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Beijing Review Vol.63/No.26

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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Beijing Review
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2 мин.
a well-earned harvest

Due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, some countries banned grain exports this year while some faced invasion by locust swarms, reducing global grain supplies. This triggered concerns about whether China would face a grain shortage this year. However, the good news is that the summer harvest has been a bumper one and will increase the nation’s confidence in being able to guarantee its food security. With almost 90 percent of summer harvest completed by June 15, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MOA) announced that grain acreage is stable while the yield has improved. This year, summer grain acreage is about 27 million hectares, almost the same as in the previous year, but the per-hectare yield has increased by nearly 60 kilograms. One reason for this is the MOA directing various…

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society

Creating Jobs A workshop for producing toughened glass in Tianzhu, a county in Guizhou Province in southwest China. Over 30 enterprises have set up factories there, providing employment for impoverished people relocated from areas unsuitable for living. Legislative Session The Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislature, held its 19th session in Beijing from June 18 to 20. The legislators would deliberate draft laws, including the laws on administrative discipline for government employees, rural vitalization, and support for veterans, Yue Zhongming, spokesperson for the Legislative Affairs Commission of the NPC Standing Committee, said on June 16. According to Yue, improving legislation on public health has been part of the NPC Standing Committee’s 2020 work plan. It includes revising the Wildlife Protection Law, Frontier Health and Quarantine Law, Law on the…

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economy

Investment in Hainan Hainan Free Trade Port in south China has inked 35 key investment projects, including eight foreign-funded ones, as the province is attracting investors at home and abroad with its opening up. An on-site and online signing ceremony for the projects was held in Haikou, capital of Hainan, on June 13, with the total value surpassing 6.4 billion yuan ($903 million). They cover free trade port construction, industrial development and public services. French energy giant EDF, the Shenzhen Stock Exchange and China Eastern Airlines were among the participating enterprises. On June 1, China released a master plan for the Hainan Free Trade Port, aiming to build the whole of Hainan Island into a globally influential high-level free trade port by the middle of the century. Cloud Canton Fair The 127th China Import and Export…

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world

EUROPEAN UNION President of the European Council Charles Michel attends a high-level video conference on Brexit at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on June 15. British and EU leaders pledged to intensify talks on future relations as they ruled out transition period extension UNITED KINGDOM Children watch penguins through an underwater viewer at the Zoological Society of London on the first day of its reopening since lockdown restrictions were eased in London on June 15 AUSTRIA Passengers line up to check in at the Austrian Airlines counter at Vienna International Airport on June 15, after the airline partially resumed operation that day RUSSIA Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (right) and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif attend a news conference following a meeting in Moscow on June 16, where Lavrov criticized U.S. attempts to force Iran…

6 мин.
people & points

EX-CHINESE ENVOY’S NEW POST Cheng Yonghua, former Chinese ambassador to Japan, has been appointed executive vice president of the China-Japan Friendship Association, a historic organization established in 1963 at then Premier Zhou Enlai’s initiative. Cheng, 66, first went to Japan in 1973 as one of the first batch of Chinese students going overseas for higher education. Since then, he lived and worked in Japan for over 30 years. Joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1977, Cheng served in various posts at the Chinese Embassy in Japan, including secretary, director and counselor. In 2010, he was appointed Chinese ambassador to Japan. Cheng’s tenure is the longest among Chinese ambassadors to Japan since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1972. Before he left Japan in 2019, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a reception…

7 мин.
a safe rice bowl

For months before the summer harvest, Liu Tianhua, the head of a rural cooperative, was on tenterhooks. The cooperative in Henan Province in central China had sown wheat over 3,000 hectares, a work of mammoth labor that had been made even more arduous by a series of problems. First, the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in spring interrupted farming and then the wheat was infected by stripe rust, a fungal disease, followed by dry weather in May. However, after harvesting started at the end of May and was nearly completed within a week, Liu could finally heave a sigh of relief. It was a bumper harvest. Farmers nationwide shared the same exhilaration, as on June 15, when 90 percent of the summer grain had been harvested, there was official confirmation of the…