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Beijing Review Vol. 62/No.37

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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old remains gold

Located on the southeast coast of China, Quanzhou in Fujian Province was a major international trade port in China 1,000 years ago. Today, with the Belt and Road Initiative in full swing, the city, the starting point of the ancient Maritime Silk Road, is back in the limelight, playing an important role in connecting China with the rest of the world. Being a large international port, Quanzhou is home to a huge number of Chinese who have gone abroad and can be tracked to more than 130 countries and regions around the globe. Their passion for their hometown’s development is reflected in their investments in local factories and schools, charity donations and public welfare projects. They serve as an important driving force for local economic and social development, while acting as…

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fertile land

An aerial photo taken on September 4 shows villagers waiting in lines to sell tomatoes to local vegetable processing factories in Sandaoqiao Town in the Hetao Irrigation Area in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage added the area to its World Heritage Irrigation Structures list that day. The Hetao Irrigation Area has been diverting water from the Yellow River to irrigate more than 680,000 hectares of land since the Qin Dynasty (221 B.C.-206 B.C.). The Qianjinbei Irrigation System, located in the city of Fuzhou, east China’s Jiangxi Province, was also listed, bringing the total number of such structures in China to 19.…

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Grand Celebration A grand gathering to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China will be held in Beijing on October 1, National Day, followed by a military parade and mass pageant, according to Wang Xiaohui, Executive Vice Minister of the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee. President Xi Jinping, also General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, will deliver an important speech at the event, Wang said at a press conference on August 29. At an evening gala on the same day in Tiananmen Square, Party and state leaders will join the public to watch performances and a fireworks show. Xi will also present the Medal of the Republic, Medal of Friendship and national titles of…

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Auto Sales Auto sales in China are expected to rebound for the rest of 2019 as producers seek to improve consumption demand. In July, the retail sales of auto businesses above the designated size fell 2.6 percent to 305.62 billion yuan ($43.12 billion) from a year ago, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). The reading slid from a 17.2-percent surge in June, when carmakers and dealers enhanced the promotion of cars that could not meet the new emissions standards before they went into effect in July. “The slowdown was much better than expected, indicating strong market demand despite the temporary disruption in June,” securities firm Shenwan Hongyuan Securities said in a research note. The State Council recently announced 20 measures to boost consumption. Restrictions on car purchases will be eased to support auto…

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BELGIUM Military vehicles during a parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Brussels in Mons on September 1. The allied forces liberated Brussels from German occupation in 1944 during World War II THE NETHERLANDS Classic cars arrive on the Boulevard of Scheveningen at The Hague on September 1. Some 150 classic cars finished the journey as part of the 56th SLS Classic YEMEN Local Red Crescent medics carry the body of a victim following Saudi Arabia-led airstrikes on a prison in Dhamar on September 1. At least 50 prisoners were killed CHILE Representatives attend the third 2019 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Senior Officials’ Meeting in Puerto Varas on August 29 UNITED STATES The 75-foot Conception dive boat catches fire off Santa Cruz Island in California on September 2. Media reports, quoting Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown,…

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this week people & points

NEW SPECIAL ENVOY ON MIDDLE EAST AFFAIRS Senior diplomat Zhai Jun has been appointed China’s new special envoy on Middle East affairs, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang announced on September 2. Zhai joined the Foreign Ministry in 1975 and was the ambassador to Libya from 1997 to 2000, assistant foreign minister from 2006 to 2009, and vice foreign minister from 2009 to 2014. For the past five years, he had been serving as ambassador to France and Monaco until his recent appointment. At a daily press briefing, Geng said Zhai is an experienced diplomat who has been deeply engaged in Middle East affairs. “After taking office, he will establish close cooperative relations with relevant parties, actively promote peace and facilitate talks, and play a positive and constructive role in promoting the proper settlement…