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Beijing Review Vol. 62/No.35

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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city of comprehensive growth

Wuhan in central China has earned the distinction of being called Optics Valley, thanks to its flourishing optoelectronic industry. Besides its signature industry, Wuhan has other key industries including steel, automobiles, chemicals, textiles and medicines. It is a city of comprehensive development. A research and education base, Wuhan has the largest number of colleges and universities in China after Beijing. The annual number of postgraduates and graduates the city produces is among the highest in the world, contributing to the national talent pool. Transportation is another advantage. Located along the Yangtze River, the city thrives on strong water transportation. Historically, besides the ancient Silk Road and Tea Horse Road, another major route for trade and exchanges between China and foreign countries, called the Tea Road, started from Hankou Port in Wuhan, giving…

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Seizing Opportunities A job fair for college graduates is held in Lhasa, southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, on August 20. The number of college graduates in Tibet reached a record high of 23,616 in 2019, according to the local government. Expanded Insurance A total of 148 medicines have been newly included in China’s basic medical insurance, work-related injury insurance and childbirth insurance programs. The renewed list, which covers 2,643 drugs, was unveiled on August 20 and will take effect on January 1, 2020. Among the 148 new additions are five drugs for major disease treatment, 36 medications for chronic diseases such as diabetes and 38 drugs for children. The drug list update marked a key step in improving people’s medical security and easing the financial burden on the insured, said Xiong Xianjun, chief of the…

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Railway Exchange A total of 35 officials from 11 countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative came to China to take part in a training on railway construction and management, according to local authorities. Organized by the Ministry of Commerce, the three-week training was held in three Chinese cities: Chengdu, capital of southwest China’s Sichuan Province, Hefei, capital of eastern province of Anhui, and Shanghai. The officials were from railway or transport sectors of Burkina Faso, the Czech Republic, Laos, Mauritius, Mongolia, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand, Uganda and Viet Nam. They finished the training and returned to their countries from Shanghai on August 14. Gerard Constant Emmanuel Guigma, technical director of Burkina Faso’s transport department, said China has overcome complicated natural environments and built a strong railway network, which has attracted worldwide…

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LATVIA People participate in the Color Run in Jurmala, west of the capital Riga, on August 18. The 5-km run is inspired by colorful festivals and events around the world TANZANIA President John Magufuli addresses the 39th Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community in Dar es Salaam on August 17. The summit discussed creating a conducive environment for inclusive and sustainable industrial development, greater intra-trade and job creation AFGHANISTAN Afghans take to the streets in Kabul on August 19 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Independence Day GERMANY Visitors try mobile games at Gamescom 2019 in Cologne on August 20. One of the largest trade fairs for video games, this year’s edition focused on cloud gaming ITALY Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte addresses the Senate in Rome on August 20, where…

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people & points

DOCTOR HONORED Wang Dongjin, a cardiologist from the Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital, was awarded the title of Most Outstanding Doctor along with nine other medical workers on August 19, Chinese Medical Workers’ Day. Wang has performed over 10,000 heart surgeries, with a success rate of over 99 percent. He adopts the method of minimally invasive heart surgery, which enables doctors to conduct the operation through several small incisions instead of the traditional long cut of open-heart surgery. Wang worked at the Beijing Fuwai Hospital, a leading cardiac hospital in China, before moving on to the Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital in 2001. When he arrived, the hospital was not equipped to conduct heart surgery on patients over 65. Now, through his efforts, of the over 2,000 heart surgeries performed there every year, 31 percent…