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Beijing Review Vol.63/No.39

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.
moving mountains

A remote location, away from highways and transport; scarcity of natural resources, which hampers the development of pillar local industries; and lack of education are the major causes of poverty in most of the underdeveloped areas in China. Next comes the demographic structure. When the population of a place consists of a large number of the old, differently abled and those suffering from diseases, it is difficult to bring them out of poverty by implementing the measures taken for other demographies on the assumption that one size fits all. This is where the concept of targeted poverty alleviation comes in. The government has been formulating different policies for places with different characteristics, and these can be microscopic when needed, such as targeting single villages or even individuals. Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture in…

6 min.

Lake of Tranquility An aerial view of Nahai Lake in Luqu, a county in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Gansu Province, northwest China, on September 15. Thanks to a ban on herding and other efforts to restore the environment, as well as increased precipitation in the province in recent years, the lake has expanded and its ecology improved. Enhanced Image The main findings of the 2019 China National Image Global Survey were released by the Academy of Contemporary China and World Studies, a research institution affiliated to China International Publishing Group, in Beijing on September 15. The survey showed China’s overall image improved in 2019, with overseas youth, aged 18-35, having the best impression of the country. China scored 6.3 on a 10-point scale, 0.1 point higher than in the previous survey. It also showed…

6 min.

Steady Rebound The recovery of the Chinese economy continued to gather steam with major economic indicators improving in August, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on September 15. Retail sales of consumer goods returned to growth for the first time this year, rising 0.5 percent year on year in the month. The measurement of consumption fell 1.1 percent in July. Industrial output increased 5.6 percent year on year, accelerating from the 4.8-percent rise in July. In the first eight months, industrial output expanded 0.4 percent from one year earlier, compared with a decline of 0.4 percent in the January-July period. Fixed assets investment edged down 0.3 percent year on year in the first eight months, further narrowing from a fall of 1.6 percent posted in the January-July period. Private fixed assets…

1 min.

UNITED NATIONS The first plenary meeting of the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly opens for the UN headquarters in New York City on September 15 UNITED STATES People run past the Empty Sky memorial at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey, on September 11, commemorating the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001 amid the novel coronavirus pandemic UNITED KINGDOM International Trade Secretary Liz Truss (right) holds a video conference with Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi in London on September 11, securing the UK’s first major trade deal after Brexit GERMANY Visitors take a selfie in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, illuminated during the 2020 Festival of Lights on September 11 MEXICO President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador waves the Mexican flag on the central balcony of the National Palace in Mexico City during Independence…

6 min.
people & points

NEW ASTEROID NAMED AFTER CHINESE SCIENTIST A newly discovered asteroid has been named after renowned Chinese scientist Wu Weiren, chief designer of China’s lunar exploration program. On September 8 a ceremony was held in Beijing to officially announce Asteroid Wuweiren, approved by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) earlier in April. Wu, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and a major pioneer of Chinese deep space exploration, is the winner of the World Space Award, the highest award of the International Astronautical Federation, in 2020. Wu was appointed as the chief designer of China’s lunar exploration program in 2008. Under his guidance, China launched three lunar probes, the last one being Chang’e-4, which made the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon. The asteroid, coded 281880, was discovered by the Near-Earth…

8 min.
riding the relocation express

A Sunday in early fall is a good time for those living in the Mu’endi community to enjoy their new life after their busy relocation here recently. At the Central Square, the community elders can be seen chatting and laughing in the warm sun. Young women sit on the lush green lawns, keeping an eye on their toddlers while embellishing their homemade clothes with the unique embroidery of their community. The only store in the community bustles with boisterous children scrambling to buy lollipops. Mu’endi is a newly built relocation community in Zhaojue, a county in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province in southwest China. Over 6,000 people who once lived in extreme poverty in deep mountains have been rebilleted here. The relocation is part of the targeted poverty alleviation initiative…