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Beijing Review

Beijing Review Vol.63/No.3

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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1 min.
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: Wang Hairong 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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tcm breaks new ground

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), along with Chinese kungfu and Peking Opera, is one of China’s cultural symbols recognized worldwide. There used to be a debate in China about whether TCM or Western medicine was better, and arguments can still be heard today. But actually, TCM and Western medicine are two different medical theoretical systems that cannot replace each other. In some aspects such as surgery, Western medicine is better than TCM, but in other areas, such as recovery after surgery and treatment of chronic diseases, TCM is more effective. This is why some Chinese hospitals provide both TCM and Western medicine treatments. A combination of both has been accepted by many Chinese people as the most effective treatment. TCM is a gem of Chinese civilization, and it has also made great contributions…

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Prepping for Spring Festival A visitor samples agricultural products from Dechang County of Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture during a shopping fair to greet Spring Festival in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province in southwest China, on January 8. Farewell to Poverty A total of 645,000 people were estimated to cast off poverty in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, northwest China, in 2019. About 976 poverty-stricken villages and 12 impoverished counties in Xinjiang shook off poverty last year, according to the government work report delivered at the annual regional legislative session on January 6. In 2019, nearly 37.6 billion yuan ($5.41 billion) was allocated to improve the drinking water and housing security in the region, benefitting 346,000 poor people without access to safe drinking water and 9,355 impoverished households living in dilapidated houses. During the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20)…

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Civil Aviation The civil aviation industry posted steady growth in 2019, reporting an expanded size and improved service quality, according to China’s civil aviation regulator. The industry conducted 660 million passenger trips in 2019, up 7.9 percent year on year, said Feng Zhenglin, head of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), at a conference on January 6. Total transport turnover of the sector was 129.3 billion ton-km, with cargo and mail volume hitting 7.53 million tons, up 7.1 percent and 1.9 percent year on year, respectively. The country’s aviation sector saw an unprecedented transformation, adding 9,275 km of air routes and increasing the number of transport airports to 238, according to the CAAC. The service quality of civil aviation also improved nationwide, reporting an 81.7-percent flight punctuality rate, with the number of flights increasing…

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IRAN Guards watch over the area in Parand District, south Tehran, where a Ukrainian passenger plane crashed on January 8. All 176 people on board the Boeing 737 were confirmed dead CROATIA Center left candidate Zoran Milanovic waves to his supporters in Zagreb on January 5 after winning the presidential election AUSTRIA Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (right) shakes hands with President Alexander Van der Bellen during his swearing in ceremony in Vienna on January 7 BANGLADESH Prospective buyers check out stained glass lamps at the Dhaka International Trade Fair in the capital on January 4 NEW ZEALAND The sky in Auckland turns orange as the Australian bushfires expand on January 5 CAMBODIA Rescuers search for survivors in Kep City, Kep Province, on January 4 after a building collapsed during construction, killing 36 people…

6 min.
people & points

HKSAR’S NEW TOP LIAISON OFFICIAL Luo Huining was appointed top liaison official for Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), replacing Wang Zhimin, according to a statement by the State Council on January 4. Luo’s appointment as director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in HKSAR took effect immediately. Born in 1954, he served as the Communist Party of China’s Secretary in Qinghai Province, northwest China, from 2013 to 2016 and in Shanxi Province, north China, from 2016 to 2019. In December 2018, he led a delegation from Shanxi to Hong Kong to promote business cooperation. In a statement on January 4, HKSAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam welcomed Luo to his new post and said she was impressed by his concern for Hong Kong during their talks in 2018. Lam said she firmly…