Yu Xihui (middle) has a meal with two of more than 30 seniors living in the Xihui Nursing Home in the suburbs of Anda, Heilongjiang province.ZHOU HUIYING/CHINA DAILY

Woman who has taken in dozens of elderly people over three decades now faces her own health battle

Every day Yu Xihui wakes up at around 4 am without the help of an alarm, starting her busy day by taking care of more than 30 homeless seniors she has “adopted” over the years.

Located in the suburbs of Anda, Heilongjiang province, her 400-square-meter house has become a home for these seniors.

Yu, 55, calls it the Xihui Nursing Home, after her name.

Like other nursing homes, there are 10 rooms with three beds and a small TV set in each, a dining room and a public bathroom. The difference is that all the residents can live at the Xihui Nursing Home for free.

Over the past 30 years, Yu has adopted more than 100 homeless seniors and looked after them till they passed away.

She remembers the first time she took an old vagrant to her home in 1990.

“It was almost the coldest time of the year when I found him shivering under a straw mat on the roadside,” she recalled. “Without enough clothing to keep him warm he appeared to have some frostbite.”

When the old man told Yu he had no family to care for him and had begged for many years, she decided without hesitation to take him home. “He might have frozen to death if he stayed outside,” Yu recalled.

After eating a bowl of hot noodles at Yu’s home, the old man started to recover.

Yu said she could sympathize with the man’s plight.

President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, visits an industrial park of Wanhua Chemical during an inspection tour in Yantai, East China’s Shandong province, June 13, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

China’s trade with countries along the route of the Belt and Road Initiative has grown significantly over the years, especially with the 10 ASEAN member countries. [Photo/VCG]

JAKARTA — China will work with Indonesia to further enhance the complementarity between their development strategies, and work with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to develop a joint vision, said Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Saturday.

Li made the remarks in a signed article entitled “Embarking on new voyage of China-Indonesia friendly cooperation,” published in the Jakarta Post, a leading English-language newspaper in Indonesia.

On his visit to Indonesia in 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping put forward the initiative of building a 21st century maritime silk road. Since then, a strong synergy has developed between this initiative and Indonesia’s vision as a global maritime fulcrum, reenergizing centuries-old sea lanes and the shared dream of harnessing the ocean to the benefit of the two peoples, said Li.

China has been Indonesia’s largest trading partner for seven years in a row, as well as Indonesia’s main source of foreign investment. In 2017, their two-way trade reached $63.3 billion, up 18 percent year-on-year.

The Chinese premier said China will support Indonesia in building regional economic corridors and upgrading its infrastructure and industrial development to make the maritime bond between the two countries even stronger.

China looks forward to stronger exchanges covering education, culture, youth, media and think tanks to bring the two peoples even closer, said Li.

Placing ASEAN as a high priority in its neighborhood diplomacy, China has been a staunch supporter of ASEAN community building and ASEAN centrality in east Asia cooperation, said Li.

China will work with ASEAN to develop a joint vision for China-ASEAN relations, forge greater synergy between their development strategies and take their strategic partnership to a higher level, said Li.

China is keen to work with ASEAN to uphold the multilateral trading system, promote trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, push for early conclusion of negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and move toward the goal of an east Asia economic community, said the Chinese premier.

Visitors examine books on Tuesday at a Beijing exhibition showcasing friendship and people-to-people communication with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.WANG ZHUANGFEI/CHINA DAILY

An exhibition showing people-to-people communication between China and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea aims to further boost the friendship between the two nations, organizers said.

The art exhibition, which opened in Beijing on Tuesday, celebrates the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the nations, as well as commemorating DPRK top leader Kim Jong-un’s visits to China.

The exhibit includes dozens of books and over 30 paintings and sculptures by renowned artists from the DPRK to illustrate the traditional friendship, mutual trust and people-to-people communication between China and the DPRK.

It also includes photos of three generations of the country’s top leaders visiting China, from Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il to Kim Jong-un.

The exhibition continues until May 8 at the Mansudae Art Museum in the 798 Art District and is co-hosted by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and the DPRK Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries.

Lin Yi, vice-president of the Chinese people’s association for friendship, said the exhibition tells of the firm friendship between the two nations over 70 years.

She said Kim Jong-un’s four visits to China in 10 months showed the great importance of Sino-DPRK relations in hopes that the two countries could further strengthen communication and jointly create a better future.

Kim made visits to China in March, May and June of 2018 and, most recently, in January.

Pak Kyong-il, vice-chairman of DPRK’s committee for cultural relations, praised the contributions of elder generations of the two countries, adding that 2019 is meaningful for DPRK-China relations and Pyongyang will continue developing its relationship with Beijing.

Jong Hyon-u, charge d’affaires of the DPRK embassy in China, said he hoped to enhance communication and cooperation with China in areas such as political, economic and cultural fields. Jong also expressed hopes that China will continue with its achievements.

