of last year, all but nine of 6,251 violations that inspectors found had been corrected, at a total investment of 41 billion yuan ($6.1 billion) in 31 provincial regions. According to the top environmental watchdog, 3,740 industrial enterprises wer e relocated and 1,883 wastewater outlets were shut down during the campaign. “In the long run, the campaign will help curb pollution at sites that supply drinking water and prevent more of them from being abandoned due to pollution,” Ma from the institute said. There are specific dos and don’ts at these sites, but some of the restrictions will be lifted if they cease to beRead More →

China has issued guidelines to ensure the high-quality development of cross-border e-commerce posting and delivery services, a State Post Bureau (SPB) official said on April 11. The guidelines were jointly issued by the SPB, Ministry of Commerc e and General Administration of Customs, SPB official Tu Gang told a press conference. While stressing the significance of cross border delivery services, Tu said weaknesse s remained in aspects such as user experience, security control and international rules. China will launch a whole-process supervision approach on cross-border delivery services and implement security management regulations including real-name receiving and posting, human and machine examination of parcels. China supportsRead More →

ology, according to the notice jointly issued by six ministries including the National Health Comm ission, the Ministry of Education and the State Administration for Market Regulation. The notice also said that authorities would crack down on activities that deceive the p ublic and damage their interests in the name of using Chinese medical technology to treat myopia. Hu Ailian, vice-director of the Beijing Institute of Ophthalmology at Beijing Tongren Hospital, said tha t myopia can’t be cured at the current stage but children and teenagers could prevent, control or slow its progressio n by using their eyes properly, increasing outdoor time, and avoiding lookingRead More →

tion Development Fund will be halved. Charges for national cultural programs supported by cen trally administrated enterprises and institutions will be cut in half, effective until the end of 2024. It was also decided at the meeting to reduce mobile internet service rates and lower broa dband service rates for small and medium-sized enterprises by about 180 billion yuan in 2019. The State Council also decided to trim average electricity prices for gene ral industrial and commercial businesses, lower prices for rail freight transport, cut or merge port charges, and cancel charges for the certification of citizens’ personal ID information. The measures identified at theRead More →

 enrollments has tainted the practice’s reputation and caught the authorities’ attention, w ith parents buying academic papers and patents online to help their children stand out. The Ministry of Education is asking universities to adopt stricter rules for independent e nrollment; to avoid too much reliance on criteria such as research papers, patents and competition res ults; and to limit the number of disciplines open for independent students. Universities should also scrutinize application materials, make the procedu re more transparent and the results more open and severely punish students committing fraud, the ministry said. Chu Zhaohui, a senior researcher at the National Institute of EducationRead More →

tribute to deleveraging, Hu said. “The large-scale reduction of taxes and fees could efficiently reduce burdens on enterpris es and strengthen their ability to repay debts and absorb equity financing,” she said. Zhu Min, chair of the National Institute of Financial Research at Tsinghua University, sai d it is clear that China will “move more on fiscal policy than monetary policy” to offset short-term economic challenges. This year’s tax and fee cut on enterprises-worth nearly 2 trillion yuan ($297.8 billion)-is “really encouraging”, which will improve their productivity and efficiency, said Zhu, a former deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund. The debt level, especiallyRead More →

thern outskirts of Beijing around noon Saturday, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management. The blaze started on a mountain in Miyun District at around 12:23 pm and spread to Pinggu District at about 1 pm due to strong winds. The purchasing managers’ index (PMI) for China’s manufacturing sector came in at 50.5 in Ma rch, up from 49.2 in February, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said Sunday. A reading above 50 indicates expansion, while a reading below reflects contraction. NBS senior statistician Zhao Qinghe attributed the monthly increase in the manufacturing PMI to accelerated produ ction activities and improved domestic demand boosted byRead More →

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 mouRead More →

Democrats both as a blunder. Former US deputy secretary of state Robert Zoellick, who famously said that China should beco me a “responsible stakeholder”, sighed that when China was playing the role of a responsible stakeholder, the US tried to stop it. The US is trying to do the same again. While the AIIB provides much needed infrastructure financing for countries, the China-propo sed Belt and Road Initiative aims to build connectivity linking Asia, Europe and Africa. The initia tive, which has been endorsed by more than 100 countries, is aimed at building roads, bridges, railways, ports and other infrastructure facilities, in ord er toRead More →

ASTANA – The Kazakh parliament approved a bill to rename the capital of Kazakhstan a fter former President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Wednesday at a joint meeting of its two houses. The bill was passed in two readings and the decision was announced by Nurlan Nigmatul in, speaker of the lower house of the Kazakh parliament, state news agency Kazinform reported. At the initiative of the new interim president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, it was dec ided to change the name of the capital from Astana to Nursultan without a referendum. Earlier in the day, Tokayev took office as Kazakhstan’s interim president following the sud den resignation ofRead More →