January 15,2020   By:
China enforces new national medical insurance catalog
China's new national medical insurance catalog came into effect on January 1, including 70 new drugs with their prices slashed by 60.7 percent on average.
Eight domestically-produced drugs that are seen as "major innovations" and have just hit the market in recent years are among the new additions, according to the National Healthcare Security Administration (NHSA).
China lowers import tariff for frozen pork
China will implement provisional import tax rates that are lower than the most-favored-nation tariff rates for over 850 commodities starting on January 1.
The move aims to expand, optimize the structure of imports and stimulate import potential, according to a circular on the adjustments of import tariffs previously issued by the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council.
China to promote occupational skill ranking system
China will phase out all performance-based qualifications for skilled personnel and pursue an occupational skill ranking system to train market-oriented skilled workers.
Qualification evaluations will be rolled out by related organizations and employers, said Tang Tao, deputy head of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, at a routine news briefing on January 2.
China's Ministry of Justice helps tackle unpaid wages of migrant workers
China's Ministry of Justice has advanced public legal services to help address unpaid wages of rural migrant workers as the peak season for claiming arrears, which is around the Spring Festival, approaches.
The ministry and other institutions have initiated a legal assistance campaign, sending lawyers, grassroots-level legal workers and legal assistance volunteers to factories and communities to provide legal counseling services to migrant workers, according to a press conference on January 2.
China makes headway in poverty relief through culture, tourism
China made solid progress in reducing poverty through the promotion of culture and tourism in poor areas in 2019, said the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
A series of programs have been implemented such as funding cultural activity facilities in poor villages and bringing traditional Chinese opera performances to the countryside to enrich villagers' lives, according to a national meeting on culture and tourism held from January 3 to January 4.
China to strengthen tax and fee cut efforts in 2020
China will take further steps in 2020 to consolidate and expand its achievements in cutting taxes and fees, according to the State Taxation Administration.
More efforts will be made to further optimize the tax business environment, improve tax administration efficiency, and deepen international tax cooperation, the authority said on its website after the national tax work conference held on January 6.
Tibet builds, upgrades 43,000 km of rural roads in 5 yrs
Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region has built or renovated a total of 43,400 km of rural roads over the past five years, local authorities said on January 7.
The regional government has invested 95.7 billion yuan (around 13.7 billion U.S. dollars) over the period in paving modern roads to 2,276 villages, according to the regional transport department.
Tibet basically eliminates absolute poverty
China's Tibet Autonomous Region has basically eradicated absolute poverty, chairman of the regional government announced on January 7.
The feat was accomplished after Tibet lifted the remaining 150,000 people out of poverty and took 19 counties off the poverty list in 2019, said Qizhala in his government work report delivered at the third session of the 11th People's Congress of Tibet Autonomous Region.
Over 4,000 people relocated from extreme high-altitude reserves in Tibet
A total of 4,058 people have been relocated from extreme high-altitude reserves at over 4,700 meters above sea level, in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, according to the third session of the 11th People's Congress of the region on January 7.
Efforts should also be continued to enhance follow-up support for people relocated from harsh living conditions, said Qizhala, chairman of the regional government.
Tibet advances toilet revolution
Tibet Autonomous Region has built and renovated 1,909 public toilets in the past three years, the region's housing and urban-rural development department said on January 8.
Tibet began to push forward its "toilet revolution" in 2017 to increase the number and raise the standard of toilets at tourist sites and other public places.
China to establish infant care service system
A set of standards and norms on the care of infants under three will be promulgated in China, China Women's News reported on January 10.
The government will initially establish the infant care service system with policy support and standards in 2020, aiming to make infant care services more professional and regulated, said the newspaper.
China to step up meteorological efforts in support of agriculture, poverty relief
The China Meteorological Administration (CMA) named improving weather services for agricultural causes and poverty relief as one of its key tasks for 2020.
To promote rural vitalization and help eradicate absolute poverty, the country will step up the building of a modern meteorological system that serves agricultural development, said the CMA during an annual work conference opening on January 11.
China rolls out first national standard on senior care
China has rolled out its first set of mandatory national standards in the field of senior care to provide bottom-line requirements for service quality of the sector.
It outlines requirements for the qualification, assessment of safety risks and management of senior care organizations, said Tian Shihong, deputy head of the State Administration for Market Regulation, at a press briefing on January 13.
