10 major events in China to watch out for in 2018

1. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of reform and opening up

President Xi Jinping placed emphasis on his speech on next year’s 40th anniversary of reform and opening on September 3, 2017, at the opening ceremony of the BRICS Business Forum.

The 3rd Plenary Session of the 11th Central Committee of Communist Party of China (CPC) was held on December 18, 1978. The meeting decided to shift the country’s focus to economic construction and to implement the historic policy of reform and opening up. It was a profound and significant transition in the history of the CPC since the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

2. “Two Sessions”

The 13th CPC National People’s Congress is scheduled for this March, at which time the country will elect a new leadership.

The 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) will also be held in Beijing this March.

3. 2nd Plenary Session of the 19th CPC Central Committee

The meeting is scheduled to be held this month. At the meeting, the Party will discuss a proposal about amending part of China’s Constitution.

4. Rural vitalization strategy

The strategy was first put forward in the report to the 19th CPC National Congress. It has been marked as one of the eight key working plans spelled out during the Central Economic Work Conference held in December 2017.

5. China’s diplomatic agenda

Boao Forum for Asia will be held in Boao, Hainan, from Apr. 8 to 11.

The 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit will kick off in Qingdao, Shandong, in June this year.

The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation is currently under preparation.

The China International Import Expo 2018 will be held in Shanghai from Nov. 5 to 10.

6. National supervision law to be passed

The 31st session of the 12th NPC Standing Committee submitted the draft national supervision law to the upcoming 13th NPC Standing Committee.

The strategy will ensure full and strict governance over the Party, and is a critical measure for the country’s anti-corruption campaign.

7. Implementation of Environmental Protection Tax Law and eco-compensation system

China’s Environment Protection Tax Law went into full force on the first day of 2018, replacing the existing pollution discharge fee system with a new environmental protection tax.

In addition, China’s damage compensation pilot reform has been expanded nationwide to protect and improve its ecosystem.

8. Launching of the Chang’e 4 lunar probe

The probe is scheduled to be launched in 2018. It will explore the far side of the moon, a mysterious world that always faces away from Earth.

9. Command of Armed Police Force to be unified

The Armed Police Force was placed under the unified control of the CPC Central Committee and Central Military Commission starting on the first day of 2018, according to the CPC Central Committee.

10. 60th anniversary of the establishment of Guangxi and Ningxia autonomous regions

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Guangxi Zhuang and Ningxia Hui Autonomous regions. A series of projects, including livelihood and industrial projects, will be implemented in the two autonomous regions.

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