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  1. IV. CURRENT EVENTS

  2. 1. In what city were the 2008 Summer Olympic Games held?

  3. Beijing

  4. 2. What city hosted the 2010 World Expo?

  5. Shanghai

  6. 3. According to the 2010 PRC General Administration of Customs, China's Customs Statistic, who are some of China’s top trade partners and also where are China’s top export destinations?

  7. US, Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea.

  8. 4. As of May 2011, as the largest creditor nation in the world, what percentage of U.S. Treasury Bonds does China own?

  9. 26%

  10. 5. Who is the first PRC citizen to be awarded a Nobel Prize of any kind while residing in China?

  11. Liu Xiaobo(劉小波) won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.

  12. 6. On May 12, 2008, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit which province of China?

  13. Sichuan(四川)

  14. 7. From 2007 to 2010, Starbuck sales in China increased by 20 times. During 2011 Starbucks set up its first coffee farm in China. Where is the coffee farm located?

  15. Yunnan (云南)

  16. 8. U.S. billionaires Bill Gates and Warren Buffett visited China in September 2011. What was their main purpose?

  17. To convince Chinese magnates to donate to charitable causes.

  18. 9. When did China and Taiwan resume direct communication with each other for the first time in the 60 years since Kuomintang leader Chiang Kai-shek fled to Taiwan?

  19. On December 15, 2008, Taiwan and the Chinese mainland resumed direct sea, air, and mail links. Previous flights between the two regions required a connection at Hong Kong, and doubled the travel times. As many as 108 flights per week are scheduled, as well as 60 cargo flights per month across the Strait, evenly divided between Taiwanese and Mainland airlines.

  20. 10. The Republic of China had its fifth direct presidential election on January 14th this year. What is the full name of the newly elected president?

  21. Ma Ying-jeou. President Ma Ying-jeou was re-elected by a comfortable margin on January 14th, fending off a challenge from his main rival, Tsai Ing-wen, who criticized his handling of the economy but also sought to exploit fears among voters that Mr. Ma’s conciliatory approach toward China was eroding the Island’s sovereignty.