World’s widest immersed channel takes shape

World’s widest immersed channel takes shape

The first tube of the world’s widest immersed channel is expected to be put in position of a mega bridge across the Lin

gding Bay at the mouth of the Pearl River in South China soon, according to an assistant chief engineer of the project.

Yang Runlai from CCCC First Harbor Engineering Co Ltd said Thursday that workers are preparing

for the connection of a tunnel end on an island with the first immersed tube, the Science and Technology Daily reported.

Yang’s company took charge of constructing an island and major part of the tunnel of the Shenzhen-Zhongshan Bri

dge, another mega project of bridge, island and tunnel after the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB).

The new project, 38 kilometers from the HZMB, is 24 kilometers long. It has the immer

sed tunnel in the east and the bridge section in the west to ensure the sea routes there.

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hina aims to reduce cost of logisticsna aims to reduce

hina aims to reduce cost of logisticsna aims to reduce

 logistics costs by nearly 121 billion yuan ($17.8 billion) this year, the Ministry of Transport an

nounced on Thursday at a news conference of the State Council Information Office.

Spokesman Wu Chungeng said the ministry will unveil a st

ring of measures not only to cut costs but to promote innovative development of the industry.

China will continue to increase railway freight volume, upgrade its

water transportation system, regulate highway freight transport and speed up mul

timodal transport in a bid to improve its logistics network and optimize its structure, Wu said.

It will also further integrate important ports and harbors into the inland multimodal transport and logistics netw

ork, which will connect them with more railways and highways and enable improved cargo interoperability, he said.

The country will also expand the use of pilot programs to deepe

n reform of the administrative law enforcement system in the logistics industry to improve i

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The examination was designed to check and hone the general

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

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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Zhang Zuhao, a sixth grade student, used to misbehave and h

Zhang Zuhao, a sixth grade student, used to misbehave and h

ve and have little interest in his studies, not even finishing homework. In order to change his

attitude, Gao Ziren visited his home every weekend, talking with his parents about the importance of studying.

Zhang Guangxing, Zhang Zuhao’s father, still remembered when Gao Ziren first visited

his home. Because of Gao’s insistence, the parents paid more attention to the child’s studies.

Gao Ziren said that because he walked slowly, it was too late for him to visit stud

ents’ homes after school, and therefore, he visited them on the weekends.

Now, many children follow their parents to live and study in cities, while som

e become left-behind children who live in rural areas and lack family care. Gao said it w

as important to be patient with left-behind children and pay more attention to their mental health.

Gao Xinyue, a second grade student who lives with her grandparents because her paren

ts work outside the rural area, was reticent and very timid when she first came to the school, performing poorly in her studies.

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To attract more foreign investment to China, the country’s

To attract more foreign investment to China, the country’s

 top legislature recently passed the Foreign Investment Law, which says China will gradually shorten the negative list fo

r foreign investors to increase inbound foreign investment. This, together with Italy’s policy to welcome Chin

ese investment, is expected to help the two countries take more measures to boost investment cooperation.

Sino-Italian friendly exchanges have a long tradition, and the prospects for deeper bilateral cooperation are bright. This ye

ar marks the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the Sino-Italian comprehensive strategic partnership, and in 2

020 the two countries will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations.

Therefore, the two sides should synergize their development strategies and tap the potential for further bilateral cooperation. They should also strengthen bilate

al macroeconomic policy coordination under the frameworks of G20, World Bank, Asian Development Ban

k, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and other multilateral mechanisms, and help maintain the rule-based multi

lateral trading system and jointly promote global governance reform apart from deepening Sino-Italian and Sino-EU relations.

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According to Chu, most of those moving to Dali are mid

According to Chu, most of those moving to Dali are mid

dle-income earners with higher-education backgrounds. “They are not billionaires, bu

t they can afford to buy a house and live a decent life, even without a job, for three or five years,” Chu said.

“Most important, they came to Dali with the idea of living a slow, simple, idyllic lifestyle that is differen

t to that in the big cities. Some say their dreams have already come true, but others feel they made the wrong decision.”

With an increasing number of newcomers arriving, Dali’s tourism and real estate markets have prospered since 2015. According to the local government, 24 p

ercent of property in the city was bought by new arrivals in 2015. Two years later, the number had risen to 60 percent.

Housing prices have surged from 6,392 yuan ($952 at the current rate) per square meter in December 2015 to 11,788 yuan per sq m in the same month last year.

A source at Yunnan Shili Real Estate Development Group, who requested anonymity, sai

d more than 80 percent of the commercial property on its books in Dali had been bought by nonlocals.

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As the premises Wang operated were within the prote

As the premises Wang operated were within the prote

e protection zone, which lies within 15 meters of the shoreline, they were demolished, and she

will be compensated by local authorities. However, Wang said she does not believe the money can make up for her losses.

She has debts of 3 million yuan – mostly borrowed from relatives and friends. She said she regretted moving to Dali to pursue an idyllic life.

While some are not happy that they moved, others are glad they made the transition from big-city life.

Yang Yi, 48, who operates a restaurant in Dali’s ancient walled city, arrived eight years ago fr

om Chongqing after falling in love with the city on a visit. He bought a house and settled down.

“I have traveled to a lot of places, both at home and abroad, but I was overwhelmed by the natur

al beauty of Dali, a place that can calm you. I feel this city is the most pleasant one I have been to, and it is where my heart is now,” Yang said.

For decades, many tourists have fallen in love with Dali’s beautiful weather, stunning mountains, lakeside scenery and vibrant ethnic culture.

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Chu, the author, said she and her husband enjoy their new

Chu, the author, said she and her husband enjoy their new

life. They have their own property and a business in Dali. She gave birth to a daughter last year, which has made life busier.

She said Dali is a good place for her to get to know more people from across the country.

Many of the nonlocals who have chosen to remain in Dali, which also at

tracts considerable numbers of foreigners, believe their new lives are good.

“Maybe someday when my daughter is of school age we might go back to Beijing. But who knows?” Chu said.

Mu said, “I don’t know what will happen in two or three years time or beyond, but now is the best time for me and my family.”

Yang, the restaurant owner, said: “I will always be here in Dali. Wh

en you are enjoying the best time of your life, why bother thinking of the future?”

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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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