Demonstrators Stage Protest Against War on Iraq in LondonAn anti-war demonstrator wearing a gas mask appeals to stop a possible US-led war on Iraq in Parliament square, London, Jan. 21. Hundreds of anti-war demonstrators staged a protest against a possible war on Iraq in London. British Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon said on Monday that a total of 30,000 British troops were to be deployed to the Gulf in preparation for a possible war against Iraq. (Xinhua)
Zeng Qinghong Sends Season's Greetings to Old CadresSenior Chinese Communist Party leader Zeng Qinghong, on behalf of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the State Council and the Central Military Commission (CMC), sent Lunar New Year greetings to retired cadres across the country Wednesday.
France, Germany Block NATO Step on Iraq: DiplomatsFrench President Jacques Chirac (R) shakes hands with visiting German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder at the Elysee Palace in Paris Jan. 22, 2003. Various activities hosted by the two countries kicked off Wednesday to mark the 40th anniversary of signing the Elysee Treaty on the France-Germany relations. (Xinhua)
"China No.1 Ship" Debuts in GuangzhouThe newly-built passenger-cargo ship VISBY, produced by Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Limited, anchors on the sea near Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province, Jan. 22, 2003. The ship, the first of its kind in China, is able to carry about 1,500 people and 300 trucks simultaneously. It boasts 112 guest rooms, a children's playroom and shops. The launching of the ship marks that China is capable of building the world-class passenger-cargo ship. (Xinhua)
Greeting Spring Festival in HongkongResidents walk into a shopping mall of Kowloon decorated with colorful palace lanterns and peach blossom in Hong Kong Jan. 22, 2003 as the traditional Chinese Spring Festival draws near. (Xinhua)
Flower Sale Booms Prior to Spring Festival Customers choose flowers at a town flower fair in Tianjin, north China, Jan. 22, 2003. There are about 1,000 varieties of flowers here with a daily sale of over 20,000 pots of flowers and 1 million twigs. (Xinhua)
Traditional Houses in Taiwan This undated photo shows one of the busiest streets, yet with few pedestrians in Quemoy, Taiwan, China. Lots of residents of Quemoy Island have gone out to work, but many traditional residential houses have retained here. (Xinhua)
Organizing Committee for 2003 Women's World Cup Set up in BeijingThe Chinese organizing committee for the 2003 Woman's World Cup by the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) was formally established in Beijing, January 21, which opened its first working conference on the same day.