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August 31,2021   By:en.humanrights.cn
Chinese state councilor stresses resettlement of flood-affected people
 
Chinese State Councilor Wang Yong has stressed all-out efforts in the resettlement and assistance of flood-affected people, urging accelerated resumption of order in production and life in the disaster-hit areas.
 
Wang, who heads the country's flood control and drought relief headquarters, made the remarks during his inspection tour to central China's Henan Province.
 
Wang inspected hard-hit tunnels, subways and residential communities. He also visited affected villages, resettlement sites, and flood storage and detention areas in cities including Zhengzhou, Xinxiang and Hebi, from Aug. 1 to Aug. 3.
 
From: Xinhua
 
More quality teachers for rural areas
 
China plans to train more high-quality teachers for less-developed regions to improve education in central and western parts of the country, said a notice issued by nine central government departments on Aug. 3.
 
It will train about 10,000 students a year to become teachers in underdeveloped counties starting from this year, the notice said.
 
From: China Daily
 
FM rejects Western human rights claims
 
State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said that China will resolutely and repeatedly refute attacks against the country made on the basis of human rights claims, after the United States and Japan criticized China on issues related to the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
 
Speaking via video link on Aug. 4 at the 11th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers' Meeting, Wang said that such smears from the US and Japan are cliches that ASEAN member countries have not repeated, and that China has the right to refute these allegations based on the principle of reciprocity.
 
From: China Daily
 
China to provide 2 billion COVID vaccines globally
 
President Xi Jinping said on Aug. 5 that China will provide a total of 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the world this year, in the latest effort to honor its commitment to make vaccines a global public good by ensuring vaccine accessibility and affordability.
 
He also said that China will donate $100 million to the COVAX global vaccine initiative for the distribution of vaccines to developing countries.
 
From: China Daily
 
Tibet helps college graduates land jobs
 
The central government and the Tibet autonomous region have been prioritizing efforts to secure college graduates employment in the region, and industries and businesses are encouraged to provide more job opportunities for them, regional authorities said on Aug. 6.
 
Employment, especially of college graduates in the region, has been highlighted by President Xi Jinping on multiple occasions.
 
From: China Daily
 
Chinese vice premier urges coordinated flood relief, COVID-19 measures
 
Chinese Vice Premier Sun Chunlan has called for coordinated measures in flood relief and curbing the COVID-19 epidemic during an inspection tour to central China's Henan Province on Aug. 6.
 
Sun, also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, visited two flood-relief relocation sites in the city of Xinxiang.
 
From: Xinhua
 
China issues white paper on human rights progress through moderate prosperity attainment
 
China on Aug. 12 issued a white paper to elaborate on how its realization of all-round moderate prosperity represents comprehensive progress in ensuring universal human rights in China, and a new contribution to the world's human rights cause.
 
Titled "Moderate Prosperity in All Respects: Another Milestone Achieved in China's Human Rights," the white paper was released by the State Council Information Office.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Nationwide COVID fight proves effective
 
The domestic COVID-19 outbreak affecting 18 provincial-level regions in China since late July is complicated but under control, and the risk of seeing widespread outbreaks across the country is low, health officials said on Aug. 13.
 
More than 777 million people in China have completed full COVID-19 vaccinations as of Thursday, Mi Feng, a spokesman for the National Health Commission, said during a news briefing. That accounts for about 55 percent of the nation's population.
 
From: China Daily
 
Shanghai to improve people-oriented services
 
Shanghai will step up efforts to help the disadvantaged during the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) period, Zhu Qinhao, head of the city's Civil Affairs Bureau, said at a news conference held by Shanghai municipal people's government on Aug. 13.
 
Besides combining offline and online assistance for vulnerable groups, the government will also strengthen social welfare services, including elderly care, benefits for disabled people and juvenile protection.
 
From: chinadaily.com.cn
 
China adds over 8 million urban jobs
 
China added 8.22 million new urban jobs from January through July, roughly 74.7 percent of the nation's annual target, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Aug. 16.
 
The surveyed unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in July, up 0.1 percentage points from a month earlier. The rate was 16.2 percent and 4.2 percent for the 16-24 and 25-59 age groups, respectively, the bureau said.
 
From: chinadaily.com.cn
 
China's draft legal aid law proposes more support for remote regions
 
A draft law deliberated by China's top legislature proposes more legal aid resources for the country's remote regions.
 
