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Xinjiang's achievements impress visiting envoys
 
Foreign diplomats think highly of Xinjiang's development after touring around the region, and have called for more global cooperation rather than defamation, unilateralism and hegemonism.
 
Amid the attacks from some Western countries on claimed human rights grounds, the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous regional government held talks in Urumqi on April 2 with more than 30 foreign diplomats on the region's development.
 
From: China Daily
 
China sets minimum sleeping hours for children, teens
 
China has laid out minimum requirements on sleeping hours for children and teenagers to curb sleep deprivation, which can impair their growth and development, the Ministry of Education said at a press conference on April 2.
 
Primary-school pupils should get a minimum of 10 hours of sleep a day, while students at middle and high schools should sleep no less than nine and eight hours per day, respectively, said Lyu Yugang, an official with the ministry.
 
 From: Xinhua

China issues white paper on poverty alleviation 
 
China's State Council Information Office on April 6 issued a white paper titled "Poverty Alleviation: China's Experience and Contribution."  
 
The white paper was issued to record the course of the Chinese people's great fight in eliminating extreme poverty, introduce China's approach, and share its experience and actions in poverty alleviation.  
 
From: Xinhua
 
Chinese democracy delivers real results to the people
 
The 8,993 proposals which were submitted to China's annual legislative session this year were transferred to relevant departments for research and handling, a vivid example of Chinese democracy transforming people's voices into concrete plans and actions.
 
The National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee has set 22 priority topics, which can be categorized into six aspects including ensuring the livelihoods of the people, planning the work of the NPC Standing Committee, accelerating the development of a modern industrial system, comprehensively advancing rural vitalization, implementing the regional development strategies and promoting green development, according to the data made public on April 6.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Guideline to protect children at schools
 
The Education Ministry has issued a draft guideline designed to protect minors from sexual harassment, assault and bullying at primary and secondary schools and has asked schools to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to such incidents.
 
The detailed regulation on protecting minors at schools also bans romantic or sexual relationships between teachers and students. It forbids teachers from molesting, giving verbal or physical sexual suggestions and showing obscene materials to students.
 
The guideline, issued on April 6, is open for public comment until April 23.
 
From: China Daily
 
China to recruit over 84,000 college graduates as rural teachers this year
 
China plans to recruit 84,330 college graduates as teachers in rural primary and middle schools in 2021 as part of efforts to promote rural vitalization, the Ministry of Education said on April 7.
 
The recruitment is mainly for the once-impoverished areas and those inhabited by ethnic minorities to consolidate the results of poverty reduction, according to a notice issued by the ministries of education and finance on carrying out rural special-post teacher recruitment program this year.
 
 From: Xinhua
 
Communist Party of China makes tremendous success in human rights development over its 100-year history
 
The International Conference on the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Progress on Human Rights in China was held in Changchun, capital of northeast China's Jilin Province, on April 8.
 
It was joined by more than 100 representatives from over 20 countries and international organizations, who gave a high evaluation on the CPC's efforts to strive for, respect and safeguard human rights in its 100-year history.
 
From: People's Daily
 
Article exposes humanitarian disasters caused by U.S. aggressive wars
 
The China Society for Human Rights Studies on April 9 published an article, exposing severe humanitarian disasters caused by U.S. aggressive wars against foreign countries since the end of World War II.
 
The United States has waged foreign wars under the banner of "humanitarian intervention," causing a massive loss of military lives, serious civilian casualties as well as property damage, said the article titled "Severe Humanitarian Disasters Caused by U.S. Aggressive Wars against Foreign Countries." 
 
From: Xinhua
 
Chinese premier stresses flood control, drought relief
 
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has urged efforts to step up flood control and drought relief work, as it is closely related to the overall situation of economic and social development.
 
All localities and departments should give priority to disaster prevention while combining disaster prevention, disaster response and disaster relief, Li said in an instruction to a video conference on flood control and drought relief held on April 15.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Beijing police paying greater attention to cyberspace
 
Beijing police are paying greater attention to cybersecurity by fighting various internet-related offenses in 2020, with detention of more than 6,000 suspects, the Municipal Public Security Bureau said on April 15.
 
The intensified fight aimed to provide a safer online environment for netizens and to further safeguard national security, according to the bureau.
 
From: chinadaily.com.cn
 
China's surveyed urban unemployment rate drops in March
 
China's surveyed urban unemployment rate stood at 5.3 percent in March, 0.6 percentage points lower than the same period last year, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed on April 16.
 
A total of 2.97 million new jobs were created in urban areas in the first quarter (Q1), said the NBS.
 
From: Xinhua
 
China makes remarkable progress in gender equality, women empowerment: official
 
China has made remarkable progress in promoting gender equality and women empowerment, effectively ensuring women's rights in areas including politics, economy, culture and social life, a senior official said on April 16.
 
Yang Wenzhuang, an official with China's National Health Commission, made the remarks during the launch of the State of World Population 2021 report in Beijing, released by the United Nations Population Fund.
 
From: Xinhua
 
China takes further steps to protect language resources
 
China has launched the second phase of a national language resources protection project. It aims is to promote standard written and spoken Chinese and protect dialects and languages of ethnic minorities, the Ministry of Education said on April 19.
 
