hina aims marked cut in water usage by 2020

China aims to substantially reduce water consumption by 2020 to tackle a supply bottl

eneck that could undermine the environment and sustainable economic growth.

By next year, waster usage per 10,000 yuan (about $1,492) of gross domestic product w

ill be 23 percent less than in 2015, according to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

The country also aims to cap water consumption below

670 billion cubic meters by 2022 and 700 billion cubic meters by 2035.

China still faces serious scarcity of water resources. Its pe

r capita water resource share lags far behind the world average.

An action plan jointly released by the NDRC and the Ministry of

Water Resources has put forward major initiatives to meet the goals, promoting man

agement mechanism of water saving contracts and water-saving service industries.

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Torrential rains trouble traffic in Guangdongu Baiyun Airport

orrential rains have hit many cities in South China’s Guangdong on Friday, bringing traffic chaos.

Guangzhou Baiyun Airport had seen 104 flights canceled, 66 flights delayed for more than an hour,

and 19 flights diverted to other airports by 11:30 am. Huadu district, where Guangzhou’s airport i

s located, announced a red signal, the top-level warning for heavy rain, at 11:04 am.

The airports in Shenzhen and Zhuhai have also been affected by the downpour.

Many trains between Guangzhou and Shenzhen w

ere delayed, with stranded passengers waiting at the train stations.

Intercity coach stations in Guangzhou were asked by the ci

ty’s transport authorities to stop selling tickets and dispatc

hing vehicles from 11:40 am until the first-level heavy rain emergency response has ended.

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he Guangzhou meteorological service issued an oran

ge signal for thunderstorms and yellow signal for heavy rain at 3:36 am. It issued yellow signals

for thunderstorms and heavy rain in the districts of Tianhe, Yuexiu and Liwan at 10:16 am.

Middle and primary schools and kindergartens i

Sanshui district, Foshan city, were closed once the red signal for heavy rain was issued.

Qingxin district of Qingyuan city received 57.9 millimeters of rainfall b

etween 8:00 am and 9:00 am, according to the provincial meteorological service.

China plans to introduce a compensation system for people who report adverse events l

inked to preventive vaccinations, according to a draft law under review at the top legislature.

Compensation must be provided in cases of an adverse event leading

to death, serious disability or organ injury during or afte

r vaccination, or when the possibility of an adverse event cannot be excluded, the draft says.

The draft vaccine administration law was submitted Saturda

y to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress for the second reading.

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I am from a small town, but education truly broadene

Over the past decades, favorable policies have brought benefits to many children in Tibetan areas.

Sonam likes watching NBA games in his spare time. Fluent in Chinese, Tibetan and Engl

ish, he is also a fan of Tibetan rap and occasionally hangs out with friends at a bar in downtown Beijing.

When he was studying abroad, he met the love of his life. Now both S

onam and his wife work in Beijing while raising a daughter, who is now a year old.

“We plan to let our child study in Beijing,” he said. “We want her to get in touch

with avant-garde thoughts, broaden her horizons and pursue a life she likes,” he said.

Like Sonam Tsering, Tsering Lhakyi also benefited from the country’s ethnic policies.

In the 1980s, due to a lack of skilled workers and the poor educational foundatio

n in the Tibet autonomous region, the government decided to offer classes to Tibetan children. In 1985, the first batch of

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nland to study. Since then, an increasing number have pursue

d studies in more developed areas in China.Tsering Lhakyi, born in the 1990s, was raised in Tibet’s Nagchu prefecture. Because of h

er high scores in the primary school, she was admitted to an inland Tibetan middle school. After the national colle

ge entrance exam, she applied to a university in Yantai, Shandong province, because she “wanted to see the sea”.

“The inland class truly taught me a lot about many new things,” sh

e said. As a fan of music, Tsering was once a singer in a bar and released two singles in Tibetan.

In 2017, she went on a popular talent show called Sing! Chi

na and became a sensation in the music industry thanks to her u

nique style of music. Before Tsering, there were no other Tibetan contestants on the show, she said.

“People thought Tibetan singers were all about ethnic

music, but I wanted to break that stereotype,” she said.

