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Increasing number of countries going digital when reviewing documents

An increasing number of countries have tapped into the convenience of e-visas to at

tract more tourists from China, the world’s largest source of outbound tourists.

According to tourism insiders, the Japanese embassy in Beijing sa

id on Thursday during a meeting with local travel agencies that it will launch e-visa serv

ices on May 1, allowing applicants to submit their materials online instead of sending paper documents.

“The embassy said that e-visa services may be available in consulates in other Chinese cities next year,” said H

an Zhisu, co-founder and CEO of 666visa.cn, a dome

stic platform where visa applicants can submit materials.Chen Zeyong, CEO of online visa service tigerwing.cn, said the

Japanese government issued 7 million visa stickers for Chinese nationals last year.

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Industry insiders said that the rapid development of interne

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 technology in China and people’s heavy use of online shopping, mobile payment and

banking services have allowed e-visa services to take root quickly in the country.

“Such services, which save the time and trouble of sending passports and paper documents back and fort

h, suit the young groups, who usually don’t plan for a trip far ahe

ad of time,” said Li Ailing, founder of lvyouquan.com, which provides tourism information to agencies.

 Objectivity and impartiality were emphasized in the latest draft revisions to the Jud

ges Law and the Procurators Law submitted to China’s top legislature for review on Saturday.

According to the drafts, judges should adjudicate based on facts an

d the law, guided by objectivity and impartiality. Procurators should do the same.

Procurators must strictly ensure that crimes are punished only

under the law, and protect human rights. They must prosec

ute criminals while protecting the innocent from criminal prosecution, the draft revisions say.

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Another 11 tax authorities from Italy, Greece, Iran,

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Saudi Arabia and New Zealand, among others, joined the mechanism as observers, and will have advisory roles.

Expanding tax dispute resolution activities, increasing transparency, streamli

ning compliance and digitizing filing are some of the key tasks that the mechanism will

act upon going forward. To help facilitate these goals, an office will be opened in Beijing.

Members agreed that the mechanism is in response to calls by

G20 leaders for a fair, transparent and modern tax system that ultimately contrib

utes to the fulfillment of the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Wang Jun, commissioner of China’s State Taxation Admin

istration, was elected chairman of the mechanism‘s council. He suggested that mem

bers jointly enhance tax administration capacity and build a growth-friendly tax environment.

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In order to improve the business environment, the Chi

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ese government has launched a series of measures to continually reduce burdens for taxpayers, an

d the annual plan for 2019 is to cut 2 trillion yuan ($300 billion) in taxes and fees.

“Effects have been seen recently. In the first two months, 182.85 billion yuan in taxes and fees were furth

er reduced,” Wang said. “The Chinese tax authority will do all it can to achieve the target.”

“International tax cooperation is not and has never been easy. But we

do need a multilateral approach,” said Vitor Gasp

ar, director of the Fiscal Affairs Department at the International Monetary Fund.

“BRITACOM has a role to play in fostering a multilatera

l cooperation approach to taxes, and it can help tax adm

inistrations share best practices and build a foundation for cooperation,” Gaspar said.

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Names of companies taking part in second CIIE released

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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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ent has offered 1,000 yuan($149) per month of subsi

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dies for each student and the district government has offered another 500 yuan per m

onth for each student. The students are only required to pay tuition of 900 yuan per month.

Apart from ensuring students get a high-quality education, the sub

sidies are also used to increase the salaries of teachers and give them better training, she said.

To ensure that more students receive inexpensive yet hig

h-quality preschool education, the school added 270 new kinde

rgarten slots in 2016, she said. It now has 18 classes and more than 540 students.

Children attending public kindergartens or affordable private on

es will account for 80 percent of all preschoolers by 2020, according to a d

irective issued recently by the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council.

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Alibaba Group led China’s best employer list this yea

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 followed by Baidu and ByteDance, according to the employment-oriented social networking platform LinkedIn.

The ranking list is based on feedback from LinkedIn’s more than 40 million users in China, taking fo

ur aspects into consideration — interest in the company, engagement with employees, job demands and employee retention.

Qualified companies must have had at least 500 employees as of Feb 1, 2018, and demonst

rate flat or positive employee growth over the following 12 months, based on LinkedIn’s data.

Among the top 25 companies to work for in 2019, 15 of them are technology companies, as the results showed.

Here is the top 10 list for best employers in China.

A traditional craft maker in Qinzhou, a city in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous

region, found a clue to boost popularity of its more-than-1,300-year-old workmanship. That is tourism.

Long Shaorong, vice-general manager with Qinzhou Nixing Pottery Arts Co Ltd, bets big on

tourism to beef up sales of Nixing pottery, one of the top four potteries in China, which originates from Tang Dynasty.

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al violations at sites that supply drinking water. As of the

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 of last year, all but nine of 6,251 violations that inspectors found had been corrected, at a total investment of 41 billion yuan ($6.1 billion) in 31 provincial regions.

According to the top environmental watchdog, 3,740 industrial enterprises wer

e relocated and 1,883 wastewater outlets were shut down during the campaign.

“In the long run, the campaign will help curb pollution at sites that supply drinking

water and prevent more of them from being abandoned due to pollution,” Ma from the institute said.

There are specific dos and don’ts at these sites, but some of the restrictions will be lifted if they cease to be sources of drinking water.

Researchers should strictly follow the standards and code of conduct of scientific researc

h and not embezzle or misuse scientific research funds, the Ministry of Education said on Wednesday.

They should not commit fraud to obtain a research project, research fund and other awards or honorary titles, the ministry said.

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Luckin Coffee raises $150m in latest financingre seen at a stor

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Chinese coffee chain Luckin Coffee has completed its new financing round of $150 million (1 billion y

uan), lifting the firm’s valuation to an estimated $2.9 billion, news portal NetEase reported on Thursday.

Global fund manager BlackRock-controlled private equity participated in the financing by investing $125 million.

Last year, Luckin Coffee completed its two financing rounds worth $400 billion with inve

stors including Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC, Joy Capital and China International Capital Corp Ltd.

The coffee chain founded in 2017 had 2,073 stores in 22 Chinese cities

by the end of 2018, and plans to build 2,500 more in 2019. The firm aims to overtake its rival

Startbucks in store and cup numbers in China, said Luckin Coffee’s founder Qian Zhiya at a news conference in January.

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Scientists said the research, also published in Nature

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could open up new prospects for medical research.Huawei’s Ren named China’s most influential business leader

The 74-year-old Ren Zhengfei, founder and CEO of Huawei Technologies, is the most influentia

l business leader in China, according to the latest ranking released by business magazine Fortune’s Chinese edition.

Pony Ma Huateng, founder and CEO of tech giant Tencent, came i

n second followed by Chen Dongsheng, founder, chairman and CE

O of Taikang Insurance Group. Alibaba chairman Jack Ma grabbed fourth place this year.

These business leaders’ values were not only reflected in the successful m

oments of their companies, but also, most importantly, in their willingness to face challen

ges as well as help their company through a crisis, find new direction and stride for the next success, Fortune China said.

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