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ties brought by the BRI, which by some estimates could be worth 1.8 billion pounds ($2.33 billion) annually to the British economy.
As a financial hub for international infrastructure investmen
t, British firms and international companies based in the UK stand ready to provide many of the ser
vices required along the Belt and Road, especially as it becomes more of a shared venture, she said.
They can also provide private financing required by the project and support thro
ugh green finance, consultancy, rule of law and foreign exchange, McGuinness added.
Seventy years after the founding of the People’s Republic of China, ties between China and UK h
ave gone from strength to strength, with bilateral trade now worth nearly 70 billion pounds, McGuinness said.
“I look forward to celebrating this long, fruitful relationship with our Chinese counterp
arts, and to marking the next chapter of our partnership in the Belt and Road,” she added.
ecially the development of the tourism sector, a pillar industry of China.
In fact, after the four-day holiday was announced on March 22, tourism-related stocks rose sharpl
y. Also, the number of tourists and tourism revenue during May Day holiday this year are set to increase by ab
out 8 and 9 percent year-on-year, respectively, according to China Tourism Academy.
But the actual number of holidays has not increased because April 28 and
May 5 being Sundays are make-up working days. And since there is a debate on whether t
he government should put people’s demand for longer holidays above economic development, the four-day hol
iday without reducing the number of working days will help the government and companies to strike a balance bet
ween maintaining economic development and meeting people’s need for longer holidays.
But why do Chinese people crave for longer holidays? They do so be
cause some employers, especially in some underdeveloped regions, have not given (or
have been reluctant to give) the paid leave to their employees. Besides, national holidays put
A memorial service was held on Wednesday for victims who died in a chemical plan
t explosion seven days prior in Xiangshui township, Yancheng city, East China’s Jiangsu province.
More than 200 officials, police officers, firefighters, bereaved families and volunteers attended the serv
ice at 7:30 am. The cars at the site honked their horns and attendees presented flowers to pay tribute to the victims.
To date, the deadly explosion of Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical Co in Yancheng’s Xiangshui county has claimed 78 lives.
According to Chinese tradition, the seventh day after a death marks the height of the mourning period.
subsidies continue gradual phase-out
China will whittle down subsidies on new energy vehicles as the industry develops and cost drops, aiming to boost high-quality development in the NEV sector.
The newest measure will lower subsidy standards for new energy passenger cars, buses and t
rucks, taking factors such as industry growth, cost reduction and subsidy phase-out policies into consideration, the
Ministry of Finance said in a joint statement Tuesday, adding the move was set to bring more competition in the industry.
natural reserves. So far, more than 100 illegal mining projects have been withdrawn from Mount Qilian National Park, one of the country’s 10 pilot national parks, Zhang said.
Under a plan released in 2017, China aims to set up a batch of national parks covering ab
out 200,000 square kilometers, and to form a unified management system by 2020.
China’s achievement in afforestation was recognized in a study by the United States’ space agency NASA published last month. It sa
id China and India are leading the increase in greenery globally – with China alone accounting for a qua
rter of the global net increase in leafy area despite having only 6.6 percent of the world’s vegetated area.
Tax authorities are preparing to enact significant tax cuts and fee reduction
s, said Wang Jun, commissioner of the State Taxation Administration, on Tuesday.
China is establishing measures to cut taxes and fees by nearly 2 trilli
on yuan ($298 billion) this year, said Premier Li Keqiang in his Government Work Report.