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February 07,2022   By:en.humanrights.cn
Law prompts parents to educate kids properly
 
Chinese parents are being encouraged to educate their children properly-morally, physically and psychologically-as a new law on family education came into effect on Jan. 1.
 
The Law on Family Education Promotion stipulates the responsibilities of guardians and society in terms of family responsibility, State support, social collaboration and legal responsibility.
 
From: China Daily
 
China clips hydrofluorocarbon production to reduce global warming
 
China has started to phase down the production of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) – potent greenhouse gases- responsible for depleting the Earth's ozone layer and contributing significantly to global warming.
 
The Ministry of Environment and Ecology (MEE) barred companies from expanding HFC production capacity from January 1. "Companies shall not build or expand the HFC chemical production facilities. Enterprises that violate the new regulations will be liable to punishment," said a notification issued by the ministry. 
 
From: CGTN
 
Homeless people get special care amid COVID fight
 
Civil affairs departments in Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi province, have provided aid to 222 homeless people and street wanderers as of noon on Jan. 3 amid a COVID-19 outbreak in the city, a senior official said.
 
Kong Hong, deputy director of the Xi'an bureau of civil affairs, said at a news conference on Jan. 3 that "civil affairs departments have established a number of shelters for the homeless people in the city".
 
From: CHINA DAILY
 
Veterans to start getting allowance every month
 
Qualified veterans on the Chinese mainland will soon start receiving a monthly living allowance, according to a new regulation published by central authorities.
 
The Regulation on Veterans' Monthly Allowance was jointly issued on Jan. 4 by 11 agencies of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, Central Military Commission and central government, including the education and public security ministries as well as the CMC Political Work Department.
 
From: China Daily
 
Air quality, economy are getting better in Beijing
 
Beijing has achieved concrete success in terms of air quality improvement and rapid economic growth, a senior municipal government official said on Jan. 4.
 
The capital's annual average concentration of fine particulate matter in the air-PM2.5-fell to 33 micrograms per cubic meter last year, meeting the city's air quality target outlined in the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) ahead of schedule, Yu Jianhua, spokesman for the Beijing Municipal Ecology and Environment Bureau, said at a news conference.
 
From: China Daily
 
Average life expectancy in Tibet rises to 72.19 years
 
The average life expectancy in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region in 2021 rose to 72.19 years, an increase of 1.09 years over 2020.
 
The figure was released on Jan. 5 at the fifth session of the 11th People's Congress of Tibet Autonomous Region.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Chinese vice premier stresses consolidation of poverty-eradication achievements
 
Vice Premier Hu Chunhua has stressed consolidating the achievements in poverty elimination, calling for efforts to prevent rural population from falling back into poverty and promote the follow-up development of regions that have eradicated poverty.
 
Hu, also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remarks during an inspection tour to south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region from Jan. 6 to 9.
 
From: Xinhua
 
China fully vaccinates over 1.21 billion against COVID-19, achieves herd immunity
 
China has fully vaccinated more than 1.21 billion people, or 86.25 percent of the country's total population against COVID-19 as of Jan. 7, said a health official from the National Health Commission (NHC) at a press briefing on Jan. 8.
 
Nearly 2.89 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered to the people living on the Chinese mainland, said He Qinghua, an official from the disease control and prevention division at the NHC.
 
From: CGTN
 
Vice Premier calls for more efforts to stabilize employment
 
Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua on Jan. 10 called for stronger efforts to keep employment stable.
 
Hu made the remarks while addressing a meeting of the leading group on employment work under the State Council in Beijing.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Guideline to remedy high school woes
 
The Ministry of Education issued an evaluation guideline for high schools on Jan. 10 that aims to reform the exam-oriented education system and promote the all-around development of students.
 
The new guideline bans school-organized tutoring classes on public holidays and during summer and winter vacations and requires schools to properly arrange their daily schedules to make sure students have enough sleep.
 
From: CHINA DAILY
 
Chinese procurators help schools promote legal work, campus security
 
Amid China's efforts to promote the rule of law and security on campus, over 39,000 procurators had been designated as deputy principals in over 77,000 schools by the end of September 2021, the Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP) said Jan. 10.
 
The SPP and the Ministry of Education have jointly issued a regulation to further standardize the work of the deputy principals.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Average life expectancy in China to reach 78.3 years in 2025
 
China's average life expectancy is expected to reach 78.3 years in 2025, up from 77.3 years in 2019, according to the country's 14th five-year plan (2021-2025) for public service.
 
The total number of beds in nursing homes for the elderly will reach 10 million in 2025, said the plan issued by 21 government departments including the National Development and Reform Commission on Jan. 10.
 
From: Xinhua
 
China sees rapid growth in patents, trademarks granted to foreigners in 2021
 
China saw rapid growth in the number of patents and trademarks granted to foreigners in 2021, an official from the country's top intellectual property (IP) regulator said on Jan. 12.
 
