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October 18,2018   By:
FEBRUARY 2018
 
International community applauses China’s poverty relief achievements
 
On Feb. 2, China has lifted over 700 million Chinese people out of poverty since the reform and opening up policy was adopted. 60,000 poverty-stricken people have got rid of poverty since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), reducing the poverty rate from 10.2 percent to lower than 4 percent. And the 19th CPC National Congress set out the goal of eradicating poverty in rural areas by 2020.
 
From: chinahumanrights.org
 
China unveils action plan for improving rural living environment
 
On Feb. 5, China’s central authorities unveiled a three-year action plan to improve the rural living environment.
Improving the rural living environment is an important task for the country to accomplish its goal of building a moderately prosperous society by 2020. It has great significance to the well-being of farmers and harmony of rural society, according to the document.
 
From: Xinhua
 
China calls on foreign enterprises to follow basic ground rules
 
On Feb. 7, China called on foreign enterprises to follow basic ground rules, after Mercedes-Benz apologized for putting a poster with quotes from the Dalai Lama on its Instagram account.
 
From: Xinhua
 
China’s poverty-stricken areas to be connected with expressways by 2020
 
The transportation infrastructure in China’s poor areas has been greatly improved in the past five years. China will build asphalt roads for qualified counties, towns and villages by the end of 2019 and to connect all poverty-stricken areas with national main expressways by 2020, according to the Ministry of Transport of the People’s Republic of China (MOT). 
 
We should improve the transportation infrastructure across the country in the process of building a well-off society, said Li Xiaopeng, minister of the MOT on a press conference on Feb. 7.
 
From: chinahumanrights.org
 
China to build national public legal service system by 2020
 
China aims to build a national public legal service system by 2020 that covers all groups in both urban and rural areas, the Ministry of Justice said on Feb. 8.
 
From: Xinhua
 
China strengthens efforts to correct, prevent wrongful convictions
 
China’s judicial departments are stepping up efforts to prevent, review and correct wrongful convictions to ensure justice, the Ministry of Justice said on Feb. 8.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Poverty battle at heart of CPC mission, says Xi
 
Communist Party of China Central Committee General Secretary Xi Jinping paid a visit to poor families in a mountainous area in Sichuan province on Feb. 11, where he talked with villagers about poverty reduction, ahead of the upcoming Spring Festival.
 
From: China Daily
 
China’s basic medical insurance covers 1.35 bln people
 
China’s basic medical insurance now covers 1.35 billion people, according to the National Health and Family Planning Commission.
 
The coverage rate of the insurance is stable at 95 percent of the population, said Wang Hesheng, deputy director of the commission, at a press conference on Feb. 12.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Xi’s Spring Festival greetings touch, inspire overseas Chinese
 
On Feb. 14, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Spring Festival greetings to all Chinese people with references to hard work and family values have struck a chord with overseas Chinese.
 
From: Xinhua
 
China’s nursing homes more than triples in past five years
 
The number of nursing homes in China has more than tripled in the past five years, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
 
Statistics show that the country had more than 144,600 nursing institutions as of September 2017, 226 percent more than that of the end of 2012.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Proposed constitutional amendment package unveiled
 
The Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee made public its proposal on amendments to China’s Constitution on Feb. 25.
 
The proposal, raised to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), was made in accordance with the new situation and practice of upholding and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era.
 
From: Xinhua
 
U.S. expert hails China’s achievements in poverty reduction, environmental protection
 
China has made great achievements in poverty reduction, environmental protection and assistance to third world countries since China adopted the policy of reform and opening up 40 years ago, a U.S. expert on China said Feb. 27.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Chinese diplomat calls for fair, impartial global human rights governance system
 
On Feb. 28, a senior Chinese diplomat called on all parties to work together to jointly promote the building of a community with shared future for human beings and to promote the establishment of a fair, impartial, open and inclusive global human rights governance system.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Xi: Reform needed for prosperity
 
Deepening reform of Party and State institutions has great significance for the completion of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and national rejuvenation, General Secretary Xi Jinping said.
Xi, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remark while meeting with representatives of non-Communist parties. The CPC Central Committee has held two meetings with non-Communist parties, on Feb. 6 and on Feb. 28.
 
From: China Daily
 
China releases first blue book on national geographical conditions
 
On Feb. 28, Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping released the Blue Book of National Geographic Conditions of China 2017 in Beijing. It is China’s first blue book on the country’s geographical conditions.
From: chinahumanrights.org
 
MARCH 2018
 
China’s top political advisory body starts annual session
 
On the afternoon of March 3, China’s top political advisory body started its annual session in Beijing, vowing to take on new mission for the country’s goal toward a “great modern socialist country.”
 
Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the 12th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, delivered a work report to 2,149 political advisors who gathered to discuss major political, economic and social issues in the world’s most populous nation and second largest economy.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Work report measures will boost fight against poverty
 
The government has vowed to make solid strides in targeting poverty alleviation, formulating guidelines on a three-year initiative for winning the battle against poverty through specific measures, according to the annual work report of the State Council released on March 5.
 
