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UPDATED: October 22, 2010 NO. 43 OCTOBER 28, 2010

Warm-hearted Philanthropist


Guo Mingyi, a 52-year-old worker from the Anshan Iron and Steel Group in northeast China's Liaoning Province, has become a household name in China because of his altruism. President Hu Jintao has called on people around the country to follow Guo's example.

Since 1990, Guo has donated 60,000 milliliters of blood during 54 sessions, in all the total volume contained in 10 adult bodies and enough to save 75 lives. He also founded two blood-donation clubs in Anshan that now have a total of 800 members and persuaded another 1,700 people to donate life-saving hematopoietic stem cells to people with blood cancer.

"I did not do this to get famous," Guo said. "It's just some people need some help, and there should be someone there to give them a hand."

Guo is also known for his generosity in assisting colleagues and supporting students from poor families. Since 1994, he has donated about 120,000 yuan ($17,910) to more than 180 recipients.

A Musical Wunderkind

Chinese piano prodigy Zhang Shengliang, nicknamed Niu Niu, received the Prix Montblanc 2010 in Germany on October 6.

Born into a family of musicians in Xiamen, southeast China's Fujian Province on July 11, 1997, Zhang showed his talent for classical music at a very young age. He received his first piano lessons at 3 and made his concert debut at 6. After displaying early brilliance in mastering Bach's sophisticated Goldberg Variations at 9, he was awarded the Young Artist of the Year 2009 award at Germany's Festival der Nationen at 12.

As the youngest person to have recorded all of Chopin's etudes, Zhang's staggering technical skills and his unprecedented musical maturity have stunned equally critics and the public.

In 2007, Zhang signed with the renowned music company EMI, becoming the company's youngest exclusive contracted pianist. The CD Niu Niu Plays Chopin: The Complete Etudes was released in May 2010, following his first Niu Niu Plays Mozart in 2008.

Zhang has been studying in the Walnut Hill School for the Arts at the New England Conservatory in Boston since September under the tutelage of his mentor William Chen. Besides the piano, Zhang is also interested in the violin, conducting and composing.

Cold-blooded Murderer


Li Lei, the culprit in a family killing in Beijing last year, was sentenced to death by the Beijing No.1 Intermediate People's Court on October 15. Also, Li was ordered to pay 3.43 million yuan ($504,000) in compensation to the victims' family: his two grandmothers and the parents of his wife.

Li, 30, stabbed his wife, parents, younger sister and two sons to death at their home in Daxing District on November 23, 2009. He was arrested in Sanya in southern Hainan Province a week after the murders.

Li said he had thought of killing his family because they were harsh on him.

Li was handed back to prosecutors on murder charges in July after psychiatric assessments proved him normal enough to face charges.

"China has only exported three wind turbines to the United States."

Zhang Guobao, head of the National Energy Bureau, criticizing the United States' launching of a probe into Chinese clean energy policies. Zhang rejected charges China's wind power bid showed preference for Chinese enterprises and discriminated against foreign companies

"China's experience shows that its extraordinary economic performance also came with notable progress in some areas of human rights over the last two decades."

Anders Kompass, Director of Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, at the opening ceremony of the Third Beijing Forum on Human Rights on October 19

"Asia, India, China, are too small to rescue Europe and America. Consumption in India and China together is just 12 percent of global consumption. Even if they grow faster, it is not enough."

Joseph Stiglitz, winner of the Nobel Prize in economics in 2001, disagreeing with other economists' suggestions greater importing by China would help the world economy to any great extent

"Britain has traditionally punched above its weight in the world and we should have no less ambition for our country in the decades to come."

Prime Minister David Cameron, announcing on October 19 Britain would shrink its armed forces and scrap key assets as part of stringent cuts across the whole public sector

"This multicultural approach, saying that we simply live side by side and live happily with each other has failed. Utterly failed."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in Berlin on October 17 talking about the failure to develop multiculturalism in Germany

"We are facing the possibility of widespread drought in coming decades, but this has yet to be fully recognized by both the public and the climate change research community."

Dai Aiguo, scientist at the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research, on his study that shows large swathes of the planet could experience extreme drought within the next 30 years unless greenhouse gas emissions are cut

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