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China Likely to Meet Annual Growth Target

China will likely meet its annual growth target of around 5.5 percent this year with the help of the government’s effective measures to control COVID-19 outbreaks and stabilize market expectations, economists and experts said.


Despite facing mounting pressure from a resurgence in domestic COVID-19 cases and a complicated and grim external environment, they believe the country has plenty of policy tools to stabilize the overall economy, while the impact of outbreaks is likely to be temporary.


Citing China’s faster-than-expected 4.8 percent year-on-year growth in the first quarter, they said there still exists a gap between first-quarter growth and the country’s annual growth target, calling for more steps to accelerate macroeconomic policy support, especially for hard-hit enterprises and sectors.


Compared with major economies, China reported higher GDP growth with lower inflation in the first quarter, demonstrating robust economic resilience despite downward pressures, said Wang Yiming, vice-chairman of the China Center for International Economic Exchanges.


Wang said at a Chinese economic situation seminar on Saturday in Beijing that while China witnessed sustainable industrial growth, rising investment demand and strong innovation momentum in the first quarter, the growth of major economic indicators have slowed since March because of the COVID-19 cases and the Russia-Ukraine conflict.


With many market entities like micro and small businesses facing difficulties and mounting pressures, he said, more efforts should be made to actively respond to the concerns of those entities to stabilize market expectations and provide stronger macroeconomic policy adjustments to stabilize the economy.


Wang’s views were echoed by Liu Qiao, dean of the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University. Considering the strong resilience of the economy and China’s ample tools, Liu believes China has the confidence to meet its annual growth target of around 5.5 percent in 2022.


Sang Baichuan, dean of the Institute of International Economy at the University of International Business and Economics, said China’s economy will remain in the process of recovery this year while facing pressures from the COVID-19 pandemic, geopolitical tensions and monetary policy adjustments in the United States and Europe.


“The economic situation is challenging,” said Zhang Xiaoqiang, executive vice-chairman of the China Center for International Economic Exchanges.


He said it is of great importance to ensure economic stability and actively respond to the concerns of foreign businesses to stabilize foreign investment and international trade.


A new survey released by the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China and Roland Berger consultancy showed China’s domestic COVID-19 cases and the Russia-Ukraine crisis are creating severe challenges to European business operations.


The survey said 23 percent of respondents are now considering shifting current or planned investments out of China to other markets, more than double the number that were considering doing so at the beginning of 2022.


Given challenges in the foreign trade sector, the Ministry of Commerce will work to safeguard smooth logistics and production activities, improve financial support and encourage new business forms, such as cross-border commerce, said Sheng Qiuping, vice-minister of commerce.


China’s consumption market will further expand, as the country has 1.4 billion people, including 400 million middle-income earners, he said.


Sheng said the Chinese market will remain open and unleash more opportunities for global enterprises, as the fundamentals of the Chinese economy will continue to improve.

“Conch” and “Chery” Selected in the First Batch of Trademark Protection Lists in Anhui Province

Trademark is an important symbol to distinguish the sources of goods and services, and it is also a significant intangible property of enterprises. It was learned on May 6th that the trademarks “Conch” and “Chery” of our city were successfully selected in the first batch of trademark protection lists that include 25 trademarks in total in Anhui Province released by Anhui Administration for Market Regulation.

Based on “Anhui Province Intellectual Property Protection Measures”, trademark protection lists in Anhui Province include registered trademarks in the province that enjoy high reputation, have greater market influence, and are easily infringed and counterfeited into the key protection lists, aiming at strengthening the protection of trademark exclusive rights and trademark brands, safeguarding the development of brand economy and promoting high-quality development.

By the end of 2021, the total effective number of registered trademarks in Wuhu reached 126,182, ranking first in the province in terms of the growth rate. There are 2,867 registered trademarks per 10,000 market entities, ranking first in the province as well. Market regulation departments at all levels in Wuhu will also establish and improve a long-term mechanism for trademark protection, step up efforts in the investigation and punishment of counterfeit registered trademarks and trademark infringement cases, strengthen the protection of trademarks in all aspects, and better protect the legitimate rights of trademark owners.

