"In the past I could only give lessons to 500 or 600 students, even in an auditorium, with many students sitting on the floor," Ye Lang, a professor with Peking University, told the People's Daily. "Now 160,000 students from over 600 universities take my course online, which is hard to imagine in a real classroom."
The inclusion of Xi Jinping Thought and the Scientific Outlook on Development ensures that the country's guiding theories will advance with the times, Shen added.
"The joint efforts will contribute to enhancing public awareness to protect relics, and will be helpful for the adoption of administrative punishments and criminal penalties," the top court said in a statement.
Tourists from 26 countries including Austria, Britain, Canada, the United States, South Korea and Russia are eligible for a visa-free stay in Hainan, which will be extended to over 50 countries in the near future, officials said.
"Just look at our trade with China tourism, cultural, student and even political exchanges. All of these are very strong."
The standards can also guide the country's reforms in various English language tests, so they will be more focused on testing students' practical skills in using English, rather than skills in taking tests, he added.