More than 350 colleges, universities, and research institutions have participated in the project so far, involving over 4,500 professionals.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Chinese premier urges consolidating growth momentum, ensuring people's livelihood
 
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has called for efforts to deepen reform and opening-up, enhance driving forces for innovation, consolidate the sound foundation of the country's economy, and guarantee people's livelihood.
 
Li, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remarks during an inspection tour in Southwest China's Sichuan province from April 19 to April 20.
 
From: Xinhua
 
New standard set for basic public services
 
China has released a new standard for national basic public services to ensure equal access for all people and improve people's basic livelihood, a leading official at the country's top economic planner said on April 21.
 
The standard, issued by the National Development and Reform Commission and 20 other departments, covers 80 public services in nine categories, including education, employment, social security, housing and medical services.
 
From: China Daily
 
Medical insurance to be expanded for family use
 
China is expanding medical insurance accounts to enable them to be shared among immediate family members rather than reserved for personal use.
 
Set up in 1998, the State-level medical insurance system allows only insured employees to use their personal account to cover their own expenses at medical institutions.
 
Under a reform guideline released by the General Office of the State Council on April 22, immediate family members-including spouses, parents and children-will be able to use the personal account of the insured.
 
From: China Daily
 
China's highest judicial body pledges to clarify anti-monopoly rules
 
The Supreme People's Court of China, the country's highest judicial body, said on April 22 that it will formulate relevant judicial interpretations on anti-monopoly and anti-unfair competition in due course.
 
In a document on the judicial protection of intellectual property rights during the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025), the court said it would clarify rules on various types of monopoly and unfair competition in order to eliminate market barriers and promote fair competition. It pledged to increase scrutiny on such cases.
 
From: CGTN
 
China to improve urban drainage
 
China on April 26 released a guideline on improving urban drainage to safeguard people's lives and property and support sound economic and social development.
 
The guideline, introduced by the General Office of the State Council, highlighted systematically constructing drainage and waterlogging prevention systems, strengthening urban emergency management, and improving urban planning.
 
From: Xinhua
 
China regulates social work of child welfare institutions
 
China's child welfare institutions will offer professional social work services and see each social worker is responsible for a maximum of 40 children.
 
The Ministry of Civil Affairs on April 27 said it has approved the release of a guideline for the social work services of child welfare institutions, which, for the first time, clarifies requirements for institutions carrying out social work.
 
From: Xinhua
 
China spends over 5.3 trillion yuan on education in 2020
 
China spent more than 5.3 trillion yuan (around 817 billion U.S. dollars) on education in 2020, up approximately 5.65 percent from 2019, showed statistics released on April 27 by the Ministry of Education.
 
The statistics indicated that about 4.3 trillion yuan, or over 80 percent of the total spending, came from government budgetary spending.
 
From: Xinhua
 
China launches anti-fraud awareness campaign
 
Chinese authorities on April 27 launched a nationwide campaign to enhance the public awareness of fraudulent practices, along with a month-long publicity drive to combat telecom and internet frauds.
 
It is better to prevent the crime in advance than to crack down on it afterward, said Du Hangwei, vice minister of public security, calling for active public participation from all walks of life in the country's efforts against such illegal activities.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Leading group aims to protect minors
 
The State Council, China's Cabinet, unveiled on April 27 a high-level leading group to coordinate work related to the protection of minors among various government agencies, as well as judicial and other bodies.
 
Led by Vice-Premier Sun Chunlan, the cross-departmental group was created to better implement the newly revised Minors Protection Law, said a circular on the website of the State Council.
 
From: China Daily
 
China's maternal mortality rate continues to decrease
 
China's nationwide maternal mortality rate was 16.9 per 100,000 in 2020, down 15.9 percent than 2015, said a health official on April 29.
 
The infant mortality rate was 5.4 per 1,000 in 2020, a decrease of 33.3 percent compared with 2015, said Song Li, head of the division of women and children of the National Health Commission at a news briefing.
 
From: Xinhua
 
China amends law for more fairness in education
 
Chinese lawmakers on April 29 passed an amendment to the Education Law, aimed at ensuring fairness in education by mandating tougher punishment for those who steal the identity of others to enroll in a school or college.
 
Impostors will have their admission qualifications revoked and slapped with a ban from relevant national examinations for two to five years, according to the amendment, which was approved at the 28th session of the 13th National People's Congress Standing Committee.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Govt approves new law to boost rural vitalization
 
China's top legislature passed a law on April 29 to promote the national rural vitalization strategy with provisions ranging from attracting talent to boosting rural industries to preserving ecology.
 
The law will come into force on June 1.
 
It came after a draft of the 10-chapter Rural Vitalization Promotion Act was submitted on April 26 to the National People's Congress Standing Committee for a third review.
 
From: chinadaily.com.cn
 
Report rejects 'internment camps' fabrication by Adrian Zenz
 
The claim made by Adrian Zenz, a so-called German scholar, that 1 million Uygurs were held in internment camps in China's Xinjiang has no factual basis, according to a report released by the Xinjiang Development Research Center on April 30.
 
The report, titled "Slanderer Adrian Zenz's Xinjiang-related Fallacies Versus the Truth," says, The Grayzone, an independent news website, said in an article published in December 2019 that the claim about 1 million Uygurs being held in internment camps was first proposed and then spread by the website of the Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD), a Washington DC-based non-governmental organization supported by the US government, and the CHRD made the estimate by interviewing only eight Uygurs and rough estimation.
 
From: Xinhua

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