The market potential remains huge,” said Dai Bin, direct

The market potential remains huge,” said Dai Bin, direct

or of the China Tourism Academy. “Compared to the United States, w

here 48 percent of its citizens hold a passport, the figure in China is only around 10 perce

nt. It’s estimated that the number of Chinese outbound travelers will reach 230 million in 2030.”

A report published by major Chinese travel agency Ctrip showed th

at 160 million Chinese people have travel plans during the upcoming four-day May Day hol

iday. Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan and Indonesia are the top destinations outside the mainland.

Malaysia, which receives around 10 million Chinese tourists annually, began to i

ssue e-visas for Chinese in 2017. “The number of visa stickers on passports of Chinese na

tionals dropped by 70 percent in the first year after the service was introduced, showing its high popularity,” said Han.

Since last year, countries including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Turkey, Thailand and Sri Lanka have starte

d to accept visa application documents online and issue e-visas, either a bar code or QR code.

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he index of the miles per intervention of each enter

he index of the miles per intervention of each enter

prise is not compared in Beijing’s road test report, avoid

ing data fraud and guiding the enterprises to pay attention to safety, accumula

te road test experience and industrialize scientific and technological achievements.

Focusing on safety and overall performance, Beijing’s road test report evaluates the self-driving capability of a mass o

f cars with at least 100,000 km traveled with no accidents and under diverse conditions.

The travel of one or two self-driving cars is easy, while dozens or hund

reds of cars running at the same time is another story. It re

quires high vehicle stability, reflecting the capabilities of the companies, including their vehicle integra

tion technology and the software-hardware integration technology, according to Ga

sgoo.s a basic threshold of autonomous driving, traveling 100,000 km without an accident demon

strates self-driving capability, the level of quality control system and safety test management, Gasgoo reported.

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Mandatory payments by air carriers to the Civil Avia

Mandatory payments by air carriers to the Civil Avia

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 the meeting on Wednesday are the most recent moves for fee reductio

ns following the lowering of the social insurance contribution rate. Full delivery of these measures is expec

ted to lighten the fee burden on companies and individuals by more than 300 billion yuan in 2019.

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High school graduates in China normally need to tak

High school graduates in China normally need to tak

o take the national college entrance examination, or gaokao, to be ad

mitted to a university. Independent enrollment was added as an alternative admission met

hod in 2003 to allow some key universities to enroll students based on subjective criteria.

Currently, 90 universities have allocated 5 percent of their enrollment slots to indepen

dent students with special talents. They admit more than 20,000 such students every year.

Tests of academic competence and interviews are usually required. Universit

ies start the independent enrollment process in March, while the gaokao takes place in June.

The gaokao is a highly competitive and stressful test, and in some provinces with large num

bers of high school graduates, a single point can separate more than 1,000 students. The exams create a lot of anxiety amo

ng students and parents, and some will do anything possible, even committing fraud, to be admitted to a better university.

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On Saturday, the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of

On Saturday, the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of

 Party of China Jiangsu Provincial Committee, the province’s top leadership, held a meeting on measures to be taken.

Lou Qinjian, Party chief of Jiangsu, said at the meeting that the province should learn the “bloody lesson” and “retrospect from the soul”.

The incident is the result of poor implementation of the responsibility syst

em for production safety, as well as bureaucracy and formalis

m in supervision, according to a statement released after the meeting.

Jiangsu immediate launched safety inspections on chemical production, transportation and storage facilities after the incident. Operations will be suspen

ded once any safety hazard is spotted. If a company fails to eliminate the hazards in a specified time, it will be shu

t down. Those who are responsible for rectification work will be held accountable for life, the statement said.

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He said he hopes that the Italian Senate will continue to pl

He said he hopes that the Italian Senate will continue to pl

play an active facilitating role, and create better conditions for and inject greater momentum into the development of bilateral relations.