The draft legal aid law on Aug. 17 returned to the National People's Congress Standing Committee for a third reading.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Dissolution of anti-China group Civil Human Rights Front has nothing do to with freedom: Carrie Lam
 
Chief Executive of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam said on Aug. 17 that the dissolution of Civil Human Rights Front has nothing do to with freedom, and crimes committed by the anti-China group will not be exonerated by its dissolution.
 
Lam told a regular press conference that freedom of speech, association, assembly and procession are guaranteed by the Basic Law of the HKSAR. She refuted foreign countries' accusations, saying the recent disbandment of some civic groups is unrelated to the freedoms enshrined in the Basic Law.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Draft law revision to better protect female soldiers
 
A draft revision to China's military service law has proposed strengthening protection of the lawful rights and interests of female military personnel.
 
The draft was submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's top legislature, for a second reading on Aug. 17.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Li vows more aid to Henan relief
 
Premier Li Keqiang has pledged greater support to flood-hit areas in Henan province to expedite steps for post-disaster reconstruction, saying that lessons must be drawn from the floods to strengthen weak areas in urban development.
 
Speaking at a conference on post-flood reconstruction in Zhengzhou, the provincial capital, on Aug. 19, Li urged local authorities to assume their responsibilities in planning the rebuilding of the flood-hit areas, with steps to repair damaged farmland and to rebuild and reinforce damaged homes.
 
From: China Daily
 
China passes new law to protect doctors
 
China has passed a law on protecting the lawful rights and interests of physicians, providing a legal guarantee for the implementation of the Healthy China strategy.
 
The legislation was adopted at the closing meeting of a session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on Aug. 20.
 
The law, consisting of seven chapters and 67 articles, stipulates that Aug. 19 is observed as China's Doctors' Day.
 
From: Xinhua
 
China adopts legal aid law
 
A law on legal aid was adopted by China's top legislature on Aug. 20 amid the country's efforts to regulate and promote legal assistance to better safeguard social fairness and justice.
 
The law was adopted after the third reading at the 30th standing committee session of the 13th National People's Congress, which opened on Aug. 24.
 
From: Xinhua
 
China urges rectifying formalism and reducing burden on grassroots
 
China's central authorities have demanded effective action to fight the practice of formalities for formalities' sake, while also reducing the burden on officials and workers at the primary level, according to a meeting on Aug. 20.
 
Recognizing the results of efforts in this regard over the past years, the meeting called for more input in reversing the problem of overburdening primary-level officials and workers.
 
From: Xinhua
 
China adopts new law to protect personal information
 
China's top legislature on Aug. 20 voted to adopt a new law on personal information protection, which will take effect on Nov. 1.
 
Lawmakers approved the law at the closing meeting of a regular legislative session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), which started on Aug. 24.
 
From: Xinhua
 
New expressway begins operation in Tibet
 
The world's highest expressway - linking Lhasa, capital of the Tibet autonomous region, with the region's northern city of Nagchu - began operation on Aug. 24.
 
With a speed limit of 120 kilometers per hour and sitting at an average altitude of over 4,500 meters, the 295-km Nagchu-Lhasa Expressway is a section of the G6 Beijing-Tibet Expressway. The new expressway, the first between the two cities, will shorten the drive between them to three hours from more than six previously.
 
From: China Daily
 
Religious freedom, ethnic unity highlighted
 
Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, has underlined the importance of fully implementing the Party's theories and policies concerning ethnic groups in order to further promote equality, unity, mutual assistance and harmony among all of them.
 
Xi, who is also China's president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remark on Aug. 24 during his two-day inspection tour of Chengde in Hebei province.
 
From: China Daily
 
Political advisors discuss environmental protection on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau
 
Chinese national political advisors convened a session on Aug. 24 to pool wisdom on strengthening ecological and environmental protection on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and its adaptation to climate change.
 
The session, held by the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's top political advisory body, was presided over by Wang Yang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the CPPCC National Committee.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Police find over 3,400 missing, abducted children this year
 
Police have located or rescued 3,400 missing or abducted people, including adults who went missing or were abducted as children, since a nationwide campaign to help reunite them with their families was launched in January.
 
One person had been separated from family for 61 years, the Ministry of Public Security said on Aug. 24.
 
From: chinadaily.com.cn
 
'New workforce' eligible for insurance
 
Couriers, online food delivery staff and housekeepers in Beijing are eligible for up to 100,000 yuan ($15,430) from the Beijing Federation of Trade Unions, local authorities said on Aug. 24.
 
