the end of the journey, but rather it is the beginning of a new one. There is no substitute to peaceful coexistence, cooperation and partnership which we are all committed to embarking on in the lifetime ahead."

Salva Kiir Mayardit, first Vice President of Sudan and President of the Government of South Sudan, speaking after casting the first ballot in Juba at a polling station at the Museum of John Garang on January 9

"The approval of the review is an important milestone. We appreciate the positive feedback from the Fund regarding the disciplined austerity measures put forth by the government and our handling of economic policy."

Icelandic Minister of Economic Affairs Arni Pall Arnason, appreciating IMF's approval of the fourth review of Iceland's economic recovery program on January 11


COLD WEATHER WOES A farmer in Guilin City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, checks his ice-coated cabbage in the field on January 8. More than 2 million people in Guangxi had suffered from damage inflicted by low temperatures (CHEN RUIHUA)
Copyright Crackdown
Vendors of illegally copied films, music or other copyright products online will face up to three years in jail, the Ministry of Public Security announced on January 11 in a pledge to crack down on "rampant" piracy
Innovation Encouraged
China's spending on developing nanotechnology over the past five years was more than three times than between 2001 and 2005, a national nanotechnology coordination committee said on January 11 in Beijing
China’s first capsule hotel is to open in Shanghai. Each room is equipped with sockets, clocks, lights, TV and wireless Internet service (FAN XIAOMING)
People shop for materials to cook the special treat of porridge for Laba, a 2,000-year-old festival in China, in a supermarket in Tancheng County, Shandong Province, on January 10 (ZHANG CHUNLEI)
Chinawares for the British royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton are unveiled by the manufacturer in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on January 10 (JIANG SHOURONG)
A woman poses for a photo with a black-headed gull in Cuihu Park in Kunming, Yunnan Province, on January 11. The park is one of migratory birds’ winter habitats in south China (LIN YIGUANG)
NEW RAIL HUB A high-speed train departs from a newly built train station in Xi’an, capital of Shaanxi Province. The station is the largest in northwest China and was put into use on January 11 (JIAO WEIPING)
Yuan Appreciation
The Chinese yuan strengthened to a record high against the U.S. dollar on January 13 to reach 6.5997 per dollar, according to the China Foreign Exchange Trading System
GDP Revised
The growth rate of China's GDP in 2009 has been modified up to 9.2 percent from the previous 9.1 percent, the National Bureau of Statistics announced on January 11, 2011
Hot Wheels
China retained its crown as the world's top auto market by selling a record number of vehicles in 2010
Lending Spree
Chinese banks granted 7.95 trillion yuan ($1.2 trillion) of yuan-denominated loans in 2010, overshooting the government-set target of 7.5 trillion yuan ($1.1 trillion), said the People's Bank of China, the central bank
Trade Hits Record High
Imports and exports both hit record highs in December 2010, with total volume reaching $295.22 billion, up 21.4 percent from the previous year, said the General Administration of Customs
  • IRAQ
    Visiting Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah (right) reviews honor guards along with his Iraqi counterpart Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad on January 12. It was the first visit to Iraq by a Kuwaiti prime minister since the Gulf War two decades ago (XINHUA/AFP)
    A man votes at a polling station in Juba in southern Sudan on January 9 in a referendum to decide whether the region will remain united with the north or secede to establish an independent state (XINHUA/AFP)
    Two women huddle around a small fire on a New Delhi street on January 11. Bitter cold has blanketed northern India, killing nearly 100 people in the past few weeks (XINHUA/AFP)
    Heavy smoke rises in a town in southern Tunisia after a bloody clash between demonstrators and security forces on January 9 (XINHUA/AFP)
    A woman places flowers on a cross at a cemetery in Port-au-Prince on January 11, a day before the one-year anniversary of the 2010 Haiti earthquake (XINHUA/AFP)
    Firemen escort a woman to her house in southwest Germany’s Wertheim on January 11. Melting snow caused rising water levels and flooding, which complicated the lives of local residents (XINHUA/AFP)
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