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This is Special English. I'm Ryan Price in Beijing. Here is the news.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says China has demonstrated great leadership and made a remarkable commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Ban made the remark in a recorded video statement for a symposium in Nyingchi in Tibet. He says he is pleased that China has pledged to eradicate poverty in the country by 2020, increase south-south cooperation, and focus on action to tackle climate change.
The secretary-general says China's 13th Five-Year Plan has integrated the 2030 Agenda in the country's overall social, economic and environmental planning; and he welcomes China's continued leadership to achieve the 2030 Agenda both at home and globally.
The 2030 Agenda is a people-centered, universal, transformative and integrated plan. It recognizes that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with economic growth and addressing a range of social needs, while tackling climate change.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a video message that China will follow the path of innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development, and work with the rest of the world to advance the 2030 Agenda. He calls on countries to identify major tasks in economy, society and environment.
The event brought together over 100 high-level participants to brainstorm on how equitable, open, all-around and innovative approaches can be promoted in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.
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Major internet portal Baidu says it will gradually close its online literature forum over concerns of piracy.
Baidu says it has set up two channels to accept tipoffs from the public, adding that it will remove pirated content within 12 hours from Baidu Tieba, the largest Chinese communication platform.
The move came in response to news reports in late March. Xinhua News Agency accused Baidu Tieba of being the biggest source of pirated literature online.
An official from the National Copyright Administration of China said it endorsed Baidu's move, adding that the administration was taking the matter very seriously.
China has launched inter-departmental special campaigns against online piracy for 11 consecutive years. A new campaign will be launched this year, focusing on piracy of online literature.
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China's industry watchdog, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, has released its strictest real-name registration rules for mobile phone users.
The measures aim to have 95 percent of all mobile phone users in China registered with a real name by the end of this year, and 100 percent before July 30, 2017.
It also requires telecommunication companies to notify users to finish the process. Those who fail to register with a real name, or whose registration information is incomplete, will have their phone numbers suspended or deactivated.
Officials said the measures will help fight terrorism and safeguard national security and social stability.
Major telecom carriers in China said they are carrying out real-name registration and will firmly implement the system. Real-name registration was put into effect in 2013 by China Mobile Communications, China United Network Communications Group and China Telecommunications Corporation.
Forty million people have redone their registration since last year, and 92 percent of phone users across the country are covered. There are still 100 million users who haven't completed the process.
The ministry said that by the end of April, more than 140,000 phone numbers that relate to telecom fraud have been shut down.
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As the summer season begins, tourist destinations across China are increasing police presence to ensure any crimes or disputes are dealt with in a timely manner.
The increased presence follows a similar campaign last year, which was launched to handle disputes over forced shopping, exorbitant food prices and illegal vendors.
Police officers have been dispatched across resorts, parks and major scenic spots in Southwest China's Yunan Province to prepare for summer travel rush. Tourist visits to the province exceeded 300 million last year, generating 320 billion yuan in revenue.
Despite China's booming tourist market, complains about dishonest or poor service abound. Disputes between consumers and merchants sometimes escalate into violence without timely intervention by authorities.
The tourism police will respond to any complaints and coordinate with other regulatory bodies to address illegal activities.
Zhang Peng-fei is a tourist who traveled from northeast China to southwest Yunnan's Xishuangbanna prefecture. He says it is psychologically reassuring to know there are cops to watch out for travellers.
Zhang added that during his travels he had filed complaints but the authorities had not responded immediately, and this had disrupted his travel plans.
Police based in Xishuangbanna since March this year have already uncovered a fake-liquor scheme in the tropical resort.
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Here is a piece of good news for those who are tired of traffic jams and exhaust fumes. A recently unveiled design concept for "straddling buses" can allow cars to drive underneath. In addition to save road space, the new invention can also help control air pollution.
Also known as a land airbus, the concept was the brainchild of the Beijing-based Transit Explore Bus, who took the design to the just-concluded high-tech expo in the city.
The passenger compartment of the straddling bus spans two traffic lanes and sits high above the road surface on a pair of stilts, leaving the road clear for ordinary cars to pass underneath.
Regardless of whether the bus is moving or not, vehicles within 2 meters high can easily pass through.
Running along special tracks, the bus can carry up to 1,400 passengers, and travel at a top speed of 60 kilometers per hour.
The chief engineer of the straddling bus says that furthermore, the bus is environmentally friendly because it is powered by electricity.
A number of Chinese cities have shown interest in the product. The developers hope that the invention will help ease traffic congestion and reduce air pollution in China.
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