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Chinese mainland reports 13 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, all imported

The Chinese mainland registered 13 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Saturday, all of which were imported cases, the National Health Commission said on Sunday.A staff member (front, L) signs a letter of informed consent at a temporary COVID-19 vaccination site at a company in the ZPark Phase 2 in Haidian District of Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 22, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)Of the imported cases, seven were reported in Sichuan, four in Guangdong and two in Shanghai.Also on Saturday, 11 asymptomatic cases were reported on the mainland, all imported. And a total of 243 asymptomatic patients were under medical observation.There were 173 active cases as of Saturday. No deaths related to the disease were reported, while 13 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals.The total number of confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland stood at 89,975 and the cumulative death toll was 4,636 as of Saturday.

China's proactive fiscal policy more active in 2020: official

Chinas tax and fee cuts exceeded 2.6 trillion yuan last year. (Photo: CFP)Chinas proactive fiscal policy had been more active and fruitful in 2020 amid efforts to soften the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, according to a report released by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) Saturday.The country has set up the mechanism to channel funds directly from the central government to prefecture and county governments. It took only 20 days to channel more than 95 percent of the funds, the report said.Among the 2 trillion yuan (about $308.1 billion) of transferred funds, 1.56 trillion yuan has been put into use, giving strong support to key areas, it added.To help enterprises tide over difficulties, Chinas tax and fee cuts exceeded 2.6 trillion yuan last year, according to the report.Throughout last year, there were 11.44 million newly registered tax-paying market entities in China, an increase of 10.1 percent year on year, providing strong support for employment.The MOF will improve the quality, efficiency and sustainability of the proactive fiscal policy, and actively play the role of finance to ensure that the 14th Five-Year Plan has a good start, said the report.

Chinese premier stresses ensuring sustained, healthy economic, social development

BEIJING, March 6 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Saturday stressed enhancing confidence, meeting challenges head-on, and ensuring sustained and healthy economic and social development.File photo: XinhuaLi, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remarks when joining lawmakers from Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in a group deliberation on the government work report at the ongoing fourth session of the 13th National Peoples Congress, the national legislature.Efforts should be made to coordinate COVID-19 response and economic and social development as domestic and international situations are still grave this year, Li said.He called for an accurate understanding of the new development stage, full application of the new development philosophy, and creation of the new development paradigm to promote high-quality development and keep the economic operation within an appropriate range.The premier stressed efforts to deepen reform, further energize market entities, unleash potential of domestic demand, and advance high-level opening-up.He also urged actions in promoting green development, consolidating poverty alleviation results and advancing rural vitalization.

Full Text: Explanations on the draft decision of the National People's Congress on improving the electoral system of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

File photoA draft decision on improving the electoral system of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region was submitted Friday to the fourth annual session of the 13th National Peoples Congress (NPC) for deliberation.Wang Chen, vice chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, explained the draft to fellow lawmakers at the opening meeting of the session.Full text(Translation)Explanations on the Draft Decision of the National Peoples Congress On Improving the Electoral System of The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Presented by Wang ChenVice Chairman of the Standing Committee of The National Peoples CongressAt the Fourth Session of the 13th National Peoples Congress5 March 2021Deputies,Entrusted by the Standing Committee of the National Peoples Congress (NPC), I hereby make the following explanations about the Draft Decision of the National Peoples Congress on Improving the Electoral System of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR).I. The imperative and importance of improving the electoral system of the Hong Kong SARThe return of Hong Kong to the motherland put the region once again under the overall governance system of the country. The Constitution of the Peoples Republic of China and the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the Peoples Republic of China jointly form the constitutional basis of the Hong Kong SAR. The electoral system of the Hong Kong SAR, which includes the methods for the selection of the Chief Executive and for the formation of the Legislative Council, is an important part of the political structure of the Hong Kong SAR. The electoral system should conform to the policy of One Country, Two Systems, meet the realities in the Hong Kong SAR and serve to ensure "patriots administering Hong Kong". It should be conducive to safeguarding Chinas national sovereignty, security and development interests and help maintain the long-term prosperity and stability of H...

