anges to improve the experience and effectiveness of customs officers, Jin said.
China will continue to conduct joint law enforcement operations with other countries targeti
ng IPR violations, including Russia and the US. Customs officials of the EU, Japan and South Kore
a have responded positively to China’s proposal for law enforcement operations, he said.
“We have been encouraging domestic and overseas enterprises to conduct exchanges on t
echnology and protecting the lawful intellectual property rights of overseas enterprises in China,” Jin said. “We a
lso want other countries to intensify IPR protections for Chinese enterprises on their soil.”
Jin made the comments at a news conference organized by the State Council Infor
mation Office in Beijing for the release of an IPR protection report by the Chinese government.
s are a weapon it can employ to bring China to its knees and extract one-sided
concessions, apparently ignorant to the fac
t that China is not what it was in the late 1800s and early 1900s when the country was forced into signing humil
iating treaties, which resulted in the opening of trading ports and paying of indemnities to Western powers.
Perhaps the blame for the breakdown in the talks should be laid at the door of the mind-set o
f the West, which sees only winners and losers, rather than a holistic whole in
which all benefit from each other.
That Eastern viewpoint explains why
China still hopes that the US will meet it halfway for
the benefit of both countries and both
peoples as well as the development of the world economy.
Health authorities will redouble their efforts to train nurses in eldercare as the proportion of older people in the pop
ulation expands and tens of millions of people struggle with disabilities, a senior health official said on Wednesday.
Jiao Yahui, deputy chief of medical administration and supervision at the National He
alth Commission, said there are not enough nurses to cope with the growing needs of the country’s elderly.
A regulation on the training of healthcare workers and standards of service is being drafted. It i
s expected to boost the number of nurse’s aides, Jiao said ahead of International Nurses Day on Sunday.
The nurse’s aides will complement the work of full-fledged nurses to meet the demand for services for the elderly, she said.
The number of registered nurses in China topped 4 million as of the end of last year. Nearly 70 perc
ent held a junior college degree or above, accounting for almost half of all healthcare professionals, she said.
China will further cut the number of items requiring certificatio
n and refine the procedures through institutional inno
vation to improve government services and foster a more enabling business environment.
The decision was made at the State Council’s executive meeting, chaired by Premier Li Keqiang on Sunday.
Participants at the meeting agreed that the government’s efforts in recent years to repeal unwarranted certification requ
irements and deepen the reform of government functions have produced notable results.
“These are crucial steps benefiting both companies and individuals
,” Li said. “At a time when the economy still faces uncertainties, removing these unjustified cer
tification requirements will help boost market vitality and improve the business environment.”
With Chairman Mao Zedong proclaiming the founding of the People’s Republic of China on
Oct 1, 1949, the Chinese people began leaving behind a century of colonial humiliation and building a new life.
What remains poorly understood by the wider world even seven decades later is how dire were
the conditions in China during those days. While China sustained its triumph, Chinese people’s living stan
dard 70 years ago was barely 5 percent relative to their counterparts in the United States.
It was a dire starting point.
Transitions that raised China’s living standard
In the late 1970s, Deng Xiaoping introduced “reform and opening-up” policies
and established special economic zones, which ultimately facilitated China’s entry int
of the 55 rare disease medicines available on the Chinese mainland
have been partly or fully covered by the country’s medical insurance system.
The average medical bill for rare disease patients is 200,000 yuan ($
29,700) a year and more than 40 percent of patients have received no medical tre
atment due to the high prices, according to Li Linkang, China Alliance of Rate Diseases executive director.
Biogen, the United Sates-based pharmaceutical compa
ny that developed the drug, said that it is talking to the C
hinese government, the medical and patient communities, and charitable orga
nizations in a bid to establish a co-payment system to make the drug available to more patients.
public remarks made by Xi from September 2013 to July 2018.
Since Xi proposed the BRI in 2013, he has spoken about the initiative on many occasions.
The discourses have provided guidance for the country to develop international cooperation, i
mprove global economic governance and promote the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.
Russia – There is no alternative to the peaceful solution of nuclear and
other issues on the Korean Peninsula, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday, follow
ing a meeting with top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un.
Russia, for its part, is ready to continue cooperation to reduce tensions on the peninsu
a, and to strengthen security in Northeast Asia as a whole, said Putin at a reception in honor of Kim.
Putin said he was convinced that with active participation of the international community and all inte
rested states, the goal of ensuring lasting peace, stability and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula can be achieved.
nal proportions. But nothing can obliterate the tangible benefits the development initiative has brought. In less than six
years, the nascent Belt and Road are already changing development landscapes in multiple places and dime
nsions. Thanks to the initiative, East Africa has seen its first expressway, the Maldives its first cross-sea bridge, Belar
us its own car-manufacturing enterprise, and landlocked Kazakhstan finally has access to the sea.
And while China-Cambodia trade may not look to be in perfect balan
ce at this point, Belt and Road cooperation between the two neighbors is laying a solid fo
undation for the latter’s future progress. Take the Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone for instance. An exem
plary project under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, it is expected to host 300 enterprises, create 100,0
00 industrial jobs, and serve as a resident-friendly new community housing 200,000 people.
eing restored as well. We have no room for even the slightest error,” Song said.
Liu Qingzhu, a cultural heritage expert at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said, “In anci
ent times, thunderstorms were the biggest threats for wooden architecture. They became much safer after l
ighting rods were widely installed. However, the use of electricity in restorations has created a new problem.”
Unlike the stone structures of much ancient architecture in the W
est, wood was the primary building material in ancient China. “If a fire similar to the one at Notre
Dame in Paris happened at a Chinese building, the whole building would probably burn down,” Liu said.
Hours after the fire in Paris, the Palace Museum in
Beijing, China’s former imperial palace from 1420 to 1911 and also known as the Forbidden City, held an eme
rgency meeting to go over its fire-prevention efforts. It is the world’s biggest architectural complex made of wood.
wan Affairs Office, said in a statement on Tuesday that the exercise aimed to protect national sover