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Xi urges stepped-up efforts to eradicate poverty by 2020

President Xi Jinping has urged more intensified and precise poverty relief efforts to accomplish the country’s goal to pull all people out of poverty by the end of 2020.

To eradicate poverty in rural areas on time is the “bottom line for China’s building a well-off society in an all-round way, and also our solemn commitment”, Xi said while chairing a group study session on Tuesday of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee.

During the session, Xi, also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, underscored the importance of stronger leadership, more funding support and better coordination between government departments and between the country’s eastern and western regions.

China has vowed to lift all of its people living below the poverty line out of poverty by 2020. The country’s poverty line is 2,300 yuan ($334) in annual income.

A total of 55.64 million people have been lifted out of poverty since 2013, and “the living standards of poverty-stricken people have significantly improved, and the situation of poverty-stricken areas has markedly improved”, Xi said.

Despite the great achievement, more than 40 million people still live in poverty, which means that in the coming four years, China has to pull at least 10 million people out of poverty on average every year, according to official data.

Xi said that the difficulty of poverty alleviation should not be underestimated, since the people and areas that still suffer from poverty are generally poorer and face weaker backgrounds and more extreme conditions.

Areas that are suffering from extreme poverty should be prioritized to ensure that the targets can be met on time, he added.

Xi also underscored the importance of more targeted efforts to help the poor.

Local authorities were urged to develop economic entities that can help create wealth among the poor, and roll out different measures for different people, households and villages.

They should better implement support measures in education and healthcare to help poor families that suffer from serious or chronic diseases and ensure their children can receive an education, Xi said.

Authorities should also incubate rural entrepreneurship and attract talent to flow back to their hometowns to aid the local fight against poverty, he said.

During the group study session, the top leadership also heard reports from Liu Yongfu, head of the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development, and governors of Guizhou, Yunnan and Gansu provinces-areas that still have large impoverished populations.

Liu said at a work conference in December that China’s financial input for poverty reduction hit a record high in 2016, with that from the central and provincial governments exceeding 100 billion yuan for the first time.

The country will continue to work on a number of fronts, including promoting industrial development in poor regions, giving the poor easier access to employment services, healthcare and education, and improving infrastructure in poor regions, he said.

Sino-US friendship has strong roots in Muscatine, Iowa

CHICAGO – In the hinterland of the United States and on the upper reaches of the Mississippi River lies a small city — Muscatine. It may be unknown to many Americans, but it has become a household name in China thanks to its special connection with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

FRIENDSHIP IS BIG BUSINESS

In 1985, Xi, then party secretary of Zhengding county in China’s northern province of Hebei, led a five-person delegation to Muscatine in the state of Iowa and stayed with a local family for two days.

Muscatine did not come into the spotlight until Xi, who was so impressed with the hospitality of the local residents, returned to this small city to meet his old friends during his US visit in 2012 as Chinese vice president.

After that, Muscatine and Zhengding became sister cities in 2013, with flourishing cultural and education exchanges between Muscatine and China.

In a cupboard at the entrance to the mayor’s office in the City Hall of Muscatine are two ping-pong paddles, a Chinese tea set and a T-shirt, which are gifts from Xi and Zhengding.

In the gap between the mayor’s office door and the cupboard hangs a picture showing former Muscatine Mayor DeWayne Hopkins presenting a golden keyto the city to Xi when he visited Muscatine in 2012.

The mayor’s office is not the only place that has Chinese elements. Muscatine City Administrator Gregg Mandsager has Chinese tea and sesame candy displayed in his cupboard.

Sarah Lande, an old friend who helped arrange Xi’s itinerary in Muscatine, has a trove of China-related items in her house.

On the mantelpiece, the piano, and the table there are pictures of Xi meeting old friends in her house. Chinese calligraphies hang on the walls of the sitting room and a replica of China’s famous painting from the Song Dynasty (960-1127) Along the River during the Qingming Festival hangs high above the bookcase.

Lande remembered the day when Xi visited her house, where many people gathered. I gave a little welcome as the hostess, then the governor spoke, and Xi Jinping spoke. Each of the old friends gave a memory.

She marveled at Xi’s good memory. He just remembered all the details, she said, adding that they concluded that friendship is big business.

Joni Axel also participated in the planning of Xi and his team’s tour of Muscatine in 1985. She told Xinhua her impression when meeting Xi in Lande’s house in 2012.

We saw the same inviting personality, he has a very pleasant smile, she said, adding that Xi appeared to have an innate sense of curiosity.

He had a great memory of things that we did in 1985. He spoke of his interest in Mark Twain, he spoke of the river, he spoke of the hospitality. He could remember what he had for breakfast, with a young teenage girl. He could remember a lot of things, Axel said.

