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UPDATED: November 2, 2014 NO. 45, NOVEMBER 6, 2014
People & Points No. 45, 2014

ITU Head


Zhao Houlin was elected to head the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for the next four years during the 2014 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in South Korea's port city Busan on October 23. He will be the first Chinese secretary general in the 150-year history of ITU, a UN specialized agency for information and communication technologies. He will take office in January 2015.

Zhao, 64, earned a Master's in telematics from the University of Essex in the UK in 1985. From 1999 to 2006, Zhao served as the first non-European director of ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau. He was later elected ITU deputy secretary general in 2006 and re-elected for a second four-year term in 2010.

Zhao is just the third Chinese citizen elected to head a UN organization. The other two are Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization, and Li Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.

Popular Online Writer


Zhou Xiaoping, one of the two network writers who attended a seminar hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping on October 17 for prominent literary and art figures, has recently attracted widespread attention for his criticism of Western bias against China.

As a popular online writer, Zhou became well known for his exceedingly patriotic blog articles, including the famous "Please Do Not Disappoint This Time" in June 2013, in which Zhou expounded on the achievements of the Communist Party of China in poverty alleviation and economic development, while anecdotally examining problems in the systems of Western countries such as the United States.

Born in Rongxian County in southwest China's Sichuan Province, following his high school graduation at the age of 17, Zhou joined the army. In 2006, he set up his own business and later went on to found three other companies: an original music platform, an online game website and a design agency. Currently, he is the founder and manager of a publishing company in Beijing.

"Due to a lack of systematic laws in the field, the country's anti-terror work is incomplete, with measures not sufficiently forceful."

Lang Sheng, deputy head of the Legislative Affairs Commission of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, explaining a draft counter-terrorism law at a bimonthly session of the NPC Standing Committee on October 27

"It is only a matter of time before China's outbound direct investment exceeds the foreign direct investment that it receives. If it does not happen this year, it will happen in the near future."

Zhang Xiangchen, China's Assistant Minister of Commerce, at a press conference on October 22

"Cooperation between China and the 16 Central and Eastern European countries, some of which are EU members, is in the true interest of Europe."

Peter Szijjarto, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, concluding a speech at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing on October 27

"It's timely and necessary to regulate the mobile app industry. Some apps now have infringed mobile phone users' rights by stealing their personal information and contact lists."

Zhu Wei, a cyber law researcher at Renmin University of China in Beijing, calling for tighter regulation of application software programs used on smartphones

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