China's Tibet to have high-speed bullet train before July

BEIJING, March 6 (Xinhua) -- Chinas Tibet Autonomous Region will operate bullet trains before July 1, marking the opening of high-speed train services in all Chinese mainland provincial-level regions, the countrys railway operator said Saturday. File photo: CGTNA 435-km railway link to the regional capital of Lhasa will run Fuxing trains powered by both internal-combustion and electricity, Lu Dongfu, board chairman of China State Railway Group Co., Ltd. and a deputy to the National Peoples Congress, told Xinhua.Construction started in 2014 on the railway connecting Lhasa with Nyingchi in eastern Tibet. It is the first electrified railroad in Tibet and is slated to begin operations in June 2021. The track-laying work was completed by the end of 2020.The railway has a designed speed of 160 km per hour, according to its constructor Tibet Railway Construction Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of China State Railway Group.Home to the worlds most developed high-speed railway network, China aims to extend the total length in operation to around 50,000 km by 2025, up from 37,900 km by the end of 2020, Lu said on the sidelines of the countrys annual legislative session.File photo of Lhasa (Photo: CGTN)The high-speed railway network will cover 98 percent of cities with over 500,000 residents, he added.Lu also said China has started a project to develop faster Fuxing bullet trains to consolidate the countrys edge in high-speed railway.The CR450 technological innovation project aims to develop new Fuxing models that are safer, greener and smarter, with higher energy efficiency, he said.Chinas self-developed Fuxing trains now operate at a speed range of 160 kph to 350 kph.

Xi stresses giving 'strategic priority' to safeguarding people's health

BEIJING, March 6 (Xinhua) -- President Xi Jinping on Saturday stressed giving "strategic priority" to safeguarding peoples health when he joined national political advisors from education, medical and health sectors in a joint group meeting.Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, called for focusing on tackling major diseases and problems that affect peoples health.The countrys public health protection network should be fortified and efforts should be made to promote the high-quality development of public hospitals, he said, demanding comprehensive health care for the people at all stages of life.The meeting was held during the fourth session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese Peoples Political Consultative Conference, the top political advisory body.Noting that China had scored hard-won achievements over the past year, Xi commended health workers for "putting up an iron wall" against COVID-19 at a critical time.The fight against COVID-19 has once again proved that prevention is the most economical and effective health strategy, Xi said, calling for reforming and improving the disease prevention and control system.He urged efforts to strengthen the capabilities for initial monitoring and early warning, rapid testing, emergency response and comprehensive treatment.Stressing the "main force" role of public hospitals in fighting COVID-19, Xi called for strengthening construction of public medical and health institutions.Health infrastructure at the grassroots level should be improved and support policies for rural doctors should be implemented in an effort to enhance the grassroots capacity of disease prevention and treatment, he said, calling for efforts to deepen the reform of the medical and healthcare system.Xi also urged the preservation and development of traditional Chinese medicine and breakthroughs in core technolog...

Xi extends greetings to women ahead of Int'l Women's Day

(Video produced by Chen Xiangru and Huang Jingjing; Source: CCTV)BEIJING, March 6 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday extended festive greetings and best wishes to the countrys women of all ethnic groups and from all walks of life ahead of the International Womens Day, which falls on March 8.Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, extended the greetings when he attended a group meeting at the fourth annual session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese Peoples Political Consultative Conference, the top political advisory body.

