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Beijing Review Vol. 62/No.33

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…

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growing healthier

A moderately prosperous society in all respects covers many aspects of people’s lives and must of course include good health. To this end, the Chinese Government has released several documents such as a blueprint titled Healthy China 2030, which outlines the Healthy China Initiative and the Healthy China Action Plan for 2019-30 ahead of its 2020 target of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects. It has also invested funds, technology and human power to raise people’s health standard. In 2018, China’s life expectancy rose to 77 years from 74.83 in 2010, higher than the average in some high- and middle-income countries, demonstrating the progress being made in the health area. However, with the acceleration of industrialization, urbanization and population aging, new challenges have emerged. Diseases, including hepatitis, tuberculosis and endemic…

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Sparking Wisdom A participant tests a robot during the finals of the 18th RoboMaster Robotics Competition in Shenzhen, south China’s Guangdong Province, on August 6. The competition, with 32 teams from home and abroad this year, provides a platform for young engineers to independently develop and produce robots through teamwork, which fosters innovation and hands-on experience in the field. Preparing for Games Beijing’s Yanqing District is speeding up the construction of two hydrogenation stations and a supporting hydrogen plant in time for the Alpine Skiing World Cup in 2020 and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games. The public transport line powered by hydrogen energy will be opened in Yanqing, located around 75 km northwest of downtown Beijing. Green, zero-carbon, environmentally friendly hydrogen fuel cell vehicles will transport athletes, workers and spectators among venues. The hydrogen-powered vehicles…

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Robust Investment Growth Fixed assets investment in China’s major economic sectors increased both in quantity and quality, according to a report from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). From 1982 to 2018, the country’s investment in the primary and secondary industries grew by an average annual rate of 18.1 percent and 19.1 percent, respectively, thanks to its reform and opening-up policies. The tertiary industry benefited the most from the investment boom, with the average annual investment growth rate reaching 20.4 percent during the period. As China’s economy grows stronger, its industrial structure has been advanced and optimized with capital flowing into new sectors including hi-tech, research and development, and environmental protection, according to the report. From 2013 to 2018, hi-tech investment grew by an average annual rate of 16.9 percent. The spending on hi-tech manufacturing…

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PAKISTAN Prime Minister Imran Khan (left) hosts a meeting of the National Security Council in Islamabad on August 7. Pakistan announced it would downgrade diplomatic ties and suspend trade with India due to tensions over Kashmir EGYPT The site of an attack that killed 20 people and wounded 47 others in Cairo on August 5 BANGLADESH Patients infected with dengue fever receive treatment in the hall of a hospital in the capital of Dhaka on August 6. Twenty-three people have died across the country from its spread since January UNITED NATIONS Venezuela’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Samuel Moncada criticizes the U.S. for trying to fabricate a war on Venezuela on August 6 in New York. The U.S. announced a blockade on Venezuela the day before GERMANY Visitors sample beer at the International Berlin Beer Festival on August…

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people & points

NEW REPRESENTATIVE TO UN Zhang Jun, China’s new Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), began his term in office on August 6. Zhang was born in 1960 in northeast China’s Jilin Province. Before being appointed UN ambassador, Zhang had served as assistant minister for foreign affairs since 2018. Prior to that, he was director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’s Department of Economic Affairs since 2012. Beginning in 2007, Zhang became China’s ambassador to the Netherlands and permanent representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, serving until 2012. From 2004 to 2007, he was secretary to the General Office of the State Council. On his first day in office, Zhang pledged that China, one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, will firmly uphold multilateralism and…