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The Single Project at the Terminal Area of Wuhu Xuancheng Airport Has Been Checked And Accepted

     Reporters learned from the constructors of Wuhu Xuancheng Airport yesterday, that the current airport runway pavement has entered the last concrete link and the terminal area single project has been completed. Next, the construction will officially enter the decoration stage. According to the plan, project in the airfield area of Wuhu Xuancheng Airport will be completed in June and the terminal area in July, and the first flight is expected to be completed in the first quarter of next year.

    It is worth noting that shortly before, the website of National Development and Reform Commission published the integrated development plan for higher quality of transportation in the Yangtze river delta region, and Wuhu Xuancheng Airport construction project, as a key construction project of national and provincial 13th five-year plan period and an important infrastructure for Anhuis integration into the development of the Yangtze river delta, has been included in the list of key projects of world-class airports in the Yangtze river delta. In the future, Wuhu Xuancheng Airport construction project will join hands with cities in the Yangtze river delta to jointly build a general aviation industry comprehensive demonstration zone.

    Wuhu Xuancheng Airport is planned to be an air cargo hub, an airport logistics center and an international aircraft maintenance and support center in the Yangtze river delta area. After the official first flight, the airport will complete the transition from self-built to self-operated, and become one of the few “self-built and self-operated” civil airports in China. It is estimated that by 2030, Wuhu Xuancheng Airport will achieve an annual passenger throughput of 1.75 million and an annual cargo throughput of 10,000 tons.

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Economy Likely to Maintain Stable Growth

  Despite the lack of a GDP growth target, the economy will probably remain stable this year, with government policies focusing on ensuring employment and livelihoods.

  That was the message from national advisers and experts at the weekend.

  As macro policies and economic reforms filter through, growth will recover and support the prime tasks of stabilizing the jobs market and supporting business, they said.

  Following the release of the Government Work Report, which outlined major development goals for the year, attention has focused on the government’s decision to forgo a growth target.

  It will not set a target because of the uncertainty engendered by the coronavirus pandemic and the global economic and trade environment, said the report, which was submitted to the National People’s Congress, the top legislative body, for deliberation on Friday.

  President Xi Jinping said abandoning this year’s growth target is a realistic option in the face of uncertainty, and focusing on ensuring security in six areas, including employment and people’s livelihoods, is in line with China’s pursuit of a new development philosophy and a better life for its people.

  Xi made the remarks while participating in a panel discussion with legislators from the Inner Mongolia autonomous region on Friday, People’s Daily reported.

  The decline in GDP growth will be minimized as the nation concentrates on ensuring stability on “six fronts” and security in “six areas”, but the focus should not be on safeguarding a specific GDP growth rate, Xi said.

  The “six fronts” and “six areas “refer to the government’s priorities for the year, such as safeguarding employment and livelihoods, and the development of market entities, among other key issues.

Global uncertainty

Workers assemble a car at a factory in Wuhu, Anhui province, last week. As the novel coronavirus outbreak eases in China, production is resuming. ZHOU MU/XINHUA

  Though the COVID-19 pandemic has been broadly brought under control in China, it continues to spread globally, intensifying economic uncertainty.

  The International Monetary Fund is likely to revise downward its previous forecast of a 3 percent contraction in global GDP this year, which would have already signaled the deepest downturn since the Great Depression in the 1930s, Reuters reported.

  Liu Zhiqin, a senior researcher with the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China, said that amid unprecedented uncertainty, the government’s decision to abandon a GDP growth target will give policymakers more flexibility to respond to rapid changes in the situation.

  A raft of development goals outlined in the Government Work Report will replace the GDP target to anchor market expectations and help guide more resources into high-quality development that stresses improvements in living standards, Liu said.

  According to the report, the government will pursue targets related to eight major aspects of economic and social development-such as employment, price levels, foreign trade, personal incomes, poverty elimination and the prevention of financial risks-in line with the requirements of ensuring security in the “six areas”.

  ”This year, we must give priority to stabilizing employment and ensuring living standards, win the battle against poverty and achieve the goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all aspects,” the report said.

  Meanwhile, officials said abandoning the GDP growth target does not mean the government will allow the economy to slide out of the proper range.

  The pursuit of stable employment, poverty elimination and financial risk prevention entails support from economic growth, according to Sun Guojun, a senior official at the StatCouncil Research Office, who participated in the drafting of the Government Work Report. 