Customs officers in Zhanjiang, a city on the Leizhou Peninsula of western Guangdong province, have seized smuggled cigarettes valued at more than 2.01 billion yuan ($297.78 million).

The seizure came as part of a recent joint operation with public security and tobacco departments from Guangdong province and Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.

The smuggled cigarettes were estimated to have evaded taxes of more than 1.34 billion yuan.

A total of 41 suspected smugglers were detained in the operation, which was launched simultaneously in several Guangdong and Guangxi cities, according to Xu Fengwei, a senior officer from Zhanjiang Customs.

“The operation has dealt a heavy blow to local smugglers after two major foreign and four domestic smuggling gangs that used to be active in Guangdong and Guangxi were busted during the operation that was participated in by more than 300 law enforcers earlier this month,” said Xu.

“The gangs were investigated on suspicion of smuggling cigarettes from Southeast Asian countries, including Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia, to the prosperous Pearl River delta for big profits via some Guangxi border cities since 2016,” he said.

A channel for smuggling cigarettes from Southeast Asia to Guangdong via Guangxi has also been destroyed following the crackdown of the cigarette smuggling case , he said.

“It is one of largest cigarette smuggling cases that has been cracked down on in the southern Chinese region in recent years, and the crackdown of the case has also helped deter other domestic and foreign smugglers active in the region, ” Xu said.

A four-day workshop for deputies to the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) concluded in Beijing on May 11, 2018. [Photo/npc.gov.cn]

BEIJING – A four-day workshop for deputies to the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) concluded in Beijing Friday.

A total of 277 delegates from 15 election units across China attended the workshop to have an in-depth study of the constitution as well as relevant laws and regulations.

Topics covered in the workshop also included the legislation and supervision work of the NPC and its standing committee, as well as the proposing and reviewing of bills by deputies.

Zhou Qiang, president of the Supreme People’s Court, and Zhang Jun, procurator-general of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, delivered lectures to the deputies on China’s court and procuratorial system, respectively.

The deputies also visited “The Power of Truth,” an exhibition marking the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth, at the National Museum of China.

Yang Zhenwu, secretary-general of the NPC Standing Committee, expressed his hope that the deputies would strengthen their sense of duty and mission, stay down-to-earth to conduct their investigation and surveys, and keep close links with the public.

Over 70 percent of the 2,980 deputies on the 13th NPC are newly-elected. The NPC Standing Committee organized the workshop in order to enhance their political caliber and capability to perform duties.

Three workshops will be held this year, covering about 1,100 lawmakers, primarily from newly elected and grassroots deputies.

BEIJING – Vice-Premier Liu Yandong will visit the United Kingdom from Monday to Thursday and co-chair a meeting on people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.

The meeting, the fifth of its kind in the China-UK high-level people-to-People dialogue, will be co-chaired by Liu and British Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, according to foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang.

During the visit, Liu will meet with officials of the British government and members of the royal family, and sign a host of cooperative agreements on people-to-people exchanges, Geng said at a daily press briefing.

He expressed hope that the visit will promote political mutual trust, strengthen cultural and people-to-people exchanges, and further boost bilateral ties.

Xi Jinping delivers a speech at the first meeting of the presidium of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Oct 17, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING – The presidium of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) held its first meeting on Tuesday afternoon, approving a report on the examination of delegates’ qualifications by the delegate credentials committee.

The delegates elected are in general outstanding Party members with high ideological and political quality, good style in conduct, strong capability in discussing political affairs, and good professional performance, and they are highly representative, the report said.

Xi Jinping was present and delivered a speech.

Presided over by the congress’ secretary-general Liu Yunshan, the meeting approved a list of the presidium’s 42-member Standing Committee including Xi.

Liu Qibao, Meng Jianzhu, Zhao Leji and Li Zhanshu were approved as deputy secretaries-general of the congress.

According to the examination report, 2,287 delegates were elected from electoral units across the country and the list had been published with the approval of the CPC Central Committee. After examination, qualifications of 2,280 were confirmed valid, putting the actual number of delegates attending the congress at 2,280.

The election began in November last year, the report said, noting that almost all primary CPC organizations and up to 99.2 percent of more than 89 million Party members took part in the election, up from 98 percent five years ago.

It stressed that the election was a competitive one, and more than 15 percent of the preliminary nominees had been eliminated in each electoral unit during the process, except Tibet and Xinjiang, which had been approved to exercise non-competitive election.

The report said that in light of the practice of the 18th CPC National Congress, the CPC Central Committee specially invited 74 delegates to attend the 19th congress and they would enjoy equal rights as elected delegates.

A draft electoral method of the 19th CPC National Congress was approved at the meeting and was handed over to each delegation for deliberation.

