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People & Points
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UPDATED: January 27, 2011 NO. 5 FEBRUARY 3, 2011


Sun Jiadong, a senior Chinese expert in carrier rocket and satellite technology, received a Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the 2010 CCTV Economic People of the Year program.

Sun, 81, is a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the International Academy of Astronautics and chief designer of China's lunar probe project. His life closely parallels the history of China's aerospace technology.

Sun entered the Harbin Institute of Technology at 18 and was later sent to study aircraft engines at the Zhukovsky Air Force Academy in Russia in 1951. After graduation, Sun returned to China in 1958 and worked as a researcher on rocket. Since the 1960s, Sun has devoted himself to satellite research and development.

New Energy Chief


Liu Tienan, former vice minister of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China, was appointed the new head of the country's National Energy Administration (NEA) in January, replacing former NEA head Zhang Guobao, also a vice minister of NDRC who retired.

Liu, 56, has worked for the State Planning Commission, the predecessor of today's NDRC, since 1983. He was economic counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Japan from 1996 to 1999. He was appointed vice minister of the NDRC in March 2008.

Liu is familiar with the energy and the macroeconomic fields, and is well-known for his communication abilities from years of experience in dealing with enterprises while working at the NDRC.

Another WTA Win


Li Na, China's famous tennis player, who now ranks No. 11 in the world, became the country's first winner of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Premier Tournament in Sydney on January 14.

In the final round of the Sydney International, Li beat three-time U.S. Open champion Belgian Kim Clijsters after going down 0-5 in the first set. Li won $103,000 for her efforts and the victory gave her confidence going into the Australian Open.

Li, 28, is now the focus of greater attention and carries more hope on her shoulders as to whether she can do even better and complete a Grand Slam win in the future.

"She's definitely a player who has every quality to win a Grand Slam," Clijsters said. "She's a contender who probably isn't being focused on enough. Mentally she maybe gets a little bit nervous in big matches, but she can beat any top player out there when she's playing her best. She's very dangerous."

"It's no longer desirable or possible to have a zero-sum game, to have one country that gains all the advantages and the other country suffer."

Former U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen, in an interview on January 20, saying Chinese President Hu Jintao's recent visit to the United States had brought the two countries closer

"China enjoys a tremendous market for both manufacturing and consumption, and sees a growing demand for design industry and an increasing supply in this regard."

Song Weizu, Vice Secretary General of the China Industrial Design Association, saying Beijing's plans to build China's first design exchange center will offer a platform for trade in design and boost the country's burgeoning creative industry

"Opportunities for investment will last for a long time, perhaps 30 to 50 years."

Lin Shunjie, Vice Secretary General of the China Chamber of International Commerce, expressing confidence about Chinese investment in the United States

"We cannot afford to lose any further time to reach an Israeli-Palestinian framework agreement."

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, addressing the opening of the 2011 session of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People on January 21

"We came forward without any preconditions to find ways to cooperate."

Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, on January 22 saying she was disappointed because Iran had set preconditions for nuclear talks in Istanbul

"They are saying I am biased, but I am executing the position of the African Union. If I am not welcome, somebody else will take over and he will not convey a different message."

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, on the Cote d'Ivoire crisis in Nairobi, vowing to push ahead with mediation efforts aimed at restoring normalcy to the Ivory Coast

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