  With fiscal support to secure employment and livelihoods, and financial policies to safeguard the development of market entities, the economy will gradually stabilize and recover, Sun said on Friday.

  Analysts estimate that China’s fiscal stimulus package will total more than 8 percent of GDP this year, while monetary policy will provide stronger-than-expected credit support for business.

  The ramped up macroeconomic adjustments will help China achieve annual GDP growth of about 3 percent, with year-on-year growth expected to exceed 6 percent in the second half, according to Liu from Renmin University of China.

  He Qiang, a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, said the country should maintain annual economic growth of between 2 and 4 percent to ensure the accomplishment of major development goals.

  ”Given the 6.8 percent economic contraction in the first quarter, we must spare no effort for economic recovery over the rest of the year,” said He, who is a professor of finance at the Central University of Finance and Economics.

  According to the National Bureau of Statistics, economic indicators recovered from the first quarter as production resumed last month, and the year-on-year change in industrial output turned positive.

  The Government Work Report said that in addition to intensifying macroeconomic adjustment and promoting the resumption of business, the country will deepen reform to boost internal development momentum, such as fostering an encouraging environment for the private sector and promoting market-based allocation of production factors.

  Wang Yiming, senior economist and a member of the CPPCC National Committee, said such reforms will be essential to overcome the mounting risks and push ahead with high-quality development.

  Wang highlighted the pressing need to safeguard the property rights of private enterprises to spur more investment, adding that market-based reforms in land, labor and the capital markets will help drive up productivity.

  Experts said that with macroeconomic policies to bail out hard-hit individuals and businesses, and economic reforms to reduce institutional barriers, the fundamentals of the economy remain solid, despite the disruption caused by the pandemic.

  ”Slower but positive annual economic growth would be acceptable against the backdrop of a contracting world economy and would not point to any major changes in the potential of the Chinese economy,” said Zhang Lianqi, a member of the Standing Committee of the 13th CPPCC National Committee.

  With the nation’s efforts to safeguard employment and livelihoods taking effect, the economic fundamentals will remain stable, enabling average economic growth of more than 5 percent this year and in 2021, Zhang added.

Conch Group Continues to Be the Leading Company in Anhui’s Listed Enterprises

    Several days ago, 109 Anhuis listed enterprises have published annual reports in 2019. According to statistics, by the end of the reporting period, 99 companies achieved profits. Among them, Conch Group continues to be the leading company, of which the operating income and net profit both ranked the first in Anhuis listed enterprises.

    As recently as May 13th, Forbes released its 2020 Forbes Global 2000 list, among the 367 Chinese companies, Conch Group ranking 312, up 95 places from its ranking in 2019. 

    In 2019, Conch Group adhered to the international, intelligent and green development, and its economic benefits and production and sales volume kept rising. The company’s total market value exceeded 300 billion yuan. The company insists on promoting the green transformation of traditional manufacturing industry with technological innovation, and takes the lead in building an intelligent cement factory with production of  whole process in the industry, which has truly realized the “green mine, intelligent production, strong efficiency and excellent service”. China took the lead in building the world’s first carbon dioxide capture and purification demonstration project, and realized the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and commercial conversion and utilization of cement industry. The company also further expands the green industrial chain, and actively explores the green upgrading of traditional industries.

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

Construction of Shanghai-Suzhou-Huzhou High-Speed Railway Enters “Countdown”

The reporter learned that recently, the preliminary design of the Shanghai-Suzhou-Huzhou High-Speed Railway was approved. In addition, the first phase of the high-speed railway (Huzhou to Huzhou East) began to carry out construction bidding, the planned construction period of 4 years. After the completion of this high-speed railway, Wuhu will have a second high-speed rail channel to Shanghai, and the operation time between the two cities will be further shortened.

Reporters learned that the Shanghai-Suzhou-Huzhou High-Speed Railway is an extension of the Shangqiu-Hefei-Hangzhou High-Speed Railway to Shanghai, which will form a new railway passenger channel connecting the Yangtze river delta area with central and western regions such as Anhui Province. Wuhu is one of the important stations on this high-speed railway. Hefei to Huzhou section of the Shangqiu-Hefei-Hangzhou High-Speed Railway will soon be opened to traffic. Wuhu will have a second high-speed rail corridor to Shanghai after the Shanghai-Suzhou-Huzhou High-Speed Railway is completed and put into operation.

