Illegal projects have been gradually eliminated to protec

  natural reserves. So far, more than 100 illegal mining projects have been withdrawn from Mount Qilian National Park, one of the country’s 10 pilot national parks, Zhang said.

  Under a plan released in 2017, China aims to set up a batch of national parks covering ab

out 200,000 square kilometers, and to form a unified management system by 2020.

  China’s achievement in afforestation was recognized in a study by the United States’ space agency NASA published last month. It sa

id China and India are leading the increase in greenery globally – with China alone accounting for a qua

rter of the global net increase in leafy area despite having only 6.6 percent of the world’s vegetated area.

  Tax authorities are preparing to enact significant tax cuts and fee reduction

s, said Wang Jun, commissioner of the State Taxation Administration, on Tuesday.

  China is establishing measures to cut taxes and fees by nearly 2 trilli

on yuan ($298 billion) this year, said Premier Li Keqiang in his Government Work Report.

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Migratory birds fly north after wintering at Poyang Lake

NANCHANG – A huge number of migratory birds are flying north to breed after wint

ering at Poyang Lake, China’s largest freshwater lake, in East China’s Jiangxi province.

According to the Administration of Poyang Lake National Nature Reserve, about 500,000 birds, including white cra

nes, white-naped cranes, grey cranes and white ospreys, spent their winter and early springtime at the lake.

Poyang Lake is an important wintering area for waterbirds in Asia. From October to March, more th

an 95 percent of white cranes, 80 percent of oriental white ospreys and 70 percent of white-naped cranes winter at the lake.

Authorities with all the reserves along Poyang Lake are closely monitoring the migratory birds to guarantee their safety.

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hina and the United States are still in talks regarding

ongoing trade issues, which require the two countries to meet halfway, Zhong Shan, China’s minister of commerce, said on Tuesday.

The 90-day talks between the two countries have reached a breakthrough, said Zhong.

“The two parties agreed to extend the negotiation, and during the extension, both sides

will not implement the planned tariff hike. We should cherish the hard earned achievement,” he added.

hina has slashed the average time for customs clearance by over half in 2018, far surpassing the government’s previous g

oal to cut the average time by one third, according to Ni Yuefeng, head of the General Administration of Customs.

“The robust growth of China’s booming cross-border e-commerce has posed chal

lenges to customs supervision,” Ni said on Tuesday, during an interview from the sidelines of the two sessions.

To meet the new challenges, Chinese customs used the artificial intelligence technologies to help ease the clearance pr

ocedures. “In the next step, we will strengthen the supervision and improve the services,” Ni said.

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5G services launched in Tian’anmen Squareng selfies

With the official opening of several 5G sites, Tian’anmen Square has officially entered the 5G era

taking the lead in upgrading to become a 5G intelligent square, Beijing Youth Daily reported on Tuesday.

China Unicom took the lead in realizing the full coverage of the square’s 5G signal, and these 5G stations will also serv

e the China Media Group 5G and high-definition news coverage of the two sessions for the first time.

The Beijing branch of China Unicom said the Tian’anmen Square is not

only historically and politically significant, but also a venue for the country to hold maj

or celebrations, grand gatherings and foreign affairs activities to welcome guests. Therefore, after the Central Eco

nomic Work Conference proposed to accelerate the pace of 5G commercialization, the Square area was se

lected by the Beijing branch of China Unicom. As per tests, the current uplink speed and the downlink speed can reach 200Mbps an

d 2.6gbps, respectively, fully meeting the transmission requirements of 5G and HD news report of the China Media Group.

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Tiantongyuan redevelopment set to improve livesy station

The region to the north of Beijing’s Fifth Ring Road is dominated by Tiantongy

uan, an enormous neighborhood reputed to be the largest residential area in Asia that houses approximately 700,000 people.

The area, which is home to more than 3 percent of the city’s population, mainly migrant work

ers, is nicknamed “Sleeper Town” because a lack of amenities and entertainment facilities mean most of the residents only go there to rest.

Located at the end of subway line 5, a major route connecting the downtown to the northern

suburbs, Tiantongyuan attracted its huge population as a result of its low property prices and relatively convenient location.

However, its dilapidated condition is a major headache for the city and the area faces a ho

st of problems, including a lack of infrastructure, both social and industrial, allied to heavy traffic congestion.

Priced at 2,650 yuan per square meter in 1999, Tiantongyuan was built to provide affordable housing

. Nearly 20 years later, property prices in the community have risen more than fourteenfold to 38,000 yuan ($5,600) per sq m.

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Chongqing to transform rural houses, toiletsvisit tothe

  Colorful lights offer a beautiful night view of Chongqing’s Hongyadong area, on May 28, 2018. PhotoVCG

  HONGQING — Authorities in the southwestern municipality of Chongqing plan to

transform rural houses and toilets to boost development in the countryside.

  A total of 30,000 dangerous houses will be renovated in 2019, in addition to 375,000 toilets. Authorities also plan to build 24,000 km of new roads.

