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UPDATED: March 11, 2011 NO. 11 MARCH 17, 2011

Education Reformer


Zhu Qingshi, President of South University of Science and Technology of China, has attracted attention as a member of the ongoing Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference this March because of his proposal on reforming higher education.

Zhu, 65, former President of University of Science and Technology of China, was appointed president of the newly established South University of Science and Technology of China a year ago.

Zhu was born in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province, and graduated from University of Science and Technology of China in 1968. He started research work at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1974 and became a member of the first group in China sent to study abroad in 1979 and returned to China in 1982. He became an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1991. Since 1994, Zhu started teaching and researching at the University of Science and Technology of China and became its president in June 1998. After retiring from the post in September 2008, Zhu was chosen as the president of South University of Science and Technology of China because of his efforts and spirit in improving higher education in China.

Tibetan Airlines Manager


Deqen Yangzom, China's first Tibetan stewardess, has joined the senior management of newly established Tibet Airlines, the first airline company based in the Tibet Autonomous Region. The first flight of the company is scheduled for July 2011.

Deqen Yangzom was born in 1976 in Lhasa to Tibetan parents. After graduating from high school in 1994, she successfully passed a series of exams and interviews and became Air China's first Tibetan air stewardess in 1995. Her 16 years' flying experience gives her confidence about her new post. She has also participated in training the first group of cabin staff for Tibet Airlines.

Youngest Go Champion


Piao Wenyao, 23, a Chinese player of the game of Go, won the top title at the 15th LG Cup Championship, defeating teammate and defending champion Kong Jie on January 23. This victory made him China's youngest Go world champion.

The championship is Piao's first international title. In winning the title, Piao, a Korean ethnic Go player, earned a promotion from professional fifth dan, straight to ninth dan.

Born in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Piao started to learn Go at 5 and officially entered his province's team in 2005. His family has fully supported his interest in the game. In 2009 he reached the quarter-finals in the BC Card and Fujitsu Cups and the semi-final of the LG Cup. He was also third runner-up in the Fujitsu Cup in 2010.

"China will this year increase imports from the least developed countries and from countries with which China has a large trade surplus."

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, in his government work report delivered at the annual session of the National People's Congress (NPC) on March 5

"China will continue to develop its high-speed rail network as planned."

Sheng Guangzu, China's Minister of Railways, responding to questions whether the country's policy of high-speed rail development would alter with the change of the ministry's head

"First-class universities should be an important source for fundamental research and innovation in the field of advanced technologies, an important force for innovation in theory and culture, an important platform for pooling innovative talents and a base for training them."

Wu Bangguo, Chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, during a visit to Tsinghua University on March 7 before the university's 100th anniversary

"The year's draft defense budget is 601 billion yuan ($91.5 billion), accounting for about 6 percent of the country's total budget."

Li Zhaoxing, spokesman for the Fourth Session of the 11th NPC, during a press conference in Beijing on March 4

"We cannot wait for long until they agree on everything, that's why one government taking care of the Palestinian people's interests and implementing the security vision is important as a first step toward unity."

Salam Fayyad, Palestinian Prime Minister, proposing to form a unity government including both Hamas and Fatah during a special interview with Xinhua News Agency in Ramallah, Palestine, on March 6

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