The number of invention patents granted on applicants from foreign countries reached 110,000, up 23 percent from the previous year, and over 194,000 trademarks were registered by foreign applicants, up 5.2 percent year on year, said Hu Wenhui, spokesperson for the National Intellectual Property Administration.
 
From: CGTN
 
China strives to build agricultural sci-tech innovation system
 
China is striving to establish a modern agricultural science and technology innovation system by 2025, according to a development guideline of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) for the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) released on Jan. 12.
 
The CAAS aims to achieve breakthroughs that can help improve grain yield, self-sufficiency of oil-bearing crops such as soybeans, and the utilization rate of irrigation water, chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
 
From: CGTN
 
Chinese, overseas scholars condemn US signing of 'Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act'
 
The United States' signing of the so-called "Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act" into law was nothing but a political farce, said a law professor from China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region at a press conference on Jan. 13 in Beijing.
 
The conference was held by the Xinjiang regional government, with Chinese and foreign scholars participating both online and offline.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Chinese journalists association hosts workshop on human rights protection
 
Chinese researchers, domestic and international journalists, and foreign embassy media officers gathered at a workshop on Jan. 14 in Beijing to discuss China's human rights protection.
 
The workshop was hosted by the All-China Journalists Association following a recently-published book of selected discourses by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, on respecting and protecting human rights.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Xinjiang issues development plan for women, children
 
Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has issued two plans to promote the high-quality development of women and children through 180 welfare measures spanning 15 fields, local authorities said on Jan. 14.
 
The plans aim to promote the coordinated development of women and children from urban and rural regions and different areas and groups. They further aim to protect the rights and interests of women and children with special difficulties, said Wang Lixia, deputy director of the regional working committee on children and women.
 
From: CGTN
 
China to improve modern public legal services system
 
China will enhance and accelerate efforts to improve its modern public legal services system, according to a meeting on the country's judicial administration on Jan. 17.
 
The system should be convenient, efficient, equal and inclusive, and cover both urban and rural areas in 2022, the meeting said.
 
From: Xinhua
 
China pledges to further support employment of people emerging from poverty
 
In an effort to consolidate its poverty elimination achievements, China will strive to ensure that at least 30 million people who have been lifted out of poverty are employed this year, a senior official said on Jan. 18.
 
In 2021, some 31.45 million people lifted out of poverty found jobs, Liu Huanxin, deputy chief of the Office of the Central Rural Work Leading Group and head of the National Rural Revitalization Administration, told a video conference.
 
From: Xinhua
 
China's wetlands of int'l importance improving: white paper
 
The ecology of China's wetlands of international importance has been improving in the wake of better water quality and biodiversity, said a white paper issued by the National Forestry and Grassland Administration on Jan. 19.
 
China now has 64 wetlands of international importance, including 63 on the mainland and one in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The white paper surveyed the wetlands on the mainland.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Food security, preventing backslide to poverty top Ministry agenda
 
Ensuring national food security and preventing a large-scale backslide into poverty are two of the main tasks this year, officials with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said on Jan. 20.
 
Zeng Yande, head of the ministry's development and planning department, said that national grain output hit a record high of 683 million metric tons and cultivated areas covered 118 million hectares last year.
 
From: chinadaily.com.cn
 
CPC meeting urges better response to grassroots grievances
 
A key Party meeting, presided over by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, on Jan. 24, has called for improving the system for responding to the public's grievances in order to create a sound environment for addressing social problems in accordance with the law.
 
The meeting of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee reviewed two documents, including a regulation about the response to the public's grievances.
 
From: CHINA DAILY
 
Shanghai makes booster shots available to expats
 
Expatriates in Shanghai can now make appointments to receive domestically developed COVID-19 booster shots, the municipal government announced on Jan. 25.
 
The booster shots will be made available only to foreigners aged 18 and older. Appointments can be made through the Health Cloud app beginning at 8 pm on Jan. 25. Adult expats can also make COVID-19 vaccination appointments for their children at the same time.
 
From: chinadaily.com.cn
 
Li calls for additional efforts on lifting people's livelihoods
 
Premier Li Keqiang has called for heightened efforts to consolidate the nation's poverty alleviation outcomes and lift the living standards of people from various ethnic groups as he extended festive greetings to vendors, farmers and migrant workers during a visit to Gansu province.
 
In a fact-finding tour to the province in western China on Jan. 27 and Jan. 28, Li reiterated his pledge to scale up tax cuts and fee reductions to support smaller firms and self-employed individuals-key channels of employment for China's 1.4-billion population.
 
From: CHINA DAILY
 
Xinjiang expands loans to boost high-quality development of agriculture
 
Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region last year expanded loans to agricultural entities in a bid to promote agricultural modernization and boost rural development, the Urumqi branch of the People's Bank of China said on Jan. 27.
 
By the end of 2021, the outstanding amount of agriculture-related loans in Xinjiang had reached 1.02 trillion yuan (about $160 billion), accounting for 40.1 percent of all loans, an increase of 2.3 percentage points over the previous year, official data shows.
 
From: XInhua
 
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