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People & Points
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UPDATED: May 6, 2011 NO. 19 MAY 12, 2011
PEOPLE & POINTS NO. 19, 2011

Electricity Boss


Li Xiaolin, Board Chairwoman and CEO of Hong Kong-based China Power International Development Ltd., features on a Fortune magazine's list of the 25 most influential business leaders in Asia released in April.

China Power International Development Ltd. is the flagship company of China Power Investment Corp. (CPI Group), one of five leading national power-generating groups in the country.

In 2010, the operating income of China Power International Development Ltd. reached $2.2 billion, a 32-percent increase year on year while profit has reached $131 million, a 57-percent increase year on year. Li managed to push forward China's clean energy undertaking while at the same time sustaining profit, said Fortune magazine on the reasons for Li's being listed.

Li, 50, graduated from Tsinghua University with a master's degree in power systems and automation. After that, she became a visiting scholar at the Sloan Business School of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After serving in various positions in government departments, including head of the International Economic and Trade Division of the Ministry of Electric Power Industry and deputy head of the International Economic and Trade Division of the Ministry of Energy, Li has worked for CPI Group since its foundation in 2002. She has become board chairwoman of China Power International Development Ltd. since January 2008.

Oil Tycoon


Wang Yilin, Vice President of China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC), China's largest oil and gas producer and supplier, was appointed board chairman of China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) on April 8, replacing his predecessor Fu Chengyu, who was appointed board chairman of China Petrochemical Corp. (Sinopec Group) on the same day.

Wang, 55, was born in east China's Jiangsu Province. He has a doctoral degree in petroleum engineering from China University of Petroleum and more than 30 years of work experience in China's petroleum and natural gas industry. Wang became deputy director and chief exploration geologist of Petroleum Administration Bureau of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in June 1996 and was appointed general manager of Xinjiang Oilfield Company in September 1999. He was assistant president of CNPC in June 2003 and vice president of CNPC from 2003 to 2011.

Snooker Star


Chinese professional snooker player Ding Junhui, ranked fourth in the 2011 World Snooker Championship held in Sheffield, England. In the semifinal, Ding lost to Judd Trump 17-15 and narrowly failed to become the first Chinese player to reach the snooker world championship final.

The conclusion of the 2011 World Snooker Championship marks the end of the 2010-11 season and Ding's prize money for this season amounts to 305,875 pounds ($504,079), ranking second in the world only after world snooker champion John Higgins.

Ding, 24, was born in east China's Jiangsu Province and started playing snooker at the age of nine. In 2002, Ding won the championship of Asian Tournament and became the youngest Asian champion in history. He is now the most popular and successful professional player in China and has many championships in hand, including the latest 2011 Snooker Masters champion at the Wembley Arena in London.

"The rapidly growing aging population is presently one of China's major challenges."

Li Jianguo, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress, at a meeting in Beijing on May 4 on launching national inspections to ensure the interests and rights of the senior people are protected properly in accordance with the law

"Although there are different views on many issues between the two sides, improved cross-Straits ties in the past three years have made people in Taiwan more willing and confident about deepening cooperation across the Taiwan Straits."

Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou, commenting on May 3 as he met honorary Kuomintang (KMT) chairman Wu Poh-hsiung and others who are to attend the annual forum between the KMT and the Communist Party of China in Chengdu, Sichuan Province

"After China surpassed Japan in terms of nominal GDP, China will engage more in South-South cooperation."

Haruhiko Kuroda, President of Asian Development Bank (ADB), at a press conference of the 44th annual meeting of the Board of Governors of the ADB in Hanoi, Viet Nam on May 3

"After the killing of Osama Bin Laden, there is no excuse for the U.S. presence in the region."

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi, on a TV program on May 3 after Washington's confirmation that Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden had been killed

"We chose this theme because we feel it is very relevant to the events that are taking place on this continent, and the opportunity for growth and investment international and African communities are seeing."

Katherine Tweedie, head of Africa for the World Economic Forum in Cape Town, South Africa, commenting on the theme of the forum—From Vision to Action, Africa's Next Chapter—on April 30

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