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Concerns over implementation of foreign investment law unnecessary as China committed to further opening-up: experts

Specific rules and regulations to implement the foreign investment law, which will be formulated by relevant departments and local governments, will be effectively implemented to genuinely protect foreign businesses' interests in China amid a fresh round of reform and opening-up, experts said Thursday.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/21 21:38:41

Work to start this year on Hainan-Guangdong railway, will help develop regional cities

South China's Hainan Province plans to build a rail link with South China's Guangdong Province, which a Chinese analyst said will provide opportunities for economic development for cities along the line.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/18 21:43:21

Chinese people embrace rule of law

On the first anniversary of Chinese President Xi Jinping's public oath of allegiance to the Constitution, the rule of law has been committed to and accepted by the Chinese people.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/17 22:38:39

China adopts new foreign investment law to level playing field

China's top legislature on Friday passed a highly anticipated new foreign investment law, paving the way for an overhaul of the country's regulatory system for foreign investment that would offer investors greater access and better protection.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/15 14:01:32

NPC deputy proposes extended paternity leave for better parenting

A deputy to the National People's Congress (NPC) has proposed that paternal leave be extended to at least 42 days to give the father greater parenting responsibility and provide the woman an incentive to give birth.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/14 21:58:40

College students in China spread Marxism

More college students are more engaged in spreading and learning Marxism-related topics, according to a research report, which shows that young people in China are playing an important role in promoting Marxism.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/14 21:53:41

FTSE Russell eyes China's corporate credit

The potential review of the inclusion of Chinese corporate credit into leading global indexes is a natural consequence of global investors' rising interest in the Chinese capital market, Chinese asset managers and analysts said on Thursday.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/14 21:53:40

Re-hiring retired people provides senior citizens a better quality of life: CPPCC deputy

A delegate attending the ongoing two sessions has proposed that retired people be given jobs as China faces an aging society challenge.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/14 21:48:41

HK tourism industry to benefit from Greater Bay Area plan

The tourism industry in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is looking forward to building closer ties with the Chinese mainland based on positive moves on regional integration involving the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area sent from this year's two sessions, industry insiders said.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/14 18:38:44

Controversy over proposal to lower age for criminal liability

Dozens of deputies to the National People's Congress (NPC) proposed during the two sessions lowering the age of criminal liability for young people to 12 years old, in response to the increasing number of reports on juveniles being involved in violent cases in recent years.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/14 18:03:41

NPC deputy urges legal protection for personal biological information

A deputy to the National People's Congress (NPC) called for laws to better protect Chinese people's biological information.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/13 23:03:40

Legislator calls for trade in areas bordering India

A Chinese legislator has proposed that the country allow residents in the border area with India to trade to improve China-India relations, reduce military confrontations and benefit the local inhabitants.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/13 22:58:40

CPPCC concludes annual sessions, to improve work

China's top political advisory body vowed on Wednesday to provide high-quality political consultations and build a broad consensus to help the country better address complex international and domestic issues.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/13 22:13:40

French firms to benefit from China's innovation drive, new foreign investment law

Dassault Systemes, a France-based technology company, is looking to benefit from the Chinese government's support for innovation as detailed in the 2019 Government Work Report and the new foreign investment law, which will be voted by the NPC on Friday, Ying Zhang, managing director of Dassault Systemes for greater China, told the Global Times on Wednesday.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/13 19:38:40

China on fast track to building all-round well-off society

In the 40 years since the reform and opening-up policy was introduced, the Chinese government has revised its goal of "building a moderately prosperous society," to "building a moderately prosperous society in all respects," and to "securing a decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects," indicating that the goal is gradually becoming a reality.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/3/13 18:28:40

Vocational centers in Xinjiang will disappear when society no longer needs them: official

A top official from Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on Tuesday denied claims that there are over 1 million people in its education and vocational training centers, saying that "in general, trainees in the centers will be fewer and fewer and, one day, the centers will disappear when society no longer needs them."
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/12 22:23:40

The success of The Wandering Earth a great encouragement to Chinese aerospace industry: NPC deputy

