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Beijing Review Vol.63/No.25

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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a clear commitment

In China, promoting ecological progress and building a beautiful country is considered a long-term and vital task for people’s wellbeing and the country’s future. The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in 2017 emphasized enhancing ecological advancement through reforms and continuing the Beautiful China Initiative (BCI), the vision for China’s sustainable development as well as meeting the goals of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Faced with increasing resource constraints, pollution and a deteriorating ecosystem, the government has given priority to protecting nature, enhancing people’s ecological awareness and making ecological progress an integral part of economic, political, cultural and social progress. The Central Government has established an evaluation system for the performance of local governments in carrying out the BCI, using 27 indicators. They include garbage disposal, energy…

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Sweet Result A farmer picks grapes in Tangshan, a city in Hebei Province in north China, on June 9. Air Traffic Up The air passenger number hit 1.03 million on June 5, rebounding to 61.5 percent of the level seen in the same period last year, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China. The number of flights had jumped to 11,333 on the same day, reaching a new high since February. The recovery pace of air traffic has accelerated significantly since May. From June 1 to 5, average daily passenger numbers rose to 935,200, recovering to 57.4 percent of the level of the same period last year. Flood Damage Rain-triggered floods in south China had affected some 2.63 million people in 11 provincial-level regions as of 2 p.m. on June 9, the Ministry of Emergency Management…

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FTP Benefits Market entities will enjoy a number of benefits in investment, tax and market access when doing business in the Hainan Free Trade Port (FTP), Shen Xiaoming, Governor of Hainan Province, south China, said on June 8. License application and government approval will not be required for industries that are not prohibited by law or mandatory standards, Shen told a press conference in Beijing. Foreign investment will be subject to a management system combining pre-establishment national treatment and a negative list designated for the FTP, further reducing restrictions and prohibitions on the basis of free trade zones, Shen said. Domestic firms registered in the FTP will be encouraged to raise funds by issuing shares abroad. The FTP will also offer tax benefits for firms operating in sectors such as tourism, modern services and…

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GREECE Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias (right) and his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio sign an agreement on the delimitation of maritime zones between the two countries in Athens on June 9 FRANCE Workers remove the scaffolding at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on June 9. It was erected to repair the monument left badly damaged by a fire last year UNITED KINGDOM Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the virtual Global Vaccine Summit from 10 Downing Street, London, on June 4. World leaders pledged $8.8 billion to provide equal access to vaccines for all GERMANY European Central Bank (ECB) President Christine Lagarde speaks during a press conference live-streamed from the ECB headquarters in Frankfurt on June 4. The ECB said its pandemic emergency purchase program would expand to 1.35 trillion euros ($1.51 trillion) YEMEN A boy displays…

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people & points

INJURED EYE DOCTOR RETURNS TO WORK Tao Yong, Director of the ophthalmology department of Beijing Chaoyang Hospital who suffered hand and head injuries in January, made a live-streaming of eye-care knowledge on June 6, National Eye Caring Day. On January 20, he was attacked by a knife-wielding former patient, who broke his left hand and caused severe skull trauma. The attacker was arrested and a police investigation is ongoing. The 40-year-old Tao, who’s been back to work since a month ago, is treating outpatients once again. He started work in the hospital in 2007 and has performed more than 15,000 eye operations. However, he may never be able to perform precision eye surgery again. The intrepid eye doctor is now planning for academic research and popularization of medical knowledge apart from his regular outpatient…

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green becomes greener

During an inspection tour of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in northwest China, President Xi Jinping visited Wuzhong, where the Yellow River flows through the city’s center, on June 8. “[Xi’s] visiting the same river four times in one year indicates the importance of the ecological protection of the Yellow River for our country,” a commentary by Xinhua News Agency said. Since 2012, the Central Government has put more emphasis on protecting the environment, which has been damaged by rapid economic development. The revised Environmental Protection Law that took effect in early 2015 provides stricter rules for environmental protection supervision and harsher punishment for any deeds that harm the ecological environment. Huang Runqiu, Minister of Ecology and Environment, announced during the Third Session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) in May that seven…