Hello and welcome to the 12th issue of Beijing Review.
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A Shot of Confidence highlights President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to Wuhan, Hubei Province. His visit was a confidence boost not just for China but beyond, and offered a strong antidote to the fears and concerns that may follow after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11.
Smart Car Surge describes how China is pushing for smart and green transportation, as well as the huge growth potential of the intelligent and connected vehicle (ICV) market. The Central Government has issued a document on intelligent automobile innovation and development and highlighted the completion of an ICV system based on Chinese standards by 2050.
How to Handle Permanent Residence for Foreigners? discusses the draft rules on permanent residence for foreigners published by China's Ministry of Justice, which sparked heated debates as it solicited public opinion. Some argue that China's economic development demands a great deal of foreign talent, while others worry that loopholes in the draft rules will be taken advantage of by foreigners who only intend to enjoy special treatment while making no special contribution to China's economic and social progress.
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