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Xi Jinping to Attend Grand Gathering Marking 40th Anniversary of Shenzhen SEZ

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Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend a ceremony on October 14 in south China’s Shenzhen City to mark the 40th anniversary of the city being designated as China’s first special economic zone.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, will make an important speech at the event.

On August 26, 1980, the 15th meeting of the Standing Committee of the fifth National People’s Congress, the national legislature, approved the establishment of special economic zones in Shenzhen, Zhuhai and Shantou in Guangdong Province and Xiamen in Fujian Province.

Over the past four decades, Shenzhen has transformed from a small fishing village into a modern metropolis with a permanent population of over 13 million.

From 1979 to 2019, Shenzhen’s gross domestic output (GDP) rose at an annual growth rate of 21.6 percent to 2.69 trillion yuan (about $388.89 billion), and its per capita GDP skyrocketed from 606 yuan to 203,489 yuan.

Photo taken on August 24, 2020 shows the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in Shenzhen, south China’s Guangdong Province. /Xinhua

Shenzhen has now become the “Silicon Valley of China” and is regarded as an “engine” for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area’s development into a vibrant world-class city cluster.

On average, there are 8.5 state-level high-tech enterprises per square km in Shenzhen, and an average of 71 invention patents are authorized every day.

Shenzhen now boasts eight Chinese Fortune 500 firms including Huawei, Tencent, Vanke and Ping An Insurance, ranking third on the Chinese mainland in terms of the number of such enterprises. Nearly 300 overseas Fortune 500 enterprises have settled in the city.

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CGTN Welcomes Ofcom’s Recognition of its Right to Broadcast in UK

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China Global Television Network (CGTN) on Saturday welcomed the acknowledgement of the British media regulator that CGTN’s right to broadcast in Europe falls under French jurisdiction, which paves the way for its return to broadcasting in the UK after being taken off the air there two months ago.

The Office of Communications (Ofcom) of the United Kingdom on Friday said that it recognized that CGTN’s operations in Europe are in French jurisdiction, according to the Financial Times, which under the European Convention on Transfrontier Television, to which the UK is a signatory, allows it to resume airing programs in the country.

CGTN said on Saturday it is in contact with its broadcast licensee to verify the relevant information.

“We applaud and welcome the UK regulatory authorities’ return to objectivity and impartiality,” said CGTN via a spokesperson.

“As a professional international media organization, CGTN reports the world in an objective, fair and balanced manner and promote exchanges among people of all countries and regions. CGTN always respects and abides by the laws and regulations of the countries and regions where we operate,” added the spokesperson.

On February 4, 2021, Ofcom pulled CGTN off British airwaves after 18 years of services in the country, following an investigation into the broadcasting license of the outlet. CGTN has maintained that it “complies with the laws and regulations of every country” and expressed disappointment in the ruling that was “based on the so-called political nature of CGTN and related Chinese media organizations.”

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Foreign Policy Analyst, Former Miss New Jersey On Xinjiang & U.S. Propaganda

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In an interview with CGTN anchor Wang Guan, Foreign policy analyst and former Miss New Jersey Sameera Khan says Washington often uses “human rights” as pretext to invade Muslim countries such as Iraq, Syria and Libya. Similarly, the United State’s narratives of “genocide” and “forced labor” in Xinjiang are tactics to weaken its main rival China.

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