From: chinadaily.com.cn
 
China to do more to improve people’s wellbeing: Premier Li
 
China will do more to directly benefit the people, address their difficulties, and ensure that their basic living needs are met, Premier Li Keqiang said on March 5.
 
From: Xinhua
 
China to improve rural infrastructure amid rural revitalization drive
 
On March 5, China will promote infrastructure construction as one of the measures for rural revitalization, according to a government work report delivered by Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing.
 
China will launch a new three-year renovation plan to address housing in rundown urban areas, starting with construction of 5.8 million units this year.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Premier underlines reform, opening-up, people’s livelihood
 
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang called for joint efforts to advance reform and opening-up, promote innovation, sustain economic growth and improve people’s livelihood at the ongoing national legislative session on March 6.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Over half of respondents willing to register for organ donation: survey
 
About 57.7 percent of the respondents are willing to register for organ donation, according to a survey released by the China Youth Daily on March 6.
 
From: Xinhua
 
China makes great efforts in respecting, preserving traditional Tibetan culture: scholar
 
On March 7, a prominent Chinese scholar said that the Chinese central government and the government of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) have made great efforts in respecting, preserving, inheriting and promoting outstanding traditional Tibetan culture and have made remarkable achievements.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Experts hail cultural development in China’s Tibet in Geneva
 
On March 7, experts expounded efforts and achievements in the cultural development in China’s Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) during an event on the sidelines of the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council here.
 
The event held at the building of the United Nations office at Geneva was sponsored by the non-governmental organization China Society for Human Rights Studies. More than 60 experts, government officials, representatives from international and non-governmental organizations as well as media reporters took part in the symposium titled “Protection and Development of Tibet Culture.”
 
From: Xinhua
 
Xi calls for earnest implementation of rural vitalization strategy
 
On March 8, Chinese President Xi Jinping said the rural vitalization strategy is the leading agenda for government work on agriculture, rural areas, and rural residents.
 
From: Xinhua
 
China improves judicial services, ensures fairness, justice: report
 
Letting the public feel fairness and justice in every judicial case is the goal of courts across China, a work report of the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) said on March 9.
 
From 2013 to 2017, the SPC handled 82,383 cases and concluded 79,692 cases, 60.6 percent and 58.8 percent, respectively, higher than those in the previous five years, according to the report available to the media.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Experts hail cultural development in China’s Tibet in Geneva
 
On March 7, experts expounded efforts and achievements in the cultural development in China’s Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) during an event on the sidelines of the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council here.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Tibetan language still full of vitality in process of modernization: scholar
 
On March 9, a Chinese scholar introduced the use, protection and development of Tibetan language to the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council, saying that the Tibetan language is still full of vitality in the process of modernization and will continue to be inherited and developed in the future.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Constitutional amendment good for China’s enduring peace, stability
 
On March 11, the constitutional amendment adopted by China’s national legislature, including a revision regarding the President’s term of office, is good for China’s enduring peace and stability, an official said.
 
From: Xinhua
 
China’s national legislature holds closing meeting
 
The first session of the 13th National People`s Congress (NPC) holds its closing meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 20, 2018.
 
Lawmakers will vote on a draft supervision law and draft resolutions on the government work report, and the work reports of the 12th NPC Standing Committee, the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate.
 
From: Xinhua
 
China to create over 13 mln jobs in 2018: Premier Li
 
China aims to generate more than 13 million new urban jobs this year, Premier Li Keqiang said on March 20.
The minimal target is 11 million, but the government will work hard to reach the bigger goal, Li said at a press conference after the conclusion of the annual legislative session. 
 
From: Xinhua
 
Serious disease insurance to cover 20 mln Chinese: Premier Li
 
More than 20 million Chinese people will be covered by a serious disease insurance program as the government is increasing subsidies this year, Premier Li Keqiang said on March 20.
 
From: Xinhua
 
President’s address focuses on the people
 
On March 20, President Xi Jinping’s important speech delivered reflected his people-centered philosophy of governance as well as his commitment to building a community of a shared future for humankind, analysts said.
 
From: China Daily
 
Blue book on rule of law in China released
 
The Blue Book on the Rule of Law in China (2018) was released at a seminar on March 22 in Beijing.
The Blue Book issued China’s first third party assessment index system for children’s rights protection.
 
From: chinahumanrights.org
 
China raises basic pension payments by 5 pct
 
China will raise the basic pension payments for retirees in 2018, the 14th year of increase. From the beginning of this year, the average monthly payment for pensioners of enterprises, government agencies and public institutions has been lifted by 5 percent from the 2017 level, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security said in a statement on March 23.
 
From: Xinhua
 
UN rights body adopts China-sponsored resolution on mutually beneficial cooperation
 
On March 24, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a China-sponsored resolution titled “promoting mutually beneficial cooperation in the field of human rights,” in which states were called to uphold multilateralism and work together to promote mutually beneficial cooperation.
 
From: Xinhua
 
 
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