FRIENDSHIP PROJECTS THRIVING

Chinese businessman Glad Cheng traveled to Muscatine in 2013 and bought the house where Xi had stayed for two nights in 1985 and turned it into a Sino-US Friendship House.

Cheng then invested in a hotel project, purchased a travel agency and two homes, and a building in downtown Muscatine.

Cheng plans to turn the downtown building into a Sino-US Friendship Center to showcase to both Chinese and American visitors the story of Ping-Pong Diplomacy, the Flying Tigers heroes, and the cultural, educational and trade exchanges between China and the United States by way of pictures and articles. He also plans to plant peonies in the vast garden surrounding the house he bought on the Mississippi River, to make it a tourist attraction.

Similar to the Sino-US Friendship Center, Cheng also opened two Muscatine Centers in China: one in Jinan, capital of East China’s Shandong province; and the other in Yiwu in East China’s Zhejiang province.

With the help of Cheng and his partner Daniel Wang, Muscatine High School is now offering a 4-year Chinese course, with more than 200 students currently learning Chinese, and the school choir attended the 13th China International Chorus Festival in 2016.

Wanxiang America, a Chinese enterprise with numerous investments in the United States, joined the efforts in February by providing funds for students in Muscatine to study in China.

Strolling on the streets of Muscatine, a Chinese can always find cordial smiling faces and greetings from local residents. Occasionally, you will hear the Chinese greeting ni hao from a local.

To me it’s a good relationship, said Dan Stein, senior vice president of CBI Bank and Trust and chairman of the Muscatine China Initiative Committee. The United States wouldn’t be as good as it is if China didn’t develop like it has. But because it developed so rapidly, it helps our companies, everything is better. I want to keep seeing both countries like this.

Overseas experts expect China’s new economic zone to set example for developing economies

Aerial photo taken on March 31, 2017 shows Baiyangdian, North China’s largest freshwater wetland, in Anxin county, North China’s Hebei province. China announced Saturday it would establish the Xiongan New Area in Hebei province, as part of measures to advance the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei (BTH) region. The New Area, about 100 km southwest of downtown Beijing, will span three counties that sit at the center of the triangular area formed by Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei’s provincial capital Shijiazhuang. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING – International experts and media reports say China’s new economic zone will help relieve the burdens of Beijing as a metropolis, promote regional coordinated development and create a new growth pole for China, setting an example for developing economies.

China announced Saturday it would establish the Xiongan New Area in North China’s Hebei province, as part of measures to advance the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei (BTH) region.

EASING BEIJING’S URBAN BURDENS

Bambang Suryono, an Indonesian scholar and president of the Jakarta-based Nanyang ASEAN Foundation, said Beijing, a megapolis with a capital history of more than 800 years, is facing “urban ills” such as traffic jams as other big cities are.

Setting up the Xiongan New Area to build a creative and livable city will help ease Beijing’s urban burdens, Suryono said.

The establishment of the Xiongan New Area is “the latest step in China’s efforts to cure severe ‘urban ills,’ such as traffic congestion and air pollution in Beijing by curbing the capital’s population growth and moving certain non-essential facilities, including manufacturing and logistics, to nearby regions,” a report from Press Trust of India said.

Authorities intend to transform the region into a new growth pole, it said.

Ronnie Lins, CEO of Center China Brazil: Research Business, said that to avoid over-development of mega cities is a common issue facing all developing countries.

The Chinese government is actively exploring new development models for big cities, diversifying their functions and easing their burdens, which will solve the environmental issue, promote the development of surrounding areas and provide references for other developing countries, Lins said.

FURTHERING REGIONAL COORDINATED DEVELOPMENT

Zhu Zhiqun, a political science professor with Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, the United States, said the establishment of the Xiongan New Area is an important measure that will greatly influence China’s future development.

Zhu said he believed Xiongan will make the integrated development of the BTH region come true and promote the rapid and comprehensive development of north China.

China’s current development should focus on quality, Zhu said, adding that Xiongan aims to see green, creative, high-quality and high-end development, which will become a role model for other regions in the country.

Huang Bin, a researcher at Thailand’s Kasikorn Research Center, said setting up the Xiongan New Area is an important and strategic plan of the Chinese leadership.

The new economic zone, as well as Beijing and the port city of Tianjin, with their diversified and complementary functions, forms a “triangle” that will open a new space for the development of the BTH region and north China and will explore a completely new model for China’s urban development, Huang said.

NEW ENGINES FOR DEVELOPMENT

The Xiongan New Area, along with other new economic areas, special economic zones and free trade zones in China, “will greatly contribute to the balanced development of the economy,” a report from South Korea’s Asia Today said on its website.

