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Beijing Review Vol.63/No.40-41

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.
men and women with a mission

Sixteen people from six poverty-stricken families became the biggest test for Xie Wanju, First Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Zhadong Village Branch, in the second half of this year. Zhadong, a remote village in Hechi, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, south China, is surrounded by mountains. It lacked roads and arable land, which led to its underdevelopment. The 16 were the last group of people to be lifted out of poverty with improved housing, clean drinking water and electricity by the end of September. By the end of 2019, more than 200,000 CPC members had been appointed as first secretaries in all the registered poverty-stricken villages like Zhadong. Entrusted with targeted poverty alleviation and helping improve local governance in the villages where they are sent, these first secretaries are Party…

1 min.
500 days to go

Children display the mascots of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games and Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games during a cultural event before the Great Wall in Badaling in Beijing on September 20. The day marked the start of the 500-day countdown to the Games. “The 500-day countdown is a landmark. I hope today’s cultural activities will promote the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games to people all over China,” He Jianghai, Deputy Secretary General of the organizing committee of Beijing 2022, said.…

6 min.

Successful Launch A Long March-11 carrier rocket blasts off from a ship in the Yellow Sea on September 15, sending nine satellites into planned orbit. It is China’s first sea-launched rocket. The Long March-11 is the only one among China’s Long March rocket series that uses solid propellants, mainly used to carry small satellites. Self-Driving Pilot Beijing plans to build a cloud-based pilot area for self-driving vehicles before the end of this year, according to government sources on September 19. The 60-square-km pilot zone, located in the Beijing Economic-Technological Development Area, also known as E-Town, will feature integrated smart roads, intelligent vehicles, real-time cloud, reliable network and precise maps, Kong Lei, an official with the administration of E-Town, said. The area will be used for L4 and higher-level autonomous vehicles, as well as for the trial…

6 min.

FTZ Plans The State Council has issued master plans for three new pilot free trade zones (FTZs) in Beijing and Hunan and Anhui provinces amid efforts to elevate the country’s opening up to a higher level. The plans outline the priorities for these zones and pledge to give them greater autonomy to carry out reforms and expand opening up. The Beijing FTZ will focus on supporting the construction of an innovation center with global influence. It will also become a high-level opening-up platform for the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region. The plan also details measures for creating an internationally leading environment for innovation and entrepreneurship, advancing innovation in services trade management, and exploring the construction of an international port for the information technology industry and digital trade in the Beijing zone. The FTZ in…

1 min.

UNITED NATIONS Volkan Bozkir, President of the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly, speaks at the UN headquarters in New York City on September 22. The general debate of the session opened that day with the theme The Future We Want, the UN We Need: Reaffirming Our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism—Confronting COVID-19 Through Effective Multilateral Action INDONESIA People gather in Pasawahan, a village in West Java, after flash floods on September 22. Three people were missing ZAMBIA A teacher speaks to students outside the classroom at the Mejocama Primary and Secondary School in Lusaka on September 21. All schools reopened after the closure since March due to COVID-19 AUSTRALIA Rescuers save a beached whale off the western coast of Tasmania on September 22. The area has seen 270 pilot whales stranded in recent times and about…

6 min.
people & points

XIE ZHENYE WINS MEN’S 200 M Sprinter Xie Zhenye clocked a 20.72-second win in the men’s 200-meter race at the 2020 Chinese National Athletics Championships on September 17, adding to his 100-meter title. The 27-year-old is the Asian record holder in the men’s 200-meter race after he broke Nigerian-born Olympian Femi Ogunode’s record at the London stop of last year’s Diamond League with a timing of 19.88 seconds. He also became the first Chinese to finish the run under 20 seconds. Despite heavy rain on September 17, Xie dominated the race from the start. It was his second gold at the championships after winning the 100-meter race with a timing of 10.31 seconds on the opening day of the event. Children’s Meals People’s Daily September 18 The saying “when the youth are strong, the country is…