December 08,2015   By:
The 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-15) period has seen great improvements being made in the income distribution system. In February 2013, the authorities decided to further improve the income distribution system, increase urban and rural residents' incomes, narrow the income gap and manage income distribution according to the Guideline on Deepening Reform of Income Distribution System, which spelt out the overall demand and target of the income distribution system reform during the 12th Five-Year Plan period.
A more relaxed population policy is unlikely to boost the nation's birthrate, while other policies, such as encouraging women and seniors to work, are critical to curb the problems of an aging society, according to the International Monetary Fund.
China unveiled a rural reform plan on Monday, underscoring the importance of developing modern agriculture and raising farmers' income.
The outline, released by the State Council, China's cabinet, said that by 2020 the agricultural management and rural collective property rights systems will both be improved, and reforms to the rural land system will be rolled out as pilot programs.
The rural financial system will also be reviewed and improved, with policies that benefit farmers and strengthen rule of law, said the document.
The career with the highest happiness ranking this year in China is freelancer, according to Xiaokang, a fortnightly Chinese magazine.
China will promote the integration of health care with elderly care to address its aging population, an official statement showed Wednesday.
The number of floating people - those who left their places of origin to seek employment or education elsewhere - is expected to increase by 6 million annually in the next five years to hit 291 million in 2020, a government report said Wednesday.
The report, which was released by the National Health and Family Planning Commission, said China had 253 million floating people at the end of 2014. The number represents about one sixth of the country's total population.
The report forecasts the floating population will increase at a lower rate than the previous five years, when the number of floating people grew by 8 million every year, according to the report.
The UN Committee against Torture (CAT) will meet at the Palais Wilson in Geneva from November 9 to December 9 to examine measures adopted by Liechtenstein, Azerbaijan, Austria, Denmark, China and Jordan to prevent and punish acts of torture. 
Early in September this year, Zhang Wei, vice director of the Institute for Human Rights of China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) submitted a shadow report with regards to China’s implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (the “Convention”). The whole report was released on the website of the Office of the Higher Commissioner for Human Rights on November 6, 2015.
Shadow reports are a method for NGOs to supplement or provide an alternative point of view to governmental reports that states are required to submit under international treaties. The shadow report submitted by Professor Zhang expounded China’s implementation of the Convention and proposed opinions and suggestions about preventing cruel punishment in China.
According to the proposals that constitute the 13th Five-Year Plan issued recently, China will strengthen the reform of household registration system, which will give migrant workers who have stable job and income in cities and towns urban residence permits and allow them to move to cities and towns with their families.
It means migrant workers could be urban residents with legal status.
China will intensify counter terrorism security measures following the Paris attacks that so far claimed 132 innocent lives and injured hundreds of people on Friday, public security authorities said on Sunday.
Chinese ambassador to the UN Office in Geneva has submitted the Instrument of Ratification of the 2006 Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) to the International Labour Organization (ILO), marking China's ratification of and entry into the 2006 MLC, according to the Ministry of Transport of China. 
China's top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng has called for "precise" poverty relief measures as the country plans to lift all its people out of poverty by 2020.
Nov. 23, 2015
All students in compulsory education will receive free textbooks starting from the spring semester of 2017, the finance and education ministries announced on Friday.
Nov. 23, 2015
A collection of speeches and works by Hu Yaobang, the late general-secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), has been published by the People's Publishing House.
The book, released to commemorate what would have been Hu's 100th birthday on Nov. 20, includes writing and speeches from 1952 to 1986, many of which published for the first time, according to the publisher's statement issued on Thursday.
Nov. 24, 2015
The Seminar on Teaching Methods of Child Protection was held by the Research Center for Human Rights of Nankai University on November 10 and 11, 2015.
Teachers and human rights scholars attended the seminar, including Professor Xue Jinwen, Party Secretary of Nankai University and Director of Research Center for Human Rights, child protection experts from Denmark, and over 60 primary and high school teachers from the affiliated schools of Nankai University.
Nov. 25, 2015
China and Germany held "candid" and "in-depth" talks during their 13th Human Rights Dialogue in Beijing on Tuesday, according to an official press release.
The two sides exchanged views on new development in fields of human rights, different understandings of the human rights concept, human rights judicial protection and other affairs, said the press release.
China's top leadership on Saturday pledged resolute measures to help the remaining 70 million poor people shake off poverty and enjoy essential social services by 2020.
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Paris on Sunday to attend the opening ceremony of an international conference on climate change.


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