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Beijing Review Vol. 62/No.47

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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ancient civilizations forging new ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a state visit to Greece on November 10-12, at the invitation of his Greek counterpart Prokopis Pavlopoulos. This marked another important European visit by Xi for the year, and also the first visit by a Chinese president in 11 years. Xi’s visit has important historical significance for advancing China-Greece relations and will give new impetus to China-European Union (EU) relations as well as the two sides’ cooperation within the Belt and Road Initiative. Greece took part in the Second China International Import Expo in Shanghai as a guest country of honor in early November, with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis leading his country’s delegation. Xi met with Mitsotakis at the expo and they visited the Greek booth together. Xi’s visit to Greece just a few days later showed…

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a piece of the puzzle

Luo Shugang (right), Minister of Culture and Tourism, and Pansy Ho Chiu-king, daughter and representative of Macao-based tycoon and collector Stanley Ho Hung-sun, unveil a red bronze horse-head statue at the National Museum of China in Beijing on November 13. Stanley Ho decided to donate the horse head statue to the National Cultural Heritage Administration on the same day to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China and the 20th anniversary of Macao’s return to China. The statue, one of 12 decorative Chinese zodiac signs, was located in the former imperial resort of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) Yuanmingyuan. Also known as the Old Summer Palace, Yuanmingyuan was built in 1707 in northwestern Beijing and often referred to as “the garden of gardens” for its lush landscapes…

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Winter on the Horizon A man collects hay in a meadow in Golog Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province in northwest China, on November 8. Local herds people were busy storing food for their livestock ahead of winter. Income Growth Rural residents in poverty-stricken areas saw a robust growth in their disposable income in the first three quarters of the year, official data showed. Their per-capita disposable income was 8,163 yuan ($1,167), up 10.8 percent year on year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). The income increased 8 percent from the same period last year after deducting inflation. The growth rate was 1.6 percentage points higher than that of rural residents nationwide and 1.9 percentage points higher than the national average. Their per-capita wages expanded 12.2 percent year on year, with the growth rate up…

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Easier Financing Top banking and taxation authorities have pledged to further deepen their collaboration and provide more concerted support for private and small firms. To better alleviate enterprises’ financing difficulties, efforts will be made to help them turn taxation credit into financing credit, said a recent notice jointly issued by the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission and the State Taxation Administration. A direct link between taxation and banking data should be promoted while banks should be encouraged to upgrade their credit products, said the notice. In the meantime, local taxation and banking departments must ensure data security and confidentiality to protect enterprises’ business secrets. Banking and taxation authorities launched the interactive mechanism in 2015 in a bid to solve the information asymmetry during the fundraising activities of small companies. From 2015 to the end of…

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CUBA Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel (left) and Spanish King Felipe VI inspect the honor guard in Havana on November 12, during the first official visit to the Caribbean country by a Spanish monarch INDONESIA Police officers stand guard at the scene of a suicide bombing at the Medan city police headquarters, which injured at least six people, on November 13 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES People visit the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference on November 11. With the theme Oil and Gas 4.0, the event focused on the fourth industrial revolution and highlighted the impact of digitalization and emerging technologies on the sector YEMEN A child receives treatment for malaria at a hospital in Sanaa on November 13. Yemen is in a health emergency, battling malaria and dengue fever ZIMBABWE The 2-dollar note issued by the Reserve Bank of…

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people & points

SCIENTIST IN HI-TECH POWER DEVELOPMENT Chinese scientist Wu Zhongshuai’s team has co-developed a prototype of planar sodium-ion microcapacitors (NIMCs). Microcapacitors, like microbatteries, are power sources for miniaturized smart and integrated electronics, such as remote sensors. The prototype uses sodium ions instead of lithium ions. They also have high power density, superior thermal stability and excellent mechanical flexibility. The prototype was co-developed by two research groups. Wu from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) led one of the teams. The NIMCs would be low cost, specially since sodium is abundantly available, while lithium has limited supply and is costlier. A paper on the results of the research was published in the journal Advanced Science. Wu holds a PhD from the Institute of Metal Research of CAS. His research…