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Economic reforms in pipeline

The State Council on Thursday approved guidelines tailored to promote the country's economic reforms in 2010, in a bid to build more flexible systems to keep pace with the fast economic growth in the nation.

The country will continue to encourage the non-public sectors of the economy, reducing institutional obstacles for private investment and improving supportive policies for the development of small- and medium-sized enterprises, according to the guidelines adopted at an executive meeting of the State Council, presided over by Premier Wen Jiabao.

The government will deepen reforms of the State-owned companies and monopolistic industries, with focuses on the power generation, railway and postal service sectors.

More effort will be made to improve income distribution and the social security systems, as well as to enhance the construction of pension, medical treatment and educational mechanisms in both urban and rural areas, according to the guidelines.

CNR adopts new look

One of the country's most important and influential media unveiled its new visual identity on Wednesday.

Wang Qiu, president of the China National Radio (CNR), the only national radio station with an estimated audience of more than 700 million listeners, attended an inauguration ceremony to launch the station's new logo, which appears as an acronym of CNR's English name presented in striking Chinese red, with its full title in Chinese characters. A section of music was also introduced as CNR's musical identity.

At the ceremony, Wang said the new logo signals CNR's ambition to transform itself from a radio station into a top international broadcasting system.

After a series of reforms in recent years, CNR's programming and production processes have increasingly become more specified, targeted and personalized, according to CNR executives.
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