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- LEVEL 1: Chinese athletes are ready for Rio
After four years of hard work and waiting, Chinese Olympians are ready for Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic Games next month. China will send a team of 416 athletes made up of 160 men and 256 women, including 35 Olympic champions. They will participate in 210 events of 26 sports at the Games, which open on August 5th and end on August 21st in Brazil.
- LEVEL 2: Hubei's forest added to UNESCO world heritage list
The largest primary forest remaining in Central China, Shennongjia, was added last week to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The forest was already famous in the 19th and 20th centuries, and several international plant collecting projects took place there at that time. Today, rare animals such as the Chinese giant salamander, the Golden Monkey, several species of leopards and the Asian black bear are still living inside.
- LEVEL 3: Shanghai, New York agree on tourism partnership
Shanghai and New York City announced last Thursday the start of a two-year tourism partnership. The agreement includes promotions in both cities, such as outdoor media advertising and travel products. New York City hopes to attract more visitors from Shanghai, its largest source of Chinese tourists, as Shanghai hopes to attract more New-Yorkers thanks to its new 6-day visa-free entry for international transit passengers, the new Disneyland resort and China’s tallest building, the Shanghai Tower
- LEVEL 4: Hague tribunal rejects Beijing's claim to South China Sea
The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague ruled on July 12th that China has no legal basis to claim “historic rights” to islands in the South China Sea. The Tribunal also found that China “had violated the Philippines’ sovereign rights in its exclusive economic zone by (a) interfering with Philippine fishing and petroleum exploration, (b) constructing artificial islands and (c) failing to prevent Chinese fishermen from fishing in the zone.” Philippines welcomed a ‘milestone decision’, while China rejected it, saying the court has no jurisdiction over the issue.