Watching Xinwen Lianbo, May 26
Xi meets workers handling complaints; Li's instruction on summer harvest, etc.
Xinwen Lianbo/News Simulcast, China’s most important TV program broadcast every day between 7 pm and 7:30 pm GMT+8, consists of 14 parts on Thursday, May 26.
Xi Jinping on Wednesday met representatives to a national meeting on work related to the 信访 handling of people's complaints.
Xi offered warm congratulations to the exemplary individuals and groups honored at the meeting and extended sincere greetings to officials and people working in the system for addressing public complaints.
Li Keqiang, Wang Huning, and Han Zheng, members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, attended the meeting.
On the morning of the 25th, Xi Jinping and others came to the North Hall of the Great Hall of the People, and the whole room resounded with warm applause. Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders approached the delegates at the meeting and conducted cordial exchanges with them. They also posed for photos.
Guo Shengkun (Politburo Member and Secretary-General of the Political and Legal Affairs Committee) attended the meeting and spoke at the meeting. He pointed out that we should be guided by Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics in the New Era…keep in mind the political responsibility of solving problems for the people and addressing worries for the Party…and play a greater role in serving the 服务党和国家工作大局 general situation of the work of the Party and the State, 维护群众合法权益 safeguarding the legitimate rights and interests of the people, and 促进社会安全稳定 promoting social security and stability.
The meeting commended outstanding units and workers in the work. Representatives of those commended made a speech.
Ding Xuexiang (director of the General Office of the CPC Central Committee and Member of the Politburo) attended the meeting, Xiao Jie (State Councilor and Secretary-General of the State Council) attended the meeting and made a concluding speech.
Literally, 信 means letters, and 访 means (personal) visits. 信访 is an abbreviation of 来信来访， meaning people with grievances send letters and pay (personal) visits - to the authorities to file complaints.
There is a variety of English translations for the Party-state’s work on 信访: handling the people’s complaints; handling petitioning (work); or handling letters and visits.
Following the footsteps of the General Secretary: High-quality transformation and development of Shanxi
Since the 18th Party Congress, General Secretary Xi Jinping has visited Shanxi three times to visit and research, to guide the course of economic transformation and development of the resource-rich areas [such as Shanxi]…Shanxi is located in the middle reaches of the Yellow River, is China's energy and heavy-chemical base.
岢岚 Ke Lan County is located deep in the Luliang Mountains, and in June 2017, General Secretary Xi Jinping came here to visit the people in difficulty and learn about the local situation of 精准扶贫 precision-targeted poverty alleviation and 易地扶贫搬迁 poverty alleviation via relocation. At the current stage of poverty eradication work, the focus should be solving the problem of 深度贫困 extreme poverty.
Xi Jinping said "The people's aspiration for a better life is our goal, so now the mission of the Communist Party of China is to lead everyone in the dedication to 脱贫致富 get out of poverty and get rich, so that our people's lives get better and better…"
Bearing in mind the wishes of General Secretary Xi Jinping, Shanxi mobilized policies, funds, projects, talent and other resource elements to areas with extreme poverty, sending over 30,000 village teams to be stationed on the front line…At the end of 2020, all 58 (nationally-designated) poor counties in Shanxi have been lifted out of poverty as scheduled…
Shanxi is a resource-rich province, General Secretary Xi Jinping has high expectations for the transformation and upgrading of Shanxi (industries). The … 山西转型综合改革示范区 Shanxi Transformation and Comprehensive Reform Demonstration Zone has gathered more than 700 strategic emerging industry projects…From January to April this year, 2055 new taxable market entities were added, with a total investment of over 4.5 billion yuan.
Yesterday (May 25) Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday met representatives of a meeting commending heroes and role models from the public security system. This segment says the meeting turned out to be a strong inspiration.
The police force said that they must resolutely implement the major decisions and plans of the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core, resolutely achieve loyalty to the Party, service to the people, fair law enforcement, strict discipline, and make every effort to maintain national security and social stability to meet the victorious opening of the 20th Party Congress with practical actions.
