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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.

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2 min
sailing into new waters

July 11 marks the 17th Maritime Day of China. On this very day some 600 years ago, Zheng He, a great navigator from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), kicked off his first voyage into the vast open waters. In total, Zheng undertook seven expeditions on behalf of the Chinese emperor sailing across the South China Sea, Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea, Red Sea, and along the east coast of Africa, leaving behind a wide range of cultural, religious and economic heritage. China has been a maritime power, active and strong in oceanic freight shipping and shipbuilding. At a time of globalization, 95 percent of China’s foreign trade in goods is transported by sea, while its shipping fleets keep growing. By the end of 2020, China’s shipping transport capacity had hit 310 million tons…

5 min

Xinjiang White Paper The State Council Information Office issued a white paper on the progress in protecting the rights of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on July 14. The white paper, titled Respecting and Protecting the Rights of All Ethnic Groups in Xinjiang, said the Communist Party of China and the Chinese Government have upheld a people-centered approach to human rights protection and Xinjiang has made steady progress in this regard over the past 70-plus years. “China has given priority to securing and improving people’s wellbeing, advanced various undertakings in Xinjiang, and shared the fruits of reform and development with people of all ethnic groups, so as to guarantee their equal rights to participation and development,” the document said. It noted that the Chinese Government makes full use of its institutional…

5 min

GDP Expansion The Chinese economy expanded 12.7 percent year on year in the first half of 2021 as recovery continued, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed on July 15. In the second quarter, the GDP grew 7.9 percent year on year, the data showed. On a quarterly basis, it increased 1.3 percent. Other major economic indicators showed continued improvements across the board, with industrial output rising 15.9 percent and retail sales up 23 percent in the first half. The surveyed urban unemployment rate stood at 5 percent in June, 0.7 percentage point lower than the same period last year. In the six-month period, the per-capita disposable income increased 12.6 percent year on year in nominal terms to 17,642 yuan ($2,731), basically keeping pace with the GDP increase. In the first quarter, the GDP…

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5 min
people & points

SHOOTING WORLD CHAMPION ON FOURTH OLYMPIC TRIP Pang Wei, nailing the gold medal of the men’s 10-meter air pistol at the Olympic Summer Games Beijing 2008, has become one of the most experienced athletes in the Chinese delegation to the upcoming Olympic Summer Games Tokyo 2021. The 34-year-old started his shooting career in 2000 and debuted at the Olympic arena after eight years. Pang, suffering lumbar and cervical pain from time to time, is eager to bag medals from his fourth Olympics. “My goal is certainly a good result, and hopefully we will hear the Chinese national anthem at the award ceremony,” he told Xinhua News Agency in April. Unveiled on July 14 in Beijing, the Chinese delegation, the country’s largest representation in an overseas Olympic Games, has a total of 777 members. Biodiversity Efforts Guancha.gmw.cn July…

7 min
riding the waves

With ships fully adorned with brightly colored signal flags, Shanghai Port was in festive atmosphere on July 11. At 9 a.m. sharp, all Chinese vessels whistled in unison for one minute, to usher in the Maritime Day. At the same time, 17 sailboats cruised along the Huangpu River in Shanghai, also part of the activities to mark the special day, the 17th in the country. The event was established in 2005 in commemoration of the 600th anniversary of renowned ancient Chinese navigator Zheng He’s voyages to Southeast Asia and East Africa in the 15th century, which charted the routes of the ancient maritime silk road. This year, various activities took place across the country, including a maritime forum held in Zheng’s hometown Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province. At the virtual opening ceremony, Zhao…