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Myanmar meeting in jeopardy

Chinese experts fear even the upcoming second meeting of the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference may fail, as armed clashes resumed in the Kokang region of northern Myanmar, which has forced thousands to flee to China.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/7 21:43:39

Poor Guizhou county introduces online businesses to boost villagers out of poverty

More and more villages in China have embraced e-commerce to boost their local economies, and the e-commerce boom is helping to alleviate rural poverty in Southwest China’s Guizhou Province, one of the poorest regions in the country. Internet giants such as Alibaba Group Holding and Inc have responded to the central government’s call to fight poverty by setting up service centers in rural areas. The centers are run independently by local entrepreneurs, who sell locally produced agricultural products. The Global Times recently visited one service center in Huishui county, an hour’s drive from provincial capital Guiyang, to see how those online businesses operate and what role they play in poverty reduction.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/7 19:18:39

Scholars debate the pros and cons of Chinese history books written by foreigners

Books on Chinese history written by foreign scholars have seen a boom in sales in China’s bookstores in recent years.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/7 19:08:39

Tech sector spurs growth

As official figures show Chinese economic growth is increasingly dependent on technological advancement, the government has pledged to create a better policy environment to facilitate research and development.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/7 0:18:39

NK fires missiles in retaliation for military drills

China should prepare for a possible deterioration in the security situation on the Korean Peninsula, experts cautioned, after North Korea launched four ballistic missiles into the sea near the northwest coast of Japan on Monday.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/7 0:18:39

Chinese firms cautiously eye Trump’s $1t infrastructure plan

Chinese infrastructure giants are cautiously eyeing potential opportunities under US President Donald Trump’s proposed $1 trillion infrastructure plan, given the lack of details and the possibility that the plan won’t go into action.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/6 23:33:39

Poor region explores collaborative business model to fight impoverishment

The fight against poverty has been one of the hottest topics at the ongoing two sessions of 2017, the major annual political event that takes place this week. In 2016, the rural population living under the poverty line declined by 12.4 million people as the central government put 100 billion yuan ($14.49 billion) into poverty alleviation, according to the government work report delivered on Sunday by Premier Li Keqiang at the opening of the annual session of the National People’s Congress (NPC). The government vowed to continue to tackle poverty in 2017 by reducing the impoverished population by 10 million. The Global Times recently traveled to one of the poorest regions in the country, Southwest China’s Guizhou Province, to look into how local authorities, companies and villagers are working together to fight poverty.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/6 19:08:39

Indian films continue to struggle in the Chinese mainland

Producing more than 1,000 movies a year, India boasts the largest number of film works in the world. However, Indian films' influence in China is still nowhere near as close to that of films from the US or other Asian countries.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/6 18:53:39

DPRK fires missiles into east waters

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has fired multiple ballistic missiles into east waters as combined forces of South Korea and the United States launched their joint military exercises, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) of South Korea said Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/3/6 7:34:19

China to spend more on rural healthcare

China spent 1.32 trillion yuan ($191 billion) in 2016 on medical services, four times the expenditure before reforms to the medical system were introduced in 2008. But experts and lawmakers from undeveloped rural areas have noted the shortage of medical talent still hampers the promotion of the reform.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/6 0:43:39

Net regulation to safeguard security

Cyber experts said China is unlikely to ease its Internet regulation over national security concerns, after a political adviser suggested that access to overseas websites be hastened, on the sidelines of China's two sessions.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/6 0:43:39

Xi calls for FTZ reforms, innovation in Shanghai

Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed the need for careful urban management in Shanghai during his meeting with the Shanghai delegation of the National People's Congress (NPC) Sunday, urging them to develop a new way of social management that fits the city's characteristics.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/6 0:43:39

China lowers growth target to 6.5%

China has lowered its GDP growth target slightly to around 6.5 percent for 2017, compared with a range of 6.5-7 percent last year, a government work report said Sunday.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/6 0:38:39

Experts discuss government work report

On Sunday at the opening ceremony of the fifth session of 12th National People’s Congress, the top legislature, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivered a government work report, in which he outlines the key areas of the economic development agenda for 2017. Below experts discuss four of the main focus areas: GDP growth target, monetary policy, foreign direct investment and the property sector.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/5 23:48:39

Technology chiefs promote AI at annual political meeting

AI can be used to address child abduction issues and prevent traffic congestion, according to the Chinese version of Li’s non-binding proposal obtained by the Global Times over the weekend.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/5 21:58:39

Diplomats hail China’s continuing support for globalization, multilateral trade system

Foreign diplomats who attended Sunday morning’s opening ceremony of this year’s National People’s Congress meeting appreciated China for continuously supporting globalization as stated in China’s government work report.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/5 20:08:39

China’s cultural cold war continues as S.Korean shows pulled from Chinese streaming platforms

South Korean pop culture lovers in China are having a hard time when it comes to watching the shows they love after all major Chinese streaming companies purged their platforms of South Korean shows last week. The move comes as relations continue to sour between China and South Korea following the latter agreed in July of 2016 to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/5 18:33:39

Female representatives put forward women-centric ideas at two sessions

China’s two annual national legislative sessions kicked off last Friday. Among the attendees of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the National People’s Congress (NPC), the female representatives in particular drew a lot of attention.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/5 18:27:57