China to establish infant care service system
A set of standards and norms on the care of infants under three will be promulgated in China, China Women's News reported on January 10.
The government will initially establish the infant care service system with policy support and standards in 2020, aiming to make infant care services more professional and regulated, said the newspaper.
China's registered urban unemployment rate within target in 2019
China's employment market remained stable with the registered urban unemployment rate standing at 3.62 percent at the end of 2019, well below the government's annual target of 4.5 percent, an official said on January 14.
Lu Aihong, spokesperson of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MHRSS), said at a press conference that 13.52 million new urban jobs were created last year, much higher than the target of 11 million.
China to strengthen fight against environmental pollution in 2020
China's top environmental watchdog has reiterated its ambition to fight environmental pollution in 2020, as positive results have been reaped through efforts to clean up the environment in the past year.
"Practice has proved that the current direction and path of pollution control are correct and should be adhered to and improved in the long run," said Li Ganjie, minister of ecology and environment, at the ministry's two-day annual work conference which ended on January 13.
Beijing improves infrastructure in densely populated communities
Beijing has forged ahead with improving infrastructure, public service and greenery in its densely populated Huilongguan and Tiantongyuan communities in the northern Changping District, local authorities said on January 15.
The city unveiled a three-year action plan in August 2018 investing some 20 billion yuan (about 2.9 billion U.S. dollars) in the area, which covers 63 square km and has about 863,000 permanent residents.
China's first psychological aid center for police opens in Beijing
China's first center offering psychological aid for police officers opened in Beijing on January 16, the capital's Public Security Bureau said.
The center will help alleviate the pressure police are under because of their workload and solve their psychological problems, especially if they are harmed while enforcing the law, the bureau said in a statement.
China honors grassroots role models of the year
Ten individuals or groups were honored as 2019 role models on January 16 at an award ceremony in Beijing held by Xinhua News Agency.
Among the laureates was Eli Niyaz, a forest ranger in Yuli County, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, who has devoted himself to protecting the trees for over 26 years. Other laureates include a woman who saved her father by giving skin grafts, a couple who helped a sick hairdresser, a food delivery worker who has only one hand and one leg, a firefighter who removed four burning gas tanks from a warehouse fire, and a group of voluntary teachers.
China registers stable employment in 2019
China's job market remained stable in 2019, with all related indicators meeting the annual goals, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on January 17.
A total of 13.52 million new urban jobs were created last year, exceeding the target of creating over 11 million urban jobs, NBS data showed.
China helps over 10,000 people find their families in 2019: ministry
China's civil affairs authorities helped 10,195 people find their families in 2019, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said on January 19.
The ministry carried out trial work of facial recognition at rescue centers around the country, requiring all of those without clear identification be reported to police for DNA collection, said Wang Jinhua, a ministry official, at a press conference.
China allocates subsidies to over 13 mln people with severe disabilities: ministry
China has allocated care subsidies to over 13 million people with severe disabilities by the end of November 2019, amid the country's continuous efforts to improve its subsidy systems for the disabled, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
About 10.3 million disabled people were provided with living subsidies across the country during the same period, said Wang Jinhua, director of the ministry's social affairs department, at a regular press conference held on January 19.
China handles 69,000 public interest lawsuits involving environment, resources protection
Chinese procuratorates handled 69,000 public interest cases involving the protection of the environment and resources in 2019, up 16.6 percent year on year, Procuratorate Daily reported on January 20.
The number of people prosecuted for crimes of damaging the environment and resources in 2019 went up about 15 percent from the year before, the report said.
China's Wuhan to build another SARS treatment-model hospital
Wuhan, the center of a coronavirus outbreak in central China, will build a second SARS treatment-model makeshift hospital and put it into use in half a month, local authorities said on January 25.
The hospital, named Leishenshan Hospital, is expected to add around 1,000 beds for the patients, according to the Wuhan headquarters for the control and treatment of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus.
China allocates 4.4 bln yuan for coronavirus control
The Ministry of Finance (MOF) on Monday allocated 4.4 billion yuan (about 640 million U.S. dollars) to support the battle across the country against the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
It included an additional 500-million-yuan fund for central China's Hubei Province, which was hit hard by the novel coronavirus outbreak, the ministry said on January 28 on its website.

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