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Beijing Review

Vol. 62/No.38

Beijing Review is China's only national newsmagazine in English. It is published every week in Beijing, by the China International Publishing Group (CIPG). Launched in March 1958, Beijing Review reports and comments on the country's social, political, economic and cultural affairs, policy changes and latest developments. It also offers in-depth analysis on major regional and international events, and provides consulting and information services.

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President: Li Yafang Vice President: Luo Xianyong Associate Editors in Chief: Li Jianguo, Ding Zhitao Assistant President: Li Zhenzhou Executive Editor: Yan Wei Associate Executive Editors: Zan Jifang, Liu Yunyun, Ding Ying Production Director: Yao Bin Editorial Administrators: Zeng Wenhui, Shi Bosen Assistant Executive Editor: Li Fangfang Commentator: Lan Xinzhen Opinion/Culture Editor: Ding Ying World Editor: Yu Lintao Nation Editor: Zan Jifang Business Editor: Deng Yaqing Web Editor: Li Nan Editorial Consultants: Rebeca Toledo, Sudeshna Sarkar Staff Reporters: Tang Yuankai, Wang Jun, Pan Xiaoqiao, Yuan Yuan, Wang Hairong, Ji Jing, Lu Yan, Wen Qing, Li Qing, Li Xiaoyang, Ma Miaomiao, Zhang Shasha Visual Director: Pamela Tobey Photo Editor: Wang Xiang Photographer: Wei Yao Art: Li Shigong Design Director: Wang Yajuan Chief Designer: Cui Xiaodong Designer: Zhao Boyu Proofreading: Ma Xin, Hou Beibei Distribution Director: Hu Keqiang Human Resources: Zhang Yajie Marketing/PR Director: Pan Changqing Legal Counsel: Yue Cheng North America Bureau Chief: Yu Shujun Tel/Fax: 1-201-792-0334 E-mail: yushujun@bjreview.com Africa Bureau Chief: Li Jianguo Tel: 27-71-6132053 E-mail:…

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joint efforts for global stability

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to China this month, her 12th so far, shows the two countries’ willingness to confront challenges together in the face of a complicated and volatile international situation. Both President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang met her, reflecting the tradition of high-level exchanges. The two countries reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen strategic communication and cooperation. Merkel is one of the Western leaders who have paid the most visits to China during their terms and who know China well. Germany has been China’s largest trading partner in Europe for over four decades, and for the past three years China has become the largest trading partner of Germany. The two countries have expanded cooperation in trade and economy and in future, will collaborate in emerging fields such as autonomous…

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Bridging the Gap The Qingshan Yangtze River Road Bridge in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei Province, undergoes asphalt paving on September 8. The world’s longest cable-stayed bridge at 7,548 meters, the 10-lane two-way bridge can “swing” between the giant supporting beams on the sides to offset the impact of strong winds and earthquakes. It will open to traffic next year. Having More Fun The Chinese are engaging in increasingly diverse leisure activities, according to a recent report released by the China Tourism Academy. Based on a survey of 10 cities including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou in south China’s Guangdong Province, the report on residents’ recreation development said consumption-based leisure activities are the primary choice of urban and rural residents, accounting for 40 percent of the total options. These include shopping, dining and beauty treatments. Travel has…

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New-Energy Vehicles New energy carmakers in China had a tough first half of the year as shrinking government subsidies and rising competition weighed on sales. Only three auto companies which also produce new-energy vehicles (NEVs) saw net profits rise in the first half of the year, while most firms saw a slump in profits as sales failed to meet expectations. Data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers showed that total sales of NEVs in China went down 4.7 percent year on year in July, the first decrease in nearly two years. NEV sales have been under pressure due to reasons such as cuts in government subsidies and a fall in oil prices, Cui Dongshu, Secretary General of China’s Passenger Car Association, told China Automotive News. In a bid to encourage the high-quality development of…

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UNITED STATES People in panda costumes stand in front of Citi baseball park in Queens, New York, during the launch of the Hello Panda Festival on September 9 INDIA Indian Space Research Organization employees react on September 7 after Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram Lander, India’s second Moon mission, lost communication with ground control 2.1 km from the lunar surface THAILAND Representatives pose for group photos at the opening ceremony for the 51st ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting and Related Meetings in Bangkok on September 6 RUSSIA Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the plenary session of the Fifth Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 5 MALAYSIA Buildings are shrouded in haze in Kuala Lumpur on September 10. Hundreds of schools were closed in Sarawak State after the air quality dropped due to the haze UNITED NATIONS A UNICEF installation on the lawn of the…

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people & points

ALIBABA CHAIRMAN RESIGNS Jack Ma stepped down as chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. on September 10, one year after he announced plans to hand over the $500-billion business he built to trusted partners. This happened on the same day as the Internet giant celebrated its 20th anniversary and Ma turned 55. Ma, a once obscure English language teacher, co-founded Alibaba, which has revolutionized shopping habits, payment channels and leisure entertainment in China, with 17 partners in an apartment in Hangzhou, east China’s Zhejiang Province. Alibaba said Ma will remain on the board of directors until 2020 and in the Alibaba Partnership. Previously, Ma said he would devote more time and energy to education and philanthropy upon his resignation as Alibaba chairman. Taking the helm is 47-year-old Daniel Zhang, who has been acting as CEO…