China's Long March-5 Y-3 heavy-lift rocket is now ready for launch after the cause of failure of the Long March-5 Y-2 was identified and solved, with additional tests underway ahead of the scheduled launch in July, a senior scientist said Monday.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/12 22:13:40

Mechanized transplantation to help reduce China's oilseed imports: expert

Mechanized transplantation of germination blankets should be used in China to grow oilseeds on fallow croplands during the winter, a move that would raise yields, Nie Yongping,
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/12 21:18:41

Foreign firms laud update to China's investment law

Overseas investors are applauding the government's move to create a new law for foreign investment in China, as the protection specified in this legislation will increase their confidence about investing in the country.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/12 21:18:40

China's GDP calculation reliable: NBS chief

GDP accounting in China is reliable and comparable, and it has gained international recognition, Ning Jizhe, head of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), said on Tuesday during the ongoing two sessions in Beijing.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/12 20:58:40

Consumption to be key driver of country's growth: Coca-Cola executive

Consumption will continue to be a robust key driver of China's economic growth based on various measures the country's policymakers unveiled during the ongoing two sessions, and consumption upgrading will provide foreign companies including Coca-Cola with more business opportunities, said Curt Ferguson, president of Coca-Cola for greater China and Korea.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/12 18:18:41

China's Y-20 large transport plane to spawn several variants: chief designer

The chief designer of China's domestically developed large transport plane, the Y-20, confirmed the aircraft could be spawned into several types of variants, with military experts expecting to see the original's doppelganger in 2019.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/12 16:56:27

Chinese judiciary plays bigger role in ensuring social stability, development

Chinese judicial and procuratorial organs have maintained high pressure on law violations, ranging from graft, local mafia to "Peppa Pig" copyright infringement, to safeguard justice, social stability and development.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/3/12 13:16:03

Tougher penalties loom for Chinese IPR violators

China has its own timeline for enhancing intellectual property rights (IPR), a longstanding focus of the government to boost innovation. Enhancing the IPR protection mechanism is not meant to cater to any US request amid the trade war, but to help the domestic market grow, analysts said.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/11 21:41:41

Adviser urges under-3 yrs child care services as parenting burden powers birth rate

A member of the National Committee of the 13th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) recommended that nursery services for children under the age of 3 be included in the public service system to relieve parenting burden, which is an important cause of the current low birth rate in China.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/11 21:13:40

JF-17 Block 3 jet expected to be fitted with active electronically scanned array radar

The development and production of the JF-17 Block 3 are underway, said Yang Wei, a Chinese legislator and chief designer of the China-Pakistan co-developed fighter jet, as he aims to enhance the jet's informatized warfare capability and weapons.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/11 21:08:40

China's NBS taking over regional GDP data

Starting this year, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) will take over the accounting for GDP statistics in all provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities, and it will no longer rank the GDP values or growth rates of different regions, according to a report by on Monday.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/11 20:38:40

Official vows stricter research standards to restrict illegal behavior after the gene-edited babies scandal

China's top science official on Monday vowed to formulate more regulations on scientific ethics and curb illegal conducts for personal fame and interests in the wake of scientist He Jiankui's gene-edited babies scandal last year.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/11 15:03:39

China, US strive to reach deal

China and the US are striving to reach an agreement in trade talks, as both sides have shown a strong intention to find common ground in the latest round of negotiations. Washington is likely to face greater pressure, and it is more eager to end the trade war, which weighs on its economic outlook, analysts said.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/10 20:33:39

Real estate tax to regulate housing market in China

A draft real estate tax law is being optimized by relevant departments, which will be submitted for legislators' review when conditions are right, senior Chinese officials said during the two sessions on Saturday.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/10 19:28:39

China should raise luxury tax rate to promote thrift: official

China ought to raise the tax rate for luxury goods to promote thrift and restore the traditional Chinese virtue among the young generation, said Cui Bo, a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and an official of Northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/10 18:08:40

Revised law to facilitate foreign investment in China: Nestle CEO

The draft revision of the Foreign Investment Law, which is under review during China's two sessions, marks an important measure of the country's reform and opening-up, said a senior executive of a transnational company.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/10 17:18:39

40-ton class heavy helicopter jointly developed by China, Russia to be delivered by 2032