The report said they will also create “the necessary power” to promote the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, which aims to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along the ancient Silk Road routes.

Suryono said establishing the Xiongan New Area forms an important part of China’s strategy to further its reform and deal with the problems that have emerged during the rapid development of the Chinese economy.

It is an important and innovative measure that accords with China’s national conditions, he said.

The establishment of the new economic zone implies a new growth pole for the Chinese economy, said Guo Shengxiang, dean of the Australian think tank of Academy of APEC Creative Finance, adding that it means China is deepening its opening up and will comprehensively embrace globalization and free trade.

Military urged to study Xi’s remarks on ministerial-level workshop

BEIJING – China’s military and armed police are ordered to carefully study the remarks made by President Xi Jinping at the opening session of a workshop.

According to a circular issued by the general office of the Central Military Commission (CMC), the CMC called on officers and soldiers to study and understand the remarks by Xi, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the CMC.

At the workshop on the Sixth Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee, attended by provincial and ministerial officials on Feb. 13, Xi told leading officials to practice strict self-discipline and eliminate privileges.

The circular urged leading military officials to be brave in self-examination and conduct strict self-discipline.

Officers and soldiers should acquire the norms of political life within the Party in the new era and the regulation on intra-Party supervision, Xi’s remarks on strict CPC governance, and the new concept of managing state affairs, the circular said.

The circular called on to further the anti-corruption drive, eliminate the pernicious influence of Guo Boxiong and Xu Caihou, two corrupt former CMC vice chairmen, and work for better political life in the armed forces.

It also urged to deepen national defense and military reform, and improve military preparedness and fighting capacity, it said.

China’s draft law highlights information security, national territory awareness

BEIJING -Chinese lawmakers are considering draft revisions to the surveying and mapping law to protect geographic information security and raise public awareness on national territory.

The amended draft was submitted to legislators for the second reading at the bimonthly session of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, which runs Monday to Thursday.

The law was formulated in 1992 and amended for the first time 10 years later.

Xi calls for deeper cooperation with Laos

BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday called for deepening cooperation with Laos and creating better future for bilateral ties by taking the opportunity of jointly promoting the Belt and Road Initiative.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made the remarks when meeting with Laotian President Bounnhang Vorachit, who is also general secretary of the Central Committee of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP).

South China Sea issue grows ‘positive’

The situation in the South China Sea issue has cooled down and the issue is developing in a positive way, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

China has noticed expressions in the summit chairman’s statement about the South China Sea, ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said of a chairman’s statement issued by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Manila on Sunday.

At present, thanks to joint efforts of regional countries, the temperatures of the South China Sea situation have gone down, things have eased up and the situation is developing in a positive way.

The statement of the 10-country bloc spoke of the improving cooperation between ASEAN and China, and did not include references to tensions.

An ASEAN diplomat told Reuters that the statement was a genuine representation of the atmosphere of the Manila meetings.

We respected the Philippines’ views and cooperated, the diplomat said. It clearly reflected how the issue was discussed. The Philippines holds the rotating ASEAN chairmanship this year.

In another gesture reflecting warming ties, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte visited three Chinese warships on Monday that would berthed in his hometown of Davao city on the southern island of Mindanao.

This is part of confidence-building and goodwill and to show we are friends, and that is why I welcome them, he said.

Duterte also repeated on Monday that he had agreed to hold joint China-Philippine military exercises.

Geng said on Tuesday at the news briefing that Beijing welcomes Duterte’s visit to the warships, which reflects increasing mutual political trust between the two sides.

He said the nations’ ties have improved comprehensively since last year and brought tangible benefits to the people.

This fully confirmed that friendly cooperation is the right choice that is in line with fundamental interests of the two countries and the two peoples.

Wang Baofu, a military strategist at the National Defence University of the People’s Liberation Army, said the Chinese warships visited the Philippines at the invitation of Duterte.

The visit of the warships, under such a situation … is very significant and has drawn close attention from countries in the region, Wang said in an analysis issued on the Defense Ministry’s website.

It is not a symbolic move, but an important step for the two sides to build up military and strategic mutual trust.

lixiaokun@chinadaily.com.cn

Chinese police seize 412 kg drugs in border province

KUNMING – Police in Southwest China’s Yunnan province have arrested four suspects and seized 412.4 kg of methamphetamine, the provincial public security department said Sunday.

After receiving a tip-off on cross-border drug trafficking in early January, police in Fengqing county in the city of Lincang dispatched police officers to investigate the case in the counties of Gengma and Cangyuan in Lincang.

After more than two months of investigation, police captured two suspects in Cangyuan county on March 17, seizing 203 packages of methamphetamine from the interlayers of their electric scooters.

