hina to improve transport efficiency, reduce logistics costs

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.

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The examination was designed to check and hone the general

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

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Former vice-minister of public security expelled from Party

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.

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The roads were sandy and muddy in the past, causing him t

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.

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n a rainy day, Gao Ziren accompanied the girl home and

comforted her when she was frightened by thunder. Gao has also used his mobile phone to help the girl talk with her parents. Gradually, her performance improved.

“I have taught many students since being a teacher for so many years. Some students wo

uld like to visit during the holidays, and it feels good that someone remembers you,” Gao Ziren said.

“When rural children lack family education, schools and teachers need to do more in psych

ological education,” said Li Wu, a principal of Meiling Central School. He said rural areas need more teachers like Gao Ziren.

Growing the traditional herb on trunks of oak trees has lifted more than a thousand people out of poverty

It is still early spring in southwestern China’s Guizhou province, but the forest in Zhegui

village is already filled with vitality: oak trunks covered with orchid-like stalks, with branches swaying in the breeze.

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China and Italy complement each other in terms of resou

 resource endowment, with trade cooperation being the cornerstone of their relationship. Belt and Road projects have already helped expand the shipping trade

in the Mediterranean region, creating unprecedented development opportunities for Italy’s major ports.

And now that Beijing and Rome have signed a MoU on the Belt and Road Initiative, the two sides can establish better con

nectivity in order to promote globalization and free trade. The MoU also suggests that even developed coun

tries have started to accept the BRI as a connectivity and economic development initiative.

The MoU could also be an antidote to the rising wave of unilateralism

and trade protectionism in some regions, as more developed economies could now join the BRI.

China is now one of the largest cooperative partners of Italy i

n terms of imports and exports. As of November 2018, the bilateral trade volume had reac

hed $48.25 billion, more than the total for the whole of 2017, making Italy China’s ninth-largest export des

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largest source of imports. Given that Italy enjoys many tec

hnology and brand advantages, it has become one of the main destinations for Chinese ente

rprises’ overseas investment in recent years, with the scale of investment gradually increasing.

The establishment of the China-Italy Government Committee and dialogue mechanisms such as regul

ar meetings between the Chinese premier and Italian prime minister has provided a solid institutional foundation for cooperation bet

ween the two countries. And frequent high-level interactions between the two sides have deepened their economic ties.

But there is still enough room to expand Sino-Italian economic relations. In terms of trade, th

e industrial structures of China and Italy are highly complementary, and the huge potential for

bilateral cooperation in manufacturing, agriculture and innovation has not been fully tapped.

China has a vast market and is the world’s second-largest impor

ter of goods and services, and has vowed to further increase its imports. At the first China Inter

national Import Expo in Shanghai in November, President Xi said China’s imports of goods and service

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resident Mu Yi moved to Dali after careful planning a

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.

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hool in Xiangshui county in Yancheng, Jiangsu province,

Cao, the mayor of Yancheng, said on Sunday afternoon that repair work on schools damaged in the explosion was almost completed. Classes will resume on Monday.

Parents of nearby primary schools and kindergartens received text messages that the schools wou

ld reopen on Monday morning. Teachers and government workers had cleaned the classrooms and arranged the desks in order.

Gu Wei, who works about 350 kilometers away from his home near

the chemical plant, rushed home on hearing the news of the blast on Thursday. Concerned about safety, he se

nt his 16-year-old son to a relative’s home in a nearby township soon after he arrived at home that night.

Gu said he would send his son back home, where window glass w

as shattered by the explosion, on Sunday evening after the school announced it would open Monday.

But the 35-year-old still has some concerns about the environment, as his home in Sig

ang village is only about 4 km from the chemical industry park, where the explosion occurred.

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Strong measures have been taken to avoid subsequent disasters

 particularly to prevent polluted water in the chemical park from flowing out.

Cao said that thorough inspections have been conducted in chemical plants on the site to prevent further pollution.

He said that these plants stored a large amount of chemical substances, and some sulfuric acid and nitric acid was leaked from the storage tanks due to the explosion.

“Environmental experts and managers of the chemical park have been summoned to research the water treatment and environmental protection issues,” said Cao.

“Details of the categories, amounts and storage methods of chemicals are being careful

ly examined and they’ll be handled with great caution to prevent secondary disasters,” he said.

Li Ganjie, minister of Ecology and Environment, also held a m

eeting on pollution control after the blast. He demanded a comprehensive monitoring of th

e local environment, and all-out efforts to clean solid waste in the park and prevent polluted waters in the park from enterin

g the Guanhe River, which runs into the Yellow Sea. The river’s estuary is only a little more than 10 km away from the park.

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