BEIJING – China’s first Great Wall restoration center will be established in Beijing, combining academic research, restoration and protection of the ancient wall.
The center will have archaeologists, designers and craftspersons w
orking together to make targeted plans for the restoration of the Jiankou section of the Gr
eat Wall, which is located in the northern Huairou District of Beijing, according to Beijing Daily.
“The new method will effectively tackle unpredictability in excavation and protection
of the Great Wall,” Zhang Tong, an official at the cultural relics administration of Huairou, was quoted as saying.
The center will also regularly check the conditions of the Great Wall for preventive c
onservation. It will keep records of the restoration for future use, the newspaper said.
With a total length of 7,952 meters, the Jiankou Great Wall was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It was once neglected and became damaged over time.
In less than a month, the world’s biggest democratic exercise begins in India. And out of a total of 900 million eligible v
oters, a staggering 84.3 million — including 15 million aged 18 or 19 — will be casting ballots for the first time.
So what do they want from their politicians?
Tolerance, according to Shreeparna Chatterjee, a 22-year-old arts student in New Delhi going to the polls for the first time.
Voting will be held in seven phases across the vast country, from 11 April to 19 May, with the res
ult announced on May 23. The Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which stormed to power at the last gen
eral election in 2014, is battling a challenge led by the secular opposition Congress party
Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claimed a record-breaking 282 seats in the national parli
ament five years ago. Critics accuse his party of fostering religious polarization to woo support from the country’s Hindu majority.
”With this government, I feel it’s been very heated religion-based and caste-based politics,” Chatterjee told CNN.
She has not yet decided who to support but does want to see a change in an increasingly toxic political climate.
rty cooperation and political consultation. It is a major channel for socialist consultative democracy and a specialist consultative body.
As of 5 pm on March 7, political advisors had submitted 5,113 proposals since the session started on Marc
h 3, ranging from the “three critical battles” against major risks, poverty, and pollution, to developing socialist democracy.
A resolution on a work report of the Standing Committee of the CPPCC National Committee, a report on the exa
mination of proposals, and a political resolution on the annual session were approved at the closing meeting.
China will inevitably face an array of interwoven opportunities and challenges in 2019, the political resolution reads.
It calls on political advisors to follow the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chin
ese Characteristics for a New Era, and work to maintain stable growth, advance reform, make stru
ctural adjustments, improve living standards, guard against risks, and ensure stability.
tems and formed 10 departments to handle criminal, civil, administrative and public interest cases, he said in an interview.
“Justice and fairness should not only be achieved, but also be felt and seen by the public in a more sensible way,” Zhang said.
To achieve that goal, prosecutors have been closely watching crimes that most affect people’s daily lives. For example, 43,929 p
eople were charged in 2018 with telecom fraud — a crime to which everyone is vulnerable — up by 29.3 percent year-on-year.
Another 42,195 people were prosecuted for damaging the environment and resources, an i
ncrease of 21 percent annually, and 12,360 people were charged with producing or selling fake or sub
standard drugs or toxic food products, an increase of 5.5 percent, according to the SPP.
Zhang said prosecuting authorities also actively participated in a joint crackdown against or
ganized crime and local mafia groups to bring the people a greater sense of security.
ment plan should fit with national strategies in development, security and the milita
ry, and should integrate their current and future needs to pursue sustainable, consistent growth.
Xi insisted on the military understanding the determination and intention of the Party’s leadership, exerting itself to en
hance combat preparedness and firmly safeguarding China’s sovereignty, safety, development interests, and social stability.
He also instructed the military to support the country’s economic and social development, environmental endeavors and d
isaster and accident relief work. It should also play its part in poverty alleviation, he added.
Governments at all levels should, in turn, support the military’s work, make appropriate arrangements for veterans’ empl
oyment, take good care of military retirees with physical difficulties and the family members of military personnel, and s
upport the military’s efforts to withdraw from all its commercial activities, Xi said.