New Finance Heads
New chiefs of China's banking, securities and insurance regulators have been appointed in a recent reshuffle of financial officials
Three Gorges' Recorder
She Daike, a famous photographer in China, has drawn media's attention recently for recording the changes of the Three Gorges for decades with his camera

"China will, as before, encourage foreign business people to invest in China, especially in fields concerning natural resources and energy efficiency."

Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang, during a meeting with Gerard Mestrallet, CEO of the French energy giant GDF Suez, in Beijing on October 31

"China's CPI, the measure of inflation, is likely to fall to 2.8 percent from the anticipated annual growth of 5.5 percent this year."

Li Daokui, academic advisor and member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the People's Bank of China, at an economic forum held by HSBC in Beijing on October 29

"This commission always observes China through tinted glasses. The report is totally factitious, made with ulterior motives, and does not warrant refuting."

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei, at a press conference in Beijing on October 31 when questioned about a recent report by Sino-U.S. Economic and Security Review Commission on an accusation that China had hacked into a U.S. satellite system

"The food crisis is far from over. Prices remain volatile and millions of people around the world are still suffering."

World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick, in Washington D.C. on November 1, saying leaders from the world's major economies should continue to pay attention to the challenging issue, ahead of the upcoming Cannes G20 summit in France

"We were to have made a 60-million-dollar payment to UNESCO in November and we will not be making that payment."

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, announcing that the U.S. Government has halted making financial contributions to UNESCO after the latter admitted the Palestinian National Authority as a full member on October 31 in Washington, D.C.

"It (the execution) has created an uneasy feeling about the situation in Libya."

South African President Jacob Zuma, at a business meeting in Cape Town on November1 about Libya's future following the execution of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi

MASTER OF PAPER Nie Fangjun, a 79-year-old craftsman, paints a paper dragon at his studio in Fenghuang County, central China's Hunan Province. His paper crafts were listed as a state-level intangible cultural heritage in 2008 (LONG HONGTAO)
More Grass-Root Delegates
The Communist Party of China will include more delegates from the grass-roots level, including migrant workers, at the Party's 18th National Congress slated for 2012
Fingerprints for ID Cards
China's top legislature adopted an amendment to the Resident Identity Card Law in a bid to better protect the personal information stored in citizens' identity cards
A reader browses books in a pyramid-shaped outdoor bookstore in Changsha, central China's Hunan Province, on November 1 (LI GA)
A nurse at the No.2 People's Hospital in Weifang of Shandong Province on November 2 helps a patient use a device designed to cure obstructive sleep apnea (ZHANG CHI)
The Three Gorges Dam under lights at night on October 30, when the water level of the dam reached its designed full capacity (XIAO YIJIU)
A visitor poses before a poster of the 12th World Cartoon Conference at the China Animation Game Center in Beijing on October 30, the closing day of the event (LI WENMING)
NEW BUSINESS HUB The Qinzhou Bonded Port Area passes state inspection and officially opens for international auto trade in southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on November 1, 2011 (ZHANG AILIN)
Tax Adjustments
China raised thresholds for levying value-added and business taxes on November 1. The adjustments came after a decision made by the State Council to enhance financial support for the country's cash-strapped small and micro enterprises
Reduced Ship Orders
The Chinese shipbuilding industry suffered drastic declines in new orders in September, as the growth of the global ocean shipping market almost stalled amid economic slowdown
Manufacturing Gloom
The purchasing managers index, a barometer of manufacturing activities, stood at 50.4 percent in October, down 0.8 percentage points from September
Steelmakers' Pains
China's steelmakers reel from a gloomy market as demands turn lackluster and steel prices plummet
Banking Boom
China's "big four" state-owned commercial banks get into full swing, but risks still loom large
  • UN
    Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki speaks at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on October 31 after Palestinians won a crucial vote to enter the organization as a full member (XINHUA/AFP)
    A man sits on a boat as he evacuates his apartment on November 2 during floods in Bangkok. The death toll of Thailand's worst floods in decades had surged to 384 by the end of October (XINHUA/AFP)
    Forces loyal to Libya's new authorities take part in a military parade in Tripoli on November 2 (XINHUA/AFP)
    Indonesian commandos participate in an antiterrorism drill in Jakarta on October 27 (XINHUA/AFP)
    Secretary General of the Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture Moha Marghi drives a harvester donated by the Chinese Government in Kenitra on November 1 (LIN FENG)
    Fireworks explode over the Statue of Liberty in New York City on October 28 in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the statue's dedication (XINHUA/AFP)
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