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Wuhu Has Secured the Bottom Line of People’s Livelihood

The year 2020 is the final year for completing the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects. The reporter learnedfrom Municipal Civil Affairs Bureau that Wuhu has focused on thebasic living requirements of people in need, strengthened social assistance and security, and effectively secured the bottom line of people’s livelihood security.

According to the report, starting from the second half of this year, urban and rural subsistence allowances in Nanling County havebeen raised to 710 yuan per month, while those in Wuwei City have been raised to 662 yuan per month. The subsistence allowances have been kept in line with the level of social and economic development, growing in step with the disposable income of urban and rural residents. Both the subsistence allowances and the compensation level are among the highest in the province.

At the same time, all counties (cities) and districts in Wuhu shall establish a system of temporary relief funds, which shall be examined and approved directly by towns and streets within the prescribed amount. In case of emergency, “first aid” can be implemented. Currently, Wanzhi District and Fanchang District have delegated the power of review and approval on urban and rural subsistence allowances to towns and streets, speeding up the process, reducing the time of handling affairs, and promoting the quality and efficiency of relief work.

Translated by Yuan Mengwen from Foreign Affairs Office of Wuhu Municipal People’s Government

Xi Hails Victory 7 Decades Ago

President Xi Jinping and other Party and State leaders visit on Monday an exhibition in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Chinese People’s Volunteers forces entering the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to help in the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea (1950-53). The exhibition is at the Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution in Beijing. JU PENG/XINHUA


President calls for studying, publicizing heroic stories of CPV forces at exhibition

    President Xi Jinping hailed China’s victory in the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea (1950-53)-a victory of justice, peace and the people-on Monday as he urged greater contributions to be made in safeguarding global peace and building a community with a shared future for mankind.

    Xi made the remark while reviewing an exhibition commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Chinese People’s Volunteers forces entering the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to help in the war to resist US aggression at the Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution in Beijing.

    Xi, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, said the Party and government made a historic and resolute decision to resist US aggression, help the DPRK and defend the motherland 70 years ago.

    The heroic CPV, upholding banners of justice and disregarding their own safety, fought dauntlessly in battles side by side with the DPRK people and army before winning a great victory and making huge contributions to the cause of international peace and human progress, he said.

    The great spirit that was forged during the war is an invaluable spiritual treasure that is set to motivate the Chinese people and nation to overcome all difficulties and obstacles and conquer all powerful enemies, he added.

    Xi called for intensified steps to study and publicize the heroic stories of the CPV forces and to learn the history of the Party, the People’s Republic of China, the country’s reform and opening-up and socialist development.

    It is important to spur the whole Party, the armed forces and the people of all ethnic groups to rally more closely around the CPC Central Committee, keep firmly in mind original inspirations and missions, firm up triumphalism, give play to fighting spirit and enhance fighting capacities, he said.

    Xi was accompanied by other members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, the Party’s highest body, and Vice-President Wang Qishan while reviewing the exhibition.

    Wang Huning, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and a member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee, spoke at the opening of the exhibition on Monday morning.

    More than 540 photos, 1,900 cultural relics and a large number of videos and reconstructed scenes were displayed at the exhibition, which is divided into seven thematic sessions.

    On Oct 19, 1950, CPV forces, under a request made by the DPRK, crossed the Yalu River to aid the DPRK’s fight there until a truce was signed in 1953. A total of 2.9 million CPV soldiers entered the battlefield, and 197,653 of them sacrificed their lives in the war.

Wuhu City Organized to Watch the National Touring Report on Exemplary Deeds in Poverty Alleviation

On Oct 19, the national touring report on exemplary deeds in poverty alleviation was held in Anhui Province. Member of Municipal Standing Committee, Secretary General, Director of municipal publicity Minister Zhang Zhihong and Vice Mayor, Tang Jinsong watched the report in the city venue .

