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"If you do not have a place to live, I do not see any value in graduating with a PhD."

IN BRIEF (Page 2)


Move fast or risk being left behind

China's e-commerce market continues to grow by leaps and bounds. The market grew 120 percent between 2003 and 2011 compared with just 17 percent in the US over the same time, according to global consultancy firm McKinsey. It forecast that China's market could be worth between $420 billion (311 billion euros) and $650 billion a year by 2020.

The future points to e-finance

Disappointing outcome to climate talks

A planet at the mercy of diminishing probabilities

Where there are winners, there are losers

Reform prescribes sound dose for gaokao disorder


New business link forged from historic bond

In Nov 1945, when Kim Gu, president of the provisional government of the Republic of Korea, finished six years of exile in Chongqing and left for home, he expressed his gratitude to the Chinese government in an open letter for its "generous" financial support, especially when China itself was also experiencing extreme hardship.

Fact box


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Logistics sector set to upgrade and introduce standards

Currency entente cordiale

Luxury giants tap into mainland market

Selling the stars of tomorrow

The healthy way to succeed in business

Envoy's eye

Tintin's adventures in diplomacy

Belgian ambassador offers a helping hand to Chinese investors, entrepreneurs and students


Medics get to work as Peace Ark sails in

Mark Yoma, 42, squatted beside a small stack of burning garbage in a deserted street in Tacloban, capital of the Philippine province of Leyte.

Street of honor for time of tragedy

Sex and life in a word


New world opens for all investors

China will introduce a new, fairer and more efficient administrative model for foreign investment, according to the Commerce Ministry.

Reform is to serve as stimulus to new growth


The trials of a tiger mother

Quan Li says she fell in love with tigers when she first saw them in a Beijing zoo as a girl, unaware that one day she would help save these tigers from extinction.

X Ray

Dama dames: China's secret weapon

Middle-class matrons do not make big money, but to a large extent they control the nation's spending. Now, they are even influencing global financial markets.


Putting Taiwan into focus

Album highlights creativity of photographers from both sides of the Straits



Last Word

Western beliefs in markets 'a mistake'

Ken Livingstone says he would feel more comfortable with China's leaders being in charge of the world's largest economy than those of the United States.



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