Beijing Review

Beijing Review


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.

Beijing Review
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the chinese language on the global stage

Observed on April 20, is the UN Chinese Language Day. The exact date comes in tribute to Cangjie, the legendary figure credited with having invented Chinese characters. The theme of this year’s UN Chinese Language Day is “Highlighting Pictographs,” as pictographs are the origin of Chinese characters. In 2010, the UN Department of Global Communications instituted language days for each of the organization’s six official languages. The goal was two-fold: to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote the equal use of all six tongues. Language is the carrier of communication, the bridge of interaction between states and the bond of mutual learning among civilizations. At the same time, a language and its individual written forms make up the “soul” of a nation’s cultural heritage. Every language is worthy…

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Big Bone Disease China has seen no new child cases of Kashin-Beck disease, also known as “big bone disease,” for two consecutive years, according to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Kashin-Beck disease is a bone and joint disorder endemic to China that causes pain and can lead to disabilities. During the conference, Li Bin, deputy head of China’s National Health Commission, said that China still has 179,000 patients with symptoms of Kashin-Beck disease, and that between 2019 and 2020, patients suffering from the disease had received over 130,000 treatments through medication and 802 had under-gone surgeries. “All 379 infected regions across China have met the criteria necessary to qualify as having eliminated the disease,” Li said, adding that the cause of the disease is still unknown and that the commission…

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Coal Cuts The share of coal in China’s energy mix will drop to less than 56 percent this year, a guideline released by the National Energy Administration (NEA) on April 22 read. The proportion was 56.8 per-cent in 2020, and 57.7 percent in 2019. In 2021, China plans to further replace coal in final energy consumption with the electricity equivalent of 200 billion kWh, the document said. Meanwhile, its energy production is expected to reach the equivalent of 4.2 billion tons of standard coal this year, while the outputs of oil and natural gas are projected to stand at around 196 million tons and 202.5 billion cubic meters, respectively. The country will also strive to bring the installed capacity of non-fossil energy to 1.1 billion kW and cut energy consumption per 10,000 yuan ($1,540) of…

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people & points

ATHLETE WHO DOMINATES 109 KG Chinese record holder Yang Zhe lifted 200 kg in Snatch, resulting in new world and Asian records on the penultimate day featuring the 109 kg category for men at the 2020 Asian Weightlifting Championships held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, from April 17 to 25. This event is a Gold Level competition for the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo. Participating athletes are trying to gather valuable points to add to their final ranking for the games. Yang, 30, born in Liaoning Province, was fourth in the 105 kg category at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. He upgraded the best Olympic result of fifth place obtained by Chinese athletes since the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. In 2017, Yang won the men’s 105 kg category at the 13th National Games. This is…

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the language of spring

When did Chinese characters come into this world? Ancient Chinese mythology claims this took place on an April 20, or so, some 5,000 years ago. Legend has it that Cangjie, the Grand Historiographer of Huang Di (the Yellow Emperor), one of the most legendary Chinese sovereigns and cultural heroes, had been tortured by the inaccurate results of keeping track of historical records via the tying of knots. One day, having been inspired after taking closer note of animal tracks, Cangjie felt compelled to create written characters that would replace the error-prone process of knot-tying, signaling a new era of Chinese civilization. As the folklore continues, being touched by the power of this written language, the heavens rained down grain upon the fields, and ghosts were heard howling throughout the long night. And…