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Wuhu Rail Transit Line 1 Starts Trial Ride

On September 25, Wuhu Rail Transit Line 1 launched a one-month free trial ride. 10,000 citizen representatives every week and 40,000 people in total will take the lead in experiencing the country’s first unmanned straddling monorail train.

Wuhu Rail transit Line 1, with a total length of about 30 km, runs along the city from south to north and has 24 elevated stations.During the trial period, 7 stations and 6 sections from Jiuzi SquareStation to Tianzhushan Road Station are temporarily open for citizens to experience.Citizens can check in and out at Jiuzi Square Station and Tianzhushan Road Station. Jiuzi Square Station is the only transfer station for Line 1 and Line 2, and it is also the highest and largest frame station on the whole line. The first floor is equipped with station access, stairs and elevators; The second floor is the entrance hall, equipped with automatic ticket machines, electronic road map, security check instrument, gate and other equipment; The third floor is the platform.

Straddling monorail transit system has the characteristics of safety and reliability, low noise, high ride comfort, good lighting effect and so on. It is regarded as a “little train in the sky”. It is not only the carrier of urban public transportation, but also a good place for sightseeing. The design speed of the rail transit is 80 km/h. Thewhole journey of Line 1 takes about 1 hour while that of Line 2 is 30 minutes. This means a half-hour traffic circle centered on Jiuzi Square was formed, with an hourly traffic volume of about 10,000 to 30,000 people, which can quickly solve the rush hour congestion in the downtown area and facilitate life of citizens.

Trial ride is a common practice in cities that have opened rail transit in China. The month of trial ride is organized to better collect suggestions and feedback from citizens during their experience improve the quality of operation service, and help the initial operation of line 1 to be safer, more comfortable and more convenient.

In this month of trial ride, free experiencing coupons will be issued. The first week, from September 25th to October 1st, the coupons will be distributed to Wuhu good people, model workers, volunteers, representatives of communities, media, enterprises and institutions, etc. From the second week to the fourth week, coupons will be distributed to the public through media and other channels. Citizens who want to experience the trial ride can continue to follow the latest news of Wuhu Rail Transit to receive the trial ride experience tickets.

Wuhu Yunda Rail Transit Construction and Operation Co., Ltd. reserves the right to interpret the trial ride. The subsequent arrangements will be timely adjusted according to the actual situation of the trial ride and will be released through the media as soon as possible.


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

Projects in the Third Quarter Contracted in Jinghu District

On September 15, the contract-signing ceremony for projects based on Investment Attraction and Talents Introduction in the third quarter was held in Jinghu District with 15 projects contracted. Vice mayor Yao Kai attended and witnessed the ceremony.


In the third quarter, 38 projects were signed in Jinghu District, with a total investment of 2.1 billion yuan. These projects are highly consistent with the high-quality development goal of Jinghu District, both in terms of individual scale and industrial positioning, and are the concrete achievements of Investment Attraction and Talents Introduction following decisions and plans of Wuhu Municipal Party Committee and Municipal Government. Up to now, 181 enterprises of various types have been introduced in Jinghu District this year, with a total investment of 8.6 billion yuan, up 10.2% on a year-on-year basis. The district will attach great importance to business, bring businessmen a sense of belonging and security, and make start-ups profitable, creating a sound business environment. In addition, the projects will be tracked and good services will be provided by designated personnel to promote the successful implementation of contracted projects in Jinghu District.



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

China Raises Student Loan Ceiling

BEIJING — China raised its state loan ceiling for students by 4,000 yuan (around $620.2), said the Ministry of Finance on Sept 14.


Undergraduates can borrow up to 12,000 yuan annually in state loans while graduate students can borrow up to 16,000 yuan annually, Assistant Finance Minister Ou Wenhan told a press briefing.


Previous limits were 8,000 yuan and 12,000 yuan, respectively.


In the latest adjustment, students can use the loans to cover their living expenses after paying off their tuition and dormitory fees, said the official.


Launched in 1999, the student loan scheme aims to help financially disadvantaged students pursue their academic ambitions, part of China’s efforts to block the intergenerational transmission of poverty and improve equity in education, said Ou.


Interest rates for student loans are 30 basis points below the Loan Prime Rate (LPR) — a market-based benchmark lending rate — of the same class and same term, said the official.


Students do not need to repay the debt during their years of study, and the government covers the interest generated in this period. The maximum loan term is 22 years.


So far, the scheme has issued loans of more than 300 billion yuan and benefited more than 15 million students across the country, said the assistant finance minister.


China last raised the state loan cap for students in 2014. New measures took effect from the autumn semester in 2021.


China’s financial aid package for college students consists of scholarships, grants, work-study programs, subsidies, and tuition waivers in addition to loans.