The police force felt proud and excited. They said that they should be guided by Xi Jinping's thought of socialism with Chinese characteristics in the New Era, thoroughly implement Xi Jinping's thought of the rule of law, and unswervingly adhere to the absolute leadership of the Party in public security work, be loyal to the Party…
The police said that they would bear in mind General Secretary Xi Jinping's wishes, adhere to the people as the center, strictly conduct fair and civilized law enforcement, and constantly improve the people's 获得感、幸福感、安全感 sense of access, happiness, and security.
Li Keqiang made important written instructions on the national television and telephone conference on promoting the "three summer" production work. He emphasized doing a good job in the summer harvest, ensuring the smooth flow of personnel and machinery, ensuring that the time of harvest is not missed, and taking all the grain to the barn.
Summer in Chinese is 夏, the name of the season. “Three Summers” refers to 夏收、夏种、夏管, or Summer Harvest, Summer Planting, and Summer Management in the field. It is an important period of time in terms of agriculture.
The national television and telephone conference on promoting the "three summer" production work was held in Beijing on May 26.
Li Keqiang, Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Premier, made important written instructions.
The instructions pointed out: Food is the first necessity of the people. Summer harvest is the first harvest in the year. To achieve a good harvest in summer is of great importance for the completion of the annual food production targets, price stability, and efficient coordination of COVID prevention and control and economic and social development work.
At present, the "three summer" work is gradually unfolding across the country. Summer harvest is currently one of the most important tasks in agriculture and it must not be delayed.
With Xi Jinping thought of socialism with Chinese characteristics in the New Era as a guide, in accordance with the decision and arrangements by the Party Central Committee and the State Council, we should effectively do a good job in the summer harvest, ensure the unimpeded passage of personnel and machinery, ensure efficient and orderly transport and distribution of agricultural production materials.
All places must not set up illegal private barriers in any name affecting the summer harvest. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs should take the lead in setting up a task force to closely follow the journey of the harvesting teams, strengthen the organization of scheduling and equipment, fuel security, etc., the opening of agricultural machinery "green channel", the establishment of cross-zone machine harvesting reception service stations, and make every effort to ensure that cross-zone machine harvesting operations in an orderly manner.
Local governments at all levels should effectively take responsibility for the timely study and resolution of difficulties and problems affecting the "three summer" to ensure that the farming season is not missed and the grains going to the warehouse.
Those who worked ineffectively and thus negatively impacted summer harvest and summer grain production will be held responsible severely.
At the end of Yesterday’s newsletter, Pekingnology reported (exclusively in English?) the following quote based on unconfirmed social media information.
If we have a bumper harvest of grain this summer, that will go a long way in stabilizing prices this year. The chain of the summer harvest, which has been formed over the years, must not be broken. We have started now from Hubei - from the south to the north - mechanical harvesting, using professional equipment. This has become a habit/practice over a number of the years. The local governments must guarantee that. Whatever issues you have, deal with them the way you should deal with them, but the harvest of wheat is equally big and nobody shall take it lightly.
Food security is an increasingly mounting global concern after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. China takes its agricultural production particularly seriously this year.
Li Zhanshu attended the symposium on the implementation of the Noise Pollution Prevention and Control Law
The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress held a symposium on the implementation of the Noise Pollution Prevention and Control Law in Beijing on the morning of May 26.
Li Zhanshu, Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, attended the symposium and spoke. He stressed the need to thoroughly implement the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s instruction to “还自然以宁静、和谐、美丽” "return the serenity, harmony, and beauty to nature " and the Party Central Committee’s decision and arrangements, and actively respond to the concerns of society on hot issues, in response to the people's new expectations for a beautiful environment, so that the legal system to become the guardian of the serene environment.
Li Zhanshu pointed out that the Party Central Committee, with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core, attaches great importance to the implementation of China’s laws...The NPC and its Standing Committee has an important responsibility to supervise and protect the implementation of laws. We should promote the implementation of the legal system as a whole, in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and laws, to maintain the integrity, unity, coordination and smoothness of China's socialist legal system.