Then high-speed trains from Wuhu to Shanghai will be able to run from Xuancheng, Huzhou, Suzhou and Shanghai as well as from Maanshan, Nanjing, Wuxi, Suzhou and Shanghai. The running mileage of the line between two cities will also be reduced.

 In addition, since the ShangqiuHefei-Hangzhou and Shanghai-Suzhou-Huzhou high-speed trains are designed at a speed of 350 km/h, the operation time between wuhu and suzhou, Shanghai will be greatly shortened, and the number of high-speed trains running between the two regions is expected to increase.

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

Chinese Automaker Chery Sales Rebound in April

HEFEI — Chinese automaker Chery Holdings Co Ltd saw its sales rebound in April compared with March as demand warms up.

Last month, Chery sold 40,079 vehicles, a month-on-month growth of 15.4 percent. Sales of new energy vehicles surged by 112.5 percent month on month, according to a sales report by the company.

Chery also saw bullish export markets in countries including Russia and Brazil, delivering 31,845 vehicles in the first four months of this year, up 67.5 percent year on year.

Wuhu City’s Total Revenue of Tourism Reached 540 Million Yuan During the May Day Holiday

   During the May Day holiday, the city’s cultural tourism market and scenic spots are well-ordered with colorful tourist activities. According to statistics, the city received a total of 1.15 million tourists, with tourism revenue reaching 540 million yuan.

    During the holiday, Wuhu City’s A-level tourist attractions strictly implemented the spirit of relevant instructions to control the number of the tourists, to maintain the order of the scenic spots and to strictly prevent disorder and congestion. During this holiday, in Wuhu Fanta tourist area and the citys other scenic spots, the flow of tourists is stable and well-organized, and none of them received tourists more than 30%.    

    During this holiday, the city’s major scenic spots have carried out various forms of activities, and issued a variety of preferential ticket policies, which further enriched the city’s tourism market and accelerated the recovery process of the tourism industry. Under the influence of favorable factors such as continuous fine weather, rural tourism is popular. Many citizens began to go out to enjoy the scenery nearby. Peripheral tour, spring outing tour, self-driving tour, rural tour and other short and medium routes are most popular with tourists, and the trend of recovery in the tourism market around the city is obvious. According to incomplete statistics, 340,700 tourists visited rural area of our city during the holiday, including 16,280,000 tourists in Maren Qifeng scenic spot, with ticket income of 1,798,800 yuan.

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Wuhu City’s Autumn And Winter Air Quality Continued to Improve

Recently, Ministry of Ecology and Environment released the completion of environmental air quality targets for key regions in the autumn and winter of 2019-2020. The reporter saw that the city’s average PM2.5 concentration in the autumn and winter of 2019-2020 was 47 micrograms per cubic meter, falling 24.2% year on year, ranking the fourth in the province, the eighth among the 41 cities in the Yangtze river delta region and exceeding the national target of 4% reduction. The number of days with heavy pollution was reduced to 1 day from 4 days in the autumn and winter of 2018, achieving the target of continuous improvement.

During the autumn and winter period from 2019 to 2020, our city continuously promoted the “five control” measures of coal control, gas control, vehicle control, dust control and combustion control, closely centering on the requirements of the action plan for comprehensive treatment of air pollution, with 60 major tasks completed on schedule.

To win the blue-sky battle, action and persistence are important. In the final year of the battle, Wuhu City has planned ahead of time and fully deployed. We will adhere to the original direction and efforts to continue to promote the upgrading of key industries, prevent and control the diesel truck pollution, renovate industrial furnaces and boilers and strengthen the capacity of early warning and forecasting so as to achieve precise, scientific and law-based pollution control, resolutely win the blue-sky battle and help the city achieve high-quality and green development.

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China’s Excavators Back on Track as Infrastructure Construction Accelerates


HEFEI, May 6 (Xinhua) — As various pieces of engineering machinery rumbled on a construction site along the Yangtze River, a cross-river tunnel in the city of Wuhu, east China’s Anhui Province, was under construction.


The tunnel, with an investment of 5.4 billion yuan (about 762.6 million U.S. dollars), will be the first cross-river tunnel in Anhui Province. Since it resumed operation on April 15 as the epidemic wanes, some eight big excavators have been steadily rolling through the site.


