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Regulation on production safety emergency response takes effect on April 1

A new regulation on China's production safety emergency response will take effect on April 1, standardizing emergency response work systems, preparation and rescue.

According to the regulation, the State Council oversees national production safety emergency response work while local governments at the county level and above are responsible for rescue work for local incidents.

Health, education authorities step up intervention on child myopia

China's health and education authorities on April 3 pledged to work together to control child myopia.

Health departments will help schools and parents to conduct targeted intervention, said Ma Xiaowei, head of the National Health Commission, at a meeting between the commission and Ministry of Education.

China to keep increasing assistance to needy people

The Chinese government will not reduce financial assistance to needy people but keep it increasing, said Minister of Civil Affairs Huang Shuxian at a national civil affairs conference that closed on April 3.

The priority in the near future is to increase the civil affairs service at the primary level and increase personnel at county, township and village levels, Huang said at the two-day meeting.

China to conduct tourism safety check and rectification

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism has asked for tourism safety inspection and rectification across the country, it said on April 3.

Qualification of chartered vehicles and drivers has to be strictly examined. Tour agencies are urged to pay close attention to flood conditions. Fire safety checks will also be conducted in Class A scenic areas.

China sees closer partnerships between medical institutions of different levels

China sees shared regional medical resources and improved medical service capacity as part of its effort to promote partnerships between medical institutions of different levels across the country, the People's Daily reported on April 6.

According to the National Health Commission (NHC), all public tertiary hospitals have participated in the building of medical partnerships. As a result, the flow of patients seeking medical care is reasonable.

China to crack down on online vulgar content

China will launch a national crackdown on spreading online vulgar content to create a clean cyberspace environment, according to official sources on April 9.

The crackdown, initiated by the National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications, will run for eight months starting April.

Public security authorities to launch new measures enhancing traffic services

Public security authorities will launch 10 new measures to streamline administrative approvals, delegate power to lower levels and improve services, the Ministry of Public Security said on April 10.

The measures include inter-regional administrative procedure handling and streamlined rapid channels.

Xi encourages ethnic minority people to create better future

President Xi Jinping has encouraged people of an ethnic minority group living in a remote area of southwest China to build a good homeland, guard the border, and create a better future.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks on April 10 when answering a letter from people of the Dulong ethnic minority group in Dulongjiang Township, Gongshan County of Yunnan Province.

China targets actions hindering school-age children from receiving compulsory education

China's Ministry of Education on April 11 vowed to target any action that hindered school-age children from receiving compulsory education.

Local education authorities were ordered to conduct a comprehensive investigation as soon as possible in the first half of 2019, according to a directive issued by the ministry.

China to mark national anti-cancer week

An array of activities will be held across China to mark the country's 25th National Anti-Cancer Week between April 15 and 21.

Themed "Scientific Cancer Prevention," this year's publicity week aims to enhance public awareness and acceptance of cancer prevention, screening, early diagnosis and treatment to reduce social harm and disease burden, according to the National Health Commission (NHC).

Platform launched to enhance China's community-level healthcare services

A capacity building platform designed for community-level healthcare services was officially launched on April 15 by the National Health Commission (NHC).

The report delivered at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China points out that community-level healthcare services should be improved and the work of general practitioners strengthened.

Security education day extended to more students

Schools across China launched programs to raise awareness of national security issues on the country's fourth National Security Education Day on April 15.

The programs included exhibitions, demonstrations and lectures.

 From:China Daily
Chinese lawmakers deliberate personality rights section in draft civil code

Chinese lawmakers on April 21 reviewed the draft section of personality rights of the civil code in panel discussions at the ongoing bimonthly session of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee.

They were in support of the draft, which is under its second reading, and noted the significance of this personality rights legislation.

Top political advisor underlines supervision on poverty alleviation

Wang Yang, China's top political advisor, asked non-Communist parties to enhance supervision on poverty alleviation projects at a meeting on April 1.

Over the past year, the central committees of non-Communist parties have launched careful reviews on poverty alleviation projects and achieved favorable results, said Wang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference National Committee.

