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Beijing Review Vol.63/No.38

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 fresh start

The start of the fall semester as scheduled in late August and September, with schools across China reopening and students resuming normal study in classrooms on campus, is the latest sign of the success in containing the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country. September 7 marked 23 consecutive days of zero locally transmitted cases in China. Work and production resumption progressed steadily, paving the way for resuming normal campus education in autumn. However, since the pandemic is still spreading in many parts of the world, it has created severe pressure to prevent infected arrivals from abroad. Also, medical experts have warned that the risk of a resurgence remains high in fall and winter, which is also the flu season. So the education sector faces the pressing task of ensuring safety in…

5 min.

Market Reopens The entrance of Xinfadi Market, Beijing’s largest agricultural produce wholesale market, on September 7. The north area of the market reopened on September 6, marking full resumption of business after it was temporarily shut down due to the novel coronavirus disease in June. Cleaner Air The reduction in the concentration of PM2.5, a fine particulate matter, in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area in north China is among the most substantial air quality improvements ever achieved in the world in the past five to six years, according to a report by the World Bank. The World Bank team on Pollution Management and Environmental Health released the report at the 2020 Beijing International Forum for Metropolitan Clean Air and Climate Actions on September 8. Jostein Nygard, a senior environmental specialist of the World Bank, said the management…

6 min.

EV Market According to a market assessment published by the German Center for Automotive Research (CAR) on September 7, China is on its way to become the biggest market for electric vehicles (EVs) again by the end of the year. In total, almost 400,000 fully electric cars and plug-in hybrids were sold in Europe in the first half of the year. In China, only 7,200 fewer electrified vehicles were sold in the same period, according to CAR. In terms of sales of all-electric vehicles in the first half of the year, China was already a market leader while more plug-in hybrid cars were sold in Europe, it said. China made a great leap in all-electric vehicles with Tesla. CAR data shows that the Tesla Shanghai gigafactory contributed the sales of almost 50,000 fully electric…

1 min.

REPUBLIC OF KOREA Photo taken on September 7 shows the waves caused by typhoon Haishen in Busan. The typhoon made its landfall on the southeastern coast that day INDIA A metro train in New Delhi on September 7. Metro rail services resumed that day after a suspension of over five months BRAZIL A guard of honor on duty during celebrations of Independence Day in Brasilia on September 7 GERMANY The Caravan Salon, a trade fair for caravans and motorhomes, kicks off in Düsseldorf on September 4 ISRAEL A student walks through a disinfection tunnel that sprays sanitation liquid at Bar-Ilan University in the central city of Ramat Gan on September 8 SRI LANKA Fireboats extinguish an oil tanker blaze off the eastern coast on September 8…

6 min.
people & points

PEOPLE’S HERO TITLES AWARDED Zhang Dingyu, a 56-year-old doctor, became one of the three recipients of the national honorary title, the People’s Hero, on September 8 for his outstanding contributions to the fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). At a ceremony for medical professionals at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, President Xi Jinping awarded four medical workers including Zhang for their outstanding achievement during the fight against COVID-19. Zhang heads the Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital, one of the major battlefields during the epidemic. He and his colleagues have treated and saved more than 2,800 COVID-19 patients, many of whom were critically ill. “I never thought about being a hero. Everyone has made sacrifices and contributions. I’m just one of them,” he said. However, his contribution stands out. Zhang has amyotrophic lateral…

7 min.
learning life’s lessons

For years Peng Weixu, a sixth grader at the Gezhi Middle School in port city Dalian in northeast China, had worshipped Superman and Ultraman, the fictional superheroes who have spawned a spate of films and TV series. But now he has new heroes. When the school reopened on September 1, Peng had an unusual first class. It was an interaction with Zhang Kuijun, a traditional Chinese medicine doctor from the Dalian Municipal Central Hospital, who had been to Wuhan, the city in Hubei Province, central China where the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic was first reported, to help with the medical treatment. Zhang shared his experience of working in a temporary hospital in Wuhan for nearly two months, which awed Peng. The boy told Xinhua News Agency that after…