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July 1,2016
 
The top legislature said Thursday that China's food safety situation remained "severe," and called for better supervision and food safety standards.
 
July 1,2016
 
Legislation on China's civil code has formally begun. Through the code, China hopes to establish a country under the rule of law with better protection for civil rights.
 
July 4,2016
 
A wide range of foreign media have paid close attention to the televised speech Chinese President Xi Jinping made upon the 95th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of China (CPC), especially to the contents related to Marxism, anti-corruption and territorial sovereignty.
 
July 4,2016
 
Authorities in Beijing will build 50 new emergency rescue stations equipped with AEDs in the city this year, in addition to the current 43, the Beijing Red Cross Society said in April.
 
July 4,2016
 
Four chronic diseases - cancer, cardiovascular, diabetes and chronic respiratory - topped the causes for premature deaths in Beijing, according to a report released by the Beijing Health and Family Planning Commission on Wednesday.
 
July 5,2016
 
Aid agencies across China found the families of 1,570 homeless persons and took them home in the first half of this year, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
 
July 5,2016
 
Heavy rains have left 186 people dead and 45 missing in 26 provinces, regions and municipalities across the country as of Sunday, causing a loss of 50.6 billion yuan ($7.59 billion).
 
July 6,2016
 
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday sent a message of congratulations to Civil Society 20 China 2016 (C20) which kicked off in Qingdao, Shandong Province.
 
Xi said civil society organizations play an important role in public affairs as well as economic and social development and the Chinese government supports their work. In the same vein, China welcomes friendly exchanges and cooperation with foreign NGOs.
 
July 6,2016
 
More than 130 scholars, officials and correspondents from over 30 countries and regions have gathered in Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous Region in southwest China, for a Forum on the Development of Tibet. The scholars were very impressed by the changes Tibet had gone through in the past couple of years.
 
July 6,2016
 
From 5 to 6 July, Li Keqiang, Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Premier of the State Council, made a non-stop visit to Fuyang in Anhui Province, Yueyang in Hunan Province and Wuhan in Hubei Province to inspect flood control and rescue and relief work in areas along the Yangtze River and Huaihe River.
 
July 7,2016
 
China's State Councilor Wang Yong addresses a meeting to mark the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Beijing, capital of China, July 7, 2016.
 
July 8,2016
 
China recorded about 560,000 fewer rural "left-behind" children in 2015 than the year before, and more moved to cities to live with their parents, the Ministry of Education said on Wednesday.
 
July 8,2016
 
At least 35 people died in a landslide in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region early on Wednesday, local authorities confirmed Thursday.
 
July 11,2016
 
Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang has said that the government should reinforce capital and personnel support to achieve the annual target of poverty reduction.
 
The country aims to reduce the population in poverty by more than 10 million this year. Facing the arduous task, the country must prioritize poverty relief through relocation, education and by providing industrial, financial and medical support, Wang told a conference.
 
July 12,2016
 
Nearly one million children in China have at least one parent in prison. Many of them are "de facto orphans" who lack any parental care or any support from the country's social security system. A Beijing NGO is trying to help these children heal and repair their relationships with their parents.
 
July 12,2016
 
There were 222 million people aged 60 or above in China at the end of 2015, 16.1 percent of the total population, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said on Monday. The figure marked an increase of 0.6 percentage points compared with the previous year, when China reported 212.4 million people aged 60 or above.
 
July 13,2016
 
“Poverty alleviation should be understood from the perspective of human rights and human rights education will contribute to poverty eradication,” said Zhang Xiaoling, a Board Memeber of China Society for Human Rights Studies (CSHRS) at the C20 meeting held in Qingdao between July 5 and 6. 
 
Jointly sponsored by China’s civil groups and the United Nations Association of China, the Civil Society group of 20 (C20), the meeting focused on poverty alleviation, green development, innovation and civil contribution.
 
July 14,2016
 
The Ministry of Education is set to work with other departments to narrow the education gap between urban and rural areas.
 
The government's goal is to eliminate the gap by 2020, Liu Limin, vice-minister of education, said at a news conference on Tuesday. Liu said China's urbanization requires co-development of urban and rural areas, while the reform of the household registration system, the adoption of the second-child policy and the mobility of the population, including students, also pose challenges to basic education in the country.
 
July 14,2016
 
The registered unemployment rate in Chinese cities stood at 4.05 percent in Q2, slightly up from 4.04 percent in Q1, latest data showed.
 
China created 7.17 million new jobs in the first half of 2016, down by about only 10,000 from the same period of last year, according to the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security.
 