Special-purpose insurance funds, guaranteed for a year, were designed for the "new workforce". After joining a trade union, they will benefit from the mutual assistance funds if they or their children are diagnosed with diseases or become disabled in an accident.
 
From: chinadaily.com.cn
 
Nation surpasses 5-year targets to reduce occurrence of range of disabilities
 
China has hit a host of targets set in 2016 to reduce the occurrence of disabilities, an official said on Aug. 24.
 
The achievements are spread across a wide range of areas, including coverage of prenatal checkups, treatment of chronic diseases, and the number of car accidents and work injuries, said Hu Xiangyang, who oversees rehabilitation affairs at the China Disabled Persons' Federation.
 
From: China Daily
 
Litigants, judicial system benefiting from online case filing system
 
China's top court said on Aug. 24 that more than 10 million cases were filed online last year, which made settling legal matters more convenient for litigants and helped improve judicial efficiency.
 
Compared with initiating a lawsuit offline, the online filings helped litigants and their lawyers save about 1.6 billion yuan ($247 million) in commuting costs, and they spent 4.86 million fewer hours in court, according to Xu Jianfeng, director of the information center at the Supreme People's Court.
 
From: chinadaily.com.cn
 
Govt aims to upgrade transport services
 
The transport sector will continue to improve service quality to benefit people as it builds on major progress made in the past, Transport Minister Li Xiaopeng told a news conference in Beijing on Aug. 24.
 
The ministry aims to provide more convenient, faster and more comfortable services to benefit more people, he said.
 
From: China Daily
 
Meeting vows support for women, kids
 
The State Council's executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang on Aug. 25 adopted the Outline for Women's Development in China (2021-30) and the Outline for Children's Development in China (2021-30), and required improving support measures for the third-child policy.
 
From: China Daily

Beijing's teacher rotation policy aims to improve equity
 
Primary and middle school teachers in Beijing's public school system will be required to take part in rotation programs to further improve education equity and quality in the city.
 
Teachers and principals who have worked at the same school for more than six years will be asked to shift to a school in another district and share their knowledge and experience with new colleagues and students, Beijing Education Commission spokesman Li Yi said at a news conference on Aug. 25
 
From: China Daily
 
Plan aims to eliminate cervical cancer
 
China's top health authority is drafting plans to eliminate cervical cancer, with a focus on expanding screening nationwide and increasing the number of girls and women getting vaccinated against the cancer-causing human papillomavirus, officials and experts said on Aug. 27.
 
Xu Xiaochao, an official from the National Health Commission's maternal and child health department, said that since a major cervical cancer screening program mainly targeting rural areas was launched in 2009, the public's awareness and willingness to take such examinations have grown significantly.
 
From: China Daily
 
Chances, challenges for China's job creation in 2021-2025
 
China's job market will remain generally stable for the next five years as the country cranks up its proactive job-creation measures to cope with the challenges ahead.
 
Led by the country's consistent job-first policy, the State Council has released a plan on boosting employment for the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025), vowing to add over 55 million new urban jobs in the next five years.
 
Li Zhong, vice minister of human resources and social security, told a press conference on Aug. 30 that the plan is an "important guide" for the work related to employment, which faces both opportunities and challenges.
 
From: Xinhua
 
China builds 78 million units of affordable housing in 13 years
 
China has built more than 78 million compensatory homes of various types across the country since 2008, benefiting more than 200 million people, the country's leading housing official said on Aug. 31.
 
In addition to constructing new public rental housing, affordable rental apartments and homes with shared ownership, the country has also rebuilt many areas in shantytowns to meet the housing demands of low-income families, said Wang Menghui, minister of housing and urban-rural development, in a news conference organized by the State Council Information Office.
 
From: chinadaily.com.cn
 
E-commerce Law to be revised
 
The State Administration for Market Regulation on Aug. 31 issued a notice of the plan to revise the China E-commerce Law, including measures to punish those who infringe on intellectual property rights on e-commerce platforms.
 
The revised rules, open to public feedback, have added a provision: If the operator of the platform submits a false statement that there is actually no infringement, and has led to the aggravated loss of the obligee, it shall double its liability for compensation.
 
From: chinadaily.com.cn
 
China to increase gov't-subsidized housing in 2021-2025
 
China will focus on the development of government-subsidized rental housing in the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025) to ensure the housing security for the people.
 
The country has built over 80 million sets of government-subsidized and renovation housing, improving the living conditions of more than 200 million people with difficulties, Wang Menghui, minister of housing and urban-rural development, told a press conference Aug. 31.
 
From: Xinhua

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