Li Zhanshu stressed that noise pollution prevention and control is an important livelihood issue. The people are looking forward to the effect of the implementation of the law…We should strictly implement the legal duties and legal responsibilities of the government at all levels and relevant departments, and effectively bring into play the leading, regulating and safeguarding role of the legal system. We should improve the relevant standard system and supporting rule-making, and reference some effective measures from international noise pollution prevention and control .
Noise pollution prevention and control law passed in December 2021, will be implemented on June 5 this year.
Work hard while young: Running hard on the track of intelligent supercomputing research
They have shortened the 10,000 years via traditional supercomputing to 150 seconds in quantum simulation calculation…Today we are meeting a group of intelligent supercomputing researcherswho are young - the Zhejiang Laboratory intelligent supercomputing team.
As an important part of national intelligent computing, in April 2021, 之江实验室智能超算研究中心 Zhejiang Laboratory Intelligent Supercomputing Research Center was established, and the average age of 23 members is only 28 years old. At present, internationally, intelligent supercomputing is still a frontier field, and many system theories are still to be improved. Whether it is basic hardware, Internet platform construction, or intelligent supercomputing applications, the team members are exploring from scratch. When conceptualizing and designing the Internet platform for intelligent supercomputing, the cycle of design, implementation, verification, reversal, and redesign became the normal work of the team members because there was no reference.
On top of continuously building a solid foundation of intelligent supercomputing hardware and software, this young team also strives to achieve breakthroughs in the international scientific frontier. The "quantum simulator" led by them, which took 4 months to develop, completed the calculations expected to take 10,000 years (via traditional supercomputing) to complete in only 304 seconds on the new generation of Shenwei supercomputers. In the following three months, the team reduced the time to 150 seconds. This Chinese solution, which condenses the wisdom of youth, not only provides correctness verification for quantum computers but also provides an important tool for quantum computer R&D. Currently, they are further deepening the development of intelligent supercomputing systems and the construction of supercomputing Internet platforms.
Meet Zhejiang Lab
The national transportation network is overall smooth
Today (May 26), the Ministry of Transport held a press conference on the progress of work of logistics and ensuring smooth passage.
At present, the principles of 查验不劝返 verifying but not requiring turning back, 检测不等待 no waiting for testing, 核酸不重检, no double nucleic acid testing for COVID, and 政策不加码 no excessive policies have been implemented nationwide.
Compared with April 18, the national highway truck traffic rose about 10.9% on May 24; railroad and highway freight volume increased by 9.2% and 12.6%, respectively, both restoring to about 90% of the normal level of the same period last year. In recent weeks, the national postal express daily average business volume has basically returned to the level seen in the same period last year.
Since May, the national port channels were smooth with the main production indicators stabilizing and improving. From May 1 to 24, the monitored national key ports completed cargo turnover of 790 million tons, an increase of 4.2% over the same period in April; container turnover of 17.69 million TEU, an increase of 5.4% over the same period in April.
The transcript of the press conference is here in Chinese.
As the "June 1" International Children's Day is approaching, ten departments including 全国妇联 All-China Women's Federation and the 中央文明办 General Office of the Central Commission for Guiding Cultural and Ethical Progress jointly issued a notice, requiring local and relevant departments to carry out a variety of activities for children with the theme of “少年儿童心向党” "the heart of children and adolescents towards the Party", using the language, form, and vehicle that children like.
The notice pointed out there could be activities such as 寻访红色足迹 following and visiting the red footsteps and speaking and writing contests. These activities shall tell the story of China and of the Communist Party of China so that children and adolescents can feel the good policies of the Party and firm up their ideals and beliefs via the visible and tangible changes (in life)
The notice requires active promotion of the implementation of the Family Education Promotion Act, the Protection of Minors Act, and so on.
The notice stressed that we should combine the "June 1" celebration activities with practical measures to solve difficulties for children and adolescents, so children and adolescents actually feel the warmth of the Party and government.
Shanghai optimizes the prevention and control measures in order to resume school and work
Yesterday (May 25), 344 cases of confirmed COVID cases in Shanghai were discharged from hospital, and 3,926 cases of asymptomatic infected persons were released from medical observation.