The report began with an important instruction from General Secretary Xi Jinping on poverty alleviation and an important instruction from Premier Li Keqiang. Later, members of the fifth Touring Group told their stories on the front line of poverty alleviation in plain and sincere words. The participants listened attentively and deeply felt the fighting spirit poverty alleviation heroes who have taken root on the front line and devoted themselves to this great cause. They also strengthened their confidence and determination to win the battle against poverty.

The meeting pointed out that winning the battle against poverty is a solemn commitment made by our Party to the people of the whole country. Officials and the masses should adhere to scientific theories as guidance and further enhance their self-consciousness in thought and action to fight and win the battle against poverty. With these advanced models serving as examples, we should further stimulate our passion and motivation to jointly overcome difficulties, consolidating and improving the quality and effectiveness of poverty alleviation.

Translated by Yuan Mengwen from Foreign Affairs Office of Wuhu Municipal People’s Government

IP Held Up as Way to Aid Tech Innovation

In East China’s Anhui province, the government and companies are highlighting the role of intellectual property while pursuing innovation-driven development.

The province, which is to integrate economically with its neighboring Yangtze River Delta-a powerhouse of China-has spared no efforts in upgrading its technological strength.

“IP can serve as an umbrella or a guard to protect technological innovation,” said Cheng Yin, director of the Anhui Intellectual Property Bureau.

Currently, the province is leading the country in terms of IP in the fields of smart manufacturing, electronic information, biomedicine and quantum communication.

In early August, the China National Intellectual Property Administration approved the setting up of an IP protection center in Anhui. It focuses on new-generation information technology and advanced equipment manufacturing industries.

The invention patent examination cycle could be shortened from an average 30 months to 10 months once the center is opened, according to Cheng’s bureau.

“We will keep providing efficient services to companies,” he added.

Anhui has a pool of more than 6,800 IP specialists that have served nearly 6,000 IT companies and more than 100 scientific and technological research institutes in the province, Cheng noted.

Chery is one of China’s largest independent auto brands with a home base in Wuhu of Anhui. It said it has invested 5-7 percent of the company’s annual sales in research and development since its establishment 23 years ago.

Over the years, the company has applied for 19,191 patents. Out of this, 12,393 have been granted, including nearly 3,700 invention patents, said Li Yongjie, IP department director of Chery Holdings.

The automaker has removed the barriers of key technologies that were once monopolized by foreign companies. This spans engines to gearboxes, core spare parts to platform development and from traditional auto technology to that of new energy vehicles, said Li.

“We fully realized the importance of IP rights and set up a comprehensive system that covers the full process from R&D, production to marketing,” he noted.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the total sales volume of new energy vehicles in August rose more than 20 percent from one year ago, according to company figures.

Both domestic sales and exports of the company’s vehicles registered more than 20 percent growth year-on-year as well, the company said.

Also based in Wuhu, CETC Wuhu Diamond Aircraft Manufacture has developed several models of aircraft and sells them at home and abroad.

The company, co-invested in by China Electronics Technology Group and the Wuhu city government in 2013, aims to be a world leader in the aviation industry. It has established an independent R&D system of high-performance general aircraft based on models introduced from their Austrian partners, according to the company.

It has applied for 235 patents, including 122 invention patents, company data showed. So far, 90 patents have been granted to it.

“We have set up a system to award the innovative ideas of the employees. We expect more projects with self-developed IP rights and core competitiveness can be fostered in the future,” said Zeng Rui, the company’s communications director.

Anhui Yingliu Group, a company that produces spare parts for aircraft engines, gas turbines, nuclear power station equipment and marine equipment, has invested heavily in tackling key technological problems.

“We have injected 1.6 billion yuan ($237.2 million) in R&D over the past five years because we believe only sufficient input can generate our own IP rights,” said Ding Bangman, vice-president of Yingliu Group. “It’s easy to buy equipment, but very hard to solve the technological problems and grasp the core technologies.”

One of their products is a reactor coolant pump, a key component used in nuclear reactors to shield main pumps. It took the researchers five years to work out and the work cost 80 million yuan, he said.

“We are very proud we can make such a product. The company has applied for more than 30 patents and all technologies are self possessed,” he noted.

