The General Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee has issued a circular on strengthening and improving Party building in urban communities.

Stressing the importance and urgency of the work, the document calls for stronger and more powerful community-level Party organizations.

Community-level Party committees should improve their ability to coordinate various aspects and focus on fulfilling the main duties and responsibilities of Party building, social governance and providing services, it says.

In municipalities directly under the central government, deputy provincial-level cities, provincial capital cities and cities with higher levels of economic and social development, communities should not be responsible for attracting investment and assisting in tax collection.

When specific communities are involved during the drafting and implementation of an urban plan, opinions of relevant community-level Party committees should be sought, according to the circular.

The document also expects support for communities to be beefed up to ensure that community-level Party organizations have the resources and ability to serve the people.

China will expand effective coverage of Party building in emerging areas through innovations in the way Party organizations are set up and operated and establish building-based, business area and market-based Party organizations, the circular says.

Vikramaditya is a modified Kiev class aircraft carrier set to enter service with the Indian Navy in 2013. The ship has been renamed in honour of Vikramaditya, a legendary 1st century BC emperor of Ujjain, India, famed for his wisdom, valour and magnanimity.It is projected to replace India’s only currently serving aircraft carrier, INS Viraat.(Source:

Chinese military experts on Sunday said that India’s military culture cannot keep up with its ambitious weapon and equipment development, which might be the reason behind its aircraft carrier’s fatal fire on Friday.

A fire broke out at the engine room of India’s aircraft carrier Vikramaditya while it was entering harbor in Karnataka’s Karwar on Friday. The fire killed a naval officer who led the firefighting efforts in the affected compartment, according to a Saturday report by the Times of India.

The cause of the fire is yet to be announced by Indian authorities.

Li Jie, a Beijing-based naval expert, told the Global Times on Sunday that the fire was more likely to be out of human error rather than mechanical problems. The fire and the extinguishing process suggested that they are unprofessional and unprepared to address such an emergency, he said.

India has been actively developing its military in recent years, but “its military culture is lax and it has loose regulations,” which cannot effectively train soldiers to operate advanced military equipment, Li said.

India’s nuclear submarine, $2.9 billion worth Arihant was left out of commission after water rushed in as a hatch on the rear side was left open by mistake while it was at harbor in early 2017, the Hindu reported on January 2018.

Blasts of submarine Sindhurakshak that killed 18 personnel in 2013 was induced by mistakes made during the arming of the torpedoes. Extensive checks on weapon related safety systems and audit of Standard Operating Procedures on all operational naval units were made as corrective steps, the Economic Times quoted defense ministry official as saying in July 2018.

But Li noted that the Indian Navy’s lax regulations mean sailors may neglect or fail to obey the rules on handling advanced equipment.

“Meanwhile, the cutting-edge weapons and equipment have higher requirement for the soldiers, who need to learn the knowledge of operation and maintenance,” Li said.

The carrier’s fire also sparked heated discussions among Chinese netizens as the fire was “accurately predicted” by Zhang Zhaozhong, a retired Chinese rear admiral and prominent military commentator.

I had said “Not catching fire would be great” years ago when people asked me to comment on the Vikramaditya’s sea trial, Zhang posted on China’s Twitter-like Sina Weibo on Saturday morning, listing several other navel accidents as evidence that the Indian military “did not learn a lesson.”

The carrier Vikramaditya was built by the former Soviet Union as Baku and was commissioned in 1987. It continued to serve in the Russian Navy as Admiral Gorshkov and was decommissioned in 1996.

India made a deal with Russia on purchasing the retired warship and a $976 billion upgrade package in early 2004. The ship was commissioned in 2013, according to National Interest.

Purchases from other countries also increase the management challenge for the Indian military as weapons and equipment are made with different standards of different manufacturers, Li said.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Friday urged enterprises to carry forward the professional spirit and craftsman’s spirit and strive for excellence to produce more internationally well-known Chinese name brands.

Li made the remarks in a written instruction to the third China Brand Day event, which will last from May 10 to 12 in Shanghai.

Reinforcing brand building and promoting the development of the country’s advanced manufacturing industry as well as the modern service sector are important moves to unleash domestic consumption potential and promote high-quality growth, Li said.

In recent years, the awareness of brand construction has been continuously enhanced in the whole society, said the premier.

Li urged all local authorities and government departments to implement the innovation-driven development strategy, encourage mass entrepreneurship and innovation and guide enterprises to carry forward the professional spirit and craftsman’s spirit, so as to nurture more China brands and provide better Chinese products and services.

Activities marking the “China Brand Day” began in Shanghai Friday.

State Councilor Wang Yong attended the event, stressing the importance of stepping up the development of Chinese brands.

Wang Yang (C, front), a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, attends the opening meeting of the seventh meeting of Standing Committee of the 13th CPPCC National Committee in Beijing, capital of China, June 17, 2019. The three-day meeting will see members of the CPPCC Standing Committee hold discussions and make suggestions on promoting the high-quality development of China’s manufacturing sector. (Photo: Xinhua)

Top political advisor Wang Yang on Monday attended the opening meeting of the seventh meeting of Standing Committee of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing.