Philosophy of Green Growth Has Taken Root

Saihanba epitomizes efforts to improve environment, says former UN official


Saihanba, the world’s largest cultivated forest, was in the spotlight again when President Xi Jinping hailed it as an example of the global history of ecological progress during his recent inspection tour of Hebei province.


Xi, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remark in August during an inspection tour to the Saihanba Forest Farm, which has undergone a green miracle over the past six decades as it was changed from a near desert to a sea of trees.


Monique Barbut, former executive secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, said the miraculous transformation of Saihanba epitomizes the country’s efforts to improve the environment and protect its ecosystems. “It also revealed the central government’s determination to adhere to the path of green development,” Barbut said in a recent interview with China Daily.


Since 2012, the development of ecological civilization, a concept that aims to promote green development, has gained greater momentum as the idea that “lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets”, conceptualized by Xi, has taken root across the country.


Barbut said the theory goes “very well” with the idea behind ecosystem conservation, rehabilitation of degraded land to improve livelihoods and the environment, and land degradation neutrality.


“We must never destroy nature (in order) to develop. If we do the right things, in the right places on the right scale, we can live in harmony with nature and still achieve remarkable growth,” she said.


The forest farm, located around 400 kilometers north of Beijing, covers about 70,000 hectares. In the 1950s, the region was a wasteland due to rampant logging, which resulted in the Chinese capital and adjacent regions being frequently hit by sandstorms.


To stop rapid desertification, a group of 369 foresters from 18 provinces was established in 1962. Thanks to the ongoing efforts of generations of Saihanba foresters, forest coverage in the region has increased from 11.4 percent in the early 1960s to 80 percent today.


The woodland also acts as an important environmental shield and green lung for Beijing and neighboring regions.


Saihanba was given a Champion of the Earth Award, the highest honor of the United Nations Environment Program, at the third UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi in December 2017.


During his visit, Xi called for further progress in developing the green economy and ecological conservation and praised the spirit of the foresters, which is regarded as a leading example of the nation’s efforts to advance ecological conservation.


He also spoke of the hardworking spirit the foresters demonstrated in planting the forest, saying it is part of the spirit of the Communist Party of China to struggle for success.


Grand goal


In the report delivered at the 18th CPC National Congress in 2012, ecological development was included as a major task in the country’s overall plan and building a “beautiful China” was proposed as a grand goal for ecological progress.


Eco-civilization was also included in the CPC Constitution as a development principle during the meeting. It was the first time in the world a ruling party had highlighted green development in its guidelines.


Under the principle, the country is now speeding up the establishment of a national territory spatial planning system, with the ecological protection the priority of three “red lines” that will guide construction.


Xi’s philosophy for green development is changing China.


China has raised its area of forest coverage from 12 percent in the early 1980s to 23.04 percent in 2020, with its forest stock volume hitting 17.56 billion cubic meters, according to the National Forestry and Grassland Administration.


The per capita green area in China’s urban areas averages 14.8 square meters and 441 cities have joined in a campaign to build national forest cities through multiple greening methods.


The country also initiated its first pilot program to establish grassland nature parks last year, with 39 pilot projects covering a total of 147,000 hectares of grassland in 11 provinces and autonomous regions.


At a recent news conference, an official from the administration said that vigorous measures will be taken by China’s forestry authorities, such as expanding grassland and forests, to fulfill the country’s climate commitment to peak carbon dioxide emissions before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060.


In the next five years, forest coverage in China will hit 24.1 percent and the country’s forest stock volume will reach 19 billion cubic meters, according to Zhang Wei, director of the administration’s environment protection and restoration department.


“We will build a conservation system on nature reserves, protect various natural resources and maintain a strong attitude toward illegal activities that will harm nature,” Zhang said.


Apart from that, the administration will also promote carbon trading in the future and aim to build a trading platform, encouraging the participation of capital from nongovernment sectors, including enterprises and social organizations.


“China has promoted its own approach to climate governance that highlights green recovery. The forestry department at all levels will play to our advantage and strengthen our green industries, further contributing to our commitment to climate change,” said Li Chunliang, deputy director of the administration.

Vice Governor He Shushan Inspected Conch Group in Wuhu

On September 14, vice governor He Shushan led his delegation to Conch Group for inspection and discussion. Wang Chunming, deputy secretary-general of Anhui provincial government, Niu Nutao, director of Anhui provincial Economic and information Department, Ning Bo and Yao Kai, mayor and vice mayor of Wuhu, attended the seminar.

