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.
nsisting of 49 experts from institutes affiliated with the ministry and universities
, including Tsinghua University, to the site to help with the environmental aftermath from the explosion.
He also said the team has cut off the access of three rivers to Guanhe River, which empties into the sea, to prevent the pollution from spreading.
The three rivers inside the chemical industry park wer
e found contaminated soon after the blast. On Wednesday, an excessive amount of pollutants was still de
tected in two water bodies in the chemical park — the Xinfeng River and Xinnong River.
According to the Jiangsu environmental watchdog, the density of ammonia nitrogen in Xinfeng River reached 183 millig
rams per liter, 90.5 times higher than the national standard, at 10 am on Wednesday. The content of methylene chlor
ide in the river was about 15 times above the national standard with a density of 0.321 mg/L. The ch
emical oxygen demand in the water body stood at 343 mg/L, 7.6 times above the national standard, the watchdog said.
The watchdog also found an excessive amount of these pollutants in Xinnong River, though with much lower densities.
took the examination, was quoted by China National Radio as saying that it had broade
ned his horizons and enabled him to gain a higher strategic perspective that can be used in planning future operations.
“It also reminded me of the necessity that as a commander, I not only need to take into consideration joint o
perations by various services in the PLA but also to think about joint campaigns with foreign militaries,” he said.
In June, the Ground Force organized a test for commanders of its 13 group armies – its la
rgest combat units. Since the start of this year, the Ground Force has conducted a wide range of exam
inations for almost all of its members to verify their professional knowledge and skills.
Geely and Daimler plan a 50-50 joint venture in China, which will develop and produce electric Smart br
anded vehicles and sell them globally starting from 2022, according to a deal the two signed earlier this week.
Representatives of the two carmakers said the Fi
nancial Times’ report of Daimler selling a 50 percent stake of Smart to Geely was not true.
Daimler, also owner of Mercedes-Benz, is currently prod
ucing the Smart branded vehicles in a plant in Hambach, France, but the plant will produc
e electric Mercedes-Benz models instead when the Chinese plant is finished. The location of the plant has not yet been disclosed.
hinese and Asian art collectors have become more knowledgeable, sophisticated and are branching out for m
ore Western works, said Francis Belin, president of Christie’s Asia, who is excited about the trend.
“Chinese clients have evolved from being very dedicated to Chinese arts to gaining increasing interest
in other categories and expanding the spectrum of the type of objects that they wish to collect,” Belin told
Xinhua in an interview in New York City during Christie’s Asian Art Week held on March 19-26.
Diversity of collecting is one of three “fundamental trends” the auction house has obse
rved among the Chinese and Asian buyers, Belin said, noting the increased appetite to collect across categories.
About 10 or 20 years ago, Asian collectors focused primarily on the art that relates to their own c
ulture, he said, “we’ve seen this evolved in the past years to be much more holistic in the collecting of our Asian buyers.”
ve and have little interest in his studies, not even finishing homework. In order to change his
attitude, Gao Ziren visited his home every weekend, talking with his parents about the importance of studying.
Zhang Guangxing, Zhang Zuhao’s father, still remembered when Gao Ziren first visited
his home. Because of Gao’s insistence, the parents paid more attention to the child’s studies.
Gao Ziren said that because he walked slowly, it was too late for him to visit stud
ents’ homes after school, and therefore, he visited them on the weekends.
Now, many children follow their parents to live and study in cities, while som
e become left-behind children who live in rural areas and lack family care. Gao said it w
as important to be patient with left-behind children and pay more attention to their mental health.
Gao Xinyue, a second grade student who lives with her grandparents because her paren
ts work outside the rural area, was reticent and very timid when she first came to the school, performing poorly in her studies.
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.