Wang is also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee.

The three-day meeting will see members of the CPPCC Standing Committee hold discussions and make suggestions on promoting the high-quality development of China’s manufacturing sector.

Main topics are about ways to improve industry structure, enhance technological innovation capabilities, reduce costs and burdens, boost talent vitality, expand opening-up and create a better environment for the manufacturing industry.

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislature, will listen to and deliberate reports submitted by the State Council on the condition and management of state assets from 2018 to 2022.

Each year from 2018 to 2021, while recording and reviewing a general report handed in by the State Council on basic conditions of all sorts of state assets, the NPC Standing Committee will listen to and review a report on a specific aspect of state assets, according to a plan released by the NPC Standing Committee.

The plan was made based on a document issued by the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee in December 2017, which provided guidelines for establishing the reporting system.

A report on state-owned financial institutions was submitted to the NPC Standing Committee and deliberated in 2018, and reports on state-run non-commercial institutions, state-owned enterprises and state-owned natural resources will be submitted in 2019, 2020 and 2021, respectively.

In addition to submitting a written general report annually, the State Council is also required to send an official to explain contents to the lawmakers in 2022, the last year of the five-year tenure of the 13th NPC Standing Committee.

Over the past few years, the State Council reported to the NPC Standing Committee over state assets management, but those reports were limited to state-owned enterprises supervised by the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council.

According to the plan, authorities will comb through all state assets of the country and the management mechanisms of state assets in five years and will establish and improve the reporting and supervision system for condition and management of state assets.

By 2022, a reporting system that covers state assets of various categories and a system in which state assets are supervised by people’s congresses will be in place.

While calling for enhanced oversight by people’s congresses on the management of state assets, the plan also pushes for a supervision assessment system that fits various categories of state assets.

The plan also calls for efforts to legalize the reporting system under which an executive government reports condition and management of state assets to the standing committee of the people’s congress at the same level, and to formulate laws to strengthen the oversight of people’s congresses over state assets.

A feasibility study should be carried out to draft a comprehensive law on the management of state assets, the plan reads.

“The move is of great significance for improving transparency and credibility of management of state assets, consolidating and developing the basic socialist economic system with Chinese characteristics and enabling lawmakers to better perform their duties,” said Shi Yaobin, director of the Commission for Budget Affairs with the NPC Standing Committee, in an interview with Xinhua.

A Modern Ark 60 aircraft operated by Chinese domestic carrier Joy Air arrives in Fuzhou, East China’s Fujian Province on February 13, 2015. Photo: IC
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy might acquire a type of domestically developed airliner and convert it into a maritime surveillance aircraft, as military analysts said on Thursday the move could rapidly boost China’s naval surveillance capability at a low cost.

The PLA Navy may have the new Modern Ark 60 (MA60) search and guidance aircraft in its arsenal of special-mission aircraft, Weihutang, a column on the military affiliated with China Central Television, reported on Wednesday.

Citing a Tuesday notice released on the Chinese military’s weapon and equipment procurement website, the report said the PLA Navy is procuring electro-optical detection units, communication relay units, navigation units and BeiDou transceivers for the MA60.

Developed by Xi’an Aircraft Industry (Group) Company Ltd under the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China, the twin turboprop MA60 was designed to be a regional airliner that uses advanced but mature technologies, according to the company’s website.

Wei Dongxu, a Beijing-based military analyst, told the Global Times on Thursday that once customized with the likes of sea surface search radars and electro-optical detection equipment, the MA60 can cover a considerably large sea area and conduct surveillance missions on vessels.

Special-mission aircraft plays an important role in high sea surveillance and intelligence gathering, making them a focus of development by navies around the world, the Weihutang report said.

China uses special-mission variants of the Y-8 and Y-9 transport aircraft to conduct such missions, but their numbers are limited, the report noted.

Military observers said the possible commissioning of the MA60 could quickly fill the gap and help the PLA Navy cover China’s vast territorial waters, especially in the South China Sea and East China Sea.

The MA60 uses very mature technologies and has a high cost performance, Wei said, noting that its maintenance is likely less complicated than designated warplanes, making it more suitable on island bases.

Although its range, endurance and surveillance capability might not be as good as those of the Y-8-based special-mission aircraft, they can complement each other, Wei said.

Since 2005, more than 100 MA60 regional airliners have been sold to countries along the routes of the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, including Laos, Cambodia, Nepal and Zimbabwe, according to State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council.

Yang Xiuzhu (C) is escorted at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 16, 2016. China’s most wanted fugitive Yang Xiuzhu, who had been on the run for 13 years, returned to China Wednesday and turned herself in to the authorities, according to the Communist Party of China’s disciplinary watchdog. (Xinhua/Yin Gang)

Chinese state personnel who commit corrupt acts shall not be eligible for parole unless they confess or repent for their crimes, a newly released regulation said on Friday, which is part of the country’s efforts to encourage corrupt officials to voluntarily surrender.