At the seminar, after listening to the report by Wang Cheng, secretary of the Party committee and president of Conch Group, on enterprise operation, innovation and development, carbon reduction, and the construction of industrial internet, He Shushan gave full recognition to the achievements made by Conch since the launch of the 13th Five-Year Plan, and offered guiding opinions on the future development of the enterprise. He stressed that innovation should be regarded as the core driving force of high-quality development, and the role of industrial internet should be brought into full play, so as to accelerate the digital transformation and upgrading of industries, and further improve the vitality and management capacity of the enterprise. To help achieve carbon peak and neutrality goals, carbon emission and energy consumption should be reduced from the root, continuously promoting technological innovation of energy conservation and carbon reduction. In addition, the utilization of carbon dioxide should be enhanced. The enterprise should make efforts in product innovation, and focus on the new development trend of “manufacturing industry plus the tertiary industry” and the new energy and materials, taking the path of green, low-carbon and sustainable development.

Ning Bo said that Conch has been among the top 500 in the world with the development and prosperity of Wuhu, which is a highlight for Wuhu’s economic growth. Wuhu Municipal Party Committee and Municipal Government will continue to provide services and support for the development of Conch. We hope that Conch Group will speed up the advancement focusing on Wuhu’s leading industries, make good use of capital, explore the potential of itself, extend producer services to the high end of the value chain, and cultivate a number of listed enterprises to stay in Wuhu, making greater contributions to local economic and social development.

During the inspection, He Shushan also visited New Energy Control Center and Cement Production Center to learn about the layout of Conch Group’s new energy industry, its development status and the construction of the industrial internet platform. 

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

Management Regulations for After-school Tutoring Issued

China has issued a management regulation for people working at after-school tutoring institutions to better regulate the institutions.


The regulation, jointly issued Tuesday by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, said tutors for academic subjects should have teaching credentials, while those for non-academic subjects should have relevant professional qualifications.


No teachers at kindergartens and primary and secondary schools should work at tutoring institutions, the regulation said.


The number of full-time tutors and researchers should account for more than 50 percent of all people employed by the institutions, it said.


Tutoring institution employees should support the Party’s leadership and socialism with Chinese characteristics, abide by laws and regulations, and have good morality and professional ethics, the regulation stipulated.


The regulation also included “red lines” for the employees, including violating Party’s policies, disseminating wrong information and views in classes or online, engaging in inappropriate relationships with students, discriminating against or abusing students, using drugs or engaging in other criminal activities, it said.


People violating the regulation should be fired by tutoring institutions and those with serious misconduct will be included in the national blacklists for tutors, it added.

China Resumes Major Expos’ Offline Events to Boost Trade, Economic Recovery

BEIJING, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) — After going virtual on three occasions due to the impact of COVID-19, China’s renowned Canton Fair is returning to the physical world with a resumption of offline activities.


Scheduled for next month in south China’s Guangdong Province, the 130th session of the China Import and Export Fair will be held both online and offline, Vice Minister of Commerce Ren Hongbin told a press conference Tuesday.


The upcoming session will be a milestone, as it marks the return of offline exhibitions at all major expos across the country, signaling new progress in China’s efforts to coordinate epidemic control with economic and social development, said Chu Shijia, head of the China Foreign Trade Center, one of the fair’s organizers.


Amid routine measures to block the spread of the virus, China has been actively promoting large-scale international trade fairs as platforms to propel trade growth and support businesses around the world.


The 2021 China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS), which just concluded in Beijing, attracted representatives from 153 countries and regions, with more than 1,000 deals secured.


The event also saw the announcement of the country’s new opening-up measures in the services sector, including implementing a negative list for cross-border services trade and exploring the development of national demonstration zones for the innovative development of trade in services.


The CIFTIS is China’s solution for connecting with the international market and engaging in international cooperation, which is of great significance to the rebounding of trade in services and the recovery of the world economy, said Li Jun, director with the Institute of International Trade in Services under the Ministry of Commerce.


The country is also making solid preparations for the import-themed expo in Shanghai, which has been held successfully on three previous occasions and became a channel for global brands to tap the gigantic consumer market in China.


The Canton Fair, with a history dating back to 1957, has long been seen as a barometer of China’s foreign trade. Last year, when the pandemic disrupted global trade activities, the fair played an especially important role in shoring up trade growth and supporting the worst-hit small businesses around the world.


The online form was proven efficient, with a record number of products on display during the last session of the fair in April.


The upcoming session will continue to give full play to the low-cost and high-efficiency nature of online exhibitions, while resuming the offline displays to help global buyers and vendors to better connect with each other, Ren said.


The event will last five days and feature only one phase, as opposed to the three phases of previous sessions, in view of the current epidemic control situation. The offline exhibition will cover an area of 400,000 square meters, while 60,000 online booths will be set up for the virtual event, he added.


The latest data from the General Administration of Customs shows that China’s foreign trade sustained growth momentum in the first eight months of the year, with exports surging 23.2 percent and imports jumping 24.4 percent year on year.


The country is confident of achieving the target of maintaining stable trade growth while enhancing trade quality for the year 2021, Ren said, cautioning that small and medium-sized trade firms in the country still face challenges from rising costs, an issue that will be addressed with targeted policies.

