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He told China Daily his company’s priority is to attract more peo
ple, especially non-locals, to visit and boost sales, as local consumption has limited potent
ial. The company is eyeing more business opportunities based on word-of-mouth among visitors, Long said.
This “one-stop industrial tourism”, as Long calls it, has contrib
uted more than 60 percent in total sales since his company started to feel out the market in 2005.
Long witnessed the company transform from a State-owned enterprise to a market-orient
ed limited company at the turn of century. By streamlining internal bodies and lifting the proportion of em
ployees involved in production while promoting its products via culture and tourism, costs can be cut, according to Long.
Now, he added, the annual production value of the company has reached 10 million yuan ($1.5 million).
old, has poor sperm motility and its genitals were damaged. Since it could not naturally impr
egnate the female, experts had undertaken four insemination procedures since 2015.
“It’s a disastrous loss for the protection of the species,” said Liu Nonglin, chief engineer of the Chinese Association of Zoolog
ical Gardens. “The experts had researched former insemination surgeries, consulted colleagues and made the best
surgery and rescue plan. The team even experimented on three male and two female large-sized Asian turtles usi
ng the same surgical procedures. But the tragedy happened even though the surgery was well planned.”
More than 1 meter in length and weighing more than 100 kilograms, Yangtze giant softshell turtles are the world’s largest freshw
ater turtles. Besides the one male left in China, two other animals, whose sex is unknown, have been observed in the wild in Vietnam.
“Artificial insemination surgery for the turtle requires procedures
such as anesthesia, blood sampling and sperm extraction,” Wen Cheng, a turtle expert with
International Union for Conservation of Nature, was quoted by Lifeweek.com.cn as saying.
China will choose chief teachers at primary and midd
le schools in rural areas in its central and western regions in a pilot pr
ogram to promote local education, according to a notice from the Ministry of Education on Tuesday.
Anhui, Henan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces were included in the pilot program, a
nd each province will have five underdeveloped cities or prefectures to set chief teachers, according to the notice.
Chief teachers will be chosen from a pool of educators with impeccable credentials, excellent p
rofessional qualities, high educational levels and strong organizational coordination abilities.
According to the notice, chief teachers will be chosen through competitions openly, and
should focus on Chinese, math and English as their subjects. Their tenure will be three years in the pilot program.
tribute to deleveraging, Hu said.
“The large-scale reduction of taxes and fees could efficiently reduce burdens on enterpris
es and strengthen their ability to repay debts and absorb equity financing,” she said.
Zhu Min, chair of the National Institute of Financial Research at Tsinghua University, sai
d it is clear that China will “move more on fiscal policy than monetary policy” to offset short-term economic challenges.
This year’s tax and fee cut on enterprises－worth nearly 2 trillion yuan ($297.8 billion)－is “really encouraging”, which will
improve their productivity and efficiency, said Zhu, a former deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund.
The debt level, especially for State-owned enterprises, is still high, Zhu said, making i
t necessary to continue deleveraging to contain risks and achieve sustainable growth.
Zimbabwe to help families who don’t have access to phone or internet find their missing relatives.
About 1.7 million people are affected by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, according to UNICEF.
”The situation on the ground remains critical,” said Christophe Boulierac, UNICEF sp
okesperson in Geneva, describing the scene in Beira.”There is no electricity or running water.”
Thousands of people are congregating in informal camps in desperate c
onditions, according to UNICEF representative Marco Luigi Corsi, who has traveled to affected areas.
Taylor, 62, who has lived in Mozambique for 10 years, became stranded on Satur
day on the highway to Zimbabwe from Beira, where Cyclone Idai made landfall, after flood waters one-meter high blocked the road.
At 3 a.m. on Monday, he abandoned his car and joined the stre
ams of people wading in the pitch black through the waters along the raised highway.
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.