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Xi says both sides across Straits are community of shared future

BEIJING — Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, has hailed both sides across the Taiwan Straits as a community of shared future that cannot be prised apart.

Xi made the remarks in a congratulatory letter, made public Wednesday, to the Association of Taiwan Investment Enterprises on the Mainland (ATIEM) on its 10th founding anniversary.

Former Anhui vice governor investigated for graft

BEIJING — Chen Shulong, former vice governor of East China’s Anhui province, is under investigation on suspicion of taking bribes, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP) announced Wednesday.

Chen, also a former member of the standing committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Anhui provincial committee, has been placed under coercive measures, and further investigation is underway, the SPP said in a statement.

Coercive measures may include summons by force, bail, residential surveillance, detention and arrest.

Chen has been expelled from the CPC and dismissed from public office for actions including superstitious activities, trading power for sex and accepting bribes, the CPC’s discipline agency announced earlier this month.

China supports innovation efforts of both domestic and foreign enterprises: premier

BERLIN — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said here Thursday that his country offers policy support for both domestic and foreign enterprises in their pursuit of innovation.

Li, who was in Germany for a two-day official visit, made the remarks at a bilateral forum on innovation cooperation, which is also attended by his German counterpart, Angela Merkel.

China follows the rules of the World Trade Organization and treats Chinese and foreign companies equally, said the premier, adding that Beijing is improving the negative list management system and cutting red tape so as to provide foreign companies an easier access to the Chinese market.

China started employing the negative list approach to foreign investment in 2013 in the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (FTZ), and expanded the trial run to four regions in 2015.

The negative list model adopted at the Shanghai FTZ is basically a catalogue of sectors in which foreign investment is restricted. To all those industries not on the list, overseas investors have equal access as their Chinese counterparts.

China’s widest steel bridge to be completed in late September

A view of the 1,345-meter-long New Shougang Bridge, to be the widest steel bridge in China. Its main bridge is designed to be 639 meters long and 54.9 meters wide. The main structure of the bridge was completed on Aug 1, laying a solid foundation for the bridge to open to traffic at the end of next month. [Photo provided by Shougang News Center/for chinadaily.com.cn]

China, Vietnam to press ahead on trade initiative

State Councilor Yang Jiechi (second from right) and Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (second from left) pose on Monday in Beijing at the steering committee on cooperation meeting.Wang Zhuangfei / China Daily

Nations will manage differences, plan for official visits by leaders

China and Vietnam on Monday vowed to push forward with the Belt and Road Initiative and maintain stability at sea.

State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh spoke during the 10th meeting of the China-Vietnam Steering Committee on Cooperation, which they led jointly. Minh is on a China visit from Sunday through Tuesday.

Yang asked both nations to take efforts to ensure successful visits of their leaders to each other’s countries this year.

In January, Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee, paid a four-day official visit to China. The two sides had “a candid exchange of views” on maritime issues, according to a communique.

Yang said on Monday that Beijing and Hanoi should raise the quality and level of cooperation and forge a solid basis of public opinion for friendship.

The two leaders agreed to plan this year’s work, with “deepening high-level interaction” as the main focus.

They vowed to jointly push forward development of the Belt and Road Initiative, the two economic corridors linking China and Vietnam and the Beibu Bay economic zone, as well as cooperation in fields including investment, capacity, infrastructure and cross-border economic cooperation zones.

They also agreed to “properly manage and control differences and maintain maritime peace and stability”, according to a news release issued after the meeting.

Minh said his country attaches great importance to comprehensive and strategic cooperation with China.

The China-Vietnam Steering Committee on Cooperation was established in 2006. Its last meeting was in Hanoi in June.

Song Yinghui, an expert on Southeast Asia studies with the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, said relations between Beijing and Hanoi have improved since last year.

“Now, against the background of a gloomy global economy, China and Vietnam, as two fast-growing economies, have strong appeals for bilateral cooperation,” she said.

In the steel industry, for example, Vietnam needs China’s equipment and technique, Song said.

According to official Vietnamese figures, China has become the country’s largest exporter, with imports from China reaching $11.9 billion in the first quarter this year, an increase of 12.3 percent from a year earlier.

29th National Book Expo attracts thousands with speakers, forums

Two hours after the 29th National Book Expo opened in Xi’an’s Qujiang International Exhibition Center on Saturday, 200 sets of two-volume thriller The Longest Day in Chang’an were sold out.

Facing constant queries about the book, publisher China South Booky, a subsidiary of China South Publishing& Media Group, rushed to have 500 more sets sent by air to Xi’an.

By 9 pm on its first day, the book expo in the capital of Shaanxi province had drawn more than 101,000 visitors and sold 104,700 copies, according to the organizers.

Readers, especially younger ones, were not deterred by the summer heat from seeking out favorite books and having a chance to see beloved writers, including China’s first chief scientist of the lunar probe project, Ouyang Ziyuan, and veteran writer Jia Pingwa, a native of the province.

Ouyang brought speeches and a collection of the four-volume Chinese Children’s Encyclopedia of Space to the expo.