The 5th Provincial Industrial Robot Technology Application Skills Competition Was Held in Wuhu

On September 10, The 5th Industrial robot Technology Application Skills Competition of Anhui Province, which lasted for three days,  came to an end in Wuhu. Wang Dengming, deputy director and member of the Provincial Department of Economy and Information Technology, Yao Kai, deputy mayor, Zheng Lanrong, deputy secretary of the Anhui Provincial Committee of the Communist Youth League, Cai Xiaoli, member of the Party Leadership Group and vice chairman of the Provincial Women’s Federation, Wang Jian, second-level inspector of the Provincial Federation of Trade Unions, Gao Wu,deputy secretary of the party committee and principal of Wuhu Vocational and Technical College, attended the closing ceremony.

The competition is divided into three groups, includin staff, teachers and students. More than 180 contestants from the whole province signed up, and the number of contestants reached a record high. After theoretical examination and practical operation, 9 first prize winners, 12 second prize winners and 15 third prize winners were determined. 13 excellent organization prizes were awarded in the competition.

This competition fully implements the spirit of the relevant documents of the provincial government on supporting the construction of a strong manufacturing province, the construction of a large technical and industrial province, and the development of the robotics industry. It is an important platform for the “investment attraction and talent introduction” work of the high-end equipment manufacturing industry.

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

Five Enterprises in Wuhu Won Gold Medals in Provincial Patent Award Selection

Recently, results of the eighth patent award selection in Anhui Province were announced, with a total of 45 patents in Wuhu, ranking the second in the province. Among them, Wuhu Midea Kitchen Appliance Manufacturing Co., LTD., Efort Intelligent Equipment Co., LTD., Chery Automobile Co., LTD., State-owned Wuhu Machinery Factory, Anhui San ‘an Photoelectric Co., Ltd. won gold medals.

In recent years, Wuhu has continuously optimized the policy system, strengthened the guidance services for enterprises, revised and improved the subsidy and reward policies for patents and trademarks, increased patent protection, strengthened the application of achievements, and significant progress has been made in protecting the creation and use of intellectual property rights. According to the statistics, in the first half of this year, the number of invention patents authorized in Wuhu was 1,598, with a year-on-year increase of 31.8%, and the number of PCT applications was 23, with a year-on-year increase of 64.2%. The number of effective invention patents owned by every 10,000 people reached 47.2, continuing to remain the first in the province. There were 16,379 trademark applications in Wuhu and 2,324 registered trademarks owned by market entities per 10,000 households, ranking first in the province.

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

Companies Seek More Incentives to Boost Industry

The business logistics sector has undergone tremendous growth in China in recent years, and its rapid development has made lives easier while effectively boosting economic growth.


However, there are still obstacles hampering the sector’s development. Many businesses, particularly in small cities, are seeking more incentives to help facilitate logistics in areas such as cross-border trading, and bring down their costs.


Wang Weidong, an official in charge of cross-border e-commerce in Shushan district of Hefei, capital of Anhui province, said that the volume of such business in the city has grown significantly in recent years.


However, Hefei’s international air cargo capacity is not sufficient. In fact, the only international cargo flight available in the provincial capital is one that operates twice a week to Chicago in the United States.


There is no air cargo agency in Hefei and this complicates matters for local companies who need to get their goods on the outbound flights to Chicago, which originate in Shanghai. By the time they arrive in Hefei, there’s little cargo space left.


To get around this problem, some companies send their goods to Shanghai to get them on the flights before they arrive in Hefei, but doing so adds to operational costs.


Zheng Haitao, owner of an e-commerce business in Shushan, said that the lack of air cargo space is a sore point in Hefei.


“The space for goods on the flights is extremely limited, and the pricing is not transparent,” he said.


Wang said the government is working hard to tackle the issue and enhance the provincial capital’s international cargo capacity.


“Without solid infrastructure, it will be harder to formulate market competitiveness for these logistics businesses,” he said.


A new national action plan announced in a guideline earlier this month promotes efforts to facilitate international logistics. The plan made it clear that efficiency will be improved by improving global logistics channels and easing customs clearance for cross-border trade, highlighting the vital role that business logistics plays in connecting domestic and global markets.


Some local businesses are also striving to make the process more intelligent, a direction included in the new action plan.


In 2013, Wang Jun started Wuhu Jiuheng Packaging Technology, a pallet production business in the province’s Wuhu city.


The company originally started off making ordinary wood pallets. Now, the pallets are equipped with chips, which enable businesses across the entire logistics chain to track the status of shipped goods.


Wang Yong, a professor at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, said that although the development of logistics infrastructure and networks in China remains uneven, the process is becoming increasingly intelligent.


While the demand for business logistics is expanding rapidly, the country still lacks modern businesses with a competitive edge, he said, adding that the sector needs to become more environmental friendly.