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Beijing Review Vol.63/No.19

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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advances in ipr protection

China’s record of intellectual property right (IPR) protection has been unfairly criticized by some sections of the international community for various reasons, such as infringements or theft of intellectual property. This, however, cannot negate the rapid progress the country has made in development and protection of intellectual property. On the occasion of the 2020 World Intellectual Property Day, which was April 26, the National Intellectual Property Administration (NIPA) released information on the development of China’s IPR system in 2019. Facts show that the Chinese legal system for IPR protection has been greatly strengthened. In 2019, China issued the Opinions on Strengthening the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights, completed an amendment to the Trademark Law, increased the amount of statutory compensation for malicious infringements upon trademarks, and formulated or revised multiple…

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mission accomplished

Medical workers disinfect a ward at Xiaotangshan Hospital in Beijing on April 28. The hospital cleared all novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases that day and ceased operation the next day. Located in the city’s northern suburb, the hospital was renovated and put into operation on March 16 for the screening and treatment of imported mild and common confirmed COVID-19 cases, suspected cases and those who need to be tested. In 2003, it was used to treat patients with severe acute respiratory syndrome in Beijing.…

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Environmentally Friendly Fields covered with biodegradable plastics in Luonan, a county in Shaanxi Province in northwest China, on April 27. Multiple villages in the county have used biodegradable plastics for mulching crops such as pepper and tobacco leaf to protect the environment. Netizen Population The number of netizens in China had reached 904 million as of March, up 75.08 million from the end of 2018, according to a report on China’s Internet development released on April 28. Internet penetration in China had reached 64.5 percent, up 4.9 percentage points from the end of 2018, said the report issued by the China Internet Network Information Center. The number of netizens accessing the Internet through mobile phones in China increased by 79.92 million from the end of 2018 to 897 million in this March, accounting for 99.3…

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Tax Exemptions China announced on April 26 to extend tax exemptions by an additional four years to further improve the inclusive finance service for smaller businesses. The tax exemptions, which expired at the end of last year, will be extended to December 31, 2023, according to a statement jointly issued by the Ministry of Finance and State Taxation Administration. In order to boost policy support and encourage financial institutions to step up financial services, Chinese authorities decided in 2017 that financial institutions will be exempt from value-added taxes (VAT) on income from interests for loans to small and micro-sized businesses and individually owned businesses. The joint statement also said the VAT, which was already collected but eligible to be waived, can be deducted in subsequent months or refunded. Construction Resumption A view of the construction site…

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LEBANON People wait for the opening of a bank in Beirut on April 27 as the country started easing its general mobilization measures adopted to contain the spread of COVID-19 CHILE Alicia Barcena, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, speaks at the presentation of a report that forecasts an average regional contraction of 5.3 percent in 2020, in Santiago on April 21 CZECH REPUBLIC A man takes his child to a zoo, which reopened after a month’s lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in Prague on April 27 SPAIN A nurse gives a book and a rose to a patient at a hospital on Saint George’s Day in Barcelona on April 23. The day usually sees streets filled with people exchanging books and flowers with their loved ones. But it was…

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people & points

HONORED WITH MAY FOURTH MEDAL Xu Peng, a 38-year-old man from Suzhou, Jiangsu Province in east China, was posthumously awarded a May Fourth Medal to commemorate his sacrifice in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease on April 28. He died in a car accident on February 21 while delivering medical supplies to Hubei Province, the hard-hit province during the epidemic in China. As a member of Blue Sky Rescue, an independent public-service organization with volunteers focusing on professional rescue during emergencies, Xu, who was general manager of a culture communicate company in Suzhou, had participated in many significant missions, including ecological protection in Hoh Xil, Qinghai Province, northwest China. The annual awarding of the medals are the top honor for young Chinese. The Central Committee of the Communist Youth League and the…