The scientist has gained a considerable following by popularizing science through hundreds of lectures nationwide.

“There’re no aliens or other ‘things’ as legends say on the dark side of the moon, where Chinese lunar probe Chang’e 4 is working,” Ouyang said on Saturday during a Readers’ Conference.

“China is willing to share what we found with the world and work for our shared future,” he said.

About 1,200 publishing organizations have brought 200,000 titles and will present hundreds of book-related events and forums during the four-day expo, which continues through Tuesday.

As the book expo is one of the most important publishing and reading gatherings in the country, the organizers extended the venues to 66,000 square meters, and offer free admission and services until 9 pm each day.

This is the second time Xi’an has hosted the expo – the first was in 1998. Two other Red cities with strong revolutionary tradition, Yan’an and Tongchuan, have been sub-hosts.

“We see the expo as presenting a grand gift to the celebration of 70th anniversary of the founding of People’s Republic of China, representing publishing industry and people related,” said Liang Yanshun, deputy head of the Publicity Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.

“Here, in one of the Red bases where our great revolution started, we’re expecting a quality development of publishing in the new era, and to cater to people’s greater needs of spiritual life with high quality,” Liang said.

Party-themed books are focal points, while children’s books are drawing the most visitors.

The expo is presenting many new releases in science for young readers, and traditional culture and Chinese heroes from ancient times to present are also featured.

Tech-combined publishing and the convergence of multiple media with publishing were hot topics in a forum on Sunday.

“It’s time for publishers to take proactive moves, instead of waiting passively,” Liu Xiaokai, a senior publishing official, said at the forum.

Other expo highlights include the many writers and artists native to the province. Among them, Jia Pingwa, who usually keeps a low profile, spoke at the expo.

“I’ve been writing for more than 40 years. In between, I left my home township to settle down in Xi’an. Here I got a clearer view of my hometown. I frequently return to my hometown, where I’ve been observing and writing about the whole country, and the world,” Jia said.

Xi’an being the starting point of the ancient Silk Road, the city invited 34 countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative to showcase books at the expo.

Sinologist Giray Fidan of Turkey, once the other end of the Silk Road, brought his version of Sun Tzu: The Art of War translated from Chinese into Turkish.

Fidan said it has been reprinted in Turkey 14 times.

“It’s a bestseller because more Turkish people are yearning to know more about China and its culture,” he said.

How panda center overcame its breeding rut

Photo taken on July 25, 2019 shows giant pandas at the “Giant Panda Kindergarten” in the Shenshuping base of China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Pandas in Wolong, Southwest China’s Sichuan province. Eighteen giant panda cubs born in 2018 had a birthday party Thursday in Shenshuping base. All of the 18 cubs are to turn one year old between June to September. [Photo/Xinhua]

This summer, the world-famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan province has been flooded with visitors, many of them school children on holidays accompanied by their parents.

The tranquil forest bases of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda located across Wenchuan county, Dujiangyan and Ya’an cities, Sichuan, have also witnessed a sharp rise in the number of tourists this year.

Last year, there were 548 pandas in captivity worldwide. A total of 285 were in the bases of the conservation and research center, the largest facility of its type in the world, and 184 at the Chengdu panda base.

The successful programs are the result of more than three decades of hard work and research in Sichuan.

In the early 1980s, tourists had to visit the Chengdu Zoo if they wanted a glimpse of a panda.

The Chengdu panda base was not set up until 1987, while the conservation and research center had only one base located in inaccessible mountain terrain in Wenchuan county. In 1987, the Chengdu panda base had only six pandas, all rescued from the wild, while the conservation and research center had 10.

The sharp increase in the number of pandas in Sichuan has been largely due to researchers’ painstaking efforts to solve panda breeding problems.

Zhang Hemin, executive chief of the conservation and research center, said “it used to be difficult for captive pandas to become ruttish and mate and for their cubs to survive”.

Researchers did not understand the pandas’ habits. Thinking they preferred a solitary life, they kept each panda isolated in a tiny den. As a result, the pandas became depressed and had difficulty becoming sexually excited.

Researchers provided captive pandas with more opportunities to interact. Pandas were placed in dens with members of the opposite sex so they would become familiar with each other’s smell, in an attempt to encourage mating.

Wild pandas are active for many hours each day.

To encourage them to move around in captivity, the researchers placed biscuits in their dens in hard-to-get-to locations. They also gave the pandas frozen fruit which they had to handle in order for it to thaw, Zhang said.

Many newborn panda cubs also died because of abandonment. Fifty percent of all newborns are twins, but the mother usually only cares for one. Researchers would take a deserted baby and feed it milk. The researchers would then from time to time switch it with the favored cub so the mother unwittingly supported both.

Researchers also emulated the mother’s behavior in other ways, including cleaning and grooming the cub, Zhang said.

“With the three primary obstacles hindering the breeding of captive pandas now overcome, a selfsustaining and growing panda population has been ensured,” he said.