China slams allegations of pursuing anti-Muslim policy

Beijing on April 17 resolutely rejected allegations that it is pursuing an anti-Muslim policy in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and warned some international media to desist from spreading rumors by "cooking up stories."

"On your question, if China has an anti-Islam policy, I can assure you that there is no such thing," Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang said in response to a question on the subject by a journalist during a press conference in Beijing. 

China tightens supervision over after-school training institutions

China's Ministry of Education (MOE) will tighten supervision of after-school training institutions in 2019.

A campaign was launched last year targeting irregularities in after-school classes and training, forming a list of licensed institutions and ensuring the institutions followed basic rules and orderly practice, Chen Dongsheng, an official with the MOE, said at a national conference on educational training on April 2.

China reports improved air quality in 2018: minister

Air quality in China continued to improve with reduced pollution, the country's top environment official said on April 21.

In 338 Chinese cities, 121 met the air quality standards in 2018, said Li Ganjie, the country's Ecology and Environment Minister, in a report submitted to China's top legislature for review at its ongoing bimonthly session.

More than 1,000 officials held accountable over environmental issues

China held 1,035 officials accountable over environmental issues following the fourth round of investigation by central inspectors, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment said Monday.
The inspection team investigated eight provincial-level regions from August to September 2017, including provinces of Jilin, Zhejiang, Shandong, Hainan, Sichuan, Qinghai, Tibet Autonomous Region and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

China and the European Union (EU) Hold the 37th Human Rights Dialogue

On April 1, 2019, Special Representative for Human Rights Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Liu Hua and Deputy Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific of the European External Action Service Paola Pampaloni co-chaired the 37th Human Rights Dialogue between China and the European Union (EU) in Brussels.

Both sides exchanged views on such topics as new progress in the field of human rights, human rights and counter-terrorism, rights for refugees and immigrants, and international human rights cooperation.


Foreign journalists from over 20 countries visit Xinjiang

The event "Entering the Core Areas of the Silk Road Economic Belt" organized by the State Council Information Office of China kicked off on Monday in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

More than 30 journalists from over 20 countries including United States, Belgium, Turkey, Russia, kazakhstan visited Xinjiang to see for themselves the achievements of the region's social and economic development.

From: en.humanrights.cn

Over 700,000 people in Yunnan cast off poverty in 2018

A total of 737,500 impoverished people from 27 poverty-stricken counties in southwest China's Yunnan Province were lifted out of poverty last year, local authorities said on April 26.

The progress was attributed to a string of measures, such as creating job opportunities, developing industries, relocating people from inhospitable areas and offering allowances to the poor, elderly and sick. 

China vows to improve quality of contracted family doctor services

The National Health Commission (NHC) has called for efforts to improve the quality of contracted family doctor services and enhance community-level medical services this year, according to an NHC circular on April 28.

Local health authorities are urged to help expand the coverage of contracted family doctor services while at the same time guarantee service quality.

China to tighten supervision of medical insurance funds

Chinese authorities will tighten the supervision of the use of the country's medical insurance funds to ensure the safety and efficiency of the funds, according to the National Healthcare Security Administration on April 15.

According to a draft regulation issued by the administration to solicit public opinions, the use of such funds must be put under strict supervision to protect the legitimate rights and interests of relevant parties.

China strengthens support for needy people

China's central government budget financed over 840 billion yuan (125 billion U.S. dollars) for urban and rural basic living allowance, medical assistance, support for the extremely impoverished and temporary relief from 2013 to 2018, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs on April 2.

Average annual increase of urban and rural basic living allowance standards during the time frame were respectively 9.2 percent and 14.7 percent.

China to better protect shareholders' rights

China's Supreme People's Court Sunday issued a judicial interpretation of company law, requiring increased efforts to protect shareholders' rights.

The interpretation stipulated that controlling shareholders shall not be exempt from the liability for compensation in related-party transactions even if the transactions are undergoing legal procedures, in a bid to protect the rights and interests of small- and medium-sized investors. The interpretation will come into force on April 29.

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