Liu Hua, with Qinghai’s Ethnic and Religious Affairs Committee, said China’s favora

ble ethnic policies not only brought quality education to students in ethnic areas but also c

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A report published by major Chinese travel agency Ctri

showed that 160 million Chinese people have travel plans during the upcoming four-day May

Day holiday. Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan and Indonesia are the top destinations outside the mainland.

Malaysia, which receives around 10 million Chinese tourists annua

lly, began to issue e-visas for Chinese in 2017. “The number of visa stickers on passports of Chinese

nationals dropped by 70 percent in the first year after the service was introduced, showing its high popularity,” said Han.

Since last year, countries including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Turkey, Thailand and Sr

i Lanka have started to accept visa application documents online and issue e-visas, either a bar code or QR code.

“When more countries that are mainstream travel destinations launch such services for Chinese, more will follow suit,” Dai said.

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Intercity coach stations in Guangzhou were asked by

y the city’s transport authorities to stop selling tickets and dispatching vehicles from 11:40 am until the first-level heavy rain emergency response has ended.

The Guangzhou meteorological service issued an orange si

gnal for thunderstorms and yellow signal for heavy rain at 3:36 am. It issued yellow sign

als for thunderstorms and heavy rain in the districts of Tianhe, Yuexiu and Liwan at 10:16 am.

Middle and primary schools and kinderga

rtens in Sanshui district, Foshan city, were closed once the red signal for heavy rain was issued.

Qingxin district of Qingyuan city received 57.9 millimeters of rain

fall between 8:00 am and 9:00 am, according to the provincial meteorological service.

 Every morning, Sonam Tsering, 30, takes up his backpack and ea

rphones, boards the subway and arrives at a commercial bank in Beijing for work.

Sonam’s job in is the international business unit of the bank. His success has a lot to do with his educational background.

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Sonam was born in Jone county in Gannan Tibetan

 autonomous prefecture of Gansu province. Under China’s et

hnic policies, Sonam was able to study at a middle school in northern Hebei province.

“There were many ethnic classes in our school, and many of my classmates were ethnic min

orities,” he said. After graduation, Sonam went for further study in Britain.

“I am from a small town, but education truly broadened my horizons,” he said.

Over the past decades, favorable policies have b

rought benefits to many children in Tibetan areas.

Sonam likes watching NBA games in his spare time. Fluent in C

hinese, Tibetan and English, he is also a fan of Tibetan rap

and occasionally hangs out with friends at a bar in downtown Beijing.

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Names of companies taking part in second CIIE released

The first batch of enterprises to participate in the secon

d China International Import Expo, or CIIE, has been published as the 200-day count

down begins, according to China International Import Expo Bureau on Thursday.

The planned Enterprise and Business Exhibition area will be 300,000 square meter

s and divided into five parts — equipment, consumption, healthcare, food, and trade

in service. There will be seven display areas on science-tech life, automobile, equipment, medical eq

uipment and healthcare products, quality life, trade in service and food and agricultural products.

The science-tech life display area will show

case AR and VR, and technologies companies such as Panasonic, Samsung, Qualcom

m, Bosch, 3M, SAP, Delonghi, Infineon, Steinway, Ricoh, SMEG, Schott, and AGC will display their products.

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hina Arts Festival to showcase power of modern ar

The 2019 edition is co-organized by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Shanghai municipal government. Since its esta

blishment in 1987, the festival has changed host cities in each edition, traveling to a

reas including Beijing, Sichuan, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Hubei over the past three decades.

Sales of tickets have opened online, with concessionary tickets price

d from anywhere from no cost up to 380 yuan ($56), according to the organizers.

To allow a larger audience to access the progra

ms, the festival will also feature live broadcasts online. “We will use new media to br

ing the shows to more ordinary people through livestreaming, letting them know about the modern dev

elopment of Chinese arts,” said Zhu Di, head of the ministry’s arts department, at

a news conference in Beijing on Thursday.As China merged the Ministry of Culture and National Tourism Admini

stration into a ministry of culture and tourism in 2018, this year’s festival is also aimed at promoti

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