The 40-ton class heavy helicopter jointly developed by China and Russia is expected to be delivered by 2032, said Wu Ximing, a Chinese political advisor and chief designer of helicopters for the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/10 15:52:41

Hainan plans to open waters to overseas yachts

South China's Hainan Province plans to simplify its entry procedures and carry out a pilot program that would allow overseas yachts to enter some of its waters.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/10 15:42:30

PBOC governor says "some room" exists for cutting reserve requirement ratio

Chinese central bank governor said Sunday that there is still some room for lowering the country's reserve requirement ratio.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/3/10 12:37:33

Chinese leaders stress reform, legislation, poverty relief

Senior Chinese leaders on Saturday stressed reform, legislation and poverty alleviation at the annual legislative session.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/3/10 7:54:52

China's 2nd CIIE to have more booth area, attendees: MOC

The second China International Import Expo (CIIE) will feature larger exhibition area and be attended by more countries and enterprises, Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan said Saturday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/3/9 15:07:05

China to take multiple measures to maintain stable 2019 trade growth: MOC

China will take a string of measures to maintain stable trade growth in 2019, the country's commerce minister said Saturday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/3/9 13:35:47

Deputies to 13th NPC receive interview in Beijing

Deputies to 13th NPC receive interview in Beijing
Source: Xinhua | 2019/3/9 10:10:20

More women are top lawmakers and political advisors at the two sessions

Chinese lawmakers and political advisors hailed the country's progress in protecting women's rights on Friday, which was International Women's Day, as the number of women holding seats at the ongoing two sessions continues to climb.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/8 19:53:40

China's national legislature starts 2nd plenary meeting of annual session

The second session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC), China's national legislature, started its second plenary meeting Friday afternoon.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/3/8 17:41:44

China, US stand to gain from cooperation, lose from confrontation: FM

China and the United States stand to gain from cooperation and lose from confrontation, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/3/8 12:25:04

Yunnan vows new anti-drug drive, to build more diversified network

The province of Yunnan, a major front in China's anti-drug campaign as it borders the Golden Triangle known for drug production and trafficking, has vowed to launch a new round in the war on drugs and recruit more special border police to safeguard stability.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/7 21:53:41

First Confucius University likely to be built to link overseas Chinese, cultivate culture talent

A political advisor from East China's Shandong Province has proposed the establishment of the country's first Confucius University, which could serve as a link to overseas Chinese and a study center for their children.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/7 21:53:40

High tech products including AI news anchor and AR livestreaming glasses shine at the two sessions

High-tech intelligent products, including the world's first artificial intelligence (AI) female news anchor, shined during China's annual two sessions amid the country's rapid development in technology.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/7 21:48:40

Measures in 2019 Government Work Report to boost China's A shares

China is likely to achieve its target of having a GDP growth rate between 6 percent and 6.5 percent this year based on positive signals from the 2019 Government Work Report released on Tuesday, UBS economists said in a note to the Global Times on Thursday.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/7 21:03:41

Chinese companies in Africa create great opportunities: official

Chinese companies operating in Africa have created huge opportunities for the continent's development, a senior political advisor said on Wednesday at a press conference on the sidelines of the annual sessions of the national legislative and political consultative bodies.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/3/7 20:58:41

CPPCC members call acceleration of China's social credit system

Chinese political advisors from economic sectors have called for attaching greater significance to and stepping up construction of the country's social credit system to promote financial supply-side structural reform and quality economic development.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/7 20:53:40

New types of Party building benefit migrant workers

Established in 2005 by Jiang Shun, a Party member from Central China's Henan Province, who collected waste for living, the branch has developed into a 115-member committee with six sub-Party-branches that cover over 10,000 migrant workers in the city.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/7 20:43:41

Chinese space exploration needs female astronauts: Chinese expert

Chinese women are playing a more significant role in the country's aerospace programs, working as astronauts, helping develop aeromedicine and Mars exploration, according to an expert.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/7 18:48:20

Chinese leaders stress high-quality development

Senior Chinese leaders on Wednesday urged for more efforts to advance high-quality development.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/3/7 2:31:13

