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Beijing Review Vol.63/No.35

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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2 min.
unlikely to decouple

Whether by restricting business or people-to-people exchanges, it would appear as though the Trump administration is deliberately directing China-U.S. relations down a path towards decoupling. However, a decoupling of the United States and China is not only completely improbable, but would also offer no benefit to either party, nor benefit the rest of the international community. Since the formal establishment of diplomatic ties on January 1, 1979, China and the United States have built a close relationship. Such a deep bond is irreversible, regardless of how it is viewed by the Trump administration. Take the China-U. S. exchanges during the epidemic period this year as an example. Although the flow of people between the two countries has been interrupted, the flow of goods is increasing. According to a recent survey by…

5 min.

Colorful Harvest Villagers dry crops such as pepper and corn in Jinping, a county in Guizhou Province in southwest China, on August 15. Flu Vaccination A leading Chinese expert has urged the public to get a flu shot before October, warning of the possibility that the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) may collide with the upcoming seasonal flu. Wang Chen, Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and President of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, made the remarks at the annual meeting of the China Association for Science and Technology. If a patient is infected by both the flu and COVID-19, it will complicate diagnosis, increase the difficulty and cost of isolation, and require more resources, Wang said, adding that the mortality rate may also rise notably. He added that timely and large-scale flu vaccination…

6 min.

E-Tourism Trip.com Group, China’s largest online travel agency, inked a strategic cooperation agreement on August 16 with JD.com, China’s e-commerce giant, to expand cooperation in tourism and e-commerce. According to the agreement, the two giants projected five visions of cooperation consisting of reaching a wider range of users, sharing channels and resources, covering online and offline transaction scenarios, cross-industry marketing and expanding cooperation on the business travel market. Trip.com Group promised to offer real-time tourism product inventory with competitive prices to JD.com. The tourism products are expected to be launched on JD.com within eight months. Trip.com Group Chief Marketing Officer Sun Bo said that through the strategic cooperation, the company will not only bring JD.com highly competitive tourism products and services but also, with JD.com’s support, further extend the tourism-related business, providing more diversified…

1 min.

THE NETHERLANDS A ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II is held in The Hague on August 15 NEW ZEALAND Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces at a press conference in Wellington on August 17 that the general election will be held on October 17, four weeks after the original schedule UNITED STATES Fire engines spray water onto a burning plastic plant in Grand Prairie, Texas, on August 19. A power line fell onto a storage area containing plastic sheeting and triggered the fire RWANDA Epidemic control workers disinfect a market in Kigali on August 17. Two major markets in the capital city were closed for a week due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in Nyarugenge District CHILE President Sebastian Pinera launches a public bidding for building the national 5G network at a ceremony…

5 min.
people & points

ACYF’S NEW INTERNET STAR MEMBERS Huang Wei, a famous live-streamer known as Viya on the Internet, has been selected a member of the All-China Youth Federation (ACYF). Huang, 35, has 13 million followers on Douyin, as video social networking app TikTok is branded in China, and promotes every thing from food and makeup to million-dollar space rockets to viewers on Taobao, Alibaba’s e-commerce platform in China. She has also influenced and led increasing numbers of young people to participate in charitable projects, broadcasting more than 50 live-streaming programs related to poverty alleviation and generating more than 460 million yuan (about $65 million) in trading volume since 2019. Founded in 1949, ACYF organizes programs in education, vocational training, rural development, environmental protection, international exchange, civil society and youth culture. It has selected some of China’s most…

4 min.
the decoupling myth

WeChat or iPhone? It might become an either-or choice for consumers. On August 6, U.S. President Donald Trump issued executive orders that would ban TikTok and WeChat from operating in the U.S. in 45 days if they are not sold by their Chinese parent companies. A likely scenario is that WeChat and TikTok will be removed from Apple’s App Store, which will directly impact Apple’s Chinese market as WeChat is the most prevalent messaging and mobile payment app in China. WeChat, a popular social media platform, has 1.2 billion monthly active users worldwide, according to its parent company Tencent. TikTok, the globally popular short video platform, is owned by Internet technology firm ByteDance. Trump issued another executive order on August 14 directing ByteDance to divest interest in TikTok’s U.S. operations within the…