Senior leader calls for Chinese publications to have greater int’l influence

Senior leader calls for Chinese publications to have greater int’l influence

Senior Chinese official Liu Yunshan Thursday asked publishers to have confidence in Chinese culture and promote the country to become a strong power in publication industry. Liu, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made the remarks while visiting the 24th Beijing International Book Fair. Publishers should pay more attention to content and improve their abilities in international communication to maintain the prosperous…

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Macao’s CPI rises 1.03 pct in July

Macao’s CPI rises 1.03 pct in July

The composite consumer prices index (CPI) in the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) increased 1.03 percent in July year-on-year to 109.46, slightly lower than a 1.06-percent growth in June, the SAR’s statistics department said on Monday. Macao’s Statistics and Census Service data indicated the increment was attributable to higher charges for eating out and outpatient services, as well as rising tuition fees and higher prices of footwear. Price indices of education and health grew 7.53…

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China launches Tibetan-language literature database

China launches Tibetan-language literature database

China Monday launched a Tibetan-language literature database to facilitate the protection and development of Tibetan culture and provide resources for future study. Run by China Tibetology Research Center, the database was established under the approval of the United Front Work Department of Communist Party of China Central Committee. China has approximately two million ancient books and historical documents in the Tibetan language. China Tibetology Research Center began cataloging these books and documents in 2015, which…

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Beijing to offer comprehensive support for construction of Xiongan New Area

Beijing to offer comprehensive support for construction of Xiongan New Area

Beijing Monday unveiled cooperation agreements with Hebei Province on the construction of Xiongan New Area, a new development area southwest of the capital, according to a press conference by Beijing Municipal Commission of Development and Reform. The agreements were signed after a group of the city’s leaders and heads from Beijing’s different districts, departments and state-owned enterprises paid a visit to the new area on Thursday. The agreements focus on eight areas namely working mechanisms,…

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China to promote financing guarantee for small firms, rural sector

China to promote financing guarantee for small firms, rural sector

China will boost financing guarantee services for small and micro businesses and the rural sector, according to rules released by the cabinet Monday. Financing guarantee companies should offer more services for small and micro businesses and the rural sector at relatively low rates, according to the rules published under a State Council decree signed by Premier Li Keqiang. Local governments should increase fiscal support for such companies while information technology such as big data should…

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China Focus: New high-speed trains run on north China lines

China Focus: New high-speed trains run on north China lines

China’s new-generation high-speed bullet train, the “Fuxing,” was put into operation Monday on two railway lines connecting the major cities in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area. The high-speed service marks a key step in integrated transportation services within the region as the Chinese government seeks coordinated economic development between the three areas. The Fuxing high-speed trains will make 39 one-way trips between Beijing and Tianjin and 6 one-way trips between Beijing and Xingtai, Hebei each day. The…

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Chinese university opens dorms to tourists

Chinese university opens dorms to tourists

Tourists to southwest China’s Chengdu this summer have a new accommodation choice: dorms offered by a local university at very low prices. Southwest Minzu University in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province, opened its 41 vacant dorms with 164 beds to the public in mid-July.The dorms have hosted more than 700 guests so far. Each 20-square-meter dorm has a bathroom, an air conditioner, toiletries and a tea table. The dorms were decorated according to distinctive designs…

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Round table held between China, Arab countries on anti-extremism

Round table held between China, Arab countries on anti-extremism

Government officials, scholars and religious leaders agreed upon development and cooperation as a means to eliminate extremism and terrorism at a meeting in southwest China’s Chengdu Wednesday. Over 70 attendees from China, 16 Arab countries and the Arab League discussed Belt and Road building and anti-extremism during a two-day round table that ended Wednesday. A very important cause of extremism is developmental failure, according to Deng Li, director-general of the Department of West Asian and…

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Top legislator emphasizes law enforcement in solid waste control

Top legislator emphasizes law enforcement in solid waste control

There should be improved law enforcement on the prevention and control of solid waste pollution, top legislator Zhang Dejiang said during an inspection tour of Hunan Province from Monday to Wednesday. Zhang, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, headed a team that visited the provincial capital Changsha and the cities of Yiyang and Chenzhou to inspect solid waste management. During his visit to garbage disposal centers and agricultural and animal husbandry…

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Hong Kong to check imported poultry eggs from all EU countries

Hong Kong to check imported poultry eggs from all EU countries

Food safety authority of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) decided on Monday to further enhance checks on eggs at import level and expand the measure to poultry eggs from all countries of the European Union (EU). Since two egg samples imported from the Netherlands were found to contain excessive fipronil, a pesticide, earlier this month, the Center for Food Safety (CFS) of the HKSAR’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has stepped up holding…

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China tells ROK to stop THAAD deployment

China tells ROK to stop THAAD deployment

China on Monday told the Republic of Korea (ROK) to stop the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. The new ROK defense minister has said the deployment process would be accelerated to tackle tensions on the Korean Peninsula. “THAAD deployment will not help to ease the ROK’s security concerns, and will do even less to resolve the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at…

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Xi congratulates Kenyatta on re-election as Kenyan president

Xi congratulates Kenyatta on re-election as Kenyan president

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday sent a congratulatory message to Uhuru Kenyatta on his re-election as Kenyan president. In his message, Xi said that he highly values the development of China-Kenya relationship, and hopes to work with President Kenyatta to further advance their comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership, so as to better benefit the two countries and their peoples. Kenyatta was declared winner of the country’s presidential election on Friday night after garnering 54.27 percent…

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China’s Discovery ROV collects samples in western Pacific Ocean

China’s Discovery ROV collects samples in western Pacific Ocean

China’s remote operated vehicle (ROV) Discovery collected some samples from the Caroline Seamount in the western Pacific Ocean Monday, including a rare yellow sponge 80 centimeters high. “A sponge as large as this one is rarely seen. Normal sponge is white, but this one is yellow and it is interesting to find out the reasons,” said Xu Kuidong, chief scientist aboard the Kexue research vessel. “Kexue” means science in Chinese. A large delicate Venus’ flower…

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Pakistani president meets Chinese vice premier on deepening Pakistan-China friendship

Pakistani president meets Chinese vice premier on deepening Pakistan-China friendship

Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain met with visiting Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang here on Monday on consolidating friendly ties between the two countries. Hussain extended gratitude to China for sending a delegation to attend the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the independence of Pakistan. Pakistan and China are “iron friends,” he said, noting that Pakistan’s friendship with China forms the foundation of Pakistan’s foreign policy. He said Pakistan will continue to firmly support China…

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Hong Kong population rises 0.7 pct: statistics

Hong Kong population rises 0.7 pct: statistics

Hong Kong’s population reached 7,389,500 in mid-2017, up 0.7 percent compared to a year ago, Hong Kong’s Census and Statistics Department said here on Thursday. There were 59,600 births and 45,300 deaths, resulting in a natural population increase of 14,300, according to the department. There was also an inflow of 55,700 one-way permit holders and a net outflow of 17,100 other Hong Kong residents, resulting in a net movement of 38,600 people, the department said….

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