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UPDATED: October 9, 2010 NO. 41 OCTOBER 14, 2010

Red Cross Ambassador

Action star and philanthropist Jet Li has been named the first ever Goodwill Ambassador for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

During the coming months, Li will take part in many IFRC activities, which include visiting Red Cross Red Crescent disaster relief and recovery projects, attending major international events and appearing in a public service announcement.

Li, 47, was born in Beijing. After retiring as a martial artist, he entered the film world in 1982 at 19 and gained international recognition, starring in nearly 40 films.

Li has been a "philanthropic ambassador" of the Red Cross Society of China since January 2006. He launched the "Red Cross Society of China Jet Li One Foundation Project" in strategic partnership with the Red Cross Society of China in April 2007. Having the purpose of raising funds for the benefit of those affected by natural disasters, the project encourages donors to contribute 1 yuan ($0.15) a month to help people in need. During the past three years, One Foundation has raised more than 270 million yuan ($40 million).

Monetary Policy Advisors

Du Jinfu

Jiang Jianqing

The People's Bank of China (PBC), the country's central bank, has appointed Du Jinfu and Jiang Jianqing to its Monetary Policy Committee, which advises the PBC on major monetary issues.

Du, 55, was promoted to PBC vice governor in May 2010, following a four-year tenure as assistant governor since June 2006. He headed the central bank's statistics and personnel departments after joining the central bank in 1992.

Jiang, 57, has served as president of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) since 2000. ICBC, which listed its shares in 2006 in Shanghai and Hong Kong stock exchanges, is the world's biggest bank in terms of market value and assets.

Su Ning, who retired as PBC vice governor earlier this year, and Jiang Chaoliang, Chairman of the China Association of Banks and President of China Development Bank, have left the 15-member Monetary Policy Committee, which consists of top finance officials and prestigious academicians.

Violent Urologist

Xiao Chuanguo, head of the Urology Department of Wuhan Union Hospital, has been arrested on charges of masterminding attacks on two campaigners against academic fraud.

The police said Xiao had confessed to planning attacks on Fang Zhouzi, a popular science writer, on August 29, and on Fang Xuanchang, an editor of business journal Caijing, on June 24.

Xiao reportedly said the attacks were motivated by revenge, as he believed the two Fangs' exposure of his academic fraud deprived him of the chance to become an academician at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2005 and triggered lawsuits against him for alleged medical malpractice. He paid 100,000 yuan ($15,000) to the attackers, who were arrested by the police before Xiao's capture.

"I believe, through the concerted efforts of the countries concerned, the South China Sea can, by all means, be a sea of peace, cooperation and friendship."

Tang Jiaxuan, former Chinese State Councilor, at the Singapore Global Dialogue saying it would serve the common interests of China, ASEAN and countries in the region to maintain peace and stability of the South China Sea, to prevent widening and complication of issues concerning the area, and to avoid regional conflict and tension

"The United States is keeping its 'fence' even tighter against foreign credit rating agencies, especially after the outbreak of the global financial crisis, as the world has seen an increasing significance of credit rating in ensuring and protecting a nation's financial stability and core interests."

Jiang Yong, Director of the Center for Economic Security Studies of the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission denied a bid by China's largest credit rating firm to become an officially recognized statistical rating organization in the United States

"The scale and viciousness of these mass rapes defy belief."

Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, on mass rapes in east Democratic Republic of Congo between July 30 and August 2. A UN initial report said three groups of armed militia raped at least 303 civilians over the four days

"Today, the focus of the violence is the U.S. border and our small territories, but tomorrow it will be the big cities of developed countries—the capitals of America, Europe, Africa or Asia."

Mauricio Funes, El Salvador's President, warning at the UN General Assembly drug trafficking was posing a growing threat to global security

"Piracy is not born at sea. It's born on land. And if you are able to patrol and protect your coastline, it's unlikely that pirates will find a way to the high seas to cause menace."

Moses Wetangula, Kenyan Foreign Minister, suggesting millions being spent to fight pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia should be spent instead on helping the country become a functioning state

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