China catching up with US by following own path

China's policymakers are well aware of the problems facing the economy and they have been making targeted adjustments as appropriate. And the country is trying to catch up with the US, the world's largest economy, in terms of GDP, and that point is forecast to come around 2025-2030, Chinese economists said on Wednesday.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/6 22:08:40

Number of Thangka painters boosted amid governmental support to protect the ancient art

From 300 to 3,000 (roughly), the rise in the number of Thangka painters in Tibet shows that religious art is thriving and a perfect example of the government's support to Tibet culture," Norbu Sitar, dean of the Tibet Thangka Painting Academy in Lhasa, said.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/6 21:33:41

Intelligent transformation urgently needed in China's manufacturing sector: Lenovo CEO

Traditional manufacturing companies should take full advantage of market opportunities and promote intelligent transformation in the 5G era, to stimulate industry creativity and efficiency and become the new drivers of China's economic growth, said Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing, a deputy of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC).
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/6 20:16:32

Eased tension on Korean Peninsula helps border travel in Northeast China

The eased tension between North Korea and South Korea has promoted tourism in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture of China's Northeast Jilin Province, an official said.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/6 20:03:40

Third batch of major foreign investment projects in China due this year

China will further shorten the negative list for foreign investment, reducing the number of sectors where foreign investment is restricted. The country will also launch the third batch of major foreign investment projects this year as part of its consistent attempt to open up the economy, a senior official of the country's top economic planner said on Wednesday.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/6 19:58:40

'Toilet revolution' to boost China's rural economy

China will allocate 7 billion yuan ($1.04 billion) to build and upgrade toilets in rural areas in 2019 under its "toilet revolution" campaign, a senior official said.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/6 19:53:41

Ningxia sets up democratic system to select imams for mosques

In an effort to curb illegal religious activities and resist overseas forces' infiltration using religion, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region has explored innovative measures to manage religious affairs, including establishing a democratic system for selecting imams for mosques.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/6 18:08:40

Proposal calls for national strategy to develop underground facilities

Chinese political advisors have proposed that China develop and construct underground infrastructure including military shelters, science bases and residential projects.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/6 17:08:40

Joint efforts needed to achieve consensus in trade talks: minister

Working teams of China and the US are still consulting, as there are many things for the two sides to do and joint efforts are demanded to achieve mutual consensus, Chinese Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan said in commenting about the latest progress in China-US trade talks Tuesday.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/5 23:03:40

Two sessions most popular topic on Weibo, attracts over 6.4b views

The topic on China's annual two sessions has attracted more than 6.4 billion views on Chinese social media platform Sina Weibo, the highest in the past two days.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/5 22:08:40

Agriculture to be among China's development priorities in 2019

The Government Work Report stated on Tuesday that the agricultural sector, especially crop production, will be among China's development priorities in 2019.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/5 21:54:41

China on track to achieving goals to deliver prosperous society by 2020, experts say

More solid efforts are needed for China to win the “three tough battles” against major risks, poverty and pollution, although phased achievements have been made, said Chinese officials during the ongoing two sessions.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/5 21:53:41

Foreign Investment Law underscores China's further opening-up: L'Oreal executive

At the threshold of a new chapter of reform and opening-up, reviewing the draft of the Foreign Investment Law during the two sessions to accelerate the legislation process has been widely anticipated by foreign companies.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/5 21:53:40

Data fees to drop 20% in 2019: Government Work Report

The average fees for mobile data will be cut by more than 20 percent in China in 2019, according to the Government Work Report, which was released during the annual legislative session on Tuesday.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/5 21:43:40

'Effective' spending will go to projects that support China's regional development

China will increase infrastructure investment this year and accelerate the implementation of key projects, including the planned Sichuan-Tibet Railway, according to the Government Work Report released on Tuesday.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/5 21:38:40

China lowers defense budget growth to 7.5% in 2019

China announced Tuesday that its defense budget for 2019 is 1.1899 trillion yuan ($177.5 billion), a 7.5 percent increase from 2018, lower than the 8.1 percent increase in 2018.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/5 13:13:02

IPR protection to be improved with concrete measures, execution

China's top legislature will vote on the updated draft of the foreign investment law on March 15, Zhang Yesui, spokesperson for the second session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC), said on Monday.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/4 22:35:26

