Air pollution in northern China is usually worse in the winter, but this past winter saw unprecedented improvement. Largely due to the policy decision to shift to natural gas for heating and many industrial uses, the average concentration in Beijing of the most hazardous small particulate matter, PM2.5, fell in January by 70 percent year-on-year to 34 micrograms per cubic meter, the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau said in a statement. It was the first time the figure was under the national standard safe level of 35, the bureau said. However, recent weeks have seen many days of high air pollution, although coming weeks are forecast to be clear.
Over the past thousands of years, the Chinese people have been united and stuck together through thick and thin, built a united country with various nationalities, developed harmonious relationships between 56 diverse and interwoven ethnic groups and formed a big Chinese family where they keep watch for and help defend each other, Xi said.
"The dramatic improvement in air quality mainly resulted from effective and tougher controls on emissions and advantageous weather to disperse pollutants," said Li Xiang, director of air quality management at the capital's Environmental Protection Bureau. Restrictions covered many sources, such as factories, vehicles and the burning of coal, she said, adding that more than 11,000 polluting companies were closed or moved.
Over the past five years, the CPPCC has received 29,378 proposals, and 23,975 of them were accepted and filed, said Wan Gang, vice-chairman of the 12th CPPCC National Committee, on Saturday while giving a work report on the proposals.
Unit 731 produced about 2,000 ceramic bombs from 1937 to 1942, a staff member of the museum said on Monday, the 86th anniversary of the September 18 Incident.
Xi vowed to fully and accurately implement the principle of "one country, two systems", Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong and Macao people governing Macao with a high degree of autonomy.
Western mobile-payment services require businesses to install equipment before customers can use them, but in China only a QR code and smartphone are needed.
In a separate development, Yang Chongyong, former vice-chairman of the Hebei People's Congress Standing Committee, was charged with bribery by Tianjin Municipal People's Procuratorate No 2 Branch.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said he speaks highly of Xi's courage and great sense of duty, and he believes that under Xi's leadership, the Chinese people will realize the Chinese Dream of achieving great rejuvenation, and China's rejuvenation will be conducive to keeping world peace and stability and benefit people in the world.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said Xi's election shows the Chinese people's trust and confidence in Xi's vision and wisdom shown in managing national and international affairs, and he believes that the Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Beijing in September will achieve great success and push the partnership between Africa and China to a higher level.