China loses to Japan at men's volleyball World Cup Asian runner-up China suffered its second straight defeat at the 2003 men's volleyball World Cup as it lost to Japan 3-1 in Tokyo on Monday.
S.Korea, US issue statement after military talksUS Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld (L) and his South Korean counterpart Cho Young-kil hold a press conference in Seoul, capital of South Korea Nov. 17, 2003. A joint statement was issued after their Security Consultative Meeting (SCM) held earlier Monday. (Xinhua)
Sichuan Folk Temple Fair held in Hong Kong Tibetan Girls from Sichuan perform folk dances during the Sichuan Folk Temple Fair held in Hong Kong Nov. 17, 2003. The temple fair, as an activity for the Sichuan and Hong Kong Co-operation and Development Week opened here on Monday. (Xinhua)
Life returning to normal in southwest China's earthquake-hit areasStudents move their desks and wooden stools before their class in Taoyuan Primary School in Zhaotong City, southwest China's Yunnan Province Nov. 17, 2003. Taoyuan town is the epicenter of the earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, which jolted Zhaotong City Nov. 15. Local people's life become normal and most of the students have resumed their class two days after the seism that killed four people. (Xinhua)
54 Tibetan families moved in the new houses A Tibetan woman fixes an electric bulb in her new house Nov. 7, 2003 near the Sagya Lamasery in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. A total of 54 Tibetan families, who had lived inside the Sagya Lamasery for years, moved in the new houses built for them with the help of the local government. The move has paved the way for the repair of the famous temple with the Chinese Government's investment of 86.6 millions yuan (About 10.5 millions US dollars), which is located 450 km. west of Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous Region. (Xinhua)
HKEx opens Beijing officeChinese State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan (C) speaks to reporters following the opening of the Beijing Representative Office of the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEx) in Beijing, China, Nov. 17, 2003. (Xinhua)
Fire fighting tank shows in Jinan The photo taken on Nov. 16, 2003 shows a newly refitted tank for fire fighting spraying water to put out a fire during a drill held in Jinan, north China's Shandong Province. With a 520-horsepower diesel motor, the 35-ton tank can go at the highest speed of 60 kilometers per hour. It can well protect firemen from the injuries caused by dangerous incidents including explosion and collision. (Xinhua)
Bio-Ecology farm attact more tourists Tourists view a vine full of tomatos at the Vegetable and Bio-Ecology Research Institute set up by Guo Runsheng, a farmer of Matou Village in Zhuozhou, a city in north China's Hebei Province, Nov. 16, 2003. Guo contracted 67 hectares of land to grow saplings in 1995. He set up a joint vegetable and bio-ecology research institute with Beijing Vegetable Research institute in 1999. Now, he earns a yearly income of more than 3 million RMB yuan (360,000 US dollars). (Xinhua)
New expressway opened to traffic in LanzhouVehicles run along the expressway on the Yantan Bridge across the Yellow River in northwest China's Gansu Province Nov. 16, 2003. Some 15 expressways totally measuring 1,016 kilometers have been built or are under construction in the province. (Photo/Liang Qiang)
Ecological Improvement in XinjiangThe picture taken on Nov. 15, 2003 shows a view of a reservoir in Weili County, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The reservoir will no longer be used as an irrigation source from 2004 as part of the comprehensive management project to improve the ecological environment along the 1,300-kilometer-long Tarim River, China's longest inland river. With a total investment of 10.7 billion RMB yuan (about 1.3 billion US dollars), the comprehensive management project was started in early 2002. (Xinhua)
Schwarzenegger was sworn in as California governor (2)Arnold Schwarzenegger takes the oath of office at his inauguration as governor of the state of California on the steps of the state Capitol in Sacramento(AFP photo)
Schwarzenegger was sworn in as California governorHollywood actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who defeated then Governor Gray Davis in a dramatic recall election last month, was sworn in Monday as the governor of California, the most populated state in the United States.
HKEx opens office in BeijingHong Kong Financial Secretary Henry Tang (L) and an unidentified official visit the Beijing office for the Hong Kong Exchange and Clearing Limited (HKEx) Monday November 17, 2003 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in downtown Beijing. The office, the first established by HKEx on the mainland, was unveiled Monday and was expected to improve links between Hong Kong stock markets and mainland supervision bodies, and facilitate communication between the HKEx and mainland enterprises wanting to list.
HKEx opens Beijing officeChinese State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan (C) attends the opening ceremony of the Beijing Representative Office of the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEx) in Beijing Nov. 17, 2003.