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People & Points
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UPDATED: June 10, 2011 NO. 24 JUNE 16, 2011
PEOPLE & POINTS NO. 24, 2011

Football Head


Zhang Jilong, Director of the International Exchange Center of the General Administration of Sport of China (GASC), has been appointed acting president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on May 31 in place of AFC's former president Mohamed Bin Hammam, who was suspended from all football activities over bribery allegations.

"My priority in the new post is to ease the negative effect of the Bin Hammam corruption allegations on Asian soccer. We should aim to improve AFC operations and make it run more transparently," said Zhang, 59, the most senior vice president of AFC before the appointment.

Zhang was appointed deputy chairman of the Chinese Football Association in 1978 and deputy director of the Chinese Football Administrative Center under GASC in 2008.

CWA Member


Liang Fengyi, Hong Kong's famous writer and entrepreneur, has been included in the list of this year's 349 new members of the Chinese Writers' Association (CWA).

Liang, 62, has been a best-selling author since her first novel Needless to Say in 1989. Up to now, she has published more than 100 novels and essays.

She studied literature, philosophy, library science and drama in Hong Kong, the UK and the United States. Since 1986, she has written for Hong Kong newspapers as a columnist and, in 1989 she began to write fiction.

Liang writes well about love, marriages and families of professional businesswomen. Most of her novels are based on the urban business world, and her novels have become widely known as "financial fiction." Liang is also an outstanding businesswoman who started her own business in 1979.

Talented Conductor


Li Xincao, Resident Conductor of the China National Symphony Orchestra, conducted the classical opera The Bat by Johann Strauss in Beijing on June 3.

Li, 40, is one of the most well-known and talented young conductors in China. In 1993, he won the first prize in the first National Conducting Competition of China while he was still a 22-year-old college student in Central Conservatory of Music. In 1997, he took second place in the 45th International Competition for Young Conductors, the world-famous annual music competition for talented young conductors held in the city of Besançon, France.

He became conductor of the orchestra of the National Ballet of China in 1994 and is now its principal conductor.

"We are ready to further expand imports from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, and encourage Chinese enterprises to invest there. We will offer SADC countries all the help we can to enhance their capability for independent development."

Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan, addressing the opening ceremony of the China-SADC Business Forum in Beijing on June 4

"Heavy metal pollution is a serious threat to health and social stability. Severe measures will be imposed on industries where heavy metals are frequently used, in order to prevent pollution from heavy metals."

Li Ganjie, Vice Minister of Environmental Protection of China, at a press conference on June 3, disclosing the State Council has approved a plan for treatment and reduction of heavy metal pollution in the next five years

"Over the past decade, China's foreign direct investment reached $653.14 billion at an annual growth rate of 9.5 percent."

Yao Jingyuan, chief economist with the National Bureau of Statistics of China, at the Fourth China Opening-up Forum in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, on June 4

"The response from Asian countries is very, very positive. There is unanimous endorsement of his bid for reelection. Countries believe he has demonstrated strong leadership and he has a vision and also is a person who really cares about development, cares about gender issues and also has an agenda for the next five years."

Li Baodong, Chinese Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on June 6 saying China supports UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's bid for a second five-year term as UN chief

"We believe that they are moving toward a ground operation. Deliberately or not, it will be lamentable."

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in Odessa, Ukraine, on June 4 on NATO's action in Libya

"We don't want to rush to the exits."

U.S. Secretary for Defense Robert Gates, at a joint press conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, Afghanistan, on June 4, saying the United States is committed to continuing to support Afghan national security forces when U.S.- and NATO-led forces begin withdrawal from the country in July

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