The First Batch of Registered Enterprises Settled in Wuhu Area of China (Anhui) Pilot Free Trade Zone

On the afternoon of October 10, the first batch of enterprises in Wuhu Area of China (Anhui) Pilot Free Trade Zone finished the registration formalities and issued their business license, which officially opened the work of attracting talents, business and funds in Wuhu Free Trade Area. There are a total of 34 enterprises this time, mainly including export-oriented enterprises and manufacturing enterprises from Jiujiang District and Wuhu Economic and Technological Development Zone.

At present, for registered enterprises in Wuhu free trade area, the ambition of “Internet access and one day to complete” has been realized. Through Wuhu Intelligent Examination and Approval System of Anhui Administrative Service Network, applicants can submit relevant registration information online at any time. If materials are complete, the license can be issued on the same day, and the application can be delivered by free mail. The municipal market supervision department also opened “Service Windows” in municipal government service center, Jiujiang District and Wuhu Economic Development Zone, paving the “green channel” for enterprises.

Translated by Yuan Mengwen from Foreign Affairs Office of Wuhu Municipal People’s Government

Five Intercity Bus Lines Delivering 115,000 Passengers

During the National Day holiday, 5 intercity bus lines just opened in Wuhu took the spotlight in passenger transportation with a full line of 80 new energy electric buses and a passenger volume of 115,000 people.

From October 1 to October 7, there were 774 flights and a passenger volume of 22,894 people on Wuwan Line (Bus 501), 707 flights and a volume of 21,040 passengers on Wanshi Line, 712 flights and a volume of 28,331 passengers on Wufan Line (Bus 503), 788 flights and a volume of 35,327 passengers on Wunan Line(Bus 505), and 280 flights and a volume of 7476 passengers on Wuwu Line(Bus 506).

The operation of intercity bus lines allows county residents to enjoy the benefits of the bus fares as well as the convenience of public transportation. Reporters learned that ticket prices of the above five bus lines dropped significantly compared with the original lines in accordance with the principle of the government subsidizes a little, enterprises give a little and citizens enjoy the preferential treatment.  

Translated by Yuan Mengwen from Foreign Affairs Office of Wuhu Municipal People’s Government

Dehydrated Vegetable Companies Witness Robust Demand for Products

Instant food sales surged globally after the novel coronavirus outbreak earlier this year, as more people started remaining at home and consuming snack products. Dehydrated vegetables, a major ingredient in most of the convenience food products, saw a rebound in sales in the domestic as well as overseas markets.

Consumers from the United States, Europe, Japan and South Korea, which have been hit hard by the pandemic, have been increasing their convenience food purchases and companies have been sourcing the same from markets like China. During the first four months of this year, Huzhou, a city in Zhejiang province in East China, exported more than 800 metric tons of dehydrated vegetables, up 81.3 percent on a yearly basis. The export value of the products was 20 million yuan ($2.94 million), up 78.1 percent on a yearly basis, according to the local government.

“We thought the pandemic would negatively affect our business, but the number of overseas orders increased after we restarted production, and hence we had to keep increasing our production capacity,” said Qian Qin, general manager of Huzhou Fresh Food Co Ltd, a major retailer of dehydrated vegetables. The company, however, did not disclose exact volume of sales, according to a report published in Qianjiang Evening News.

Huzhou Fresh Food’s dehydrated vegetables were mainly exported to the United States and Europe. Some of its products like dehydrated tomatoes, red peppers and cabbages were exported to Belgium, said company officials.

Xinze Food Industry Co Ltd, a dehydrated vegetable maker based in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, has been successfully processing onions and carrots and exporting them to Europe and Southeast Asian countries. The company has set up a factory with an initial investment of 80 million yuan, which can process about 10,000 tons of fresh vegetables into dehydrated vegetables every year.

Xinze plans to further expand its production capacity and build more vegetable dehydration assembly lines, while systematically developing its deep-processing capacity.