At a press conference held today on COVID prevention and control in Shanghai, the relevant departments said the city's senior and sophomore students from June 6, and junior grade students from June 13 onwards would return to school; other grades in primary and secondary schools will continue to study online at home until the end of the semester; schools can arrange a student return to school before the end of the semester. Relevant departments will complete campus disinfection in accordance with the norms to ensure a safe and clean campus, equip schools with special nucleic acid sampling and testing forces, and implement measures such as campus grid management.
The resumption of work and production in Shanghai has been accelerated and promoted. Four vehicle factories in Shanghai and the three major shipbuilding enterprises of China Shipbuilding Group have all resumed work and production. Shanghai will also promote the resumption of work at industrial, service, and foreign trade enterprises in June based on the situation of epidemic prevention and control.
via a similar Xinhua report
The Chinese mainland on Wednesday reported 104 locally-transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which 48 were in Shanghai and 36 in Beijing, the National Health Commission said Thursday.
Tianjin and Henan also saw 11 and nine new local COVID-19 cases, respectively.
Shanghai also reported 290 locally-transmitted asymptomatic infections of the novel coronavirus Wednesday, out of a total of 356 local asymptomatic carriers newly identified on the mainland.
Following the recovery of 441 COVID-19 patients who were discharged from hospitals on Wednesday, there were 3,387 confirmed COVID-19 cases receiving treatment in hospitals across the Chinese mainland.
One new death from COVID-19 was reported on Wednesday in Shanghai, according to the commission.
国内联播快讯 Round up of domestic news items
International news from here on
Russia says it striked Ukrainian aircraft engine factory, Ukraine says it repelled Russian attack in Donbas
The Russian-Ukrainian conflict is still going on, and the Russian side said on May 25 that Russian forces struck the Ukrainian military aero-engine factory and other targets. The Ukrainian side said that its forces repelled several Russian attacks in the Donbas region.
Russian Defense Ministry said Russian forces used high-precision missiles to strike a factory of the Ukrainian company JSC Motor Sich in the city of Zaporizhzhia, which it said produces military aero engines for the Ukrainian Air Force. Also, Donetsk forces have entered parts of Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, and Kharkiv regions, RIA Novosti reported.
The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said on May 25 that in the past 24 hours, Ukrainian forces repelled nine Russian attacks in Donetsk and Luhansk. Also according to Ukraine's Channel 24, the Ukrainian side has lost control of 95 percent of Luhansk.
U.S. media: that the U.S. forcing other countries to take sides is doomed to failure
On May 25, Politico published an article titled "The U.S. Can’t Force the Rest of the World to Support Ukraine. Here’s Why." The article points out that many countries outside the Western world do not share the same position as the United States on the Russia-Ukraine issue, and many believe that the international community should focus on peace talks, rather than using the conflict as an opportunity to isolate and weaken Russia. In the face of such a situation, the United States even resorted to threats to force other countries to take sides, but this move did not receive the international community's response, and even was met with angry responses from some countries. The article points out that the United States should return to reality, otherwise it will be doomed to failure.
One totally personal opinion: Politico should give itself an official Chinese name. I’ve seen different Chinese translations of the name Politico, which is confusing.
全球累计新冠确诊病例超5亿2433万 Global COVID numbers
According to WHO statistics, the cumulative number of confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia worldwide reached 5,243,397,768, and the cumulative number of deaths was 6,281,260.
According to statistics via Reuters, the cumulative number of confirmed cases in the United States reached 83,697,199, with 100,4558 deaths.
U.S. average daily new cases exceeded 100,000 cases again
U.S. CDC data show that the current 7-day average of new cases reported in the United States exceeded 100,000 cases per day, reaching the highest level since mid-February.
Texas said on May 25 that the suspect in the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on May 24 and the 21 people killed have all been identified. The suspect is an 18-year-old U.S. citizen named Salvador Ramos, who announced his plan to commit the crime on social media about 15 minutes before the shooting and shot his grandmother, who is still in the hospital receiving medical treatment.
U.S. public accuses U.S. government of inaction
The U.S. public pointed out that the U.S. government's inaction and the frequent school shootings have caused unhealing wounds to people.