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Increasing number of countries going digital when reviewing documents

An increasing number of countries have tapped into the convenience of e-visas to at

tract more tourists from China, the world’s largest source of outbound tourists.

According to tourism insiders, the Japanese embassy in Beijing sa

id on Thursday during a meeting with local travel agencies that it will launch e-visa serv

ices on May 1, allowing applicants to submit their materials online instead of sending paper documents.

“The embassy said that e-visa services may be available in consulates in other Chinese cities next year,” said H

an Zhisu, co-founder and CEO of 666visa.cn, a dome

stic platform where visa applicants can submit materials.Chen Zeyong, CEO of online visa service tigerwing.cn, said the

Japanese government issued 7 million visa stickers for Chinese nationals last year.

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hina still faces serious scarcity of water resources. Its

per capita water resource share lags far behind the world average.

An action plan jointly released by the NDRC and the Ministry of Water Resources has

put forward major initiatives to meet the goals, promoting management mechanism of water saving cont

acts and water-saving service industries. job fair is held for foreign students at the University of Inter

national Business and Economics in Beijing on April 18, 2019. Around 1,000 foreign students attended, seeking jobs

Torrential rains have hit many cities in South China’s Guangdong on Friday, bringing traffic chaos.

Guangzhou Baiyun Airport had seen 104 flights canceled, 66 flights delayed for more than

an hour, and 19 flights diverted to other airports by 11:30 am. Huadu district, where Guangzhou’s air

port is located, announced a red signal, the top-level warning for heavy rain, at 11:04 am.

The airports in Shenzhen and Zhuhai have also been affected by the downpour.

Many trains between Guangzhou and Shenzhen were delayed, with stranded passengers waiting at the train stations.

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hina increases preschool education spendingritten on lanter

The Chinese central government has increased financial input for preschool education, from 15 billio

n yuan (2.2 billion US dollars) in 2018 to 16.85 billion yuan in 2019, the Ministry of Education said Thursday.

Some 1 billion yuan will be allocated to expand the building of kindergartens in the country’s 11 provincial-level regions in 2019,

part of an effort to increase preschool education resources, Lyu Yugang, an official with the ministry, said at a press conference.

Meanwhile, local governments have taken effective measures to increase public access to affordable preschool education.

 China’s top economic planner approved 50 fixed-asset investment pro

jects worth 370.3 billion yuan (about $55.3 billion) in the first quarter of 2019, official data showed.

These projects are mainly in the energy, transportation and high-tech industries, according to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

Among them, the Yongqing-Shanghai section of the China-Russia east-route natural gas pi

peline project will play an important role in optimizing energy structure, improving gas supply along the route

and helping the local economy and environment, according to NDRC spokesperson Yuan Da.

The country’s fixed-asset investment rose 6.3 percent year-on-year in Q1, 0.2 percenta

ge points faster than the first two months, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

Fixed-asset investment includes capital spent on infrastructure, property, machinery and other physical assets.

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In order to improve the business environment, the Chi

ese government has launched a series of measures to continually reduce burdens for taxpayers, an

d the annual plan for 2019 is to cut 2 trillion yuan ($300 billion) in taxes and fees.

“Effects have been seen recently. In the first two months, 182.85 billion yuan in taxes and fees were furth

er reduced,” Wang said. “The Chinese tax authority will do all it can to achieve the target.”

“International tax cooperation is not and has never been easy. But we

do need a multilateral approach,” said Vitor Gasp

ar, director of the Fiscal Affairs Department at the International Monetary Fund.

“BRITACOM has a role to play in fostering a multilatera

l cooperation approach to taxes, and it can help tax adm

inistrations share best practices and build a foundation for cooperation,” Gaspar said.

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Affordable, quality preschools will be the priority, the m

inistry said. Governments at all levels are encouraged to establish public kindergartens,

aiming to get about 50 percent of all preschool children into public education by 2020, it said.

Communities, State-owned enterprises and public institutions

such as universities are also encouraged to establish their own kindergartens, it said.

Lyu Yugang, director of the ministry’s basic education department, said the cent

ral government will allocate 16.8 billion yuan to support preschool education.

Construction work has begun on the athletes’ village for the 2

021 Summer Universiade in Chengdu, located at Chengdu University.

Covering an area of around 37 hectares, the Universiade Village consists of eight specific buil

dings, including apartments for athletes, service center, health center, administrative affairs center, inter

national communication center, gymnasiums, aquatic center and the College of Chinese & ASEAN Arts.

