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UPDATED: April 9, 2010 NO. 15 APRIL 15, 2010

Mayor on a Mission


Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng paid a four-day visit to Taiwan from April 6 to 9. He was the first mayor of the mainland's four municipalities directly under the jurisdiction of the Central Government to visit Taiwan.

Promoting the Shanghai World Expo, which will soon open on May 1, was at the top of Han's agenda during the trip.

While in Taiwan, he made extensive contacts with people from all walks of life, visiting schools and hospitals and meeting local residents. He also attended the Taipei-Shanghai forum where the two cities signed memoranda of understanding on cultural exchanges, tourism and environmental protection.

Han, 56, became the mayor of Shanghai in 2003 and was re-elected for a second term in 2008.

Writer, Blogger and Racer


Han Han, a young Chinese writer, has been nominated by Time magazine as a candidate for its annual list of 100 most influential people in the world.

Han was born in Shanghai in 1982. As a member of China's allegedly self-centered 1980s generation, he performed poorly at school. His academic progress as a high school student foundered in 1999, when he failed seven subjects, including Chinese. He spent another year trying to catch up but eventually decided to quit. Before dropping out, he won top prize in a national essay contest that encourages innovative student writing.

He published his first novel Triple Gate in 2000 based on his own high school experience. The bestseller sparked a debate on China's education system.

Apart from being a writer, Han is a professional rally car driver. He also writes a popular blog, which has registered more than 300 million hits.

Search Engine Entrepreneur


Robin Li, co-founder and CEO of Baidu Inc., is another Chinese candidate on Time magazine's 100 most influential people list.

Li, 42, founded Baidu in 2000, after returning from the United States, where he studied and worked as a software engineer. Baidu has since become the largest Chinese search engine and currently holds more than 70 percent of the search market in China. It was listed on NASDAQ in 2005 and became the first Chinese company to be included in the NASDAQ-100 Index two years later.

Li received a Bachelor of Science degree from Peking University in 1991 and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1994. 

"From Google to the renminbi, China is being blamed for all that ails the United States. Unfortunately, this reflects a potentially lethal combination of political scapegoating and bad economics."

Stephen Roach, a senior executive with New York-based investment bank Morgan Stanley, writing in the Financial Times

"I wonder what was on their minds when they described the battle against crime and graft as a publicity stunt."

Bo Xilai, Secretary of the Chongqing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China, dismissing accusations that the city's recent crime sweep that led to the arrest and conviction of thousands of gangsters was an orchestrated show to grab media attention

"This is the down-payment Haiti needs for wholesale national renewal."

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, after donors pledged nearly $10 billion in aid to Haiti, more than double the amount requested by the country's president after January's earthquake

"It should give the tuna some breathing room ... And it's good news for sharks too."

Jay Nelson, Director of the Global Ocean Legacy with the Pew Environment Group, on the British Government's designation of the Chagos Islands as a marine reserve, which will be the world's largest

"I've got great respect for The [New York] Times, except it does have very clearly an agenda. You can see it in the way they choose their stories, what they put on page one--anything Obama wants. And the White House pays off by feeding them stories."

Rupert Murdoch, News Corporation Chairman, on the rivalry between The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal

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