Month: March 2019

hina to improve transport efficiency, reduce logistics costs

China will unveil various measures to improve transport efficiency and lower logistics costs, according to a spokesperson for the transport ministry.

Vowing to see a notable increase in transport efficiency in the next

three years, the country will accelerate the construction of a comprehensive tra

nsport network, spokesperson Wu Chungeng told a news conference on March 28.

Efforts will also be made to expand the electronic toll collection system and promote multimodal transport, Wu said.

Meanwhile, the logistics costs are expected to be reduced by 120.9 billion yuan (about $17.97 bil

lion) in 2019, and a logistics service system in line with the country’s high-quality growth will be established over the next three years.

To fulfill such targets, the ministry will optimize transport struct

ure, upgrade rail, road and waterway transport systems and expand the network of logistics hubs, Wu said.

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Europe alone is not what makes London the number one cen

ter for foreign exchange, for example. We clear more dollars than New York, and are the largest center for RMB trading outside greate

r China. London is strong and international,” she said. “The long-term fundamentals of London and the UK still remain strong.”

Alex De Ruyter, director of the Centre for Brexit Studies at Birmingham City University, echoed the

view of McGuinness, saying: “Whilst I think Brexit has clearly had a significant impact, it must be remembered that Lon

don is a global financial center and the majority of assets held by the financial services sector are outside of th

e EU, with the US, China, and other emerging economies particularly important markets.

“The 800 billion pounds figure only comprises about 10 percent of the estim

ated total assets of the UK banking sector,” he said. “So, the total volume of business affected has been relatively small.”

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n a rainy day, Gao Ziren accompanied the girl home and

comforted her when she was frightened by thunder. Gao has also used his mobile phone to help the girl talk with her parents. Gradually, her performance improved.

“I have taught many students since being a teacher for so many years. Some students wo

uld like to visit during the holidays, and it feels good that someone remembers you,” Gao Ziren said.

“When rural children lack family education, schools and teachers need to do more in psych

ological education,” said Li Wu, a principal of Meiling Central School. He said rural areas need more teachers like Gao Ziren.

Growing the traditional herb on trunks of oak trees has lifted more than a thousand people out of poverty

It is still early spring in southwestern China’s Guizhou province, but the forest in Zhegui

village is already filled with vitality: oak trunks covered with orchid-like stalks, with branches swaying in the breeze.

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They’re the tiepishihu (dendrobium officinale), a valuable C

hinese herbal medicine,” said Ruan Jian, deputy manager of Anlong Xic

heng Xiushu Agriculture and Forestry. “Zhegui village has sufficient forest coverage, with p

roper altitude and climatic conditions, which is very suitable for growing imitation wild dendrobium.”

The plant, a member of the orchid family, is known as an important traditional medi

cine in China since many of its biomedical benefits have been scientifically examined.

Wild dendrobium officinale became an endangered species in the 1980s. However, with

the breakthrough of tissue culture technology in the early 2000s, artificially cultivated plants entered the market.

With the expansion in scale, dendrobium planted in some region

s suffered from problems such as pesticide residue, elevated levels of heavy metals and poor quality.

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Chen, who worked outside of Guizhou for many years

ow works in the village as a manager of the dendrobium planting base.

“It’s wonderful that our village has an industry now, so I don’t have to leave my hometown anymor

e. Life is much more comfortable than in the past,” said Chen, adding that she now earns a monthly salary

of more than 3,000 yuan ($446). She can also cycle to work in just a few minutes and can take care of her two children and elderly mother-in-law.

“Without competing with agriculture, planting the dendrobium can liberate good fields,” Chen

said. “Without harming the grass or trees, we can achieve harmonious coexistence. High mou

ntains and deep forests do no harm to the plant, but can help restore authentic herbs.”

The period for flower gathering lasts from April to June every year, and the fresh branch picking period is from Novemb

er to March. Residents from the neighboring area can all come to work at the base, and a skilled worker can earn up to 500 yuan a day.

“Last year, the salaries we paid totaled more than 4 million yuan,” said Ruan, adding that the

re are always job vacancies at the base. During the peak picking period, more than 200 workers are needed every day.

As the cultivation features “zero chemical fertilizer, zero chemical pesticides, zero hor

mones, and zero transgenics”, dendrobium produced in Zhegui finds a ready market.