 Translated by Wang Mengxiao from Foreign Affairs Office of Wuhu Municipal People’s Government

26 Investment Projects in Fanchang District Signed Online

On April 15th, Fanchang District held an online signing of investment projects in the second quarter of 2022 through a video conference. 26 projects were signed with a planned total investment of 12.89 billion yuan, which showed the fruitful achievements made by the district in epidemic prevention and control as well as promoting economic and social development and adhering to the implementation of investment attraction and talents recruitment.

Since the beginning of this year, Fanchang District has made every effort to promote the high-quality development by means of investment attraction and talents recruitment, and has introduced a number of good and major projects centering on the key industrial chain. The 26 signed projects include the following industries such as 3D printing, intelligent equipment, comprehensive health, new materials, new energy and energy conservation and environmental protection, textile and clothing, modern service industry, modern agriculture, etc, covering the modern logistics industrial park project with a total investment of 1.8 billion yuan, the shared intelligent equipment project with a total investment of 743 million yuan, and the star-rated hotel project with a total investment of 500 million yuan, etc.

An official in charge of Fanchang District said that the centralized signing of the projects and the launch and implementation of each project will bring the robust impetus to the high-quality development of the district, so as to realize the economic and social development goals for the whole year.


Translated by Wang Mengxiao from Foreign Affairs Office of Wuhu Municipal People’s Government

A Letter to Foreign Nationals, Hong Kong and Macao Compatriots in Wuhu

Dear Foreign Nationals, Hong Kong and Macao Compatriots:

This time of year, should be a good time for outing and leisure, but the pandemic has hit us, unfortunately. The pathogen of this outbreak is the Novel Coronavirus Ormicron variant, which is highly infectious, stealthy and rapidly spreading.

In order to protect everyone’s health and safety, eradicate the virus, and eliminate the transmission chain of the epidemic as quickly as possible, Wuhu Municipal Party Committee and Wuhu Municipal Government decided to perform static management and regional Nucleic Acid Testing in the downtown area, starting at 4 o ‘clock on April 17.

For your health and the health of others, we kindly want to remind you:

1. Actively cooperate with epidemic prevention and control. Please actively cooperate with governments at all levels, departments and communities to carry out screening, Nucleic Acid Testing, personnel control and disinfection of key sites. If you have recently visited medium-high risk areas or come into contact with people from medium-high risk areas, please pay close attention to your physical condition and report to your employer or local community staff as soon as possible.

2. Focus on authoritative information. Please visit the official website of Wuhu Municipal Health Commission and the official wechat account of “Wuhu Release” “Dajiang Information” to obtain the epidemic prevention and control guidelines as well as the official notification of the outbreak.You can also call the government service hotline 12345 for consultation.

3. Strengthen self-protection. Please stop all unnecessary movements and activities in accordance with the requirements of community control. Do not go out, visit others or gather together. Taking part in every round of Nucleic Acid Testing in a timely manner as required, wear masks properly, queue up in a civilized and orderly manner, and keep a social distance of at least 1.5 meters from others. Strictly abide by and implement all regulations on epidemic prevention and control, maintain good hygiene habits, wash hands frequently, ventilate regularly, and wear masks.

During this special period, Foreign Affairs Office of Wuhu Municipal People’s Government will spare no efforts to serve you.      Contact: Tao Weixian,  tel: 0553-3826363, 19955358798.

We firmly believe that under the strong leadership of the Municipal Party Committee and the Municipal Government, and the joint efforts of all people, a warm and comfortable life will come back soon. With your support, we are more confident to defeat the epidemic at an early date. We wish you health and Peace!



Foreign Affairs Office of Wuhu Municipal People’s Government                                      Wuhu People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries

April 18, 2022                                                                                                                        April 18, 2022


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

Action Plan Puts Measures in Place to Ensure National Food Security

A farmer uses a machine to plant soybeans in Bozhou, Anhui province. [Photo by Liu Qinli/For China Daily]


China released an action plan recently on expanding the planting of soybean and oil crops at State-owned farms to ensure national food security and the supply of important agricultural products, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

This year, the country will plant more than 973,300 hectares of soybeans and 300,000 hectares of oil crops including rapeseed, sunflower and peanuts at State-owned farms, and the yield of soybean and oil crops is expected to increase by 2 percent, the plan said.

