>Plan issued to further develop cooperation zone
The reform and opening-up of the Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone will be comprehensively deepened, according to a plan issued by the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council on Sept 6.
The new blueprint was formulated to help Qianhai better play an exemplary and leading role in the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
It proposes increasing the area of the Qianhai cooperation zone from 14.92 square kilometers to 120.56.
By 2035, Qianhai will boast a world-class business environment and will become an engine for high-quality development with strong capability in global resource allocation, breeding innovation and coordinated development.
Qianhai will advance the development of the modern service industry, accelerate the reform and innovation of the system and mechanisms for sci-tech development, and innovate its governance model. It will also promote free trade in services with Hong Kong and Macao, expand the opening-up of the financial sector, further open up legal affairs and promote high-level participation in international cooperation.
>Big data research center for SDGs established
China established an International Research Center of Big Data for Sustainable Development Goals in Beijing on Monday.
It is the world's first international scientific research institution using big data to facilitate the implementation of the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – a blueprint adopted by all UN member states in 2015 with 17 SDGs and 169 targets at the core for peace and prosperity.
The center has five missions: to develop and build the platform, to monitor and evaluate the index of sustainable development, to develop and operate satellites related to sustainable development, to build a think tank promoting sustainable development and to provide training and education for developing countries.
>China holds international peacekeeping drill
China began an international peacekeeping drill on Monday code-named "Shared Destiny-2021." It is the first time the Chinese military has organized such a multi-national live drill on peacekeeping, with participation of troops from countries including China, Mongolia, Pakistan and Thailand.
The drill is held at a combined-arms tactical training base of the Chinese People's Liberation Army in Central China's Henan province.
Drills for battlefield reconnaissance, security guarding and patrol, armed escort, protection of civilians, response to violent and terrorist attacks, construction of temporary operation bases, battlefield first aid and pandemic control are expected to be conducted.
Scheduled to run through Sept 15, the drill is organized for the purpose of responding to the UN's "Action for Peacekeeping" initiative, promoting practical cooperation and making joint efforts to enhance peacekeeping standby forces' capability of carrying out tasks.
>China to regulate pricing for curriculum-subject tutoring
China will adopt a government-guided pricing mechanism for off-campus curriculum-subject tutoring services for students in compulsory education, the country's top economic planner said Monday.
As institutions offering such services are categorized as non-profit organizations, the government will set basic fee standards and a floating range for both online and offline classes, according to a circular released by the National Development and Reform Commission.
The upward floating range set by local governments should be capped at 10 percent.
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