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Red Cross Society of China assists with flood relief
 
The Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) has initiated 36 rounds of emergency responses, and allocated disaster relief materials and funds to help flood-affected regions, the RCSC said on Aug. 4, 2020.
 
From: Xinhua
 
China pumps in money to increase emergency supplies
 
China's finance ministry has allocated 30 billion yuan (about 4.3 billion U.S. dollars) to enhance the country's capacity to ensure emergency supplies.
 
The funds will be used to supplement local supplies of emergency materials and build a sound system that ensures the coordination, reserve and distribution of emergency supplies, the Ministry of Finance said on its website on Aug. 5, 2020.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Women's development under threat: China shares gender-inclusive responses to COVID-19
 
With money and resources preferentially reallocated to deal with the pandemic, progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, especially hard-fought gains for women's rights, have already come under threat, representatives from 11 countries warned during a virtual meeting hosted by UN Women on Aug.5. They urged countries to bring the implementation of SDG back on track guided by gender equality priorities.
 
From: CGTN
 
Fighting Unemployment: China rolls out policies to promote flexible jobs as COVID-19 hits millions
 
In China, there are 83-million small and self-employed business owners, providing jobs for 200-million people. The figures were announced at a news conference on Aug. 7. But a lack of custom due to COVID-19 has made it difficult for many of them to pay their rent. And many have been forced to lay off employees.
 
China has rolled out policies to reverse the negative impact of COVID-19 on the job market. The measures look to promote flexible employment and help rural migrants find work or start businesses.
 
From: CGTN
 
Xi signs order awarding 4 persons for outstanding contribution in COVID-19 fight
 
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Aug. 11 signed a presidential order awarding four persons the national medal and honorary title for their outstanding contribution to fighting the COVID-19 epidemic.
 
Xi's presidential order came after the Standing Committee of the 13th National People's Congress voted at the 21st session to adopt a decision to confer the national medal and honorary title on the four renowned specialists.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Webinar on right to health amid COVID-19 held
 
A human rights webinar on how to protect the right to health during the pandemic prevention and control was held on Aug.11. The teleconference was organized by the Center for Human Rights Studies and the Law School of Fudan University. Around 30 experts and scholars joined the virtual event.
 
From: en.humanrights.cn
 
Sinovac launches Phase 3 trial for COVID-19 vaccine in Indonesia, reports Phase 2 details
 
China's Sinovac Biotech Ltd launched a late-stage human trial on Aug. 11 that will involve as many as 1,620 patients in Indonesia for a COVID-19 vaccine candidate that it is developing with Indonesian state-owned peer Bio Farma.
 
From: CGTN
 
Chinese experts stress human rights education for youth
 
A number of Chinese experts have stressed human rights education for the youth to advance the whole cause of human rights at an online international human rights forum held by the national human rights center of Uzbekistan held on Aug. 12-13.
 
From: Xinhua
 
China grants 1st COVID-19 vaccine patent to domestic candidate
 
Chinese authorities have granted the first invention patent to a domestically developed COVID-19 vaccine candidate, which experts said demonstrates the vaccine's originality and creativity and would enhance the international market's trust in Chinese-developed COVID-19 vaccines.
 
The grant of the patent further confirmed the vaccine's efficacy and safety and convincingly demonstrated the ownership of its intellectual property rights (IPR), CanSino said in a statement on Aug. 16.
 
From: CGTN
 
Li hails move to channel funds to grassroots
 
China will make further plans for increased fiscal funds to directly benefit businesses and the people in a bid to enhance the foundation for economic recovery and growth, and ensure the full delivery of financial policies to support the real economy, the State Council's executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang decided on Aug. 17, 2020.
 
From: China Daily
 
China to take all necessary measures to safeguard legitimate rights, interests of Chinese firms
 
China's Commerce Ministry said on Aug. 20 that China firmly opposes the U.S. decision to once again escalate its suppression of Huawei and will take all necessary measures to safeguard the legitimate rights of Chinese enterprises.
 
According to the ministry, the U.S. has used state power under the generalization of the "national security" to continuously abuse export control measures and suppress specific enterprises in other countries.
 
From: CGTN
 
China resolves drinking water safety issues for poor
 
China has managed to resolve drinking water safety problems for its entire impoverished population, according to the Ministry of Water Resources (MWR) on Aug. 21, 2020.
 
The country has improved water supply services for a total of 256 million people in rural areas as of the end of July, with 17.1 million impoverished people getting access to clean water, Tian Xuebin, vice minister of MWR, told a press conference.
 
