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UPDATED: January 21, 2011 NO. 4 JANUARY 27, 2011

Top Science Laureates



Materials expert Shi Changxu and hematologist Wang Zhenyi, were awarded the 2010 State Top Scientific and Technological Awards, on January 14, for outstanding contributions to scientific and technological innovation. The pair, both from the Chinese Academy of Engineering, each received 5 million yuan ($735,000).

China has presented the annual State Top Scientific and Technological Award to elite scientists and researchers yearly since 2000.

Shi, 91, graduated from National Northwest China Institute of Technology in 1945 and acquired a doctorate at a university in the United States before returning to China in 1955. He was honored for his research on superalloy and new alloy steel, which has been widely used to produce turbine blades for Chinese fighter aircraft. During his career, his work resulted in the creation of a variety of new alloy steels. Shi is an academician with both the Chinese Academy of Engineering and Chinese Academy of Sciences, China's top two scientific research institutes.

Wang, 87, graduated from the former Aurora University in Shanghai in 1948 with a doctoral degree. His specialties are hematology and the treatment of cancer. His research has greatly improved the survival chances of people with acute promyelocytic leukemia. Also, Wang was the first scientist to transform cancer cells into normal cells. In 1994, he was elected a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

Snooker Master


Chinese professional snooker celebrity player Ding Junhui has become the first Chinese Snooker Masters champion with a 10-4 victory over Marco Fu from Hong Kong at the Wembley Arena in London. This is also the first time the final round was contested by two Chinese.

Back in the 2007 Masters final, Ding lost to Ronnie O'Sullivan by 10-3. This time, Ding proved himself by winning a prize of 150,000 pounds ($237,846) for the championship by defeating Fu, to whom he lost in last year's Asian Games in Guangzhou.

"The Masters is a big tournament," said Ding. "It was a great match and I was happy to play Marco in the final."

Ding, 23, started playing snooker at the age of 9 and is now the most popular and successful professional player in China and has many championships in hand.

Director of the Year


Chinese director Wang Xiaoshuai was named Director of the Year at the annual conference of the Chinese Film Directors' Association held on January 13 in Sanya, south China's Hainan Province. The title was conferred on Wang for his latest film Chongqing Blues.

Wang, 44, is a prominent member of China's sixth generation of moviemakers who entered filmdom at the turn of the 1990s and are known for telling the stories of ordinary people.

His first work, The Days (1993), is the only Chinese-language movie to make the BBC-compiled list of the top 100 greatest-ever films.

Wang's international honors also include two Silver Bear awards at the Berlin Film Festival for Beijing Bicycle (2001) and In Love We Trust (2008) and a Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for Shanghai Dreams (2005). In February 2010, he was made a Chevalier of the French Order of Arts and Letters for his contributions to international cinema.

"The purpose of my visit is to enhance mutual trust, promote friendship, deepen cooperation and move forward a positive, cooperative and comprehensive Sino-U.S. relationship for the 21st century."

Chinese President Hu Jintao, upon arriving at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington for a state visit to the United States on January 18

"Highway toll fees will be made more affordable nationwide. We plan to gradually get rid of all the tolls collected on second-class highways."

Chinese Vice Minister of Transport Weng Mengyong, on January 18 saying the ministry will gradually introduce a stable and cheap charges system

"By attaching more importance to affordable homes and low-rent housing, it seems the government is leading the market in the right direction ... but it depends on local governments to carry out the plans."

Zhang Hanya, head of the Investment Association of China, affirming China's policy on affordable housing on January 16, but also warning local governments might not be as keen as the Central Government on affordable housing projects

"There are two options: negotiations and peace, or violence and terrorism. The Palestinian side will never choose the second option."

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, calling on Israel to stop building settlements in order to resume stalled peace talks

"The Istanbul nuclear talks offer a good opportunity for countries to realistically see reforms and changes underway in the region and in Iran."

Iranian Vice Foreign Minister Mohammad Mehdi Akhundzadeh, on a new round of nuclear talks between Iran, China, France, Russia, Britain, the United States and Germany held on January 20 to 21

"Preserving peace and stability, achieving the peninsula's denuclearization and the normalization of relations among the relevant countries are in the fundamental interests of all parties concerned. China takes these as its starting point when addressing the peninsula's issues."

Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Hu Zhengyue, saying China was committed to continuing playing "a constructive role" in Korean Peninsula issues in an interview on January 16

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