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UPDATED: October 29, 2010 NO. 44 NOVEMBER 4, 2010

New Football Boss


Cai Zhenhua has taken over as the highest-ranking official in charge of football in China's sports governing body, the General Administration of Sport (GAS). He replaced 61-year-old Cui Dalin, who has recently retired.

At a meeting on October 25, Cai called for more efforts to burnish the game's image.

A sweeping crackdown on corruption in China's football led to the arrest of a handful of officials, referees and club executives earlier this year, including three former vice chairmen of the China Football Association.

Cai, 49, is a former table tennis world champion. He was appointed head coach of China's men's table tennis team in 1991 and was promoted to head coach of the national team in 1997. Before he was named director of the Table Tennis Administrative Center of GAS in 2004, he had led his players to nearly 40 titles in major international competitions including the World Championships, Olympic Games and World Cup events. He is considered an important contributor to China's international leadership in table tennis since the late 1990s. In 2005, Cai was appointed assistant minister of GAS, and two years later appointed vice minister.

Silver Medallist


On October 22, Jiang Yuyuan won a silver medal in the women's all-around competition at the 2010 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, with a total score of 59.998. Women's individual all-around competition is the only event in which Chinese gymnasts haven't taken top place in major international competitions. Before Jiang's achievement, the best performances were the third places secured by Liu Xuan, Zhang Nan and Yang Yilin at World Champions and Olympic Games.

Jiang, born on November 1, 1991, joined the national team in 2006 and began to serve as its captain earlier this year. She made her international debut at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in 2007, for the silver-medal winning Chinese team in the women's team competition.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Jiang helped the Chinese team to win the team gold medal. Individually, she finished sixth in the all-around event and fourth in the floor exercise event.

Young Success


Ma Huateng (Pony Ma), who created instant-messaging software QQ, ranks seventh on this year's Fortune magazine's "40 Under 40" rankings of the hottest rising stars in business. Last year, he was in 18th place.

Fortune said Ma, 39, was "one of the wealthiest but most low-key men in China."

Ma graduated from the Computer Department at Shenzhen University in 1993. In following years, he worked for Runxun Communications Development Co. Ltd., eventually becoming director of the R&D department. In 1998, by inventing QQ, now China's most-used chat software with more than 500 million active users, he founded the Tencent Computer System Co. Ltd. Leading China's online game and instant message markets, Ma's company had revenue of $1.3 billion in the first six months of this year, up 65 percent from 2009. He is 249th in Forbes' 2010 List of the World's Richest and sixth on the Forbes' China Rich List.

"Countries issuing major reserve currencies should adopt responsible economic measures, keep their currencies relatively stable to avoid negative spillover impact and maintain stability in the international financial market."

Xie Xuren, Chinese Finance Minister, when speaking at the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors' meeting on October 24 in Gyeongju, the Republic of Korea

"It is in the common interest of China and other countries to maintain freedom and security of navigation in the region."

Ma Xiaotian, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, saying China has always guaranteed freedom of navigation in and flying over the South China Sea in accordance with international law in his keynote speech at the opening of the Xiangshan military forum in Beijing, which discussed Asia-Pacific security issues

"About 10 minutes after the quake we heard a loud, thunderous sound. We went outside and saw the wave coming. We tried to run away to higher ground but the wave was much quicker than us."

Survivor Borinte, a farmer from a coastal village in the North Pagai island in Indonesia. A tsunami and a volcanic eruption on October 25 have killed more than 300 people with over 400 missing and tens of thousands displaced in the country, authorities say

"There is growing evidence climate change is increasing the intensity and frequency of climatic events."

Anna Moss, an environmental analyst, on a new 170-nation climate-change index that identifies South Asia as the world's most vulnerable region

"They want good relations in return. Lots of other things in return, Afghanistan and Iran have neighborly relations."

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, admitting his chief of staff has received "bags of money" from Iran but insisting the payment is transparent and a form of aid from a friendly country

"We have our own priorities. We have our own sense of timing."

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, when asked by reporters about U.S. pressure to launch an offensive against Taliban militants in the North Waziristan tribal area

"These countries are really faced with a double burden."

Timothy Armstrong, an expert on chronic diseases with the UN World Health Organization, on new medical challenges to Africans from diabetes and relevant bad habits, in addition to AIDS or malaria

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