From: Xinhua
 
China approves emergency usage of COVID-19 vaccines, official says
 
A Chinese health official on Aug. 22 confirmed the country authorized emergency usage of COVID-19 vaccines developed by some select domestic companies on July 22.
 
"We've drawn up a series of plan packages, including medical consent forms, side-effects monitoring plans, rescuing plans, compensation plans, to make sure the emergency use is well regulated and monitored," said Zheng Zhongwei, head of China's coronavirus vaccine development task force.
 
From: CGTN
 
China updates regulations on human organ transplant
 
China has enforced updated regulations on human organ transplants starting from Aug. 24, replacing the previous version introduced in June 2006, said the National Health Commission.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Chinese envoy warns pandemic could breed terror
 
China's deputy envoy to the United Nations said that while the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have temporarily reduced the risk of terrorist attacks, the socioeconomic fallout from the crisis has the potential to exacerbate conditions conducive to terrorism.
 
"It could feed into a vicious circle of destabilization and violence and increase the midterm to long-term threat, which ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) and other terrorist organizations are keen to explore and exploit," Geng Shuang, China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations said on Aug. 24 at a UN Security Council virtual meeting on threats to international peace and security by terrorism.
 
From: China Daily Global
 
China rejects baseless and absurd Xinjiang claims, envoy says
 
A Chinese envoy to the United Nations on Aug. 24 dismissed accusations by the United States and the United Kingdom over China's northwestern region of Xinjiang as "baseless and absurd".
 
The situation in Xinjiang is totally China's internal affairs. It is not a religion issue or a human rights issue. Rather, it is about counterterrorism and anti-extremism, Geng Shuang, China's deputy permanent representative to the UN, said at a virtual meeting of the council on threats to international peace and security from terrorism.
 
From: China Daily
 
China backs companies' legal fight against U.S. bullying
 
China said it supports relevant companies in taking up legal weapons to safeguard their rights and interests on Aug. 24 after video-sharing platform TikTok confirmed it would file a lawsuit against the Trump administration.
 
Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters at a daily briefing that China will continue to take all necessary measures to resolutely safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese enterprises.
 
From: CGTN
 
China solicits public opinion on employee medical insurance
 
China's National Healthcare Security Administration on Aug. 26 started to solicit public opinion on a draft guideline to improve the individual medical insurance for urban employees.
 
At least 50 percent of the expenses of outpatient services for all insurance participants will be covered by the medical insurance after the reform, according to the guideline.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Chinese premier stresses flood control, post-disaster recovery
 
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Aug. 26 stressed efforts in flood control and disaster relief as well as post-disaster recovery to support production restoration in disaster-stricken areas and ensure people's livelihood.
 
Li made the remarks while presiding over an executive meeting of the State Council.
A total of 100 billion yuan (about 14.48 billion U.S. dollars) will be allocated from central and local fiscal for post-disaster recovery and reconstruction, while a mechanism will be established to ensure the funds go straight to the disaster-stricken areas, according to the meeting.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Chinese premier stresses social assistance for people's well-being
 
Premier Li Keqiang has underlined the country's social assistance work to ensure the well-being of those in need.
 
Li, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remarks in an instruction to a meeting held in Beijing on Aug. 27 about improving the country's social assistance system.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Xinjiang authorities condemn U.S. sanctions on officials
 
Authorities in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region are urging the U.S. to revoke the latest sanctions on Chinese officials and a prominent government organization in the region. Washington has imposed sanctions alleging human rights abuses. But Xinjiang officials dismissed the claims at a regular briefing on Aug. 27.
 
From: CGTN
 
China plans pro-consumption campaign to aid poverty alleviation
 
China will launch nationwide pro-consumption projects in September to boost sales of products from poor areas in an effort to promote poverty alleviation, the country's poverty relief authority said on Aug. 28, 2020.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Xinjiang's Uygur population rising, not declining, official says
 
Xinjiang's Uygur population has increased under the law-based implementation of the family planning policy, with all rights of ethnic minorities including those of Uygurs protected, a Xinjiang official told a news conference on Aug. 29.
 
The remarks came after a German scholar Adrian Zenz recently published a report which claimed that Xinjiang was using forced sterilization and coercive family planning against Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang in a attempt to limit their population.
 
From: chinadaily.com.cn
 
Xinjiang rebuts claims about 'racial genocide'
 
The Uygur population in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region has increased under the law-based implementation of the family planning policy, with all rights of ethnic minorities protected, a Xinjiang official told a news conference over the weekend (August 29-30).
 
The remarks came after German scholar Adrian Zenz recently published a report that claimed Xinjiang was using forced sterilization and coercive family planning against Uygurs and other minorities in Xinjiang in an attempt to limit their populations.
 
From: China Daily
 

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