UN Commander Completes Mission
Liu Chao, a Chinese Major General and Commander of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, is relieved of duty
Director Honors Deng Xiaoping
Wu Ziniu, a famous Chinese movie and television director, has made a popular tribute to ce-lebrate the 110th anniversary of late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping's birth with a TV series titled Deng Xiaoping at a Historical Turning Point

"China's property market has outgrown its surefire get-rich-quick expansion period. Now, it is heading into a new era where Chinese buyers demand more from property developers under stepped-up competition from both within and outside the housing sector."

Zhu Zhongyi, Honorary Vice Chairman of the Chinese Real Estate Association, at the Boao Real Estate Forum in Hainan Province on August 8

"Residents will feel the pain if inflation goes too high, but the economy and companies will suffer if it is too low. Having the consumer price index (CPI) at about 2 percent is an ideal level."

Yang Hongxu, deputy head of the Shanghai-based E-House China R&D Institute, commenting on China's CPI growth of 2.3 percent year on year in July, on August 9

"As the economy slows down and demand for business-class service wanes, Air China has to tighten its belt."

Lin Zhijie, a civil aviation expert, explaining the motives behind Air China's new seat selection fee, on August 12

"Military-to-military engagements, like RIMPAC [Rim of the Pacific drill] and this port visit, are very important to the relationship between our navies. They help us build trust and enhance transparency."

Rear Admiral Patrick Lorge, Commander of the U.S. Navy Region Southwest, speaking at a welcoming ceremony for a visiting Chinese flotilla in San Diego on August 10

Targeting Medical Service Agents

Legal Daily

August 12

Intermediary agents who trick patients in line for registration at big state-owned hospitals in Beijing into going to smaller healthcare facilities, subsequently charging them higher fees, have long been condemned by the public. The city's police recently arrested 113 people suspected of such offences and detained 109 of them. The Beijing police have urged patients to raise alerts regarding such actions and to call the police if they have been scammed.

Skyscraper Oversupply

China Newsweek

August 11

When the last steel beam was installed on the 632-meter-tall Shanghai Tower on August 3, a tower that has taken six years to build, it became the tallest skyscraper in China and the second highest in the world.

At present, China's passion for building skyscrapers is comparable to that of the United States 100 years ago. Among the top 20 highest buildings in the world, half are in China and among the top 100, 43 are in China.

Focus on Tibet The closing session of the Forum on the Development of Tibet is held in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region (LIU KUN)
Medicine for the Needy Medical workers arrange pharmaceuticals at a makeshift hospital built in quake-affected Ludian County, southwest China’s Yunnan Province (PEI XIN)
Space Launch
China is preparing for the launch of an experimental recoverable moon orbiter
Patent Filings
China received 11,243 international patent applications through the Patent Cooperation Treaty in the first half of the year
Anti-Graft Campaign
More than 95 percent of respondents to a survey by China Youth Daily hope Chinese authorities can continue their campaign against corruption
Phase Two Workers assemble a windmill on the construction site for the second phase of the National Wind and Photovoltaic Energy Storage and Transmission Demonstration Project (BAN JIANZHONG)
A Flying Start Visitors fix their eyes on the R22 single-engined helicopter produced by Robinson Helicopter Co. in an exhibition hall in Hangzhou, east China’s Zhejiang Province (LONG WEI)
Tempered Inflation
China's consumer price index, a main gauge of inflation, grows 2.3 percent year on year in July, the same pace as a month earlier
Property Investment
The growth of China's real estate investment continues to slow in July
More Companies
China has seen a surge in the registration of new companies in the wake of the country taking steps to streamline the process for starting a business in March
Shen Jianguang
Chief economist of Mizuho Securities Asia Ltd.
The rate of the renminbi against the U.S. dollar should be kept between 6 and 6.3. In the future, the focus should be on building a more flexible mechanism to reduce one-sided appreciation or depreciation. China's policymakers have already quickened the pace of the renminbi exchange-rate reform and the internationalization process.
    Turkish people wave the national flag and mobile phones to celebrate the victory of Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on August 10. Erdogan is set to become Turkey’s first popularly elected president (XINHUA)
    An orphaned baby elephant feeds itself on August 12, World Elephant Day, at Nairobi National Park’s David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage (XINHUA/AFP)
    A NASA image from a video taken on August 12 shows the International Space Station (ISS) above the eastern coast of South America as it orbits Earth. Europe’s final robot cargo ship to the ISS docked with its target as scheduled that day (XINHUA/AFP)
    Michigan State police officers check a flooded highway underpass for vehicles and victims on August 12 in Hazel Park, where the worst flash flooding in decades struck the Detroit metropolitan area the day before (XINHUA/AFP)
  • IRAN
    The wreckage of a plane is collected by rescuers on August 10 after it crashed that morning and killed all 48 people on board (XINHUA)
    An airport worker measures a passenger’s body temperature at the Lungi International Airport in Freetown on August 14, as part of Ebola control efforts. World Health Organization statistics show that the death toll worldwide from the 2014 Ebola epidemic reached 1,069 on August 13 (XINHUA)
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