State-owned farms are being urged to develop and utilize scientific crop rotation and combined planting of soybeans, corn and cash crops in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region and in the provinces of Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning, while promoting strong seed varieties and advanced agricultural machinery, according to the plan.

State-owned farms in major agricultural production areas should rotate rapeseed and forage grass, and rice and oil crops, it added.

Zhang Wenli, a researcher at the ministry’s rural economy research center, said crop rotation, which involves the seasonal rotation of different crops on the same piece of cultivated farmland, can increase land yields and protect the fertile black soil in Northeast China.

“Apart from crop rotation, we need good varieties and cultivation techniques to increase yield. Also, reducing loss during machine harvesting is important,” Zhang said.

The plan proposed promoting a batch of soybean and oil crop varieties with robust performance.

Seed enterprises that supply State-owned farms are being encouraged to cooperate with colleges and scientific research institutions in cultivating robust varieties that can tolerate high saline and alkaline soils, resist poor growing conditions and are suitable for agricultural machinery.

With fertile farmland and high commodity rates, State-owned farms must take the lead in safeguarding national food security and the supply of agricultural products, according to Xinhua News Agency.

Heilongjiang has the largest State-owned farm in China and soybean production in the province accounts for 40 percent of the country’s total.

The Mudanjiang base of Beidahuang Agricultural Reclamation Group, a State-owned enterprise in the province, plans to plant 73,000 hectares of soybean this year, an increase of 56 percent year-on-year, according to Farmers’ Daily.

The farm in Mudanjiang established a demonstration zone for cultivating high-yield soybean varieties, precision sowing, fertilizing and spraying pesticides to improve the efficiency of growing soybeans.

The seeds cultivated on the farm are expected to grow across 253,000 to 333,000 hectares of farmland, with a per hectare yield hitting 3.75 metric tons.

The farm has bought advanced farming equipment including high-speed harvesters and automated seeders, and two vehicles with autonomous navigation systems.

Autonomous operation throughout the farming process from planting to storage is to be achieved at the farm.

Zhang said State-owned farms must have advanced agricultural machinery and a complete business chain involving processing and marketing, so they can contribute to higher marketability of agricultural products.

“The comprehensive management of State-owned farms can reduce grain loss and benefit farmers greatly,” she said.

Beidahuang group provides group-purchasing services for smaller farms. The group buys seeds and fertilizers at lower prices and manages the entire process from production to sales, which ensures the profits of soybean growers, according to China Rural News, a media outlet of the ministry.

This year, expanded planting of soybeans and oil crops has been stressed by China’s top leadership and agriculture authorities in a bid to boost self-sufficiency in agricultural products.

More than 80 percent of China’s soybean consumption relies on imports.

The ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict is affecting global oil crop supply as Ukraine is the world’s top exporter of sunflower oil and rapeseed.

Chinese Premier Calls for Stabilization of Employment, Prices to Shore Up Economy

NANCHANG — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Monday called for the stabilization of employment and price levels to keep the country’s economy running within an appropriate range.

Li, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remarks while presiding over a symposium on the economic situation in east China’s Jiangxi Province, which government officials from Jiangxi, Liaoning, Zhejiang, Guangdong and Sichuan provinces attended online or offline.

While highlighting the strong resilience of the Chinese economy, Li urged people to remain vigilant in the face of unexpected changes and mounting downward pressures both domestically and externally, and face up to new challenges.

The premier underscored the need to use this time to implement decisions and measures laid out during the Central Economic Work Conference in 2021 and in this year’s government work report.

Supportive policies such as tax refunds and cuts, financial support for the real economy, the issuance of special government bonds, and the construction of key projects should be accelerated to help market entities tide over difficulties, he said.

He urged solid efforts to boost spring farming, strive for a bumper grain harvest for the whole year, and consolidate the foundations of stable prices.

