Issue No. 196 | May 28, 2020
Dedicated to the development of the future stewards of U.S.-China relations
Weekly Reading
On May 28th, China's first civil code (民法典) was enacted at the annual session of the National People's Congress. This is the first civil code passed in China's history, and is made up of six parts: real rights, contracts, personality rights, marriage and family, succession, and tort liabilities. The code is due to take effect on January 1, 2021.

You can read through the Chinese summary of the civil code via Xinhua, as well as an English summary and structural graphic by SixthTone.

俗语 from Xi Jinping's Speeches
yī shì tóng rén

Meaning : to treat everyone equally favorably (idiom); not to discriminate between people

Original : 生命至上,不管是中国人还是在华外国人员,中国政府和中国人民都一视同仁予以关心和爱护。

Today, May 28, the National People's Congress Decision on Hong Kong national security legislation was approved:

"中国全国人大周四通过香港《国安法》决定草案,表决结果2878票赞成、1票反对、6票弃权、1人未有按键。香港《国安法》涉及颠覆国家政权、分裂国家、恐怖活动及外部势力干预,预计最快今年8月正式在香港实施。" ( BBC )

We recommend reading through the seven articles of the Decision (全文) for yourself. You can also read the English Translation (China Law Translate) , the Decision 说明 and a summary infographic 一图读懂 .
To Watch
“The Romance of Tiger and Rose" (传闻中的陈芊芊) is, according to Sixth Tone, "a new wildly popular, convention-defying period drama" that "reimagines an ancient China where women command armies and hold public office while men aren’t allowed to pursue their studies."

If this peaks your interest, you can watch the series on YouTube : or QQ .

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