If visas become a bar code or QR code emailed to

applicants, their workload will be greatly lessened,” he said during the Shanghai World Travel Fair on Thursday.

Japan Tourism Agency data showed that 8.38 million tourists from the Chinese mainland traveled to Japan in 2018, repre

senting year-on-year growth of 13.9 percent and contributing nearly 27 percent of international tourists.

China has been the world’s largest source of tourists since 2014, reac

hing nearly 150 million last year, according the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

“The market potential remains huge,” said Dai Bin, director of the China Tourism Academy. “Compared to the United S

tates, where 48 percent of its citizens hold a passport, the figure in China is only around 10 percent. It’s estim

ated that the number of Chinese outbound travelers will reach 230 million in 2030.”

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Industry insiders said that the rapid development of interne

 technology in China and people’s heavy use of online shopping, mobile payment and

banking services have allowed e-visa services to take root quickly in the country.

“Such services, which save the time and trouble of sending passports and paper documents back and fort

h, suit the young groups, who usually don’t plan for a trip far ahe

ad of time,” said Li Ailing, founder of lvyouquan.com, which provides tourism information to agencies.

 Objectivity and impartiality were emphasized in the latest draft revisions to the Jud

ges Law and the Procurators Law submitted to China’s top legislature for review on Saturday.

According to the drafts, judges should adjudicate based on facts an

d the law, guided by objectivity and impartiality. Procurators should do the same.

Procurators must strictly ensure that crimes are punished only

under the law, and protect human rights. They must prosec

ute criminals while protecting the innocent from criminal prosecution, the draft revisions say.

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Intercity coach stations in Guangzhou were asked by

y the city’s transport authorities to stop selling tickets and dispatching vehicles from 11:40 am until the first-level heavy rain emergency response has ended.

The Guangzhou meteorological service issued an orange si

gnal for thunderstorms and yellow signal for heavy rain at 3:36 am. It issued yellow sign

als for thunderstorms and heavy rain in the districts of Tianhe, Yuexiu and Liwan at 10:16 am.

Middle and primary schools and kinderga

rtens in Sanshui district, Foshan city, were closed once the red signal for heavy rain was issued.

Qingxin district of Qingyuan city received 57.9 millimeters of rain

fall between 8:00 am and 9:00 am, according to the provincial meteorological service.

 Every morning, Sonam Tsering, 30, takes up his backpack and ea

rphones, boards the subway and arrives at a commercial bank in Beijing for work.

Sonam’s job in is the international business unit of the bank. His success has a lot to do with his educational background.

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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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Automobile exhibitors including Volkswagen, BMW

 Mercedes-Benz, GM, Toyota, Hyundai, KIA, Ford, Tesla, and Volvo will bring their latest cutting-edge products.

The new technologies in intelligent manufacturing, aerospace and robot will be displayed at eq

uipment showing area, and exhibitors such as Hexago, Boeing and Bombardier will show their products.

Newcomers such as GSK and Siemens Healthcare will display thei

r new products at medical equipment and healthcare products area with Roche, Novar

tis, Astrazeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Bayer, Philips, DH, Thermo Fisher, and Novo Nordisk.

The quality life showing area will set new place to display pregnant w

oman, baby, and children products, and high-end consumer goods. Enterprises such as L ‘Ore

al, Unilever, P&G, Lego, Estee Lauder, Shiseido, Amorepacific, and Kao will set booths in the area.

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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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Luckin recorded 375 million yuan in revenue while

 the loss and gross margin were 875 million yuan and -433 million yuan in the first nine months of last year, according to NetEase, citing the firm’s financing plan.

In April, the firm mortgaged its movable properties in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Chengdu to raise money.

Earlier reports, including by Reuters, said the coffee chain had tapped Credit Suisse to w

ork on an IPO to raise $300 million on the US market as soon as in the second quarter of this year.

On April 10, Luckin announced plans to build new stores in ano

ther 14 Chinese cities and start selling tea-based beverages to satisfy customers’ diverse demands.

There are no more than 20 paintings ascribed to Leonardo da Vinci the Renaissance polymath and genius by art historia

ns around the world. And the majority of these works, housed at top museums worldwide, easily draw huge crowds.

Now, recent developments in high-definition reproduction technology are providing easy access to appreciating these paintings.

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It is the duty of car dealers to deliver qualified autom

obile products, and those who refuse to bear responsibility or compensate consumers for

unqualified automobiles violate the law and will be punished, said the China Consumers Association.

The discussion heard that some dealers force consumers to purchase insurance or ask for financial serv

ice fees without issuing invoices, both illegal acts that should be severely punished according to the law, the association said.

During the discussion an unnamed womaen complained that she was sold a defective Mercedes-Benz car.

The woman said the engine of the CLS300 she bought from Xi’an, Shaanxi province dealership Lizh

ixing Co developed problems soon after she bought it March 27, but she failed to get a refund or exchange.

She also said she was asked to pay a “financial service fee” of 15,000 yuan to an employee without knowing what the money was for.

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In 1908, the rail line from Shanghai reached Nanjing

The rail link between Tianjin and Nanjing’s Pukou district-the Tientsin-Pukow Railw

ay-was completed in 1912. But the two lines could not be connected because there was no bridge across the river.

According to the Academy of Sociology, which was founded by scholars from Nanjing Univers

ity, at least two structures-the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge and the Chongqing Baishatuo Yangtze

River Bridge-were built before the Nanjing structure. But neither was considered a landmark by the public.

In 1913, Zhan Tianyou, who was known as “the father of China’s railways”, traveled to Nan

jing to inspect the Yangtze riverbed to build a bridge. However, he dropped his plan because the river had an ave

rage width of 1,500 meters, was more than 70 meters at its deepest and the water flow was 3 meters per second.

Zhan reportedly stayed for a few days, left without saying a word, and then decided to inspe

ct the river in Wuhan, Hubei province, before completing the first design for the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge.

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