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2014-11-04 NEWS Plus Special English
   2014-11-04 14:26:53    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Han




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The Communist Party of China Central Committee has published the full text of the decision on the rule of law, along with an explanation by President Xi Jinping.
The decision was adopted recently at the fourth plenary session of the 18th Party Central Committee. It stressed the supreme authority of the Constitution, and promised wide ranging changes to the judicial system.
The Party leadership is the fundamental guarantee of the rule of law, and the Constitution is the fundamental law. Government officials must now pledge their allegiance to the Constitution before taking office.
Xi said the Party must comprehensively promote rule of law to build a well-off society, to deepen reform and to achieve the Chinese dream of a rejuvenated nation.

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China's first floating liquefied natural gas terminal has completed its first phase of construction in the northern port city of Tianjin.
The terminal covers an area of 75 hectares and designed to supply 3 billion cubic meters of gas each year. It can supply imported liquefied natural gas to energy-thirsty cities such as Beijing and Tianjin.
China National Offshore Oil Corporation, which owns the terminal, says it has two low-temperature storage tanks, with a capacity of 30,000 cubic meters each.
With a total investment of 3.3 billion yuan, roughly 540 million U.S. dollars, the terminal is one of the key projects for air pollution prevention in Beijing. It will also supply natural gas to some other provinces in the long run.

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Blatant advertisements, frequent typos and inaccuracies in historical accounts are just a few of the common errors found in Chinese students' textbooks that have aroused public outcry for tighter supervision on educational materials.
A web user surnamed Wang in south China's Guangdong Province complained on a messaging board after discovering several advertisements in his middle school daughter's English textbook.
Six pages of promotional materials on a talking pen, tape and other teaching aids are found in the 144-page book. Wang wrote a post on tianya.cn, one of the most popular discussion forums in China. His post fueled a week-long discussion about textbook quality in China.
The textbook is published by Beijing Ren'ai Education Institute, which is the first and only private textbook compilation agency approved by China's Ministry of Education.
Almost 11 million such textbooks have been used across China, accounting for 20 percent of the total market share.
The Ministry of Education said it has strict requirements on textbook compilation for primary and middle schools; and that no advertisements are allowed in textbooks. The ministry said it will investigate the problem.

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China's Ministry of Finance has allocated almost 9 billion yuan, roughly 1.5 billion U.S. dollars, in special funds to support the protection of cultural heritage this year.
The funding was 14 percent higher than a year ago.
Around 90 percent of the total funding, or 8 billion yuan, went to more than 2,000 cultural heritage protection projects, including the Great Wall, the Great Canal and the Silk Road.
Another 660 million yuan of funding were used to support efforts to protect the intangible cultural heritage items in China.

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China is now the world's largest industrial robot market with over 30 robot factories under construction.
The State Engineering Research Center for Robotics said during a forum in Shanghai that robotics and the Internet will transform global manufacturing, and China is entering a golden decade for the development of home-made robots.
The center said that before 2008, there was no robot industry in China; however, with a growing labor shortage, China became the world's largest industrial robot market last year.
In the past ten years, the cost of robot production decreased by 5 percent annually, while the labor cost has been growing by 10 percent year on year.
Though large in quantity, China has a low robot density with 23 units for every 10,000 workers, compared to the world average of 58 units. Only a quarter of the robots in China are home-made; and China has long relied on imports for the core components of home-made robots.
Now the robotics industry is developing rapidly in China. As of September this year, there were more than 400 robot manufacturers in China, and more than 30 others are under construction.
The center predicts that robotics will help promote the transformation of China's work force.

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A new satellite launch center, in Wenchang in south China's Hainan Province, will be used to launch China's space station and cargo spacecraft.
The new center, the fourth of its kind in China, will mainly be used for large-tonnage space stations, cargo spacecraft, and large polar orbit satellites.
Located near a seaport, Wenchang has an advantage for transportation of modules of such spacecraft, and its low latitude allows a 10 percent more carrying capacity of rockets, compared to the Xichang launch center in northwest China.
The Chang'e-5 moon lander, which will collect samples and return to Earth, will be launched from Wenchang, probably in 2017.
Wenchang and the other three launch centers, in Jiuquan, Xichang and Taiyuan respectively, all have unique functions.
In a recent interview, Yang Liwei, China's first astronaut and deputy chief of China's Manned Space Agency, said the Tiangong-2 space lab will be launched around 2016, followed by the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft and a cargo craft to rendezvous with the lab.
A core module for space station will be launched around 2018 and the station will be completed around 2022.

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Germany will submit a bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.
German Olympic Sports Confederation announced that the candidates are either Berlin or Hamburg. The final candidate will be elected on March 21 next year by the general assembly of the confederation.
The German sports authority also plans to bid for the 2028 Olympics, if the 2024 bid remains unsuccessful.
Until now, there are no official candidates for the 2024 Summer Olympics. However, cities including Istanbul, Doha, Paris and Rome have been named as possible bidders. The host for the Olympic Games will be elected by the International Olympic Committee in 2017.
Germany has hosted the Summer Olympics in 1936 and 1972. While the Olympics in 1936 were abused by the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler, the games in 1972 were overshadowed by the killing of Israeli athletes.
Germany's last bid, for the Winter Olympics in 2018, was rejected via a local referendum in Munich. This may also happen to the upcoming bids as Berlin and Hamburg are planning referendums as soon as a candidate has been picked in March next year.

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The tenth Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival has wrapped up in Doha, capital of Qatar.
A total of 161 films from 60 countries were submitted for awards, including 17 Chinese productions.
Chinese documentary director Liang Bibo, a judge at the festival, said that in general, the perception of Chinese filmmakers in documentary is at the same level with foreign filmmakers.
Festival President Abbas Arnaout, who visited China almost every year, said Chinese documentaries on this year's shortlist have been well made with sense of humanity.
The festival was first held in 2004, and has gained international recognition, especially in Asian and Arabic countries.
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China has resumed motorcycle escorts for visiting foreign leaders, including whom in the motorcade of the Tanzanian President as he travelled from the airport to the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in central Beijing.
China's Foreign Ministry says motorcycle escort is a top protocol arrangement and a security measure for a foreign head of state or head of government. It is also a common practice in many other countries.
China had conducted motorcycle escorts since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, and stopped the practice in 2004.

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A court in Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, has rejected a woman's lawsuit against her son and his ex-wife for 110,000 yuan in back wages owed for taking care of the couple's son.
The court ruled against the grandmother, Li Meilan, citing a lack of contractual evidence or proof of expenses.
The judge also invoked "Chinese tradition" in the decision, saying Li is obligated to help in raising her family's new generation.
Li claimed that she had been taking care of the child and doing all the housework without compensation since 2010.
Some young couples in Urumqi pay their parents up to 3,000 yuan, roughly 500 US dollars, per month to look after their children.
A local lawyer, Zhang Shubin, told media that grandparents are not legally obliged to raise their grandchildren and are entitled to compensation upon request.
The layer said that however, the court can only rule in their favor if contracts had been signed.

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The source of a sick tortoise's discomfort became clear after a U.S. veterinarian took an X-ray: The animal had swallowed a turtle pendant.
The 15-pound male African spurred tortoise named Lola hadn't pooped for a month and began acting sick over the weekend. Lola's owner brought him to an animal medical center in Miami in south Florida.
After an X-ray, doctors at the center spotted the small, turtle-shaped object inside the patient.
Tortoises graze like cattle. They eat grass, plants and other vegetation, sometimes consuming rocks and other objects as well.
Lola is staying at the clinic, trying to get the pendant to pass. If that fails, surgery may follow.
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