The CPC Central Committee decided to invite relevant leading Party officials and a group of non-Communist figures to attend the congress as non-voting participants.

The non-voting participants, totaling 405, include non-delegate members and alternate members of the 18th CPC Central Committee and non-delegate members of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, non-delegates nor specially invited delegates but former members of the Central Advisory Commission, among others.

In addition, 149 guests were invited to attend the opening and closing sessions of the congress.

The twice-a-decade congress will open Wednesday at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, and last till Oct 24.

Ministries responded to a series of recent public concerns, including updates on the reform of State-owned Enterprises.

SOEs to go through continued reform

China has picked 31 State-owned enterprises for the third round of SOE mixed ownership reform with the aim of attracting more private capital into the State sector.

Meng Wei, spokeswoman for the National Development and Reform Commission, said during a news conference in Beijing that the State Council has chosen 31 State enterprises run by regional authorities or the central government. She said the NDRC is working with the pilot enterprises to come up with implementation plans

Mixed-ownership reform is designed to further diversify the ownership structure of SOEs, going beyond mergers, acquisitions and reorganization, and has helped improve central SOEs’ efficiency and competitiveness.

The first two rounds of reform covered 19 SOEs that are implementing their restructuring programs and more than one third of them have completed most of their reforms, including introducing new investors, boosting corporate governance and setting up new internal incentive mechanisms, Meng said.

Financial results of 2,041zombie companies, all subsidiaries of 81 major central SOEs, improved their business performance by cutting annual losses of 88.5 billion yuan ($13.36 billion) in 2016.

Ministry urges greater kindergarten checks

The Ministry of Education ordered checks in kindergartens across the country Friday following a series of child abuse cases.

The ministry said in a statement that the recent child abuse cases in kindergartens have greatly harmed the victims and their families and resulted in serious consequences. And these incidents have exposed problems in the management of kindergartens, it said.

Local governments must monitor kindergarten staff in the inspections, rectify wrongdoing and investigate any activities that harm children, according to the ministry.

The ministry also urged education authorities nationwide to set up a regular supervision mechanism and improve the accountability system to punish those involved in child abuse.

Graduates rewarded for grassroots work

The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, together with five other ministries including the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Education, has issued a guideline to further encourage graduates who work in grassroots areas across China with favorable policies.

It was made clear in the plan that the government aims to spend approximately 10 years nurturing a large group of young expertise with a good educational background and rich work experiences in grassroots areas in China.

The guideline urged governments at all levels to give career development incentives to grassroots young talent and widen their career path. Other incentives in terms of medical care as well as education for their children are also included.

According to the guideline, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security will select 5,000 university graduates every year as the country’s national backup for grassroots talents.

zhangyue@chinadaily.com.cn

Research vessel and icebreaker Xuelong (Snow Dragon)ona missionin Antarctic on Dec 5, 2016. [Photo/CCTV]

China published its first white paper on its Antarctic explorations on Monday, pledging to boost its capabilities in the exploration and study of the continent.

The paper says China will build a new permanent station and advanced icebreakers, develop aerial capability for survey and transportation, and design scientific apparatuses for the Antarctic environment. However, it does not elaborate on schedules and details.

The white paper, China’s Antarctic Programs, was produced by the State Oceanic Administration and released in Beijing on Monday, a day ahead of the 40th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting, being held in the capital from Tuesday to June 1.

About 400 delegates from 42 countries and 10 international organizations planned to take part in the meeting, which is an annual decision-making session established under the Antarctic Treaty. It will be China’s first time to be host.

Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli will attend the meeting’s opening on Tuesday and will address the group, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a news conference last week.

The main topics are to include the implementation of the Antarctic Treaty system, climate change’s impacts, tourism, and special protection and management regions, Hua said.

China signed the Antarctic Treaty in 1983 and became a consultative member two years later. It sent its first Antarctic expedition in 1984 and set up its first permanent station the next year. It now maintains four Antarctic stations-Changcheng, Zhongshan, Taishan and Kunlun, and has sent 33 expeditions.

Chinese scientists have chosen a site for China’s fifth Antarctic station, which will be near the Ross Sea, in the Southern Ocean, Lin Shanqing, deputy head of the State Oceanic Administration, said in April. He said that experts had inspected five locations including Inexpressible Island and the Brown Peninsula during the 33rd Antarctic expedition, which concluded in April.

Preparation work for the new station has been completed and construction will start as soon as 2018, Lin said.

China has also finished the site selection and survey for its first airfield in Antarctica, and construction is planned to start as early as the end of this year.

The airfield will be able to handle fixed-wing aircraft. At first there will be only one runway and fixed-wing aircraft will need to be equipped with a pair of runners to land, said Sun Bo, deputy director of the administration’s Polar Research Institute of China. Other planned runways in the same area will be flatter and thus capable of handling large airplanes not equipped with runners.