SPP intensifies supervision of environment-related crimes

BEIJING – China’s Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP) has stressed tightened supervision over major environment-related cases.

The SPP will carry out special supervision focusing on air and water pollution from January 2017 to December 2018 in heavily polluted areas including the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, the Yangtze River Delta, the three northeastern provinces and the Yangtze River valley.

From March 2015 to December 2016, 3,868 environment-related criminal cases involving 4,982 suspects were transferred to police by administrative agencies upon suggestions from procuratorates.

During the same period, procuratorates at all levels also supervised public security organs in investigating 4,853 people suspected of damaging the environment and resources, and transferred 171 cases of duty-related crimes involving 246 officials.

The SPP alone or in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Environmental Protection directed the handling 62 major environmental violation cases during the period.

Ministries cooperate to protect lawyers’ rights

Joint platform created to resolve problems ‘in a timely manner’

Chinese authorities will establish mechanisms to respond quickly to cases that harm attorneys’ professional rights, the Ministry of Justice said on Wednesday.

The All China Lawyers Association and 10 government authorities, including judicial organs and the ministries of foreign affairs, finance and commerce, have set up a joint conference to communicate and deal with such cases.

Meanwhile, all provinces and regions will set up a similar mechanism before the end of June, Liu Fuchen, spokesman for the Ministry of Justice, said at a news conference on Wednesday.

We will use the platform to communicate with each other, conduct research and resolve some policy issues, as well as to coordinate on major cases and emergencies in a timely manner that infringe upon lawyers’ defense rights, he said.

In recent years, a growing number of violations of lawyers’ legal rights have occurred, attracting a lot of public attention, according to the ministry.

Xiong Xuanguo, vice-minister of justice, said lawyers face difficulties meeting with suspects in criminal detention, especially when their cases involve endangering State safety or terrorist attacks, or in cases of major corruption.

In addition, some judicial authorities limit the ability of lawyers to review case files, and stop them from collecting evidence. They interrupt defense statements during court hearings, remove them from the courtroom or even illegally detain them, he said.

In April, the All China Lawyers Association, which works under the ministry, issued a regulation to better protect the legal rights of lawyers and strictly govern their behavior to ensure the healthy development of the profession.

The new rules clearly state that lawyers can report any violation of their legal rights – including the right to meet clients, collect evidence, read files, make appeals or file complaints to local association branches, judicial administration departments or a higher prosecuting department – and that these reports must be accepted and responded to quickly.

In addition, two centers have been set up at lawyers associations nationwide – one for the protection of lawyers’ legal rights and the other to deal with complaints and reports against lawyers.

According to Wang Junfeng, president of the All China Lawyers Association, local branches of the association will compile lawyers’ complaints and report them once a month, which will make them public.

Xiong said the ministry will complete a thorough review of cases that harmed lawyers’ rights before the end of June to ensure their reports are dealt with.

Ministry data show that, as of the end of 2016, China had more than 26,000 law firms and around 328,000 lawyers. They handled 3.54 million civil cases and 840,000 criminal cases last year.

Drones will help Xinjiang fight terror

Border guards in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region direct a drone to patrol border areas in the region recently.ZHAO YONGFENG/CHINA DAILY

Region’s 5,600 km border shared with 8 nations has had incursions

The Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region plans to deploy drones to patrol its borders as it further tightens security this year, a senior official said.

“Xinjiang will deploy drones, set up barbed wire and install surveillance cameras along the border to prevent people crossing the border illegally,” Jerla Isamudin, deputy chairman of the region, said in an interview. Xinjiang needs to further enhance cooperation in exchanging terrorism-related intelligence with neighboring countries, he said.

The region has been working on connecting People’s Liberation Army border control units to the power grids since 2014 to provide an efficient electrical supply to high-tech equipment. In 2017, 29 more frontier defense companies in Xinjiang will have electricity and will not have to rely on unstable solar energy and diesel generators, PLA Daily reported in March.

Northwest China’s Xinjiang neighbors eight countries, including Pakistan and Afghanistan, and it has a border of more than 5,600 kilometers. It has been China’s main battleground in the fight against terrorism.

Many terrorists who carried out attacks in the region in recent years received training abroad and then entered illegally, and some also fled across the border, according to the regional police authority. Chinese authorities believe the penetration of religious extremism from abroad has prompted people to carry out violent attacks in Xinjiang and other parts of the country in recent years.

Shohrat Zakir, the region’s chairman, said in January that Xinjiang would impose tighter entry-exit measures in 2017.

In 2016, the regional legislature passed a regulation on border control, which took effect in December. The regulation requires people living along border areas to report strangers to public security authorities within 24 hours. Also, those who damage surveillance equipment along the borders will be punished in accordance with the regulation.

Nayim Yassen, director of the Xinjiang People’s Congress Standing Committee, the regional legislature, said the committee will examine the works on border control and give suggestions for improvements later this year. Xinjiang sees keeping the region stable as a priority.

Chen Quanguo, the region’s Party chief, has said the local security situation is an important index in evaluating officials.