Trade war noticeably absent from Chinese political advisors' discussions

The China-US trade standoff was arguably one of the biggest stories - maybe even the biggest - over the past year, not just in China but around the world. But when China's top political advisors from the business world met on Monday, the topic was rarely mentioned.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/4 22:13:40

Tibet considers written Lhoba script

A legislator from Lhoba, the second smallest of 56 ethnic groups in China living in the southeastern Tibet Autonomous Region, said the regional government is considering creating written scripts for the Lhoba language, a move the legislator hailed as another government effort to preserve ethnic culture.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/4 21:53:39

Smaller firms facing job-creation problems: NPC deputy

There are signs of job-creation problems at small and medium-sized businesses in China, a deputy to the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) said on Monday, calling for measures to rev up the job market.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/4 20:25:59

Hong Kong-based CPPCC members call for further integration

Hong Kong-based members of China's top political advisory body on Monday suggested that Hong Kong should be more involved in social and economic development on the Chinese mainland, and they called for greater efforts to further integrate economic development under the central government's plans.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/4 20:25:53

GDP target likely to exceed 6%

As China faces a tough situation to stabilize economic growth in 2019 amid persistent domestic downward pressure and ongoing trade friction with the US, analysts forecast that 2019 GDP growth rate will be set at above 6 percent.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/4 20:13:39

Central Beijing to get 5G in 2019 as network construction will cover strategic areas

5G – a fifth-generation mobile network – has appeared at China's two sessions press center. From central Beijing's Tiananmen Square to the southeastern Beijing sub-center, the city is taking the lead to speed up 5G rollout.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/3 20:48:39

BRI brings economic development, hope for future to participants: CPPCC spokesperson

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has brought development and hope to participants, instead of being a “debt trap” or “regional hegemonism,” a spokesperson said on Saturday. China's investments in related countries and regions mainly went into infrastructure projects, which will facilitate local development in the long term, Guo Weimin, spokesperson for the second session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), told a news conference.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/3/3 20:43:39

Political adviser pushes for accelerating data security law

A Chinese political adviser has called for speeding up the passage of a data security law.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/3 19:13:40

Chinese legislator urges removal of family planning policies from Constitution

China's aging population has turned into such a big concern that at least one legislator feels it is imperative to remove the family planning policy from China's Constitution as soon as possible.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/3 16:11:24

Chinese driver's license applicants urged to join organ donor registry

Chinese drivers applying for a new or renewed license should be asked whether they want to join the organ donor registry, a deputy at the National People's Congress suggested, in an attempt to boost the number of potential donors.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/3 11:58:39

Top political advisor wants annual session to reflect public thoughts

Chinese political advisors have been asked to convey real thoughts and appeals of the public during the upcoming second annual session of the 13th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/3/2 10:43:37

Overseas Chinese observers hail more open and down-to-earth meetings

At the opening ceremony of the annual session of China's top political advisory body which will kick off on Sunday, along with the more than 2,000 national political advisors, there will be one special group of attendees who are not political advisors, but will sit at the front spot of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/1 17:54:11

Top political advisory body prepares for annual session

The Standing Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee convened a meeting Thursday to prepare for the second session of the 13th CPPCC National Committee.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/3/1 9:19:40

CPC regulations on reporting of major issues published

The Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee has recently published CPC regulations on requesting instructions for and submitting reports on major issues, an official statement said Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/3/1 4:04:14

Press center for China's "two sessions" put into official use

The 13th National People's Congress (NPC), China's national legislature, will start its second annual session on March 5 and the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the country's national political advisory body, will begin its second annual session on March 3.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/28 10:12:12

Seventh plenary meeting of 1st session of 13th NPC held in Beijing

The seventh plenary meeting of the first session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) is held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 19, 2018.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/3/19 11:04:24

Chinese national legislature meets to decide new cabinet lineup

The 13th National People's Congress (NPC), China's national legislature, held the seventh plenary meeting of its first session Monday morning to decide the new lineup of the State Council.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/3/19 10:33:53

China's lawmakers propose iris scans for all, stress privacy security

China's top lawmakers suggested eye recognition technology be added to the country's national identity system, with pilot trials in the education and public security sectors.
Source: Global Times | 2018/3/18 22:53:40