Hong Kong political groups firmly support NPC on improving electoral system of HKSAR

HONG KONG, March 6 (Xinhua) -- Major political groups and organizations in Hong Kong have voiced their firm support for the National Peoples Congress (NPC), Chinas top legislature, on improving the electoral system of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).File Photo: CGTNA draft decision on improving the electoral system of the HKSAR was submitted on Friday to the fourth annual session of the 13th NPC for deliberation.The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) said the existing electoral system of the HKSAR has obvious loopholes which the anti-China, destabilizing elements jumped on to enter the power structure of the SAR, wantonly obstruct the administration of the SAR government, and create social disturbances.This deviates from the principle of "patriots administering Hong Kong," threatens the effective implementation of "one country, two systems" and damages national sovereignty, security and development interests. Therefore, it is imperative and timely to improve the election system of the HKSAR, the DAB said.The Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions (FTU) said that in order to ensure the healthy development of the democratic political system, it is necessary to improve the electoral system of the HKSAR as soon as possible so as to stop those who created "black terror", threatened "mutual destructions" and spread "Hong Kong independence" from taking into their hands the power to administer the HKSAR.Only by firmly upholding the principle of "patriots administering Hong Kong" and building consensus on fully developing the economy and improving peoples livelihood can Hong Kong achieve prosperity and stability, the FTU said.The Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong said only by improving the electoral system can the Hong Kong society get back to the right track, refocus on the improvement of peoples wellbeing and realize the last...

Improving Hong Kong's electoral system is a matter China's internal affairs: Chinese FM

The way in which the electoral system of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region will be designed, developed and improved is a matter of China's internal affairs, said China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson.Wang Wenbin, the spokesperson, said at a routine press conference on Friday that Hong Kong

NPC deputy: 'Chain chief' system helps develop industrial clusters in E China's Hefei

By appointing chiefs to industrial chains, Hefei, the capital city of east China's Anhui province, cultivated a number of national-level clusters of strategic emerging industries, said a deputy to the National People's Congress from the city on Friday.Ling Yun is an NPC deputy and the mayor of Hefe

HK Secretary for Justice backs central govt improving electoral system

Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah is the latest senior figure in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government to support the central governments move to improve the regions electoral system to ensure steadfast and successful implementation of "One Country, Two Systems." Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China. (Photo: VCG)In a blog published on the official website of the Department of Justice on Saturday, the Senior Counsel pointed out that National Peoples Congress (NPC) deliberation on a decision to improve the electoral system of Hong Kong to implement "patriots administering Hong Kong" aims at implementing the "One Country, Two Systems" policy unswervingly to ensure the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong, and to safeguard the sovereignty, security and development interests of the country.Noting that Hong Kong has been disturbed by people advocating openly for "Hong Kong independence," she appealed to the central authorities to take the lead to improve the electoral system of HKSAR, to close "clear loopholes."In the end, she vowed to lead colleagues at the Department of Justice to assist in completing the legislative amendments with dedicated efforts to implement the decision to improve the HKSAR electoral system at the earliest possible time.

Zhejiang looks to boost digital, private and green economy over next 5 years

East Chinas Zhejiang province is home to some of the worlds leading companies, including tech giant Alibaba and automobile manufacturer Geely. Its capital city Hangzhou is hosting the Asian Games in 2022. But with the pandemic, how is the province planning to keep boosting its economy? CGTNs Wu Lei has this exclusive interview with Yuan Jiajun, Party Secretary of the Zhejiang Provincial Committee, who shares his vision and outlook for the next five years.WU LEI: "Building a digital society has been a key trend across most countries around the world. Zhejiang province recently held a special meeting to promote digitalization and plan a global digital hub. How do you plan to achieve these targets?"YUAN JIAJUN: "So the goal of this digital reform is to promote the modernization of provincial governance. At the same time, we need to systematically improve our economic growth, social development, legal system and the provincial government. Weve set up a systematic and intelligent public data platform. Well focus on five major applications including the digital government, the digital economy, digital society and the digital legal system. We also need to enhance the theoretical and legislative system of digital reforms. We hope to achieve some positive results in a year, big changes in two years, and a systematic upgrade in five years, which will be at the end of our 14th Five-Year Plan. We hope Zhejiang province can offer a new set of solutions in this digital age."WU LEI: "Global trade and foreign investment have been hit hard by the pandemic. What progress has Zhejiang made in attracting foreign investment and expanding opening up in the past year, and what are the next steps?"YUAN JIAJUN: "Indeed, the key to Zhejiangs recovery was to get the pandemic under control first and then resume our work and production. Our foreign trade volume reached a record high in 2020. The total value of Zhejiang province&#3...

