Beijing to host 24th World Congress of Philosophy




>>  Beijing to host 24th World Congress of Philosophy

By Chen Zhanjie

China’s capital Beijing will host the 24th World Congress of Philosophy (WCP) in 2018, it was announced here on Saturday of August 10 at the closing ceremony of the 23rd WCP.

The announcement was made by Dermot Moran, president of the Programme Committee, the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP) to the cheers and applause of the audience, including about 300 philosophers from China.

It will be the first time for China to host the international meeting, organized by the FISP every five years.

FISP President William Mcbride said he was happy to see that the philosophers would meet again in another ancient capital in five years.

According to FISP, the 24th WCP will be organized by the Department of Philosophy, Peking University.

Wang Bo, chairman of the Department of Philosophy, Peking University said he was very happy that China won over Brazil to host the 2018 WCP. He said the 24th WCP would be a good opportunity to promote Chinese philosophy to the world.

The 23rd WCP opened in Athens on August 4 with some 3,000 participants from more than 100 countries and regions, including Chinese scholars.

During the seven-day meeting, they exchanged views under the main theme of “Philosophy as inquiry and way of life.”

The theme recalls Socrates’ declaration that “an unexamined life is not worth living.”

The first WCP was held in 1900 in Paris. The congress aims at inquiring into the world’s philosophical traditions, reflecting on the tasks and functions of philosophy in the contemporary world, among others.




>>  China to further boost green industries

By Zuo Wei and Jiang Chengguo

China has published measures to help boost green industries as it looks to increase domestic demand and update its economic structure, according to a document issued by the State Council.

The country vowed in an industrial development plan last year that it will raise the total output value of environmental protection industries to 4.5 trillion yuan (729.7 billion U.S. dollars) by 2015, or on average a 15-percent yearly increase.

The State Council reiterated the goal in its latest document, vowing to spur technological innovation, expand consumption demand of green and energy saving products, and boost the services industry related to environmental protection.

In terms of specific policy measures, the central government will direct more of its budget to fund environmental protection industries and encourage eligible companies to issue bonds, according to the document.

Efforts will also be made to establish pricing schemes of renewable energy and to push forward tiered prices for household water and gas consumption, according to the document.

To further improve market mechanisms, pilot programs for emissions and carbon trading will also be carried out, the State Council said in the document.

China will encourage capable domestic companies to undertake overseas projects in environmental protection, and eligible foreign-funded firms will enjoy the same industrial preferential policy with their Chinese counterparts, the State Council added.




>>  Chinese gov’t calls on celebrities to take up social responsibilities

By Fu Shuangqi

Chinese Internet celebrities have been urged to take up more social responsibilities and play a more constructive role.

Internet celebrities, who have notable influence on public opinions in virtual society, should deliver more positive and constructive messages to Chinese netizens, said Lu Wei, director of the State Internet Information Office, at the meeting held in Beijing on Saturday of August 10.

The government expects them to uphold law and order as well as promote virtues and trust, said Lu, cited by a statement issued after the meeting.

“They shall set an example of protecting the legal rights of citizens and denouncing any activities that harm the reputation and interests of other people,” he said.

China’s social networks have developed fast in recent years with more than 1.2 billion accounts opened on about 103 microblogging networks.

On Sina Weibo and, two leading social networks, the number of accounts, having the minimum 1 million followers, reached 3,300 and those having the minimum 10 million followers totaled about 200.

About a dozen these influential social network account owners attended the meeting, according to the statement.

They agreed that everyone should be responsible for what they say and do online as the Internet is also subject to laws and moral rules in the real world, the statement said.




>>  11 dead in SW China road accident

By Wang Wen and Bai Jingli

Eleven people were killed and another four injured in a road accident on Sunday morning of August 11 in southwest China’s Yunnan Province, local authorities said.

A seven-passenger minibus was carrying 15 people when it fell off a mountain slope at 8:10 a.m. in Agang Town of Luoping County, according to the county government.

It said the driver died on the scene along with nine others, including a pregnant woman.

One of the five injured passengers died after emergency treatment failed. The other four have been hospitalized, including one still in critical condition.

Further investigation into the accident is underway.




>>  Chinese sailor accidently falling in Panama Canal found dead

By Su Jin

After two days of search and rescue, the body of a Chinese crewmember who accidently fell overboard into Panama Canal from a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship was recovered on Saturday of August 10.

The crewmember from vessel “Joyous Society” slipped and fell overboard near the Pedro Miguel Locks of Panama Canal on Thursday.

Huo Honghai, an official with the Commercial Development Office China-Panama said that they had been in connect with the local authorities since the accident happened and closely followed the rescue work.

Rescue and medical workers had started their work immediately, and the rescue work did not impact the Canal’s operation, the authorities of Panama Canal said.

COSCO Panama, the subsidiary company of China Ocean Shipping Corporation Americas, Inc, is helping to deal with the aftermath settlement.




>>  10 dead, five injured in SW China road accident

By Han Xiaojing and Bai Jingli

Ten people were killed and another five injured in a road accident on Sunday morning of August 11 in southwest China’s Yunnan Province, local police said.

The accident, involving a minibus, happened at about 8 a.m. in Agang Town of Luoping County. The driver died along with nine others, including a pregnant woman.

The injured passengers have been hospitalized.

The cause of the accident is being investigated, but it seemed the minibus driver was responsible for the accident.




>>  Heavy rain to hit northern China

By Zuo Wei

Modest to heavy rain will hit northeast China and north China in the coming three days, the National Meteorological Center (NMC) said on Sunday of August 11.

From Sunday to Tuesday, eastern parts of northwest China, north China, northeast China, as well as parts of southwest China’s Sichuan Basin and Yunnan Province will see modest to heavy rainfall, with some areas experiencing torrential rain, according to an NMC statement.

Some of these regions will be swept by brief thunderstorms, gusts and hail, the center added.

Meanwhile, Typhoon Utor, which was formed on Saturday morning in the ocean east of the Philippines, is expected to head northwest at an hourly speed of about 20 km, the NMC said.

The typhoon will sweep the Bass Strait and the northeastern and east-central parts of the South China Sea from Monday to Tuesday, packing winds of about 10 to 12 degrees at its eye, the center warned.

The center also forecast persisting heat in eastern and central China and parts of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.







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