Even as the frozen vegetable companies are expanding their production capacities, they are also finding new use for their products in popular snack products like instant noodles to attract more consumers.

Companies have come up with instant noodle products containing common vegetables such as beans, celery, green pepper, cucumber, sweet potatoes and potato chips and the same are dehydrated via freeze vacuum drying before being added to the noodles. The dehydrated vegetables can retain their original color and taste after a few minutes of being immersed in hot water along with the noodles.

“Consumers expect convenience food products to taste more like freshly-made meals, and retailers are launching more varieties to cater to the new demand. Instant food innovations should offer more added value in terms of flavor, food safety, healthiness, quality of raw materials and production technologies,” said Annie Jiang, a food and beverage analyst at Mintel.

That said, products like high-calorie biscuits, chocolate and candies are no longer as popular as they used to be in China, said industry experts. In the domestic market, fruit and vegetable crunches are the new categories that are gaining traction, they said.

Major Chinese snack makers such as Wuhu, Anhui province-based Anhui Three Squirrels Electronic Commerce Co Ltd, and Wuhan, Hubei province-based Bestore Food Co Ltd, have benefited from the trend, since they have been developing healthier and high-quality snacks like fruit and vegetables crunches in recent years.

In fact, besides edible oil, rice and noodles, dehydrated vegetables and crunches can also serve as an important disaster prevention food. Unlike fresh vegetables, dehydrated vegetables have a long shelf life and taste good when cooked, while retaining the nutrition.

Still, the scale of the dehydrated vegetable segment is relatively small in China. The growth of the sector can provide more business opportunities and sales channels for rural vegetable farmers, said industry experts.

New Bridge Over Yangtze Opens to Traffic

HEFEI, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) — A new rail-road bridge over the Yangtze River opened to traffic Tuesday in the city of Wuhu, east China’s Anhui Province.

With a span of 588 meters between the two main towers, the double-deck cable-stayed bridge has eight lanes for vehicular traffic on the upper deck and four rail tracks on the lower level.

Two of the tracks have been designed for the Shangqiu-Hefei-Hangzhou high-speed railway, which started operations on June 28 this year. The other two tracks are reserved for rail transit lines.

“There is an airport near the bridge, therefore we had to keep the height of the towers within certain limits. The height of the tower above the bridge is only half that of a normal cable-stayed bridge, a great challenge for us during construction,” said Liu Xingfu, the project manager.

The new bridge is expected to ease traffic pressure and promote the regional integration of the Yangtze River Delta, local authorities said.

Yangtze Delta Aims High in Nation’s High-quality Development

SHANGHAI, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) — A new free-trade zone (FTZ) was inaugurated in east China’s Yangtze River Delta on Thursday, along with the expansion of another one, representing new steps to ensure high-quality, integrated development for the region and further momentum for the country’s opening-up.

The two new developments consist of a pilot FTZ in Anhui Province and the expansion of the existing FTZ in Zhejiang Province. Together with similar projects in Jiangsu and Shanghai, they ensure that all four areas of the delta have FTZs, featuring institutional innovations to facilitate trade, investment and business, and undertaking distinctive roles in developing industries.

Thursday also saw the inauguration of two newly approved FTZs beyond the delta region, in Beijing and the central province of Hunan, raising the total of FTZs nationwide to 21.

The pilot FTZ in Anhui will focus on promoting the in-depth integration of scientific and technological innovation and the development of the real economy. It will accelerate the pace of its pioneering role in scientific and technological innovation and the cluster development of advanced manufacturing and strategic emerging industries, and promote the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta.

The expanded area in Zhejiang will focus on building a new type of international trade center and a global shipping and logistics hub, as well as the construction of a commodity resource allocation base centered on oil and gas. It will also see the construction of a digital economy development demonstration zone and a cluster area for advanced manufacturing industries.

Last year, China unveiled an outline for the regional integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta, which is one of the country’s most economically active, open and innovative regions, producing nearly a quarter of the country’s GDP.