The third suspect was caught at a border inspection station in Gengma county on the same day, with 1,480 packages of methamphetamine seized from his electric scooter and residence.

The last suspect was arrested in the neighboring Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region in April, according to the police.

The details of the case were first disclosed on Sunday.

The four suspects have been put under criminal detention. Further investigation is underway.

Yunnan is a major front in China’s battle against drug crime, as it borders the Golden Triangle known for its rampant drug production and trafficking.

5,763 officials accountable for pollution

China completed a high-level environmental inspection of 31 provincial regions on Friday, including the latest round, in which over 5,700 government officials were held accountable, the Ministry of Environmental Protection said on Monday.

The last inspection round – the fourth – began in mid-August and covered eight provincial-level regions – Jilin, Zhejiang, Shandong, Hainan, Sichuan and Qinghai provinces as well as the Tibet and Xinjiang Uygur autonomous regions. Inspectors finished their field work on Friday, the ministry said in a statement on Monday.

As of Friday, the inspectors had discovered 39,585 pollution problems and alerted the provincial governments. Of those problems, 35,039, or 88 percent, were dealt with. Taking heavy hits were polluting companies and irresponsible government officials, the ministry’s data show.

Over 32,000 companies were ordered to stop generating pollution and improve their equipment, 9,181 companies were fined a collective total of 466 million yuan ($71.2 million) and 364 people from the polluting businesses were detained, the ministry said.

In addition, 5,763 government officials were punished for poor performance in tackling pollution, it said, launching a large-scale “accountability storm” in the inspections.

The inspections fueled the need to resolve some severe pollution problems. For example, mining and herding activities were prohibited in the Lhalu wetland of the Tibet autonomous region soon after inspectors delivered their report to the region’s government.

The strict pollution inspections of companies also helped restore competition to the business market, said Tian Ge, manager of Jilin Shenhua Chemical Co, Xinhua News Agency reported on Monday.

His plant has been paying higher costs to reduce emissions during production, but has lost price competitiveness compared with businesses that did not have such equipment expenses and continued to pollute.

“We protected the environment, but lost in the market. It’s not fair,” he said, adding that many companies that generated pollution were shut down in the inspection, bringing back healthy competition – and profits to Tian’s plant.

With inspection work concluded, the inspectors will monitor the investigation of other pollution problems and make a summary about the inspection to the central government and affected provincial-level governments.

“The inspections have brought better results in reducing pollution and received more support from the public,” Liu Changgen, deputy director of the inspection bureau, said in a news release on Sept 1 about the environmental inspection.

High-level inspections, which take one month to complete, will be conducted in the 31 provincial regions every two years under a central government plan.

After the overall inspection, Liu said the central inspection teams will launch another by year’s end covering 10 cities and lasting 15 to 20 days. The cities will be selected from the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and neighboring provinces of Henan, Shandong and Shanxi, based on their air pollution control performance.

“It will encourage the governments to perform better in reducing smog during the winter,” he said.

PLA guidelines to open units’ doors

The People’s Liberation Army has published guidelines on how and when barracks of some units can be opened to the public, aiming to boost awareness of national defense.

The guidelines were made and published by the Central Military Commission’s General Office and have been put into effect. The idea is to display the PLA’s new images, strengthen the public’s passion for the military and their respect toward service members and encourage officers and soldiers to dedicate themselves to building a strong military, according to a news release from the office.

This is the first time the Chinese military has issued specific rules regarding open houses at its units. Previously, PLA units conducted such activities in accordance with their own plans and schedules.

Fighting branches, such as the PLA Ground Force and PLA Navy and large military institutes like the Academy of Military Science, will select which of their units can be opened and then submit their choices to the commission’s National Defense Mobilization Department. The department will then work with other agencies under the commission and related theater commands to review and approve the selection.

Units to be opened to the public should be suitable divisions, brigades and regiments stationed in or near cities or towns. On certain occasions, battalions and companies near urban areas also can hold open houses. Selected units must receive approval from security management authorities of higher units before hosting an open house, the regulations stipulate.

Open houses will mainly be held on national holidays, including National Day and May Day, as well as dates pertaining to the military such as the National Defense Awareness Day each September.

Visitors from the public must be Chinese nationals unless the units are permitted to receive foreigners. After security checks, they will be given a guided tour to the unit’s history museum, nonclassified training sessions, and soldiers’ residences and entertainment venues. Facilities and exercises concerning combat command, intelligence, communications, sensitive documents, weapons and fuels will not be opened, according to the regulation.

An open house can offer visitors a good opportunity to see the military’s barrack cultures, troops’ high fighting spirit and achievements gained through the ongoing reforms, an officer of the PLA National Defense Education Office said in the release. It can also enhance the public’s understanding and confidence in our armed forces.