In addition, construction is continuing on the tournament stadium, main gymnasium

and ball game gymnasiums. Major transportation projects, such as a new expressway, are also underway.

The 2021 Summer Universiade was officially awarded to

Chengdu, capital city of Sichuan Province, this March. The proposed dates for the tournament are August

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Rules for scientific researchers set out by Ministry of Edu

Researchers should strictly follow the standards and code of conduct of scientific research a

nd not embezzle or misuse scientific research funds, the Ministry of Education said on Wednesday.

They should not commit fraud to obtain a research

project, research fund and other awards or honorary titles, the ministry said.

Researchers should not seek reimbursement for items that they are supposed to

pay for themselves, and they should not embezzle funds for other purposes, it said.

Research projects that require external help should be made publ

ic at the university. If there are profits involved between the research leader

and external organizations, they should first sign a contract and submit it to the university, it said.

University administrative staff should not seek profi

ts or advantages in applying for and allocating research funds, the ministry said.

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Information compiled by the NGO from government docum

ents show that at least 162 sources of drinking water across the country have been aba

ndoned or were slated for suspension over the past decade, mostly in the south.

It said many areas in the south must receive water diverted from far

away because of local pollution. For some areas in the north, diversion is chosen beca

use of water shortages. Many places in Jiangsu province have turned to the Yangtze for water.

Previously, cities in southern Jiangsu relied on Taihu Lake, China’s third-largest fresh

water lake, and other local water bodies for their drinking water. This changed, however, after a major outbr

eak of blue-green algae in 2007. The incident forced Wuxi to temporarily suspend water supplies. After the inci

dent, major cities in the Taihu basin turned to the Yangtze for drinking water, the report said.

In Taizhou, located on the north shore of the Yangtze, Xinghua is the o

nly one of six areas administrated by the city that has yet to tap the Yangtze for its drinking wat

er. But a diversion project from the river was listed on the Xinghua government’s agenda last year.

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Scientists said the research, also published in Nature

could open up new prospects for medical research.Huawei’s Ren named China’s most influential business leader

The 74-year-old Ren Zhengfei, founder and CEO of Huawei Technologies, is the most influentia

l business leader in China, according to the latest ranking released by business magazine Fortune’s Chinese edition.

Pony Ma Huateng, founder and CEO of tech giant Tencent, came i

n second followed by Chen Dongsheng, founder, chairman and CE

O of Taikang Insurance Group. Alibaba chairman Jack Ma grabbed fourth place this year.

These business leaders’ values were not only reflected in the successful m

oments of their companies, but also, most importantly, in their willingness to face challen

ges as well as help their company through a crisis, find new direction and stride for the next success, Fortune China said.

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Yangtze bridge stands the test of timespecial meaning

In the more than three months since it reopened to the public after repairs, more th

an 70,000 vehicles a day on average have crossed the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge in Jiangsu province.

The number of vehicles traversing the bridge, which reopened in December, is just half that for each of the other three structures spanning t

he river in Nanjing, while Line 3 of the city’s subway system carries more than 800,000 people across the river every day.

But despite its relatively meeker traffic flows, people from across the country visit Nan

jing just to see the bridge, especially during holidays. For many, it represents far more than just a river crossing.

For years, it has been featured on a variety of posters and in school textbooks.

Many people have had their pictures taken at photo studios that use images of the bridge as backdrops.

Hotels, cinemas and daily necessities have been named after it. Parents have even named their chi

ldren after the bridge, with some of those born in the 1960s and 1970s being called “Yangtze”, “Bridge” or “Pier” in Chinese.

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d Records as the world’s longest with dual r

ad and rail functions.In 2014, it was listed as an Immovable Cultural Relic under State Coun

cil-designated protection, and two years later as part of China’s 20th century architectural heritage.

Yang Tao, director of the Nanjing Institute for Urban and Tran

sportation Planning and Design, said it was extre

mely hard to build the rail section of the bridge because of limited skills and technologies.

“But many bridge-building technologies were subsequently invented and these have not beco

me outdated, even today. Completion of the bridge has played an important role in the economic and cultural e

xchanges between areas north and south of the Yangtze, and even unified governance of the country,” Yang said.

People had dreamed of building a bridge spanning the Yangtze for years.

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