Residents waiting for distribution results of affordable houses in Yichun, Jiangxi Province. The State Council introduced a policy package urging enhanced efforts to ensure the healthy development of the property sector and to promote the construction of affordable housing units for low-income earners. By the end of October, construction had begun on over 10 million new affordable housing units this year, exceeding a target set by the Central Government for 2011.
Wenzhou train crash
The site of a high-speed train accident near Wenzhou City in the eastern province of Zhejiang on July 23. A train rammed into a stalled train, leaving 40 dead and 191 injured. Preliminary investigations revealed serious design flaws in railway signaling equipment, as well as loopholes in railway safety management, according to officials. A total of 54 people accountable for the accident would be punished, according to a decision made at an executive meeting of the State Council on Wednesday. The judicial authorities are conducting independent investigations into whether these people have criminal liability.SD-Agencies
First space docking
Shenzhou-8, an unmanned spacecraft launched Nov. 1, successfully docking with the target module Tiangong-1, which was launched Sept. 29. Shenzhou-8 safely returned to earth Nov. 17, marking the full success of China’s first space docking mission. Tiangong-1 entered into long-term operation management in space on Nov. 18, and is preparing for two more docking missions planned for 2012.
China commemorated the 100th anniversary of the 1911 Revolution which ended 2,000 years of imperial rule in the country by toppling the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
Guo Meimei scandal
Guo Meimei. The 20-year-old claimed to be a general manager for Red Cross Commerce and posted photos on Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter-like microblogging service, detailing her lavish lifestyle. The credibility of the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) was questioned by the public in late June after photos on Guo’s Weibo were widely circulated among netizens.
Although it was later found that she was not an employee of the RCSC, the scandal exposed the problem of the lack of transparency in the operations of charity groups.
The Ministry of Civil Affairs issued a new guideline on Dec. 16 to offer suggestions to charity groups on how to disclose donation information in the wake of doubts about the transparency of their operations.
Wu Juping lying in bed with her 7-month-old son accompanying her in the ward of Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University’s School of Medicine in Hangzhou on July 3. Wu caught Niuniu, a 2-year-old girl, after she fell out of the window of a 10th-floor flat. Wu broke her left arm in the process. Niuniu is healing fast but is still in hospital.
School bus accidents
Site of an accident when a nine-seat school bus illegally carrying 64 people collided head-on with a coal truck in Gansu Province on Nov. 16, killing 19 pre-schoolers and two adults and injuring 43 other people. The accident and other school bus accidents this year raised concerns around the nation about school transportation safety.
General manager of Da Vinci, a Shanghai-based luxury furniture retailer, shed tears at a press conference on July 14. The retailer was fined 1.33 million yuan ($211,777) on Dec. 23, months after it was found to have deceived customers about the origin of its products.
The company claimed its furniture was made in Italy, but the furniture had actually been manufactured in Chinese factories, “exported” to the Shanghai Waigaoqiao Bonded Zone, and Da Vinci later “imported” and stored the products in its warehouses in Shanghai.
China’s first aircraft carrier
This undated file photo shows China’s first aircraft carrier at its shipyard in Dalian city, Liaoning province. China’s refitted aircraft carrier sailed for its second sea trial Dec. 27 for scientific research and experiments. The aircraft carrier completed its first sea trial in August.
The carrier was originally built by the former Soviet Union which named it Varyag, yet failed to complete the ship’s construction before collapsing in 1991. The still-unnamed aircraft carrier was an empty shell. Ukraine disarmed it and removed its engines before selling it to China.
Injured toddler ignored
A man walking past 2-year-old Wang Yue, lying on the ground Oct. 13. She was run over by two vehicles and ignored by more than a dozen passers-by, even as she lay on the road, injured. She eventually died of brain failure. Her death triggered a nationwide wave of mourning, as the incident had been closely followed by people who were concerned about a seeming lack of moral concern for others in Chinese society.