According to the Supreme People’s Court regulation, no parole shall be granted and the sentence shall not be commuted if the offender refuses to confess and repent for his crime.

The regulation is part of the nation’s effort to encourage corrupt officials to voluntarily surrender and cooperate in the investigation, Zhuang Deshui, deputy director of the Research Center for Government Integrity-Building at Peking University, told the Global Times on Friday.

According to the Central Commission of Discipline Inspection (CCDI) of the Communist Party of China, since the 19th National Congress of the CPC in 2017, a total of 27,000 Party members and officials have voluntarily confessed to violating Party disciplines, and more than 5,000 others have voluntarily submitted their cases to the police.

The new regulation also makes commuting life sentences to shorter imprisonment more difficult.

Those sentenced to life can have a reduced penalty if they meet certain requirement after four years, two years longer than the previous regulation. Those who show genuine repentance or perform meritorious services may be commuted to a maximum fixed-term jail term of 22 years.

The regulation is a supplementary to Provisions of the Supreme People’s Court on the Specific Application of Law in Handling Commutation and Parole Cases in 2017. It will be implemented on Saturday.

The regulation applies to those found guilty of bribery in accordance with the Criminal Law that was revised in 2015.

China’s anti-corruption system has become stricter over the years, ranging from laws and internal Party disciplines and regulations to the all-round system to curb corruption, such as the disciplinary and supervision departments and the fugitive-chasing mechanism overseas, analysts told the Global Times.

The Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Guangzhou started operations in September 1997. In the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the establishment, the Consulate will organize a series of events with Guangzhou Times Museum, Fei Gallery, Cycle Canton and local Dutch and Chinese communities in Guangzhou on the 15th and 16th of September, in the purpose of further enhancing the people-to-people exchange and collaboration between the Netherlands and southern China.

Pechakucha Night Holland+

On the evening of the 15th September, the Consulate General will kick off the celebration with a Pechakucha Night Holland+, during this event long standing Dutch and Chinese representatives will be invited to share their stories and experience from a variety of perspectives reflecting Sino-Dutch collaborations, from history, art and culture, to business and investment. The Pechakucha style (20 slides x 20 seconds) will showcase the longstanding exchange and cooperation between the Netherlands and southern China with a personal touch.

Cylce through Canton, Discover the Netherlands

On the 16th of September, there will be a cycling tour named Cycle through Canton, Discover the Netherlands in collaboration with Cycle Canton and Mobike. The tour will take you through some of the Dutch highlights and footprints in Guangzhou. For instance, the Canton Tower, a Dutch-designed landmark building by Dutch architects: Mark Hemel and Barbara kuit. During the tour, participants will also be able to enjoy Dutch games and typical Dutch treats. It is a great way to showcase the exchange and collaboration between the Netherlands, as the Kingdom of bikes, and China, being the empire of bikes. The emerging shared bike industry makes this event even more special.

Dutch Bike Design Exhibition, Design Talk and Workshop

In the meantime, a Dutch bike exhibition, Dutch bike design talk and workshop will take place in Guangzhou Fei Gallery. The Dutch Design Exhibition: Bikes of the Future, will display designs that represent the newest, most innovative and special bikes that were part of the world cycling conference Velo-City 2017, curated by Dutch designer Leonne Cuppen. She is the owner of Yksi Connect and Yksi Expo Foundation. Yski Connect aims to connect designers with the industry, provide inspiration, gives direction and resolves issues. Leonne Cuppen will give an overview of Dutch Design and show how Dutch Bikes mirrors the main elements of Dutch Design. On the following day, there are theme events with bikes for the public to participate, to feel the joy and pleasure that bikes and design brings

Guangzhou, the third largest city in China and capital of Guangdong Province, has won a highly competitive bid to host the World Routes air service development forum in 2018.

World Routes is a unique event that moves from city to city every year to highlight different international aviation markets. It is the only route development forum that brings together aviation professionals to discuss new air services on a global scale.

The 24th annual World Routes forum will be hosted by Guangdong Airport Authority, the operator of the third busiest airport in China – Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. Around 3,000 of the most senior decision makers from 300 airlines, 700 airports and 130 tourism authorities are expected to attend the event.

World Routes 2018 will support Guangzhou’s economic development by bringing the international aviation industry to the city. It is a major opportunity to showcase Guangzhou’s commercial strength and the expansion of Baiyun International Airport, which has gained 67 new international services since 2011 including San Francisco, Frankfurt, Rome, Moscow and London.

World Routes 2018 will also support President Xi Jinping’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative. The purpose of One Belt, One Road is to create a modern day Silk Road from China through to Central and Western Asia, the Middle East and Europe; strengthening the country’s trade relations through greater international connections by air, land and sea.