rcrowding and rampant construction plaguing cities, and the development of cities will also offer unique ways to bring about rural revitalization,” Chen said.
“As restrictions on hukou will gradually be removed, cities need to be well-prepared to offer
accommodation and employment opportunities, and allow children of migrant workers to have equal access to education,” Chen added.
China has made steady progress in urbanization, as the ranks of permanent urban r
esidents stood at 831 million at the end of 2018, up 17.9 million from the previous year, said the National Bureau of Statistics.
Last month, the National Development and Reform Commission said it
plans to increase the urbanization rate by at least 1 percentage point by the end of this year.
Shen Chi, vice-director of the China Center for Urban Development, said the government’s new
plan will help foster high-quality and sustainable economic development across the nation.
“Relaxing the hukou policy will be a key step in promoting the free flow of labor across
the nation,” Shen said. “A systematic consideration and arrangement of the integratio
The city of Shanghai has become the first local government to answer the call of the central gove
rnment to promote automobile consumption by providing subsidies, since 10 mi
nistries and commissions of the country released six major methods of promoting car sales in January.
The official WeChat account of the Shanghai Municipal Government announced yesterday it will launch a car trade-i
n program, encouraging car owners to trade in their vehicles for new gas-powered cars complying with State-VI emi
ssions standards or new energy vehicles, according to a report by the 21st Century Business Herald.
The government will provide a subsidy of 10,000 yuan ($1,489) for a trade-in gas-powered
vehicle and 15,000 yuan for a trade-in new energy vehicle, the announcement said.
China’s automobile market saw a sales decline in 2018 for the first time
in 28 years, with passenger vehicle sales slumping for 10 consecutive months from last y
ear to March, according to the China Passenger Car Association. As the central government halved subsidies for new energy
vehicles this year, the promotion of car consumption depends more on local governments and enterprises.
ntry in the forest sector by the middle of this century in a guideline on promoting the greening of the homeland issued in November. The count
ry also aims to increase its percentage of forest cover from 21.7 percent in 2018 to about 23 percent in 2020, and 26 percent in 2035.
China’s digital trade is expected to lead global trade development, with the economic value of di
gital trade-enabled productivity benefits to the Chinese economy estimated to reach 37 trillion yu
an ($5.5 trillion) by 2030,according to a report on how China can capture digital trade opportunities at home and abroad.
Digital trade has become increasingly important; there are a lot of definitions of digital trade going on, with
the most common one being e-commerce, including monetary transactions and exchanges of goods and services, said re
search project head Konstantin Matthies, noting the report studies digital trade with a much broader approach.
“Digital trade” refers to the production, distribution, marketing, sale or delivery of goods and servi
ces – domestically and abroad – supported by cross-border digital flows. This consists of trade in digi
tally enabled products and services and cross-border data flows that create economic value in the domestic economy, acc
ording to the report jointly released by the Center for China and Globalization as well as the Hinrich Foundation.
ard the bilateral collaboration and joint research on protection and conservation of endangered species of wildlife and biodiversity,” he said.
Erica Kohler, director of operations of the San Diego Zoo, told Xinhua it
is sad to see the two pandas leaving for China. However, it is also a time to celebrate the successful coll
aboration with China on the joint research of panda breeding and wild life protection.
Dubbing the pandas “the friendship ambassadors” from China, she said Bai Yun and Xiao Liwu attracted about 2 million visitors to the zoo each year.
As the first panda on loan, Bai Yun, arrived at the San Diego Zoo in 1996. The cuddly panda soon became an iconic imag
e of the zoo and one of the most popular animals. The name of her son, Xiao Liwu, means Little Gift in English.
Gaylene Thomas, animal care supervisor of the San Diego Zoo, told Xi
nhua that they learned a lot from the giant pandas and gathered data from them.
Thomas said as a great mother of six baby pandas, Bai Yun has a very good character, is very easy-going.
About 20 Chinese martial arts schools in the Wudang Mountain region have tra
ined about 30,000 kung fu enthusiasts from around the world.
Yuan Xiugang, a member of the Wudang Martial Arts Association, has taugh
t over 60 foreign students since 1995. One of his apprentices, Jack, a 29-year-old from Ill
inois in the US, first arrived in Wudang 10 years ago. Now Jack has become a kung fu coach.
“My goal is to open a school in the US, letting more Americans appreciate authentic Chinese martial arts,” he said.
Thomas, another of Yuan’s students, is from France and explores tea culture. He leases about
two acres of a tea garden at Wudang Mountain. After mastering the technique of processing tea leaves, Th
omas decided to sell his products to European countries, like France and Austria.
care, theme parks, pet boarding services are expanding the sector.
The Spring Festival holiday in February was a peak period for such services as more pet ow
ners tended to make use of luxury pet hotels as ordinary boarding kennels were overbooked.
Beijing-based Liu Ronghuan, 35, a college teacher, said she was quite satisfied with the pet hotel she chose for her cat.
It offered fancy services like massages, beauty salons, and pet portrait photos. The s
even-day stay cost Liu about 5,000 yuan, almost the same price as a three-star hotel room.
“Compared with the price, I cared more about whe
ther my cat was having an enjoyable time during the family reunion time,” Liu said.
Earlier on Saturday, Ardern said the country’s gun law would be changed.
She spoke to the public at 4:00 pm local time. She said: “This is one of New Zealand’s darkest days. My thoughts are with Christchurch.”
”It is an unprecedented violence in New Zealand. There is no place for such extreme violence in New Zealand.”
”Our gun law will be changed,” said Ardern, noting that the killers had a legitimate gun license.
Five guns were discovered, two of which were semi-automatic guns, she said.
Other weapons and firearms were also retrieved by the police after the attacks on Friday.
Police Commissioner Mike Bush told another press conference that his top priority wa
s on public safety across New Zealand and was supporting the victims and staff involved.
”The investigation into the intelligence failures is also a priority,” Bush said.
The police chief was joined by representatives from the agencies working on t
he ground — Victim’s Support, City Council, Civil Defence, Fire and Emergency and the Defence Force.
Bush acknowledged the bravery of the public, police officers and emergency responders.
He said the arrest took 36 minutes from the first emergency call.