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UPDATED: December 24, 2010 NO. 52 DECEMBER 30, 2010

Commander Honored

Luan Enjie, Chief Commander of China's lunar probe project, has been named an Outstanding Contributor to the Chang'e 2 Lunar Probe Project. Two hundred other staff who participated in the huge project were also given the title.

Luan, 70, received his bachelor's degree in navigation from the Harbin Institute of Technology and earned a master's degree in mechanics from Tsinghua University. He worked as researcher in China's aerospace industry after graduation, assumed the post of deputy director of China National Space Administration in 1993 and became its director from 1998 to 2004.

Luan was appointed chief commander of the Chang'e 1 lunar probe project in 2007 and retained in the position for the Chang'e 2 project, which was a great success.

Outgoing WTO Envoy

Sun Zhenyu, China's ambassador to the WTO, has ended his nine-year tenure as China's first envoy to the WTO and returned to Beijing on December 21.

Sun, 64, graduated as an English major from the Beijing Foreign Studies University in 1970 and devoted himself to foreign trade regulation in government departments. Before being appointed the ambassador to the WTO, Sun was vice minister of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation, the predecessor of today's Ministry of Commerce.

In the past nine years, China's delegation to the WTO has made great efforts in tackling trade friction, solving trade disputes, fulfilling China's original promises when first entering the organization and promoting the Doha Round, in which Sun has made important contributions.

"China has gradually adapted to WTO rules since entering the organization in 2001. After learning and using WTO rules, China is now gradually involved in the rule-setting process. We have already done what we could do over the past nine years. The next stage might be more difficult, considering the issues involved, because the reform is related to the redistribution of wealth. Reform and opening up in China should continue, but future impetus will come from inside rather than from outside," he said.

Mathematics Forum President

Shing-Tung Yau, a professor at Harvard University and academician of the American Academy of Sciences, has become the president and advocator of the First Sanya International Mathematics Forum, which was held on December 22 to 26 in Sanya, south China's Hainan Province. About 200 world leading mathematicians participated in the forum.

Yau, 61, is a world-renowned Chinese American mathematician. He was born in Shantou, Guangdong Province in China. After studying mathematics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 1966 to 1969, Yau went to the University of California, Berkeley, in 1969. At the age of 22, Yau was awarded his Ph.D. under the supervision of famous mathematician Shiing-Shen Chern at Berkeley in two years. Since 1987, he has been working at Harvard University, where he has numerous Ph.D. students.

A winner of numerous awards in the field, Yau is also involved in research activities of institutes in Hong Kong and the mainland of China. He also pays a lot of attention to mathematics education in China. "China doesn't have enough investment in the development of fundamental subjects. The entire field of science and technology must have backup from fundamental subjects to prosper; otherwise our industry will always fall behind others," he said.

He suggests scientific research funding mostly be spent on young people who display promise. "Good-quality youth must be cultivated. In higher education, the quality of students is far more important than quantity," he said.

"This treaty will enhance our leadership to stop the spread of nuclear weapons and seek the peace of a world without them."

U.S. President Barack Obama, commenting on the U.S.-Russian arms control treaty ratified by the Senate of the United States on December 22

"Maintaining peace and stability on the Peninsula is in the interest of both the South and the North of the Peninsula, as well as other parties. We strongly appeal to the parties involved to exercise maximum restraint, to act in a responsible manner and avoid increasing tensions."

Wang Min, Chinese Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, on the latest developments of the situation on the Korean Peninsula

"Despite uneven progress in Afghanistan, next summer's planned withdrawal will be more than a token reduction and the United States will be out of the country by 2014."

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, making a bold promise on U.S. troops' withdrawal from Afghanistan on December 19

"The total value of China's imports and exports are expected to exceed $2.9 trillion in 2010, an historic high."

Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan, speaking at a press conference on December 17

"We have no choice but to keep friendly ties, and I come to Nanjing in that spirit."

Uichiro Niwa, Japanese Ambassador to China, during his visit in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, where more than 300,000 civilians were slaughtered by invading Japanese troops between December 1937 and January 1938

"China supports measures taken by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund to stabilize Europe's debt crisis. China has also taken steps to help European nations combat the sovereign debt crisis."

Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan, at the opening of the third China-EU High-Level Economic and Trade Dialogue in Beijing on December 21

"Local authorities must learn from the November 15 high-rise fire in Shanghai, to ensure safer places to live and work in for the people. The fire will forever be remembered by people, and forgetting it means missing a major chance to correct our mistakes."

Party Secretary of Shanghai Yu Zhengsheng, stressing learning lessons in the wake of a big fire in the city

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