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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.
capabilities in organizing training and commanding their troops. The results will be taken into consideration
when it comes to promotion or commendation, the statement said. It added that the Ground Force wanted to use this exami
nation to strengthen the notion that commanding officers must take the lead in combat readiness training.
Lu Chuangang, assistant to the Ground Force’s chief of staff, said the examination
‘s content included theory, strategy and command skills. Participants were given different tasks in diffe
rent areas, and were told to analyze their respective situations, determine goals, make plans for troop deployment and d
evelop combat schedules, according to Zhou Bingyi, director of the operations bureau of the Ground Force’s staff department.
Zhou said participants had already taken part in tests on firearm usage and physical strength hosted by their own units before the examination.
“The capabilities of these commanding officers determine wheth
er their troops will be well trained,” Zhou said. “We hope such examinations will help impro
ve the competence of commanders and consequently boost the combat capabilities and preparedness of
Taking a step requires just one second for a typical person. But not for Gao Ziren, whose paral
yzed left leg requires him to first move a crutch forward before his leg, and then balance himself.
For 42 years, Gao, a teacher at Lixin village primary school in a mountainous area of East China’s Jiangxi province, has walked th
is way between his home, the school and his students’ homes. Over the course of his career, he has worn out more than 60 crutches.
Gao, 60, was born in a mountainous area of Meiling township, Wanli district of Nancha
ng. After coming down with polio at the age of 1, his left leg suffered muscular atrophy, which left him unable to walk normally.
He did not give up, relying instead on his mental strength to finish his studies from primary school through high school.
He started his career in 1977 when a village official visited him about being a teacher in the village, as one of the two teachers the
re had left. Gao agreed to take the position, as he knew the importance of a teacher to students, especially those like him.
m to stumble on the roads. “One year, it was snowing, and I walked more than one hour to the s
chool. My colleague helped me half of the way — otherwise, I might have fallen into the gully,” he said.
Gao Yangyao, who worked with Gao Ziren for many years, said that “he has difficulty walking, but he is usually the first to come to school.”
Gao Ziren’s Mandarin Chinese was not so good in the beginning, and he continued listening to radio broadcasts to improve his pro
nunciation. When students had the wrong pronunciation, he would correct them, even when it cost the whole class time.
In 1980s, the mountainous area had poor teaching conditions, with a lack of desks and benches, so Gao br
ought some desks and benches from home. When some impoverished students had no stationery, he would buy it for them.
Gao Xiaomei, one of the first students Gao Ziren taught and now a school principal in Meiling, said that he taught child
ren carefully and usually walked close to students to help them solve problems. His carefulness led her to be a teacher.
d visits to the city with his wife.
He said he decided to relocate 2,100 kilometers from the capital due to heavy smog, which ha
d caused him serious discomfort. But more important, he wanted to change his way of life.
The 45-year-old worked for a State-owned company in Beijing before moving. Since 2001, he had
been sent abroad by his company to work in countries such as Sudan, Ecuador, Iran, Syria and Iraq as chief manager for busi
ness development. However, he faced great pressure, both from work and security problems.
Mu said he had several narrow escapes from bomb attacks near his office in Iraq, where he worked for seven years.
When he returned to work at the company’s Beijing headquarters in 2015, he found he could n
ot adapt to life in the city. He had to travel for a total of three hours each day on the subway between home and work.