Inclusion of HK-related vision in 14th FYP to bring development opportunities: Carrie Lam

Chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam has called the attention to the incorporation of the city’s vision into the national five-year plan running through 2025, an enabler of infinite opportunities. This happens at a time when there’s immense media spotlight on an overhaul of the city’s electoral system amid the ongoing two sessions.Hong Kong (File photo: Xinhua)In a late-evening post on her Facebook account on Friday, Carrie Lam wrote that as the last item on the agenda for the opening meeting of the fourth session of the 13th National Peoples Congress (NPC), Wang Chen, vice-chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, illustrated an improvement of the HKSAR’s electoral system.In a statement on the same day on the national legislature’s deliberation on improving the electoral system to implement "patriots governing Hong Kong, Lam said she welcomes the central government to take the lead in improving the electoral system and vows to fully cooperate.Lam, however, noted that the Hong Kong-related part in the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) generated little mention in the Hong Kong media.The five-year plan mentioned the HKSAR in its chapters about holding onto the “one country, two systems” principle, pushing for national unification, and maintaining the long-term prosperity and stability of the HKSAR and Macao SAR.NPC deputies, grouped into delegations, held a plenum on Saturday to deliberate the draft outline of the 14th Five-Year Plan and the long-range objectives through the year 2035. Members of the Chinese Peoples Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), also hosted panel discussions about the draft outline on Saturday.“On one hand the central government focuses on the electoral system reform to ensure only patriots govern Hong Kong, staying true to the aspirations of ‘one country, two systems,’ on the other hand it develops a framework for Hong Kong’s development in the 14th five-year plan,” Tian Feilong, an a...

Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng met with members from Hong Kong delegation to CPPCC on Saturday morning

File Photo. Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng met members from the HKSAR delegation to the 13th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference this morning, people familiar with the matter told the Global Times.HK media reported that the senior Chinese official said the upcoming electoral reform i

Xi visits political advisors, joins discussion at annual session

BEIJING, March 6 (Xinhua) -- President Xi Jinping on Saturday afternoon visited national political advisors from education, medical and health sectors attending a joint group meeting at the fourth session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese Peoples Political Consultative Conference.Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, joined them in the discussion and heard their comments and suggestions.

China energizes rural development with digital technologies

Wei Xianhui, a flower farmer in Huadu District of Guangzhou, south China’s Guangdong Province, picked up the pace toward the local bureau of agriculture and rural affairs.“I heard the government is helping us to sell flowers online and offer us training courses, so I came to check out,” he said.In recent days, an online promotional activity held in Guangzhou’s Baiyun District and Nanhai District of Foshan, a city on the west of Guangzhou, significantly boosted local flower sales, which aroused the interest of Wei.During the past year, digitalization and informatization offered strong support for China in controlling COVID-19, resuming work and production, and guaranteeing livelihood.Livestream host Zhang Wenjuan (right) holds a livestream show in a tea plantation in Taipingxi Township, Yiling District, Yichang, central China’s Hubei Province, Feb. 19, 2021. (Photos: Peoples Daily Online)For instance, pineapples produced in Guangdong’s Xuwen have been sold to a number of domestic and foreign destinations thanks to online marketing. Mayors and county heads across China are also active in livestream shows held on e-commerce platforms to promote local farm produce and cultural products.In a manner of speaking, the online promotion of flowers in Huadu District was a great attempt to help farmers with digital technologies.Digital dividends are valuable resources that must be activated in order to achieve rural vitalization.In Hongguang village of Guangdong’s Jiangyang, temperature, humidity and soil quality sensors have been installed in rice fields, vegetable fields and orchards. Once abnormal data are spotted or insect pests discovered by cameras, irrigation and fertilizing equipment will be activated, and drones will be sent to designated locations to spray pesticides.Photo taken on Nov. 23, 2020 shows an intelligent monitoring system installed in a modern agricultural park in east Chinas Jiangsu Province to adjust temperature and sunlight intensity.The rice,...

