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Beijing Review

Beijing Review Vol. 62/No.49

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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beijing review

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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leveling the playing field

Balanced regional development is an important part of China’s economic development concepts and has been written into the nation’s economic and social development blueprint, including the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) and the report to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. It has also become part of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, the most recent adaptation of Marxism according to the Chinese context. Past practices prove the viability of the balanced development concept, such as the formation of the Yangtze River Delta city cluster in east China. Approved three years ago, this development plan has resource-rich Shanghai playing a central role to improve the economy of the cluster that includes parts of neighboring Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui provinces. The principles being…

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New Old Fashions People watch a performance in an old street in Pingyao Town of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province in east China, on November 23. The street, which officially opened that day after two years of renovation, fully retains the style of the 1970s and 1980s, with stores offering a variety of treats like traditional cakes and tea. Guideline on IPR The general offices of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the State Council have jointly issued a directive calling for intensified protection of intellectual property rights (IPR). The document aims to implement decisions and plans set out by the CPC Central Committee and the State Council on stepping up IPR protection and improving related systems and mechanisms. “Strengthening IPR protection is the biggest incentive to boosting China’s economic competitiveness,” read the document. It…

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Cross-Border Parcels Parcels from China accounted for 38 percent of cross-border parcels worldwide, the country’s postal authorities said on November 26. China’s postal industry handled 350 billion yuan ($50 billion) worth of cross-border e-commerce transactions, said Ma Junsheng, head of the State Post Bureau. “The postal network under the Universal Postal Union is the main channel for cross-border shipping of e-commerce items,” said Liu Aili, Chairman of China Post Group. The post is becoming the go-to option for cross-border e-commerce logistics due to its wide coverage, low cost and expediency, according to the General Administration of Customs of China. Data showed that the post was responsible for 70 percent of cross-border shipping of parcels globally in 2018. International railways are the mainstay of China’s cross-border land transport, delivering more than 10 million items to 24 countries…

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ALBANIA Rescuers search for survivors at the site of a collapsed building in Durres on November 27, after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the area, claiming at least 46 lives NEW ZEALAND People watch a bubble show during the annual Christmas parade in Wellington on November 23 REPUBLIC OF KOREA President Moon Jae-in (center) poses for a group photo with leaders of member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) during the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit in Busan on November 26 AFGHANISTAN Women wear orange headscarves and ribbons as part of an activity marking International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in Kabul on November 25 UNITED STATES A child admires a model train at the 28th Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden on November 26 SOUTH AFRICA A naval band member performs during…

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people & points

NEW SPOKESPERSON FOR TAIWAN AFFAIRS Zhu Fenglian, the new spokesperson for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, made her first public appearance at a press conference on November 27. She greeted journalists in Mandarin as well as the Hokkien and Hakka dialects, all three of which are spoken in Taiwan. Born in November 1977 in Guangdong Province of south China, Zhu is the seventh spokesperson for the office since it started holding press conferences in 2000 to brief the media on the Chinese mainland’s policies and stance on Taiwan affairs. She has two master’s degrees in literature and public administration and joined the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office in 2003. Time Banks for Senior Care Beijing Youth Daily November 21 When a couple in their 70s in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province in east China, ordered food from a…