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A major achievement of the First Session of the 13th National People’s Congress, China’s highest legislative body, was the green lighting of a significant restructuring of the State Council, in which 15 government agencies will be axed amid a major revamp.

British Prime Minister Theresa May made an official visit to China from January 31, 2017 to February 2, 2018, during which the two countries agreed to strengthen the “golden era” of Sino-British relations.

French President Emmanuel Macron paid his first official visit to China from January 8 to 10, turning a new page in the Sino-French relationship.

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The Fourth World Internet Conference was held in Wuzhen, southern Zhejiang Province, from December 3 to 5, where two reports (dubbed “blue books”) on the world’s and China’s Internet development were released.

A team of Chinese scientists from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, recently delivered a paper on SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), claiming that the virus originates from bats.

Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a state visit to Vietnam from November 10 to 13, further strengthening ties between the two Asian nations.