China, India agree to achieve peace, tranquility in border region: officials

China India (Photo: Xinhua)Officials from China and India on Friday agreed to achieve peace and tranquility in the border region and bring bilateral relations back on the right track.In the meeting between Chinese vice foreign minister Luo Zhaohui and Indian Ambassador to China Vikram Misri, the two sides also agreed to adhere to the important consensus reached by their leaders and grasp the general direction of China-India relation."The two sides agree to maintain the momentum of diplomatic and military consultations, achieve peace and tranquility in the border region and put bilateral relations back on the right track," Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement on the officials meeting.China and India have finished a tenth round of corps commander level meeting in late February and had "candid and in-depth exchange of views" on other issues along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Western Sector.Meanwhile, a "smooth completion" of the disengagement of the two countries frontline troops in the Bangong Lake area was completed in February, Chinas Defense Ministry said last month.Days after the conclusion of the 10th round of military talks, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called for a "right path" of mutual trust and cooperation between China and India in a phone call with his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.Wang said the two countries need to handle their border issues appropriately to prevent bilateral ties from being trapped in a vicious cycle.

Tibet to spend big on transportation projects

LHASA -- Tibet autonomous region in Southwest China is planning to spend about 190 billion yuan (about $29.3 billion) in the 2021-2025 period on transportation infrastructure projects.By 2025, the total mileage of highways in Tibet will exceed 120,000 km, and that of expressways will exceed 1,300 km

China urges EU not to interfere in Hong Kong affairs

People walk on a street in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, February 14, 2021. (Photo: CFP)Chinese lawmakers began deliberating a draft decision on improving the electoral system of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on Friday at the fourth session of the 13th National Peoples Congress (NPC). On Friday, the spokesperson of the European External Action Service (EEAS) issued a statement saying that if Chinas NPC passes the relevant decision of improving the electoral system of HKSAR during the ongoing Two Sessions, the decision would have potentially far-reaching negative consequences for democratic principles and democratically elected-representatives in the special administrative region.The statement also said the EU stands ready to "take additional steps" in response to any future move.China urged the EU to comply with the basic rules embodied in international laws and international relations and abandon the wrong stance on issues in relation to HKSAR, and to stop saying nonsense and doing fruitless things, said the spokesperson of the Mission of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) to the European Union.The spokesperson of the Chinese Mission to the EU added that China urges EU to stop interfering with Hong Kong affairs in any means and stop interfering with Chinas internal affairs.The Constitution of the Peoples Republic of China and the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the Peoples Republic of China jointly form the constitutional basis of the Hong Kong SAR. The electoral system of the Hong Kong SAR, which includes the methods for the selection of the Chief Executive and for the formation of the Legislative Council, is an important part of the political structure of the Hong Kong SAR, said the spokesperson of the Chinese Mission to the EU.In recent years, especially after the turbulence over the amendment bill in 2019, realities show the electoral system in Hong Kong SAR ne...

Chinese mainland reports 10 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, all imported

A medical worker checks the body for a resident at a community in Weiyang District, Xian City, northwest Chinas Shaanxi Province, March 5, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)The Chinese mainland registered 10 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, all of which were imported cases, the National Health Commission said on Saturday.Of the imported cases, three each were reported in Tianjin and Guangdong, two in Shaanxi and one each in Shanghai and Sichuan.Also on Friday, 23 asymptomatic cases were reported on the mainland, all imported. And a total of 256 asymptomatic patients were under medical observation.There were 173 active cases as of Friday. No deaths related to the disease were reported, while 15 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals.The total number of confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland stood at 89,962 and the cumulative death toll was 4,636 as of Friday.

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