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Beijing Review

Beijing Review Vol. 62/No.48

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 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 Legal Counsel: Yue Cheng North America Bureau Chief: Yu Shujun Tel/Fax: 1-201-792-0334 E-mail: yushujun@bjreview.com Africa Bureau Chief Correspondent: Ni Yanshuo Tel: 27-71-6132053 E-mail: casa201208@hotmail.com…

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the base of social governance

Community management is a key part of China’s social governance since this ecology of residential life directly affects people’s living standard and life experience. Among more than 25,000 residential communities in Beijing, community staff members have come up with various ways to improve services. The Huilongguan and Tiantongyuan areas in Beijing’s northern outskirts are a highlight, not because they are among the biggest ones in the city, but because of the quality of local social governance. The management departments have received positive feedbacks from residents following a series of measures, which include improving the living environment, increasing public space, better managing convenience services, enhancing public security and creating cultural activities. In China’s mainland, a community which usually has 1,000 to 5,000 households is managed by a residents’ committee of 10-20 members elected every…

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Cave of Wonders The world’s largest stone coral forest in the Snow Jade Cave in Fengdu County, Chongqing in southwest China, on November 9. It is the youngest karst cave to be discovered and developed in China. Fewer Dropouts The number of students dropping out of compulsory education in China’s impoverished areas has reduced significantly, according to the Ministry of Education. Data from the ministry showed the number of students who drop out of compulsory education, which covers primary and junior high school, in the 832 national-level impoverished counties decreased from 290,000 to 65,000 by the end of May. To better address the issue, the ministry has organized three nationwide inspections to verify the number of dropouts and has set up an online database that records detailed information on them and is updated in real-time. It…

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Economic Census Results of China’s fourth national economic census were released on November 20, showing that the country’s economic structure continued to improve between 2013 and 2018. At the end of 2018, the aggregate business capital in the secondary and tertiary industries reached 914.2 trillion yuan ($130.38 trillion). The secondary industry, which includes industrial and construction enterprises, accounted for 19 percent of the total assets, while the tertiary industry, or the service sector, accounted for the remaining 81 percent. There were 18.57 million corporations in the secondary and tertiary industries at the end of 2018, of which 98.8 percent were domestically funded companies, 0.6 percent were corporations with investment from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, and 0.6 percent were foreign-funded enterprises. The secondary and tertiary industries employed a total of 383.24 million people at…

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YEMEN Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik (center) is interviewed upon returning to Aden on November 18, after a power-sharing deal was signed with the Southern Transitional Council (STC) earlier this month. The STC had forced the government to go into exile in Saudi Arabia ITALY People walk on a trestle bridge in flooded Venice on November 15. The city declared a state of emergency with the waters rising up to 1.8 meters, devastating the tourist paradise EGYPT A freighter sails on the Suez Canal in the city of Ismailia on November 17, the day the strategically important waterway was officially opened 150 years ago SRI LANKA New President Gotabaya Rajapaksa addresses the nation in Anuradhapura on November 18 following his swearing-in ceremony CUBA The 500th founding anniversary of capital Havana is celebrated with a fireworks show on November 15 UNITED KINGDOM Prime…

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people & points

NEW HONG KONG POLICE CHIEF Tang Ping-keung was appointed new commissioner of police of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) by the State Council, China’s cabinet, on November 19, replacing Lo Wai-chung. Born in 1965, Tang has served in the Hong Kong Police Force for over 30 years after graduating from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1987. He has extensive experience in criminal investigation, international liaison and operational command. The decision was made in accordance with the Basic Law of HKSAR, and was based on the nomination and suggestion of HKSAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam. In an HKSAR government press release issued on November 19, Lam expressed her confidence in Tang in meeting the challenges ahead. Valuable Lessons People’s Daily November 20 In 1999, China issued measures to advance the growth of its less…