New design for WTC Freedom Tower Construction of the Freedom Tower is expected to complete by 2008. After that he hoped the each successive year will witness the completion of another new building until the final tower is completed by 2013.
China's top legislator meets with Israeli President Wu Bangguo, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, told the visiting Israeli President Moshe Katsav Friday that the Chinese people have been friendly to Israeli people, and the bilateral ties have developed rapidly since the two countries forged diplomatic ties.
Premier Wen Jiabao meets with Israeli PresidentChinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) shakes hands with Israeli President Moshe Katsav during a meeting in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 19, 2003. (Xinhua)
China-developed "Diamond 600" robot exported to BritainHuang Tian, professor of Tianjin University in north China, observes the robot Diamond 600 picking objects at the Engineering Lab of Warwick University in Coventry, Britain, Dec. 18, 2003. The robot, the first exported by China, is developed by a team led by Huang with the world-class techinque and unique design. (Xinhua)
US troops celebrate Christmas in AfghanistanA US soldier chooses and buys Christmas gifts in a shop in Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan Dec. 19, 2003. US troops can celebrate the Christmas in all ways, though Operation Avalanche against Taliban continues in Afghanistan, a US military spokesman has said. (Xinhua)
Clearance at fire site underway in HengyangTwo forklifts work at the disaster site of a major fire in the city of Hengyang in south China's Hunan Province Dec.19, 2003. The fire broke out in an eight-storey building on Nov. 3, leaving 20 firefighters dead, 16 others injured and more than 400 residents homeless. The debris of the destroyed building began to be cleared on Dec. 10. (Xinhua)
Agreement on transportation signed between Xiamen and Taiwan corporatesOfficials of Xiamen Shipping Corporation in southeast China's Fujian Province and Taiwan Lirong Air Corporation Ltd. in southeast China's Taiwan Province shake hands after signing an agreement in Xiamen, Fujian Province, Dec. 18, 2003. Under the agreement, the shipping and air transportation between Xiamen, Jinmen and Taiwan will be a coordinated process. (Xinhua)
Chinese tigers receiving training in South AfricaTwo Chinese Tigers fight for fun at a natural reserve in South Africa Dec. 18, 2003. The tigers born in Shanghai Zoo were transferred to South Africa in September this year to receive a long-term field training designed to help them regain inherent natural habits under a joint program by China, Britain and South Africa. (Xinhua)
Large dancing performanc staged in BeijingA large dancing performance "Between the Ancient and Modern Times" is staged in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 18, 2003. The performance, organized by Beijing Institute of Dancing, reflects China's long history and modern touch. (Xinhua)
Sang Lan attends Congress of the Disabled in hometownSang Lan, former Chinese gymnast whose neck was broken accidentally at the Goodwill Games held in New York in 1998, sings a song on the stage in her hometown Ningbo, a seaport in east China's Zhejiang Province, Dec. 18, 2003. Sang, a student of School of Journalism and Communication of Beijing University, returned for Ningbo's Fourth Congress of the Disabled. (Xinhua)
China exports robot for the first timeSteve, a technician of Warwick University, operates the robot Diamond 600 picking objects at the Engineering Lab of University in Coventry, Britain, Dec. 18, 2003. The robot, the first exported by China, is developed by a team led by Professor Huang Tian of Tianjin University with the world-class techinque and unique design. (Xinhua)
US troops continue searching after Osama bin LadenUS soldiers load warplanes with weapons at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan Dec. 18, 2003. US troops would continue the mission to root out the al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Richard Myers said in Bagram Thursday. (Xinhua)
Tourism prospering in Yan'anA view of the Wanhuashan Mountain in Yan'an, northwest China's Shaanxi Province. Yan'an, one of China's 24 famous historic and cultural cities and a newly-conferred good tourism city, has attracted more than 2.8 million tourists from home and abroad in 2003, earning 1.1 billion RMB yuan (133 million US dollars). Tourism has been growing by 10 percent in Yan'an over recent years. (Xinhua)
Hong Kong Women's World Cup concludesChina's Wang Nan (R), Niu Jianfeng (C) and Zhang Yining pose with their trophies after the women's singles final at the Volkswagen Women's World Cup in Hong Kong, south China, Dec. 19, 2003. Wang won the title, Niu took the second place and Zhang the third. (Xinhua)