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Beijing Review Vol.63/No.37

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.
a development milestone

Tibet Autonomous Region marked its 55th anniversary on September 1. Now, with the rest of the nation it has another milestone to reach by the end of the year: completing building a moderately prosperous society in all respects. Since Tibet, due to its high altitude, has harsh living and production conditions, it is one of the key target areas for the government to improve the local economy. The goal is to ensure that Tibet’s economic and social development keeps pace with the rest of the country’s. Since 1980, the Central Government has convened the Central Symposium on Tibet Work seven times to formulate policies for the development of the region in line with the prevailing conditions. Subsequently, Tibet has achieved remarkable progress in its economic development, reflected in its modern highways, railways…

5 min.

Happy Celebrations Equestrian performances are staged in Subei Mongolian Autonomous County in Gansu Province, northwest China, on August 29, to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the county. Core Area On August 30, a detailed plan for developing the capital’s core area by 2035 was unveiled by the Beijing Municipal Commission of Planning and Natural Resources, together with the government of Dongcheng and Xicheng districts. The goal is to develop the core area of about 92.5 square km into one with a sound administrative environment, strong cultural appeal and ideal living conditions. It offers stronger protection to the cultural and historical heritage in China’s political center. By 2035, the permanent population in the core area would be about 1.7 million. Job Fairs Beijing resumed on-site job fairs on September 1, following months of suspension due…

6 min.

Complaint System The Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) on August 31 issued the rules on handling complaints from foreign-invested enterprises, which will come into force on October 1 this year, to improve the foreign investment complaint system. The rules consist of five chapters and 33 articles, further refining the relevant requirements of the foreign investment law and its implementing regulations. The interim rules of the MOFCOM on complaints of foreign-invested enterprises, which was published on September 1, 2006, shall be repealed simultaneously. The new rules broaden the scope of complaints, making it clear that foreign-invested enterprises and foreign investors may apply to the complaint agencies for solutions to their legitimate rights and interests being infringed upon by administrative acts, or report problems to the complaint agencies in the investment environment, and suggest improvements in relevant…

1 min.

UZBEKISTAN Candidates sit for the university entrance examination at an outdoor site in Tashkent on September 2 GERMANY Meng Xiang and Meng Yuan, the first-ever twin giant pandas born in Germany, celebrate their first birthday in Berlin Zoo on August 31 CHILE Damaged houses in Atacama region after a 7-magnitude earthquake hit the northern part of the country on September 1 UKRAINE Students of a school in Kiev Oblast perform at the opening ceremony of the new school year on September 1. Over 4.2 million resumed their studies, except for those from cities in coronavirus quarantine zones JAPAN At a press conference in Tokyo on September 2, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announces his candidacy in the Liberal Democratic Party’s leadership race after the abrupt resignation of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe IRAQ Iraqi President Barham Salih (right) and French President Emmanuel…

6 min.
people & points

BEIDOU CHIEF DESIGNER GIVES FIRST CLASS Xie Jun, Chief Designer of BeiDou’s third-generation satellite, spoke about the role of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) in epidemic prevention and control and in people’s daily lives in the 2020’s First Class, a program to celebrate the start of the academic year held by the Ministry of Education and China Central Television on September 1. The 68-year-old Xie has been engaged in the aerospace industry since he graduated from the National University of Defense Technology in 1982. His connection with BeiDou began in 2003 when he was appointed the second-generation satellite’s chief designer. The last BDS satellite was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province in southwest China on June 23, marking the completion of BDS after the last satellite reached its…

7 min.
a historic leap

When Polish-born Chinese journalist Israel Epstein went to Lhasa for the founding of Tibet Autonomous Region in 1965, there were only a few special flights to the Roof of the World, mostly by veteran military pilots. And it was a no-fly zone for helicopters due to the bad weather and complicated terrain. But 55 years later, Tibet has 120 regular domestic and international air routes and dozens of ethnic Tibetan civil helicopter pilots. In 2018, 23-year-old Gyatso became the first ethnic Tibetan civil helicopter pilot in China thanks to a free training program offered to youngsters from impoverished families. A dream come true One of four children born into a farmer’s family in Lhasa, Gyatso had never thought he could ever become a pilot. The opportunity came in 2016, when it was decided…