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hina to further improve business climate focusing on weak links

China will work harder this year for a more enabling business environment by tackling areas of weakness to better energize the market and stimulate social crea

tivity, the State Council’s executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang decided on March 26.

The Chinese government puts great emphasis on improving the business climate. General Secretary Xi Jinping stressed the need to improve the investm

g said in the Government Work Report this year that the government will work to energize market entities, and mainta

in and increase their level of activity by improving the business environment and cutting institutional transaction costs.

The meeting on March 26 called for redoubled efforts to tackle the pressing issues an

d measure up to advanced standards in fighting the tough battle of improving the business environment.

The government will further streamline administration by cutting procedural requirements, includ

ing shortening the negative list on market entry, separating business licenses and operating permits, simplifying the review process for const

ruction projects, and reducing the types of industrial production permits. The goal is to cut the time required for starting a busines

s to within five working days, and for companies to access electricity service to within 45 working days before the end of this year.

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Dream lifestyles in Dali end in disappointment

“If you are not satisfied with your life and don’t know why you have lost your smile; if you are unhappy and don’t like being where you are, go west – with Dali your destination.”

These lyrics form part of a song in the Chinese blockbuster movie Breakup Buddies, wh

ich was shot mostly in Dali, an attractive city in Yunnan province, and released in 2014.

The film inspired many middle-income earners tired of the hustle and bustle of urban life to quit their jobs in big cities and move to Dali.

However, unlike in Breakup Buddies, many people’s dreams of finding a

better life in Dali – which has provided the perfect backdrop for romantic trysts in hun

dreds of movies – have not had happy endings, and they are beginning to leave for a variety of reasons.

Chu Xiaogui, an author of popular books who moved to Dali from Beijing with her husba

nd in December 2015, said she had since witnessed many friends leaving and returning to their hometowns.

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Her business enabled her to live her dream; every mornin

 she opened the windows, breathed clean air, and the surroundings were often bathed in su

nshine, with beautiful flowers dotting the lake as waterfowl paddled on the surface.

However, in 2017, the local government ordered all 2,400-plus hotels, guesthouses and

restaurants around the lake to close until they had been checked and the authorities confirmed they had all the permits required.

With the tourism industry expanding rapidly in Dali, wastewater and garbage were often found being disposed of directly into

the lake due to insufficient or dilapidated facilities on the shore, creating one of the lake’s major sources of pollution.

Since October, a widespread environmental campaign has escalated and more t

han 1,800 lakeside properties within the protection zone – including 540 guesthouses – have been demolished.

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The city has abundant sunshine and a mild climate all year

 round. Tourists can explore the old town, hike amid the clouds, cycle around the lake and enjoy bustling street festivals.

Before he settled in Dali, Yang worked for a bank in Chongqing, his

hometown. After moving, he started a business selling hand-made traditional costumes of the loc

al Bai people, one of the ethnic groups in China. Many people from the group live in communities in Dali.

A year after he arrived, Yang opened his small restaurant, which

serves spicy Chongqing cuisine. He has developed a close relationship with his customers.

“I cook the food on my own for my customers, most of whom

are tourists. When I serve them, I often sit and chat with them and listen to their stories,” he said.

“In my spare time, I go with friends to climb Mount Cangshan, or cycle around Erhai Lak

e alone. This is exactly the life that I want to live – having no pressure, but inner peace and freedom.”

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Since the blast, six rounds of search and rescue missions have

have been launched, and the search area has been expanded from 1.1 square kilometers to 2 km, Cao Lubao, mayor of Yancheng, said at a news conference on Sunday afternoon.

He said that more than 4,500 medical workers and 116 ambulances participated in the rescue work. The National Health Commi

ssion sent 16 leading experts and Jiangsu sent 65 experts from the province’s renowned hospitals to treat the injured.

“As of Sunday noon, 604 victims remain in 16 hospitals. Another 59 people have been discharged after treatment,” he said.

Li Shaodong, deputy head of the Jiangsu Commission of Health, said specialized treatment plans have be

en made for every patient. “Psychologists have also been sent to help the recovery of the patients, their relatives and rescuers.”

Workers have been sent to comfort the families of the deceased, including 43 medical worke

rs to accompany senior family members. The bodies will be treated according to ethnic and religious customs, said Li.

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