The central authorities expect the entire delta region to provide quality products and serve as a source of high-level technologies to support the national high-quality economic development. The region is also urged to take the lead in forming a new development pattern that takes the domestic market as the mainstay and allows the domestic and foreign markets to boost each other.

The new pilot FTZs, together with the expanded one, will strengthen the industrial and supply chain through scientific and technological innovation and enhance its advancement, stability and competitiveness, while leading the high-quality development of industries, said Wang Shouwen, vice-minister of commerce.


“After having a business meeting in Shanghai in the morning, I take the high-speed train to Hefei for work after lunch, and meet my partners for dinner in the evening. I can return to Shanghai on the same day with a relaxed schedule,” said Qin Lihong, co-founder and president of NIO Inc., a leading Chinese electric-vehicle manufacturer.

With the company’s global headquarters in Shanghai, its China headquarters in Hefei, the provincial capital of Anhui, and a leading new-energy auto-parts manufacturing base in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, NIO has most of its important institutions in the delta region, forming a highly innovative and efficient layout.

Improved connectivity within the region, such as the opening of new high-speed railways, has facilitated the flow of talents and resources, as well as the integrated development of the region.

Over the past year, local governments in the delta region have launched more than 30 innovative regulations on integrated development, signed more than 120 cooperation agreements, and built more than 60 cooperation platforms, statistics with the regional cooperation office of the Yangtze River Delta showed.

In the first half of this year, Jiangsu’s foreign trade stood at 2 trillion yuan. During the same period, Zhejiang Province reported 1,133 newly established foreign-invested enterprises.

As part of the FTZ in Anhui, its section in Hefei will be developed into a comprehensive national science center and a leading area in industrial innovation, based on industries such as high-end manufacturing, integrated circuits, artificial intelligence and quantum information.

According to Liu Qingfeng, chairman of voice-recognition giant iFlytek in Hefei, a spate of supporting measures introduced in the FTZ plan will bring favorable policies to AI industries in terms of technological innovation and application development.

Meanwhile, the city of Wuhu will focus on industries such as intelligent connected vehicles, intelligent household applications, robots, and cross-border electronic commerce.

Wuhu-based auto-maker Chery Automobile Co. is one of the trail-blazers in developing the intelligent connected vehicle. With its self-developed intelligent connected system featuring facial recognition and remote control, the company continues to make breakthroughs in autonomous vehicles.

Chery Automobile Co. will continue to develop cutting-edge technology and cooperate with external resources to build an open system of innovation, according to company sources.

“The coordinated development of FTZs in the Yangtze River Delta will spur greater momentum,” said Sun Yuanxin, an expert with the Collaborative Innovation Center of China Pilot Free Trade Zone at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.

Conch Group and Shanghai Jiao Tong University Plan to Jointly Build the Research and Development Center of Intelligent Equipment

A few days ago, the signing ceremony between Conch Group and Shanghai Jiao Tong University for the project of the joint research and development center of intelligent equipment was held in the headquarters of Conch Group. The R&D center will be located in Fanchang Economic Development Zone, which will further boost our city’s “intellectual strength”.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) is a nationally first-class and internationally renowned comprehensive university with 9 national first-level key disciplines and 17 national “double first-class” disciplines. It has formed a comprehensive, research-oriented and internationalized school structure. Conch Group adheres to the innovation-driven approach. In recent years, it has continuously increased investment in scientific research and development, actively strengthened industry-university-research cooperation, and promoted digital transformation of traditional industries with big data, artificial intelligence and other modern technologies. Two projects of unmanned vehicle in Haibo mining area and Conch Zhongnan Intelligent Robot, invested by Conch Group, have been settled in Fanchang Economic Development Zone successively.

The settlement of the intelligent equipment project in Fanchang Economic Development Zone will help the construction of Haibo and Zhongnan intelligent robot. At the same time, it can also promote the construction of scientific research team of Conch Group, enhance the level of innovation, and provide technological support for Conch Group to strive for the title of the first class enterprise with global competitiveness.  

Translated by Yuan Mengwen from Foreign Affairs Office of Wuhu Municipal People’s Government