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Beijing Review

Vol. 62/No.43

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: Li Jianguo Tel: 27-71-6132053 E-mail: casa201208@hotmail.com…

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the xiamen vision lives on

When Xi Jinping was vice mayor of Xiamen in Fujian Province in southeast China from 1985 to 1988, the port city had just been designated a special economic zone. Xi led a series of reforms in Xiamen, which laid a solid foundation for the city’s development. Beijing Review reporters recently traveled to Xiamen to see the results and gain an insight into the governance thoughts of Xi, President of China since 2013. Xi oversaw the formulation of Xiamen’s economic and social development strategy (1985-2000), mapping out Xiamen’s reform and opening up and economic growth. In addition, environmental protection was another of his goals. Thanks to his efforts, Xiamen’s once celebrated Yundang Lake, which had become a stinking pit of garbage, got a new lease of life. It was cleaned and is…

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Gift of Grain A farmer harvests rice in Caofeidian District of Tangshan City, north China’s Hebei Province, on October 14. Over 21,000 hectares of paddy fields in the district were harvested. U.S. Interference A spokesperson for the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council condemned the passing of the so-called Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 by the U.S. House of Representatives on October 16. The lower house of Congress passed the act on October 15, despite strong opposition from the Chinese Government. The spokesperson, Yang Guang, said the move was a gross interference in China’s internal affairs, a blatant backing of violent radicals, and a full revelation of the U.S. House of Representatives’ and other politicians’ attempt to contain the development of China by playing the Hong Kong…

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Resilient Growth China maintained steady trade growth in the first three quarters of the year though global uncertainties weighed on trade demands, customs data showed on October 14. Foreign trade rose 2.8 percent year on year during the January-September period, with exports expanding 5.2 percent and imports dipping 0.1 percent, according to the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC). Foreign trade kept growing and the trade structure kept improving despite slowing global economic and trade growth and a more complex external environment, GACC spokesperson Li Kuiwen said. A total of 464,000 firms reported trade activities during this period, up 5.9 percent year on year. The number of private firms rose 8.7 percent to 374,000, with a 5.1-percent trade growth achieved. Despite the drop in overall imports, consumer goods imports rose 15.3 percent year on…

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UNITED STATES International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief economist Gita Gopinath (second left) speaks at a press conference in Washington, D.C. on October 15. The IMF lowered the global growth forecast for 2019 to 3 percent, the slowest pace since the global financial crisis in 2008 TUNISIA Independent candidate Kais Saied announces that he won the presidential election at a press conference in Tunis on October 13 FRANCE Billboards cover the Palais des Festivals, venue of the 2019 International Market of Communications Programs, in Cannes on October 15 ZIMBABWE Children pump water from a tubewell in Mt. Darwin on October 11. Zimbabwe is facing a severe combination of drought and cyclone BRITAIN Scotland’s First Minister and the Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon addresses the SNP annual conference in Aberdeen, Scotland, on October 15. She confirmed that she will…

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people & points

COMPUTER SCIENTIST WINS TEACHING MASTER AWARD Andrew Chi-Chih Yao, an internationally known computer scientist, recently won the Teaching Master award at Zhejiang University. The outstanding teaching award was given to five people, while the Innovative and Entrepreneurial Talent award was given to 10 people. The awards were presented for the first time. Yao, born in Shanghai in 1946, received the Turing Award, the most prestigious award in computer science, in 2000. He resigned from Princeton University in 2004 and began working at Tsinghua University in Beijing as a full-time professor, where he continues to train international leading talent in computer science. Yao has made many fundamental contributions to the theory of computation. The Institute for Theoretical Computer Science at Tsinghua University, which he established, has become a leading global computer research center. In 2017,…