July 15,2016
 
Facing a confounding paradox of labor oversupply and structural shortages, the Chinese government plans to take more targeted measures to improve the employment situation.
 
July 15,2016
 
Online platforms that sell food will receive serious penalties or be closed if they fail to properly manage food producers or sellers and serious harm results, according to an online food safety regulation that will take effect on Oct. 1.
 
July 18,2016
 
The air quality in 338 Chinese cities showed improvements in the first half of this year, said the Ministry of Environmental Protection Sunday.
 
July 19,2016
 
As more provinces plan to join Guangdong and Jiangxi in raising university tuition fees, 76 percent of survey respondents said the cost of education is already high.
 
The survey by China Youth Daily showed that 61.5 percent said the tuition fees at universities and colleges are "rather high" and 14.5 percent said "very high".
 
July 20,2016
 
China has set aside more funds from its central budget to support the development of poor regions this year.
 
The Ministry of Finance (MOF) said that more than 66 billion yuan (around 10 billion U.S. dollars) has been approved for local authorities, up over 40 percent year on year. The funds will be used to relocate rural households, help minorities, increase work relief and revive state-owned farms, said an MOF statement.
 
July 20,2016
 
Twenty-four tourists from the Chinese mainland were among 26 people killed in a bus fire in Taiwan on Tuesday afternoon. There were no survivors. The driver and a tour guide, both from Taiwan, were also killed in the fire. The tourists were on their way to the airport to return home after an eight-day visit when the accident happened.
 
The fire occurred about 1 pm on a highway near Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.
 
July 21,2016
 
President Xi Jinping has urged all-out efforts to control and fight floods, stressing that people's safety should be the top priority.
 
Heavy rain has battered China since June and is expected to batter more regions.
 
July 22,2016
 
The average life expectancy in China in 2015 was 76.34, an increase of 1.51 years from 2010, according to statistics released Thursday.
 
July 22,2016
 
About 2 million Chinese couples had applied to have a second child by the end of 2015, China's family planning authority said on Thursday.
 
"It is generally in line with what we expected," said Zhai Zhenwu, chairman of the standing council of the China Population Association under the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC). According to Zhai, the total number of couples who apply to have a second child is expected to reach around 5 million over the next few years. The new two-child policy will help address the country's unbalanced sex ratio at birth.
 
July 25,2016
 
China's working age population would fall more than 23 percent to around 700 million by the year 2050, according to data released Friday by a human resource official. 
 
The working age population, those aged 16 to 59, has been on decline since 2012, and it is expected to reach 830 million in 2030. The figure will see a "sharp decline" after 2030, shrinking 7.6 million each year on average, Li said, without further elaboration.
 
July 25,2016
 
Sixteen national social organizations announced they will launch support programs and provide donations worth 162 million yuan (24 million U.S. dollars) in Tibet for the next year.
 
According to China's Ministry of Civil Affairs, the money will be mainly used to support groups including people with serious diseases, infants and children, the disabled and the poor across Tibet.
 
July 26,2016
 
China's top human resources and social security authority is working on a plan to delay retirements in response to a shrinking working-age population.
 
The working-age population is expected to drop to 700 million by 2050, a "sharp decline" from the estimated 830 million in 2030, said Li Zhong, spokesman of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, at a news conference.
 
July 28,2016
 
According to a report by chinanews.com, several ministries including the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the Ministry of Commerce have announced their respective 13th Five-year Plans related to people's livelihood.
 
July 28,2016
 
The Y20 Summit, a G20-related discussion forum for young people, opened in Shanghai Wednesday.
 
More than 100 youth delegates aged 18-30 from G20 member states, other countries and international organizations attend the three-day meeting themed "Youth Innovation for Our Shared Vision." Participants will discuss topics such as poverty reduction and common development,innovation and startups, social justice and equality, green lifestyle and sustainable development, as well as global economic governance.
 
July 29,2016
 
A senior United Nations (UN) official on Thursday acknowledged China's encouraging progress in combating HIV/AIDS, saying new successes have been achieved in the country.
 
China has made "a lot of progress," said Michel Sidibe, UN Under Secretary General and Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), citing the reduced rate of HIV-related deaths and the increasing number of people on treatment.
 
July 29,2016
 
The Chinese mainland and Hong Kong agreed to add protecting human rights to a two-way notification system at a meeting in Shenzhen, according to a Ministry of Public Security (MPS) statement.
 
The statement said the two sides will write the principle of "acting according to law, embracing differences, identifying mutually beneficial grounds and protecting human rights" to the improved mechanism.