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Beijing Review Vol.63/No.22

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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shots in the arm

With China being the first country to report cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and also the first to contain it, an analysis of the country’s fight against the virus shows the situation was effectively controlled due to three major institutional strengths. First, China’s basic medical insurance system that covers the whole population played a fundamental role. People did not shy away from seeking treatment fearing it would burn a hole in their pocket. The government earmarked subsidies to make all treatments for COVID-19 patients free. Medical insurance funds were prepaid to hospitals to ensure that they did not delay services because of financial problems. Second, the national governance system also played a decisive role. The strong mobilization capability and allocation of resources on a war footing—from the temporary lockdown of…

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Bumper Harvest A farmer harvests wheat in a village in Sinan, a county in Guizhou Province in southwest China, on May 13. Science Show The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) hosted its annual two-day science communication event on May 23 and 24 with a series of online activities. The 16th Public Science Day event included a virtual tour of CAS and audio-visual exhibitions. Many research institutions under CAS set up online live broadcast rooms where people could visit observatory stations, botanical gardens, key laboratories and major science and technology infrastructures. The Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research showcased ice core samples and a Denisovan fossil. The Denisovans are a subspecies regarded as one of the ancestors of humans. The fossil was found during scientific surveys in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau region. The Shenyang Institute of Automation displayed some…

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Social Media Jobs WeChat, China’s popular multifunctional social media platform, created about 29.63 million job opportunities in 2019, a report showed. A total of 26.01 million jobs were directly created by the platform, up 16 percent year on year, according to the report jointly released by WeChat and the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology on May 14. The messaging platform incorporates various tools including WeChat Official Account, mini-programs and WeChat Pay, creating jobs related to technology development, product operation, digital content and management control. It also benefits job-seekers with flexible modes, multiple channels and a relatively low threshold for recruitment, offering a variety of job options. The report highlighted the contribution of mini-programs in job creation, with the daily active accounts of mini-programs exceeding 400 million last year, which directly created 5.36 million…

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INDIA A bus is disinfected in Bengaluru, Karnataka State, on May 19. According to guidelines for the new phase of coronavirus lockdown till May 31, inter-state movement of vehicles is allowed with the states’ consent ZIMBABWE A man reads a newspaper carrying illustrations of the new banknotes that will be introduced to curb the cash shortage, in Harare on May 16 BANGLADESH A safety worker alerts people of cyclone Amphan in the port city of Chittagong on May 20. Hundreds of thousands of people in coastal regions were evacuated SLOVENIA People wait at a bus stop in Ljubljana on May 15, the day when the government formally called an end to the stay-at-home order though the majority of emergency COVID-19 measures remain in place BURUNDI Poll staff prepare for the general election at a polling station in Gitega, the…

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people & points

PROMOTER OF DUNHUANG CULTURE AWARDED Fan Jinshi, Honorary President of Dunhuang Academy, received the Touching China 2019 award for her dedication and study of Dunhuang culture on May 17. The annual award, presented by China Central Television, honors Chinese people for their tenacity, bravery and wisdom. Fan, 81, first trekked to the Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes in Gansu Province, northwest China, in July 1963, shortly after graduating from college, and remained there for more than 50 years. She was the first to suggest the Digital Dunhuang concept and implemented the largest comprehensive protection program in the grottoes’ history, the Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes Protection and Utilization Project. Fan is an active promoter of Dunhuang culture, and has helped organize multiple successful Dunhuang art exhibitions both at home and abroad. Garbage Sorting People’s Daily May 20 Beijing launched its citywide…

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experience into action

Zhang Wei has fought two difficult battles in her career as a doctor. In 2003, she was selected to lead a team to combat the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in her hometown in Jiangxi Province in east China. Seventeen years later, she again served as the leader of a team of specialists fighting the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the province. President of the First Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University in Jiangxi, Zhang is also a deputy to the National People’s Congress (NPC). “The pandemic was more severe than the SARS one in 2003,” Zhang told Jiangxi Daily. “But our country is more experienced this time in dealing with these situations.” As the annual meetings of the NPC and the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the top…