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Beijing Review Vol.63/No.34

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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the road to modernization

Urbanization is an important approach to address the imbalance in regional economic development. It can accelerate industrial restructuring, realize modernization and promote social progress. The 11th Five-Year Plan (2006-10) envisioned forming city clusters to drive urbanization. Subsequently, the National New-Type Urbanization Plan (2014-20) was announced to advance the process in March 2014. On July 30, the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China proposed promoting institutional innovation in the integrated development of city clusters and metropolitan areas by making new-type urbanization the driver of investment and domestic demand. This is also the key guiding principle of the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25). China’s urbanization started in 1978 as reform and opening up spontaneously promoted urbanization. In 1998, the welfare-oriented housing distribution system was eliminated and the reform of…

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Green Development An aerial photo of Huifeng Lake in Tangshan, a city in Hebei Province in north China, on August 9. Decision on HKSAR LegCo Lawmakers voted on August 11 to adopt a decision for the Sixth Legislative Council (LegCo) of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to continue performing its duties. The decision was passed at the 21st Session of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature. After September 30, the Sixth LegCo will continue for no less than a year until the term of the Seventh LegCo starts. The term of the Seventh LegCo will still be four years when it is formed in accordance with the law, according to the decision. Lawmakers agreed that as the local legislature of HKSAR and an important component of HKSAR’s political structure,…

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Facilitating Jobs The government is taking multiple measures to help migrant workers find jobs as regular novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) prevention and control is coordinated with efforts for economic and social development. According to a recent guideline issued by 15 government departments, including the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the channels through which migrant workers can seek employment will be broadened, a move that is related to “winning the battle against poverty.” More policy support will be given to industries such as accommodation and catering, which are labor-intensive and major employers of migrant workers. Flexible employment will be promoted in new occupations such as live-streaming and delivering online orders. Aside from seeking jobs in cities, rural migrant workers are also encouraged to make the…

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AUSTRIA Giant panda Yang Yang, on loan to Austria by China since 2003, celebrates her 20th birthday at Schonbrunn Zoo in Vienna on August 9 RUSSIA A researcher at work in a laboratory in Moscow on August 6. President Vladimir Putin said on August 11 that Russia had registered the first vaccine for the novel coronavirus disease LEBANON Prime Minister Hassan Diab announces his resignation in a televised address in Beirut on August 10. His cabinet stepped down following public outrage over deadly explosions in a warehouse on August 4 that killed over 200 people EGYPT A polling station in Cairo on August 11. Amid tight security, Egyptians went to vote for a new senate, the upper chamber of parliament SRI LANKA Mahinda Rajapaksa signs a document in Colombo on August 11 to officially assume his duties as prime…

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people & points

TOP EPIDEMIOLOGIST WINS MEDAL OF THE REPUBLIC Zhong Nanshan, 84, a prominent infectious disease expert, has been awarded the Medal of the Republic. President Xi Jinping signed a presidential order on August 11, awarding four people for their outstanding contribution to fighting the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The Medal of the Republic was first awarded last year, the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. Zhong is a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and director of the National Clinical Research Center for Respiratory Disease in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, South China. He has made distinguished contributions in areas including prevention and control of the epidemic, treatment of severely ill patients and related research. The other three who received the honorary title People’s Hero are Zhang Boli, also a member of the Chinese Academy…

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might of megalopolises

Cities get their characters from the characteristics of the people who live in them and cities that share the same neighborhood also have their residents sharing blood ties. The similarities they share create the possibility of coordinated development, which is the new trend in China’s urbanization. In 2010, the State Council chose three major urban clusters to spearhead smart urbanization. The vision was to create megalopolises consisting of several cities with the most developed one in each leading the development of the cluster. The way was by promoting transport and communication links that would result in better trade, economy and living standards. Now, there are 19 city clusters in China: three super city clusters, eight medium-sized ones and another eight smaller ones. The super three are the Pearl River Delta, Yangtze River…