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Given the current climate of cross-Straits relations, the Chinese mainla
yabo亚博体育下载楼凤nd suspended issuing individual travel permits for Taiwan on Thursday. What do
es the move suggest? Two experts share their views on the issue with China Daily’s Yao Yuxin. Excerpts follow:
yabo亚博体育下载楼凤女神会所DPP should stop splittist activities
Taiwan witnessed rapid growth in tourist arrivals from the mai
nland in the eight years before Tsai Ing-wen became the island leader in 2016.
Individual travel to Taiwan was first permitted for residents of Beijin
yabo亚博体育下载楼凤女神会所g, Shanghai and Xiamen, Fujian province, in 2011 when cross-Straits relations were goo
d thanks partly to Ma Ying-jeou being the Taiwan leader. The arrangement was extended to 47 mainland cities over the fol
yabo亚博体育下载楼凤lowing three years. As a result, mainland tourist arrivals in Taiwan peaked at more than 4 million in 2015.
But tourist arrivals began dropping after Tsai took office, because she and her Democratic Progressive Party refused to rec
ognize the 1992 Consensus that there is only one China, which soured cross-Straits relations.yabo亚博体育下载楼凤女神会所
Mainland visitors－a large number of whom are individual travelers－account for ab
out a quarter of Taiwan’s total tourist arrivals, so the new curbs could rattle the island’s tourism industry andyabo亚博体育下载楼凤
hurt the broader economy. If the situation continues to worsen, the system for mai
yabo亚博体育下载楼凤nland tourists to apply for group travel to the island might also be affected in the foreseeable future.
But ignoring the mainland’s huge contribution to the island’s tou
rism sector prosperity and economic growth, Tsai and the DPP have more brazenly pyabo亚博体育下载楼凤女神会所
ushed forward their “Taiwan independence” agenda without thinking that, by fur
yabo亚博体育下载楼凤ther straining cross-Straits relations, they are compromising the well-being of Taiwan compatriots.
Besides, without any evidence to prove their outrageous claim, Tsai
and her fellow DPP leaders accused the mainland of sending spies and interferiyabo亚博体育下载楼凤女神会所
ng in the local elections last year, which put the safety of mainland individual travelers at risk.
e from local players, pushing them to roll out more localized p
yabo亚博体育下载楼凤roducts at a faster speed. For example, Skittles – a brand from US chocol
ate major Mars – has launched jasmine and rose flavored candies to attract local consumers. Nesyabo亚博体育下载楼凤
tle’s local research team launched a series of new instant coffee products with three
yabo亚博体育下载楼凤品茶微信flavors – peach, pineapple and green apple – to attract younger Chinese consumers.
According to the latest China Shopper Report from Bain & Company and Kantar Worldpanel in June, Chinese brands grew byabo亚博体育下载楼凤
y 15 percent since 2016, contributing 76 percent of market growth in 2018.By comparison, foreign brands grew m
ore slowly – by 9 percent since 2016 – and contributed 24 percent to last year’s market growth.
yabo亚博体育下载楼凤品茶微信The encouraging news for foreign brands is that despite being outpaced by domest
ic companies, the 24 percent growth in market share is actually double the rate in
2017.Foreign brands are learning what it takes to win in China, according to the report.yabo亚博体育下载楼凤
It requires keepAfter the construction is completed, t
he unmanned container transportation will be powered by lithium bat
yabo亚博体育下载楼凤品茶微信teries to achieve zero emissions and make Nansha a world-standard green port.
So far, Guangzhou Port has 108 foreign trade routes and 45 domestic
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he Belt and Road Initiative including those in Africa and Southeast Asia, said Chen.
ing pace with the market’s rapid changes, the report said.yabo亚博体育下载楼凤
Guangzhou plans to build the world’s first automated unmanned parallel container quay for t
yabo亚博体育下载楼凤品茶微信he fourth phase construction of the Nansha area of Guangzhou Port by 2021.
The fourth phase includes construction of four 100
,000-metricton ship berths and 122,000-ton lighter berths. It will provide
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mated quay cranes for container handling and automated rail-mounted gantry cranes.
Nansha will also use water-to-water transportation to reyabo亚博体育下载楼凤品茶微信
place road transportation in order to reduce the negative impact on
the environment, said Chen Zhiyi, deputy general economist of Guangzhou Port Group Co Ltd.
?redeveloped from a local cement plant, a former symbol of its economic boo
m. And the locals are working together to turn the venue into a cultural landmark tha
t will eventually include a cinema, a creative writing residence and a cultural center named after Jia.
A special thesis oral defense was held for a seriously injured third-year graduate student at a hospital in Central China’s Henan province on Sunday.
The student, Cheng Yanfang, who was about to graduate this year from East China Univ
ersity of Political Science and Law, became a paraplegic after a car accident in April.
“Finishing her thesis, getting her master’s degree and becoming a teacher is my sister’s biggest dream,” Cheng Hao, Cheng Yanfang
‘s younger brother, told thepaper.cn. He said even though the accident left her with no feeling below he
r chest, she maintained her rehabilitation training and read papers in her spare time.
standing of the pros and cons of rural reconstruction through their work were also invited to hold a dialogue with the writers, which resonated so strongly with the
villagers that some of them surrounded the speakers afterward hoping to expand their discussions.
He Wei, assistant professor at the school of architecture at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, w
ho has been leading several projects in the countryside, thinks a major problem is the conflicting demands between the elite class
of city dwellers, who tend to seek spiritual comfort in village life, and the villagers themselves who naturally want to i
mprove their quality of life. However, many of the rural traditions have been lost during the process.
“Once they leave the countryside, it’s hard for people to come back and settle, both in person and spiritually,” he says.
cers in China,” said Zhi, who is also a professor specializing in
lung diseases at Xuanwu Hospital, Capital Medical University, in Beijing.
In the capital, the percentage of smokers decreased to 22.3 percent from 23.4 percent in 2014-a decrease of 200,000 smo
kers over the past five years-Beijing Municipal Health Commission said on Thursday.
Following the adoption of a revised tobacco control regulation in June, 2015, which bans smoking in all indoor public space
s and workplaces, legal violations involving smoking in public places such as hospitals and restaurants in Beijing ha
ve significantly decreased, Gao Xiaojun, spokesman of the commission, said at a news conference.