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China considers raising teacher qualification requirements******
BEIJING, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- China is considering raising the standard of qualifications required for teachers in a proposed revision to the Teachers Law, Minister of Education Huai Jinpeng said on Thursday.
Teachers will have higher education requirements, Huai stated when delivering a report to the ongoing session of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee.
An assessment process will be established to examine teachers' professional qualifications, Huai added.
The draft revision proposes establishing a system of salary distribution according to work and performance, and improving the award and discipline system for teachers, he said.
Ethics are highlighted as the most important criteria for assessing teachers in the draft, according to the report.
The draft revision also specifies teachers' rights and obligations. They will enjoy greater autonomy in teaching, have the right to discipline students, and the intellectual property rights to their innovations, it noted.
At the same time, teachers are required to play their part in protecting and assisting minor students.
The draft revision to the law will be submitted to the NPC Standing Committee for review after being further improved, the minister said. Enditem
IOC President, Greece convey warm wishes to Beijing for 2022 Winter Olympics******
OLYMPIA, Greece, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach and Greek officials conveyed best wishes for a successful Games from the birthplace of the Olympic movement ahead of the lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame that will burn for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
On Monday, during a ritual sun-ray ceremony inside the stadium of Ancient Olympia in western Greece where the Games were born centuries ago, the sacred flame will be ignited and will start its journey to Beijing.
"We are all looking forward to a great and successful Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, when Beijing will write history as the first ever city to organize both editions of the Olympic Games, Summer and Winter, and when we will celebrate with the Chinese people a great festival of sport and winter sport. So, looking forward to see you soon in Beijing," Bach said on Sunday during an event at the premises of the International Olympic Academy overlooking the stadium.
Greek Deputy Culture and Sports Minister Lefteris Avgenakis expressed confidence in the success of the XXIV Winter Olympics that will run from February 4 to 20, 2022, followed by the Paralympics.
"We are very happy that Beijing is hosting the Olympics again; this time, after 2008, the 2022 Winter Olympics. It will succeed just as well in organizing the forthcoming Winter Olympics," he told Xinhua during a recent event in Athens, near the marble stadium where the flame will be handed over to the 2022 Games organizers on Tuesday.
"We are confident that our Chinese friends will organize fantastic Games in Beijing," Spyros Capralos, President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee and member of the International Olympic Committee, added during the same event.
"Greek and Chinese civilizations meet again in less than 15 years for both the Summer Olympics and the Winter Games. I think it is a happy occasion, because the Chinese people proved in 2008 that they know how to organize an excellent Olympic Games," Mayor of Ancient Olympia, Georgios Georgiopoulos, told Xinhua.
"It was probably one of the best Games organized in recent years and we believe that this event will have the same success," he said.
Artemis Ignatiou, the choreographer and artistic director of the Olympic Flame Lighting and Handover ceremonies in Ancient Olympia and Athens since Beijing 2008, also sent her warmest wishes to Beijing when speaking to Xinhua amidst rehearsals inside the ancient stadium.
"I hope that there will be great Olympic Games in Beijing, with incredible records, [I wish] great success and I send my love and positive energy," she said.
Greek actress Xanthi Georgiou, who will hold the role of the Ancient Greek High Priestess and ignite the flame using the sun's rays during Monday's ceremony here, also has a special link to Beijing. She was one of the priestesses escorting another High Priestess in 2008.
"Beijing, from the bottom of my heart, I send you best wishes for good luck," she told Xinhua on Sunday here after a rehearsal.
"Being an athlete trying to compete in the Olympic Games is something really special to be in this place," added Ioannis Antoniou, the Greek skier who will be the first torchbearer to receive the flame from the High Priestess inside the ancient stadium, before sending his warmest wishes to Beijing in Chinese. Enditem
China issues IPR protection, application plan for 2021******
BEIJING, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- China has recently issued a major plan on IPR protection and application work for the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025), highlighting innovation, application and protection in the sector, according to IPR authorities.
The plan is a blueprint with detailed targets and measures for the country to embark on a journey to strengthen its intellectual property undertakings, the National Intellectual Property Administration (NIPA) said.
Aside from proposing quantitative indicators, the plan clearly sets new targets for China's IPR work on protection, application, services level and international cooperation, according to Shen Changyu, head of the NIPA.
"All these targets and indicators have been drafted to ensure the fulfillment of China's phased goals to strengthen its power in the IPR sector," said Shen.
The key quantitative indicators for the 2021-2025 period will have been reached when the number of high-value invention patents per 10,000 people hits 12, when the number of patents granted overseas hits 90,000, and when the annual import and export volume of intellectual property royalties hits 350 billion yuan (about 54.7 billion U.S. dollars).
Another indicator will have been reached when the added value of patent-intensive industries accounts for 13 percent of GDP, and that of copyright industries 7.5 percent, according to the plan.
The plan outlines five key tasks for the upcoming five years of IPR protection work to stimulate innovation vitality, sustain the development of the real economy, benefit the people through innovation, serve the open economy, and boost talent and the cultivation of culture.
To meet the targets, the NIPA has launched 15 specialized projects in four major sectors: IPR protection, industrial transfer, the construction of a services system, and talent cultivation.
The projects will reach diverse and key IPR protection work fields, including trade secrets, data, new plant varieties, geographical indications, trademarks, copyright, public services and education.
According to China's 15-year plan (2021-2035) on IPR development released in September, the country has ordered stricter IPR protection, a high level of public satisfaction, and a greater IPR market value by 2025. By 2035, China's IPR competitiveness will rank among the top globally. Enditem