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BEIJING hydro flask 24 oz standard mouth for sale , Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- China will deepen the reform of Confucius Institutes by raising the quality of education, improving systems, and offering more innovative programs, according to an article carried by Wednesday's China Education Daily.
The distribution of Confucius Institutes will be optimized and they will have more flexible and diversified classes, said the article under the byline of Ma Jianfei, deputy chief executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters.
"With that they will vigorously support Chinese language teaching in overseas elementary and middle schools, and provide more quality teaching services," Ma said.
Local faculty will be improved with strengthened support from China. More Chinese deans and teachers will be employed, said Ma.
Confucius Institutes are encouraged to launch various cultural activities, expand the Confucius China Studies Program and run contests such as Chinese Bridge.
Ma also noted that the institutes should intensify communication and exchanges between China and the rest of the world, and learn from the achievements of foreign countries.
Confucius Institutes have been playing the role of overseas Chinese cultural ambassadors since 2004. A total of 516 Confucius Institutes and 1,076 related courses have been established in 142 countries and regions, receiving more than 9 million students, said Ma.
In 2017 alone, over 12.7 million people participated in cultural events organized by Confucius Institutes across the world.
BEIJING, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- The State Council said Wednesday that it would step up efforts to expand employment.
"China should encourage entrepreneurship and innovation to create jobs, and help key groups such as college graduates find employment opportunities," according to a statement issued after a State Council executive meeting presided over by Premier Li Keqiang.
"Facing economic downward pressure in recent years, China has made employment a top priority and taken more proactive employment policies, which helped the country add more than 13 million urban jobs every year," the statement said.
It said that demand for jobs was still high and there remained many structural problems, which called for increased effort to improve employment.
Entrepreneurship and innovation should be encouraged to create jobs, with measures to be rolled out to support migrant workers to start their own businesses back home, it said
Pro-employment policies should be made to help key groups such as college graduates and laid-off workers from overcapacity cuts.
Vocational education should be improved to meet the demand of the job market, while labor and social security policies should keep up with new employment trends.
Supervision of the labor market should be strengthened to protect the legitimate right of job seekers and migrant workers, the statement said.
At the meeting, the State Council also decided to establish more pilot zones for cross-border e-commerce in cities with development potential.
Since the approval of the first pilot zone more than two years ago, the new models experimented there have brought valuable experiences for nationwide application, according to the statement.
China already has 13 pilot zones for cross-border e-commerce in cities including Hangzhou, Shanghai, and Tianjin, where new models for technical standards, business procedures and regulatory mechanisms are implemented.
According to the Ministry of Commerce, in 2016 the total trade volume via cross-border e-commerce in the 13 pilot zones more than doubled year-on-year to reach 163.7 billion yuan (24.9 billion U.S. dollars).
The meeting also decided to extend the transition period for supervision of cross-border e-commerce retail imports an extra year, to the end of 2018.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the General Debate of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, at the UN headquarters in New York, on Sept. 19, 2017. (XinhuaLi Rui)
by Xinhua writer Chen Shilei
BEIJING, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- The world is facing a wide array of problems like rampant terrorism and sluggish global economic recovery, and it is certainly not a good time to celebrate unilateralism and isolationism.
In his first speech addressing the UN General Assembly as U.S. president on Tuesday, Donald Trump vowed again to put "America first," saying his country refused to "be taken advantage of" and will never enter one-sided deals "where the United States gets nothing in return."
This is not the first time the U.S. leader made such isolationist and nationalist policy manifestations. Since taking office on Jan. 20, the Trump administration has initiated and carried out a host of decisions that attempt to put Washington's self-interests over anyone else.
In fighting climate change, the United States is mulling to withdraw from the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, a historic accord it once played a key role in making.
In foreign trade, Washington seems to be turning its back on the spirit of free trade. It has departed from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an agreement signed by 12 countries that border the Pacific Ocean, with no subsequent steps to negotiate a truly pro-trade deal the Asia Pacific region needs. It is also trying to re-bargain the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico, while at the same time to rip the deal apart.
In global governance, the United Nations, the world's largest intergovernmental organization, was once described by Trump as "a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time," causing many observers to anticipate major changes in the United States' relationship with the world body.
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