hina aims to reduce cost of logisticsna aims to reduce

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

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

Spokesman Wu Chungeng said the ministry will unveil a st

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

China will continue to increase railway freight volume, upgrade its

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Harmful gas found near Xiangshui blast siteing after the massiv

Environmental monitoring has detected an excessive amount of the harmful gas benzene ne

ar the site of a deadly explosion in Xiangshui county of Jiangsu province, authorities said on Thursday.

At 10 am on Wednesday, the benzene density stood at 2.04 milligrams per cubic meter at a monitoring point that is 1 kilometer away in the downwind direc

tion from the site, about 17.5 times more than the national standard. The concentration was below the standard, how

ever, 2 and 3.5 kilometers away, according to a media release from the Jiangsu environmental watchdog.

“Analysis done by environmental experts working on the site shows that the excessive den

sity of benzene occurred because buried pollutants were gradually exposed to the air as cleaning work cont

inues on the site,” Liu Youbin, spokesman of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, told a news conference on Thursday.

The explosion occurred at about 2:48 pm on March 21 after a fire broke out in a plant owned by Jiang

su Tianjiayi Chemical Co. So far, the blast has claimed the lives of 78 people and injured more than 600 people.

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After a two-hour hearing on Wednesday, the top court up

held the original ruling, and said the two companies should stop their infringement immediately.

The Shanghai IP Court will further calculate the exact amou

nt of compensation that the two Chinese companies should pay to Valeo, accor

ding to the verdict. During the first trial, Valeo had requested compensation of 6 million yuan ($893,000).

Wednesday’s trial is of great significance as it shows China’s growing efforts in protecting IPR, the top court said in a release.

“It shows the country’s strong determination in fighting infringement, and intensif

ied judicial protection for IPR and innovation-driven development,” said Ma Yide, an intel

lectual property professor from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law who attended the hearing.

The final verdict was reached only two months after the original one.

Such a fast pace reflects improved efficiency in handling IP-related lawsuits in Chinese courts, he said.

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The improvement is attributed to the establishment of a nati

national-level IP court under the Supreme People’s Court on Jan 1, which has strea

mlined the appeals process and helps prevent inconsistency in legal

applications, Ma said.

With such a national-level IP court,

litigants who disagree with the verdicts of local cou

rts at the city level or local IP courts can appeal directly to the top court instead

of appealing to provincial-level courts.

Under previous procedures, the two Chinese companies could not have appealed

to the top court directly but would have had to go to the Shanghai High People’s

Court after the first verdict.

Guan Yuying, an IP researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said

a streamlined litigation process and more p

rofessional judges for IP-related lawsuits will help ensure the judicial quality of

such complicated patent cases.

Wednesday’s trial was heard by a five-judge panel led by Luo Dongchuan, vice-

president of the top court and the chief judge of its IP court.

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The study shows that nearly 20 large enterprises have spli

their business by locating the post-Brexit hub for one division in Frankfurt or Paris, and another in Dublin or Lux

embourg. The most obvious example is Bank of America Merrill Lynch, which has chosen Dublin as the EU hub for its bank

ing business, and created a new entity in Paris, which will be the hub of the its markets business.

Kieran Donoghue, the global head of international financial services, strategy and public

policy at IDA Ireland, an agency responsible for attracting foreign investment into that country, attributed the “m

ultipolar” scenario to the fact that no single financial center in Europe has the full and unique set of capabilities that London has.

“What makes London unique is that it has such a deep and broad set of capab

ilities in servicing the insurance, the asset management, and the investment banking industries, and none of t

he European financial centers has the same range of capabilities that currently reside in London,” Donoghue explained.

Nearly half of asset managers, hedge funds, and private equity companies in the re

port have chosen Dublin as the location for their post-Brexit operations, while more banks have chosen Frankfurt as th

eir main EU hub. Many are also expanding their markets business in Paris or adding staff in Amsterdam, Madrid, or Milan.

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We grow high-quality dendrobium without samake a livi

logical environment, allowing the villagers to make a living from the mount

ains,” said Ruan, who introduced the medicinal herb to the forest after a thorough investigation.

Oaks in the village have rough, thick barks, rich in water

and nutrients, making it easier for the dendrobium to attach to the trees and absorb more nutrients.

Since 2013, the company has planted dendrobium on the tree trunks of more than 267 hectares of oak forest.

For a long time, however, transportation difficulties meant the landloc

ked village could not capitalize on its unique ecological advantage. Growing dend

robium officinale was something villagers, including 44-year-old Chen Jian, had never thought of.

“All the oaks are ‘cash cows’ now,” Chen said. “Natural forests cannot be cut, so we did nothing but protect them in the past. Eve

since the dendrobium were ‘planted’ on the tree trunks, the green hills that we have kept for decades have turned into gold.”

Located in Anlong county, in Guizhou’s Qiannan Buyei and Miao autonomous prefect

ure, Zhegui is rich in forestry resources and has a climate that is neither too hot in summer nor too cold in winter.

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Ruan said the finished products, after the drying proce

e sold at a market price of more than 15,000 yuan per kilogram. In the markets of Hunan an

d Fujian provinces, some products are still short in supply and sell for more than 20,000 yuan per kg.

Now, the company is gradually entering markets in Beijing and the Yangtze River Delta and Pearl River Delta regions.

Besides offering considerable economic benefits without felling trees, the dendrobium industry has also accelerated poverty alleviation in Zhegui.

Poverty-stricken villagers are encouraged to work at the dendrobium base and buy shares in the company.

With an average annual income of over 30,000 yuan, a total of 1,691 residents in 445 households in Zhegui have stepped out of poverty, statistics showed.

Starting from Zhegui, dendrobium has made roots in many regions of Anlong cou

nty, with the total area of imitation wild dendrobium covering more than 340 hectares.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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As a professional writer, Chu has interviewed dozens of peop

 from across the country who moved to Dali. She and her husband, who help organize activities

such as gardening, hiking and cycling for newcomers, have a big circle of friends who have relocated to the city.

“People have different reasons for leaving, ranging from the need to take care of elderly pare

nts who have stayed in their hometowns, to taking their children back to big cities for better education,” she said.

People are also leaving because after two or three years without work, they need to find paid employment.

In recent years, thousands of people have moved to Dali from big cities. The exact number is not kno

wn, but a rough estimate from the local government shows that about 40,000 newcomers are living in the city.

Many people decided to leave their jobs and move to Dali from large cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong pro

vince, due to work pressures and surging property prices, which have been hotly debated nationwide in recent years.

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In China, the incidence rate of insomnia is around 38 perce

and the market size of sleeping pills and sleep aids has exceeded 250 billion yuan, according to Frost & Sullivan data.

In the next few years, demand will grow, and the market for sleeping a

ids and medicine will likely emerge as an important sub-category of the sector that ma

kes sleep-related products. The sub-category is foreseen to continue to expand, Frost & Sullivan data showed.

The University of Cambridge on Monday confirmed that China’s gaok

ao, or the National College Entrance Examination, is regarded as a suitable preparation for Ca

mbridge, in response to inquiries on whether it recognizes gaokao scores in a post on its official Sina Weibo account.

The inquiries poured in after reports said that the University of Camb

ridge announced it has started to accept China’s gaokao scores for Chinese stud

ents wishing to apply for undergraduate study at the prestigious British university.

The university, however, said this is not something new, but a policy Cambridge has implemented for years.

According to application information on the university’s website, successful applicants from China will usually have score

s in the top 0.1 percent of those taking the gaokao in their province. Applicants’ individual subject scores and scores in th

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