  According to the local government, polluted water in the countryside will be p

roperly treated, and agricultural waste will be utilized effectively. The aut

horities will also strengthen protection for rural culture and traditions.

  A series of projects will be implemented to help with the supply-side reform in Chongqing.

Philip drove Barack Obama and his wife Michelle to lunch at Windsor Castle during their st

ate visit to Britain in 2016, prompting the former US president to remark: “I have to say I have never been dr

iven by a Duke of Edinburgh before, but I can report it was very smooth riding.”

The queen, a trained military driver during World War II, is said to have sh

ocked Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah, then crown prince, by climbing in

to the driver’s seat and taking him for a ride around her estate during a visit to Britain in 1998.

At the time, women were banned from driving in Saudi Arabia.

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When I learned you were a strong supporter of the Throne,

“How long it is since we last saw each other!”

replied Lu Bu, bowing in return.

“And where are you now?”

“I am a general in the Imperial Tiger Army.

When I learned you were a strong supporter of the Throne,

I could not say how I rejoiced.

I have come now to present to you a really fine horse,

a five-hundred-mile-a-day horse,

one that crosses rivers and goes up mountains as if they

were the level plain. Its name is Red Hare.

It will be a fitting aid to your valor.”

Lu Bu bade his guards lead out the horse.

It was of a uniform color like glowing-sun

red——not a hair of another color.

It measured ten spans from head to tail and from

hoof to neck eight spans. When it neighed,

the sound filled the empyrean and shook the ocean.

[hip, hip, hip] Mark ye the steed swift and tireless,

see the dust, spurned by his hoofs, rising in clouds,

Now it swims the river, anon climbs the hill,

rending the purple mist asunder,

Scornful it breaks the rein, shakes from its head

the jeweled bridle, It is as a fiery

dragon descending from the highest heaven. [yip, yip, yip]

  Lu Bu was delighted with the horse and said,

“What return can I hope to make for such a creature?”

“What return can I hope for?

I came to you out of a sense of what is right,” replied Li Su.

Wine was brought in and they drank.

“We have seen very little of each other,

but I am constantly meeting your honorable father,” said Li Su.

“You are drunk,” said Lu Bu. “My father has been dead for years.”

“Not so; I spoke of Ding Yuan, the man of the day.”

Lu Bu started. “Yes, I am with him, but only because I can do no better.”

“Sir, your talent is higher than the heavens, deeper than the seas.

Who in all the world does not bow before your name?

Fame and riches and honors are yours for the taking.

And you say you can do no better than remain a subordinate!”

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the founder of Shang Dynasty. After King Tang’s death, Yi Yin

 

“But this is the banquet chamber,

and state affairs should be left outside.

The matters can be fully discussed tomorrow.”

His fellow guests persuaded Ding Yuan to leave,

and after his departure Dong Zhuo said,

“Is what I said just and reasonable?”

[e] Yi Yin was was helper and prime minister of King Tang,

the founder of Shang Dynasty. After King Tang’s death, Yi Yin

served his sons and grandson. Soon after Tai Jia,

King Tang’s grandson, ascended the throne, he committed many faults,

and Yi Yin, acting as regent, exiled Tai Jia to Tong Palace——the burial place of King

Tang. After three years Yi Yin returned him the throne.

Tai Jia eventually became an enlightened emperor.

Shang Dynasty lasted for 650 years (BC 1700-1050)。

It was this act of Yi Yin rather than his services

in building up an empire that has made him immortal.

Whether he did right in temporarily dethroning

the king was open to question, until a final verdict was rendered

by Mencius who thought that his ends amply justified his means.

This historical event attests the extent of the

power exercised by a prime minister in those days. ……

[e] Huo Guang (BC ?-68) a general and regent of Han.

After Emperor Wu died, Huo Guang became regent to

three successive emperors, and the second one had been

the Prince of Changyi, who was on the throne for only

twenty-seven days. Huo Guang had the Prince of Changyi

declared unfit to rule and deposed him. Even though Huo Guang

contributed much to the empire’s stabilization,

after he died, he was distanced by the

emperor and most of his family

were executed for conspiracy charges. ……

“You are mistaken, Illustrious Sir,” said Lu Zhi.

“Of old Emperor Tai Jia of the Shang Dynasty was

unenlightened. Wherefore the sage Minister Yi Yin*

immured him in the Tong Palace till he reformed.

Later the Prince of Changyi ascended the throne,

and in twenty-seven days he committed more than

three thousand categorical faults. Wherefore Regent

Marshal Huo Guang* declared in the ancestral temple

that the Prince of Changyi was deposed. Our present

Emperor is young, but he is intelligent, benevolent,

and wise. He has not committed a single fault. You, Sir,

are an imperial protector of a frontier region and not a

metropolitan official and have had no experience in state

administration. Neither have you the

pure intentions of Yi Yin and Huo Guang

which qualified their actions. The Teacher said:

‘Only with Yi Yin’s purpose can one act like Yi Yin.

Otherwise, such a deed is treason.’”

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