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UPDATED: November 26, 2010 NO. 48 DECEMBER 2, 2010

Youngest Champion

Xia Shiying, 13, has become the youngest gold medal winner for the Chinese delegation at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou in south China's Guangdong Province. She won three gold medals in the women's 1,000-, 500- and 250-meter straight races in dragon boat events.

Xia, who also slaloms, is the drummer in charge of harmonizing 20 rowers on a dragon boat. Since a drummer doesn't paddle, the lighter they are, the better. Xia, only 45 kg, is a good choice.

"Apart from her weight, Xia is a smart girl who has good insight and quick responses in the boat," said Lu Changsong, head coach of the Chinese women's dragon boat team. "She can adjust the rowers' rhythm with her drum tempo and alert teammates when opponents are trying to catch up."

Xia is also the youngest member of the Chinese Asian Games delegation.

It's the first time dragon boat racing has been an official event at the Asian Games. With a history of more than 2,200 years in China, it emerged as an international sport in 1976 and is popular in more than 60 countries and regions.

Business Leader

Li Yanhong (Robin Li), founder and CEO of Baidu Inc., operator of the world's most used Chinese language search engine, has been listed as one of the 50 Businesspersons of the Year in 2010 by Fortune magazine. Li ranks sixth on the list, the highest of Chinese people.

Li, 42, received a master's degree in computer science from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1994. After working at search engine pioneer Infoseek in Silicon Valley, he returned to China and founded Baidu in 1999. NASDAQ-listed Baidu has 73 percent of the Chinese market and is the third largest independent search engine in the world.

Fortune said Baidu is poised to overtake Yahoo as the world's second largest search engine after Google.

"When I founded Baidu, I don't expect a search engine will bring about so much profit. Now I don't need more money, but what I pursue now is making my products more user-friendly, which is the motivation of my daily work," said Li.

Ex-Nuclear Boss Sentenced

Kang Rixin, former General Manager of China National Nuclear Corp. (CNNC) has been sentenced to life imprisonment by the Beijing No.1 Intermediary People's Court on corruption charges. Kang was also deprived of his political rights for life and had his personal assets confiscated.

Kang, 57, was convicted of having abused his power to enable others to profit. He accepted bribes totaling 6.6 million yuan ($970,000) between 2004 and 2009, said the court ruling.

The sentence was lighter because Kang cooperated with investigators and returned all his ill-gotten gains.

Kang became CNNC's general manager in September 2003. He was sacked from his post for "serious violations of the law and discipline breaches" in December 2009.

The CNNC, a large state-owned enterprise, is the main investor in and the biggest owner of nuclear power plants across the country.

"It is hard to forecast when China's peak period of emissions will come, but to my knowledge, it won't come soon."

Huang Huikang, special representative for climate change negotiations of China's Foreign Ministry. Huang said China remained a developing country, and hoped other countries looked at greenhouse emissions more from a historic and per-capita perspective

"All firms will be treated equally and fairly."

Jiang Yaoping, Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce, commenting on foreign-funded companies not being able to enjoy favorable tax policies compared to domestic companies, from December 1 this year

"China Telecom has never done such a thing."

Wang Yongzhen, press official with China Telecom, in response to foreign media citing a document released by a U.S. Congressional advisory group alleging his company had rerouted Internet traffic on websites, including that of the U.S. military, through its servers for 18 minutes on April 8 this year

"For the first time, we can say that we are breaking the trajectory of the AIDS epidemic. We have halted and begun to reverse the epidemic. Fewer people are becoming infected with HIV and fewer people are dying from AIDS."

Michel Sidibe, Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS. A report of the UN agency shows the total number of HIV-infected people in 2009 was down slightly from the previous year's 33.4 million and at least 56 countries have either stabilized or achieved significant declines in rates of new HIV infections

"We are not thinking about upcoming elections but about future generations, to whom we should leave what we have admired."

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, calling for a plan to save the tiger at the opening of the first global tiger summit in Saint Petersburg on November 22. Putin said the world's remaining wild tigers are "close to catastrophe"

"There would still be a certain level of violence and probably levels of violence that by Western standards will be pretty eye-watering."

Mark Sedwill, NATO's top civilian in Afghanistan, on the consequences of U.S.-led troops leaving the country by 2014

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