As the novel coronavirus has been largely contained in China and the production resumption of companies and factories accelerated, the demand for excavators rose substantially in March, said the China Construction Mach inery Association.


Data from the association showed that excavator sales, an important indicator of infrastructure development, hit a record high of 46,610 in March, up 11.2 percent year on year.


Sun Binbin, a sales manager of a company selling engineering machinery in Wuhu has seen a rise in sales in the first quarter.


According to Sun, the sales of excavators produced by the leading construction gear maker Sany Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. in his company hit 50 in the first three months, an increase of more than 20 percent over the previous year.


“It costs about 700,000 yuan to buy a big excavator while most customers are still willing to purchase it even with a mortgage as they are positive about the infrastructure construction this year,” said Sun, adding that excavator drivers have also become sought-after, with their salary reaching over 10,000 yuan per month.


In Sun’s view, the accelerating work resumption of large-scale engineering projects just like the cross-river tunnel in Wuhu is an important factor contributing to the soaring excavator sales.


Xiang Wenbo, president of Sany Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. said that the infrastructure construction around the country is speeding up the recovery as the excavator operation rate nationwide reached 58.36 percent on April 16 while that of east China’s Zhejiang Province and Anhui Province were both up to 69 percent.


Figures from the National Bureau of Statistics showed that a total of 11,998 new projects were launched in March, increasing by 9,497 from the first two months.


On the same day when the construction on the tunnel in Wuhu resumed, 270 major projects involving vehicles, intelligent manufacturing and new energy kicked off in Anhui, with an investment totaling 152.34 billion yuan.


As workers get back to construction sites and government bond issuance accelerates, infrastructure investments will return to growth by the end of the second quarter, said Li Chao, an analyst with Zheshang Securities, predicting that infrastructure investments will grow by 10 to 15 percent this year.


Except for major construction projects, the recovery of new rural construction and some municipal engineering has driven the popularity of small excavators.


Figures from the China Construction Machinery Association showed that the sales of small excavators in March reached 31,616, up 18.49 percent compared with the previous year, accounting for over 90 percent of the total sales.


“There are more than 10 small excavators on this construction site as more people are willing to purchase and learn how to drive small ones,” said Liu Yong, an excavator driver working in a scenic renovation project in Xi’an, capital of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, for over 10 days.


“We expect to have more work this year after finishing this project,” he added.

The First Female Police Guard in Wuhu City Was Established Yesterday

    On 26th, April, the forth, fifth and sixth grades in primary schools and the first and second grades in high schools in Wuhu City started resumption. On the same day, the first female police guard of the Traffic Police Detachment of the Public Security Bureau of Wuhu City was officially established and went on duty.

    On that day, Traffic Police Detachment of Wuhu Public Security Bureau held the unveiling ceremony for the establishment of the first female police guard in the west campus of Primary School Affiliated to Anhui Normal University. Subsequently, 6 female traffic police officers formally took up their duties, becoming a beautiful scenery line for guarding the campus. It is understood that the first female police guard was organized by Yijiang Brigade under the Traffic Police Detachment of the Public Security Bureau of Wuhu City. At present, there are 6 female police officers with an average age of 26 years old in this post, mainly undertaking tasks of road safety education and students protection around this primary school in the morning, afternoon and evening school rush hours to ensure the traffic safety of the students. It is known that other schools also arranged traffic police guards at school gates.

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

Municipal Leaders Supervise and Inspect the Work of Epidemic Prevention and Control

On 24th, April, vice mayor, He Dong, visited schools, communities and health service centers to supervise and inspect the prevention and control of the epidemic, conducting on-site check of school resumption preparation and daily prevention and management measures, carefully understanding the situation of community joint prevention and control and people from overseas and focus areas, and seriously inquired about the daily follow-up and diagnosis and treatment situation.


He Dong pointed out that to consolidate the results of the prevention and control, we must always tighten the string and make unremitting efforts to implement various measures to prevent external imported cases and internal rebounds. We need to ensure that people from overseas and focus areas are under whole-process control and closed management, adjusting, optimizing and normalizing prevention and control measures at key sites, key units and key groups. In the key fields of social life and production, such as the resumption of work, business and school, prevention and control measures are strictly required. In particular, the May Day holiday is coming. We need to make preparations in advance, strengthen guidance, and make careful and proper arrangements to prevent and control the epidemic in people’s travel and tourism.

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