Efforts should be made to ensure stable supplies of electricity, coal and other energies, and maintain the orderly operations of key transport networks and ports so as to maintain the stability of industrial and supply chains, Li said.

The premier said that targeted supportive measures should be unveiled for sectors and firms facing difficulties — particularly medium, small and micro-sized enterprises, and individually owned businesses.

Li also stressed the importance of ensuring the supply of daily necessities for people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need to work to meet the people’s medical treatment needs.

Campaign to Curb Excessive Overtime Work

The nation is tightening up supervision on overtime work to protect workers’ rights to adequate rest and to create a more harmonious working environment.

The Beijing government released a notice last month saying that from March 15 to May 15, it will regulate illegal work-related behavior, such as requiring employees to work overtime. Provinces and regions, including Shandong, Anhui and Henan, have already launched similar campaigns.

According to the notice issued by Beijing’s bureau of human resources and social security, internet companies, those focused on research and development, and labor-intensive enterprises are the targets of this campaign.

The notice said a supervision team will check companies’ rules on regulating employee working times and rights to rest, as well as company records on negotiating extra work with employees and labor unions.

It said that payment for overtime work and financial compensation for not taking annual leave will be checked during the two-month campaign.

According to the notice, employers who are found to have taken part in illegal behavior related to labor laws will face administrative punishment. A hotline and online complaint channels have been opened to the public to help workers protect their rights.

Excessive overtime has become commonplace in many industries and companies in recent years, particularly those involved in technology, where the notorious “996”work schedule (9 am to 9 pm, six days a week) has been implemented.

In a recent report by Zhaopin, an online recruitment platform, over 50 percent of white-collar workers surveyed said that they follow a 996 work schedule, much higher than the 37.8 percent surveyed last year.

Also, about 42 percent of white-collar workers said that they voluntarily work overtime even though their companies claim not to implement a 996 work schedule anymore, according to the report. These respondents said that they wanted the government to ban such a schedule and improve complaint channels to protect their rights.

Yao Junchang, co-founder of the Beijing Weiheng Law Office, said that the labor law says the employer should make sure their employees have at least one day off work a week, and that total weekly working hours should not exceed 40 hours.

“If a company behaves illegally and lengthens workers’ working hours, the labor department can issue warnings and an order to rectify the situation within a certain time period,” he said. “Currently, the employer will be made to pay the aggrieved workers a penalty above 100 yuan ($15.70) but below 500 yuan per person.”

Yao said the current penalty isn’t punitive enough and is not an adequate deterrent.

“In my view, it’s better to impose a heavier punishment on employers who violate the law to provide a real deterrent. Then they will follow the regulations and treat their employees fairly and legally,” he added.

Since last year, the government has made efforts to better regulate overtime work. In August, the Supreme People’s Court and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security published several cases and determined that the 996 work schedule severely violates the labor law on lengthening people’s working hours.

The court warned employers about the illegal use of labor and reminded workers to use the law to protect their rights.

China Issues Guideline on Establishing Unified Domestic Market

BEIJING, April 10 (Xinhua) — China has released a guideline on accelerating the establishment of a unified domestic market that is highly efficient, rules-based, fair for competition, and open.

China aims to promote the efficient circulation and expansion of the domestic market, foster a stable, fair, transparent, and predictable business environment, and reduce market transaction costs. It further aims to boost sci-tech innovation and industrial upgrade and cultivate new advantages for participating in international competition and cooperation, said the guideline, jointly issued by the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council.

Efforts will be made to improve a unified property rights protection system, implement a unified market access system, and optimize a unified social credit system.

The guideline underscored promoting the interconnectivity of market facilities, including building a modernized circulation network, improving the exchanging channels of market information, and upgrading the transaction platforms.

China will work to develop a unified domestic market of productivity factors and resources, including land, labor, capital, technology, data, energy, and the environment.

The guideline stressed the establishment of unified market regulatory rules and comprehensive improvement of the market regulatory capabilities. It called for strengthened anti-monopoly efforts and crackdown on practices of unfair competition.

