Diplomats take oaths
Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on 11 newly appointed diplomats to fully safeguard the rights and interests of overseas Chinese nationals on Saturday at the 11th oath-taking ceremony of Chinese diplomatic envoys. Saturday was also the ministry’s open house day. About 260 public representatives, including students from Peking University and the Beijing Fangcaodi International School, witnessed the ceremony. Migrant workers will enjoy earlier access to train tickets for next year’s chunyun, the travel rush around the Spring Festival, the China Railway Corporation said on Satu+++rday. A spokesman from the corporation told Xinhua that employers of migrant workers can start booking train tickets for their workers starting on Saturday, 40 days ahead of the first day of chunyun. The coming Spring Festival falls on Jan 31. The approaching chunyun, literally translated as “spring transportation”, is scheduled for Jan 16 to Feb 24. Regular train ticket sales online or by telephone start 20 days before the travel date. This means migrant workers will be able to book tickets for the first day of chunyun 20 days earlier than other people.