The Italian Senate warmly welcomes Xi for his visit, Casellati said, notin

g that the Italian and Chinese peoples have always trusted each other and maintained pr

ofound friendship, with close ties in such fields as economy and trade, and culture.

The Senate speaker said she agrees with Xi on his remarks about the traditional friendly exchanges betwe

en the two countries dating back over 2,000 years, published in leading Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera ahead of his visit.

China and Italy are major countries that boast a rich culture, she said, adding that Italy is willing to boost communication and co

operation with the Chinese side in such fields as culture, art, language, heritage protection, tourism, science and tec

hnology, and innovation, and encourage their youths to increase exchanges and mutual understanding.

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Fans have now seen the home side lose its opening game

Fans have now seen the home side lose its opening game

of the China Cup in three consecutive years-2-0 to Iceland at the inaugural

edition in 2017, and 6-0 to Wales last year.

Thursday’s defeat-the first test of newly appointed coach Fabio Canna

varo who is also helming CSL side Guangzhou Evergrande-was harder to swallow bec

ause Team China had defeated Thailand in the round of 16 at the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates in January.

The 45-year-old Caannavaro, who took over from compatriot Marcello Lippi last week, has made headlines and triggered controversy because of the dual club-and-country role.

“China now has the financial power to bring the best coach to manage its team, but that cannot bring any improvement overnight,” Cannavaro said after the loss.

“You need to set up a sustainable system in order to develop soccer over the long term.

“China cannot improve with only good tactics. I found that problem during this year’s Asian Cup. And what I saw tonight confirmed my judgment.”

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Mobile payments continue meteoric risepayment deals has jump

Mobile payments continue meteoric risepayment deals has jump

Use of China’s mobile payment services has skyrocketed over the past five years, with total transactions covered reaching 277.39 trillion yua

n ($41.51 trillion) in 2018 — a more than 27-fold increase from five years ago, according to the central bank.

A total of 60.53 billion mobile payment transactions were conducted last year, as a repor

t released by the People’s Bank of China Monday shows, while the figure was only 1.67 billion back in 2013.

From around 2013, with online payments dominant and mobile payments only nas

cent, to 2018, which saw mobile payments outpacing the domestic market, it is easy to observe a mo

bilization trend in payment structures, Xue Hongyan with the Suning Institute of Finance told Securities Daily.

The number of China’s online payment deals has jumped from 23.67 billion in 2013 to 2018’s 57.01 billion, and trans

action value more than doubled to 2,126.3 trillion yuan in 2018 from 1,060.78 trillion yuan five years earlier.

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All the members should remain conscientious and har

All the members should remain conscientious and har

dworking, and bravely take responsibility,” he said. “There are no honorary members, only responsible members.”

Political adviser He Yun’ao, from Jiangsu province, said this year’s session was busy and substantial.

“I got up early and got to sleep late to read more material so as to im

prove my proposals,” he said. “The meeting was over, but Chairman Wang has given us man

y assignments. I will do more surveys and study this year and bring better proposals next year.”

Zhang Zhihao and Wang Kaihao contributed to this story.

hina’s poverty relief battle is the world’s biggest and toughest. Over the last 30-plus ye

ars, China has made determined and innovative efforts to reduce poverty and remarkable achievements have been witnessed.

In this exclusive interview, an episode of China Daily’s two sessions special coverage answe

ring questions put forward by media outlets from more than 20 countries, Lei Ming, dean of the Insti

tute of Poverty Research, Peking University, shares his view on the ways of the toughest poverty-relief battle.

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China’s top political advisory body concludes annual session

China’s top political advisory body concludes annual session

  The closing meeting of the second session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consul

tative Conference (CPPCC) is held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 13, 2019.

  BEIJING — The Second Session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conf

erence (CPPCC), the top political advisory body, held its closing meeting Wednesday morning.

  Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders attended the closing meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

  Political advisors will vote on a draft resolution on the work report of the Standing Committee of the CPPCC Natio

nal Committee, a draft report on the examination of proposals, and a draft political resolution.

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