Chinese President Hu Jintao (C) attends a welcome banquet hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama (R) at the White House in Washington, the United States, Jan. 19, 2011.
President Hu Jinto begins U.S. visit
Chinese President Hu Jintao landed in Washington D.C. Tuesday to begin a four-day state visit to the United States in which he hopes to strengthen the bilateral relationship, Xinhua reports. This marks Hu's second visit to the US as president. Chinese officials say he and Obama will map out a blueprint for China-US cooperation for a new era. The two leaders are expected to have in-depth discussions on major topics of mutual interest when they meet Wednesday at the White House.
Hangzhou library allows beggars in
Hangzhou Library has permitted full and free access to the public -- including beggars -- since 2003, the Youth Times reports. The only rule is to have clean hands before reading. Library office director Liu Lidong said all are welcome to read, rest, or listen to music as long as visitors act respectfully and adhere to the quiet decorum. For beggars and homeless individuals, the library offers a sanctuary from the streets.
New rules for cosmetic surgery
The Ministry of Health Wednesday issued new regulations for the cosmetic surgery industry and will begin examining cosmetic surgery institutions beginning this month, Chinanews.com reports. It is unknown what those regulations are. Every year, 3 million Chinese go under the knife, while complaints have risen to 20,000. Vice Minister of Health Ma Xiaowei said cosmetic surgeries double every year, though only a small number of institutions are qualified to perform operations.
Tobacco paid 605 bln yuan in taxes in 2010
China's tobacco industry paid 605 billion yuan in taxes last year, up 17 percent from 2009, Xinhua reports. Also, the industry handed more than 499 billion yuan in profits to the government in 2010, up 21 percent from the year before, said the head of the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration Jiang Chengkang.
(China.org.cn January 21, 2011)