China In­flu­encers

China Newsweek De­cem­ber 24

Beijing Review - - THIS WEEK PEOPLE & POINTS -

Eigh­teen peo­ple were rec­og­nized for their role in China’s de­vel­op­ment by China Newsweek in an event in Bei­jing on De­cem­ber 15, 2018.

The an­nual In­flu­enc­ing China Fig­ures award was launched in 2009 to honor in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions that have made ma­jor con­tri­bu­tions to China’s so­cial progress.

The awardees came from a wide spec­trum of fields. Zhu Min, former Deputy Manag­ing Direc­tor of the In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund ( IMF) and Chair of the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Fi­nan­cial Re­search at Ts­inghua Uni­ver­sity, was hon­ored as scholar of the year. He has pro­moted re­form of the IMF and af­ter re­tir­ing from the or­ga­ni­za­tion, chose to re­turn to China to teach and ad­vise on the Chi­nese econ­omy.

Shan Jix­i­ang, Cu­ra­tor of the Palace Museum, was the cul­tural fig­ure of the year. Since as­sum­ing the po­si­tion, Shan has com­mit­ted him­self to re­forms, tak­ing the pre­vi­ously aloof and solemn palace closer to peo­ple through TV shows, cul­tural and cre­ative prod­ucts, as well as so­cial me­dia plat­forms. The 64-year-old has be­come a Web celebrity him­self.

Wang Yi­fang, Direc­tor of the In­sti­tute of High En­ergy Physics at the Chi­nese Academy of Sci­ences (CAS), was named sci­en­tific fig­ure of the year. His team un­veiled its con­cept de­sign of a gi­ant elec­tron positron col­lider that could help sci­en­tists

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