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Former Tianjin Mayor - Huang Xingguo - in CCTV news.

Former Tianjin Mayor - Huang Xingguo - in CCTV news. 

Former acting Party chief and mayor of Tianjin Huang Xingguo pleaded guilty at a court in Hebei province on Wednesday. He was charged with accepting bribes worth more than 40 million yuan ($6 million), according to the Shijiazhuang intermediate people's court.

According to an indictment by the Shijiazhuang people's procuratorate, he used his position for the benefit of others through promotions and obtaining land for projects, then accepted bribes valued at more than 40 million yuan, either himself or through family members, from 1994 to 2016.

China to promote traditional opera in schools

China's central government has pledged to promote traditional opera in schools.

Primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and universities will give students the opportunity to watch traditional opera free of charge in 2017, according to a guideline jointly issued by the publicity department of the Communist Party of China and the ministries of culture, education and finance.

China battles grassland fire along China-Mongolia border

More than 200 fire fighters from north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region are Monday battling a grassland fire that crossed the Sino-Mongolian border into China.

According to regional forest police, it will be difficult to extinguish the blaze which crossed border on Thursday and has raged in New Barag Left Banner near the city of Hulunbuir for several days.