The Construction of Data Center Cluster to Be Accelerated in Wuhu

Recently, Anhui Provincial Development and Reform Commission and other 12 government departments jointly issued the Action Plan for Promoting the Steady Growth of Industrial Economy in Anhui Province. The plan proposes to accelerate the construction of Wuhu data center cluster, the national hub of the Yangtze River Delta of the national integrated computing power network, and support the development of large and mega data centers.

The plan makes it clear that the policy of delaying payment of certain taxes and fees for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in the manufacturing industry, which was implemented in the fourth quarter of 2021, will be extended for another six months according to the national policy of delaying payment of phased taxes and fees. We will implement preferential policies such as subsidies for the purchase of new energy vehicles, awards for charging facilities, and tax reduction and exemption for vehicles and vessels.


In addition, the policy of halving “six taxes and two fees” will be extended from small-scale VAT taxpayers to small, low-profit enterprises and individual businesses. Taxpayers who have difficulty in paying real estate tax and urban land use tax can apply for tax reduction or exemption.

The national policy of periodically lowering premiums for unemployment insurance and work-related injury insurance will be implemented, and the refunding standards for small, medium and micro enterprises that maintain stable employment will be raised to up to 90 percent from the current 60 percent, according to the plan.

The plan also calls for accelerating the construction of major new infrastructure projects, guiding China Telecom operators to speed up 5G construction, promoting the integrated application of 5G technology, and building more than 25,000 5G base stations by 2022.

Meanwhile, we will accelerate the implementation of the BDS comprehensive application demonstration project in Anhui Province, actively strive for the major national BDS industrialization project, and promote the large-scale application of the BDS.

To accelerate the construction of Wuhu data center cluster, the national hub of the Yangtze River Delta of the national integrated computing power network, and support the development of large and mega data centers, we will establish and improve the operating mechanism of cluster start-up areas and start the construction of start-up areas, actively strive for demonstration projects and bring a number of key construction projects to implementation, and issue specific policies for the construction and development of computing power network nodes.


Translated by Wang Mengxiao from Foreign Affairs Office of Wuhu Municipal People’s Government

Wuhu Focuses on Promoting New Industries to Improve Quality and Boost Production for Greater Efficiency

According to the Municipal Development and Reform Commission, in 2021, the output value of strategic emerging industries in Wuhu increased by 36.4% year on year, 7.6 percentage points higher than that of the whole province, accounting for 38.1% of industries above designated scale. Among them, the annual output value growth rate of new energy vehicles, new information technology, high-end equipment manufacturing, new materials and other new industries exceeded 30% year on year.

Industrial development entered a new era. We vigorously promoted the development of ten emerging industries, including aerospace (low-altitude economy), new-energy vehicles and smart connected vehicles, smart home appliances, digital creativity, health and green food, new materials, artificial intelligence, new information technology, new energy, energy conservation and environmental protection, and high-end equipment manufacturing. We spared no efforts to achieve the goal of “3355” development, including intelligent and connected automobile industry cluster, intelligent equipment manufacturing industry cluster, advantageous traditional industry cluster and online economic industry cluster.

Industrial factors made steady progress. There were 643 newly signed investment attraction projects of more than RMB 100 million, an increase of 56 percent, including 10 projects of more than RMB 5 billion. 586 projects worth more than 100 million yuan were started, up 37 percent; 8 provincial engineering research centers, 3 provincial industrial innovation centers and 13 municipal key R&D innovation platforms have been newly identified. Cooperation with universities, institutes and industry associations such as Nankai University and SEMI China has been deepened to enhance industrial innovation capacity. The development of digital economy industry has been vigorously promoted, and the realization of digital industrialization, industrial digitalization and governance digitalization has been accelerated.

Implement of industrial policies took concrete steps. We set up a promotion group for ten emerging industries, undertook a new round of national innovation and reform tasks, promoted the integration of science and education in new types of R&D institutions, and trained high-quality industrial innovators. We comprehensively deepened institutional reform and promoted the concentration of resource factors in high-quality and efficient fields.



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