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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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When he was studying abroad, he met the love of hi

s life. Now both Sonam 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 foundation in the Tibet autonomous regi

on, the government decided to offer classes to Tibetan children. In 1985, the first batch of them went inland to study. Sin

ce then, an increasing number have pursued studies in more developed areas in China.

Tsering Lhakyi, born in the 1990s, was raised in Tibet’s Nagchu prefecture. Because of her h

igh scores in the primary school, she was admitted to an inland Tibetan middle school. After the national col

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

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Another 11 tax authorities from Italy, Greece, Iran,

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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Collaboration between the tax administrations of BRI co

untries can lead to the pooling of skills and expertise on tax collection. It can also strengthen natio

nal tax rules in areas such as withholding tax, transfer pricing and dispute resolution to ensure that fair am

ounts of taxes are collected, said Daniel Witt, president of the International Tax and Investment Center.

“BRI countries should be careful not to create barriers to investment, an

d the priority should be to look at practical solutions to remove complexities and co

mpliance burdens on tax administrations and taxpayers,” Witt added.

To serve the BRI, Liao Tizhong, director-general of the International Taxation Department, State

Taxation Administration, said China has expanded a tax treaty network to cover 95 countries and regions.

The number of foreign companies from BRI countries that invest in China and pay annual

taxes of more than 5 million yuan reached 1,205 in 2018. Their average revenue grow

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Automobile exhibitors including Volkswagen, BMW

 Mercedes-Benz, GM, Toyota, Hyundai, KIA, Ford, Tesla, and Volvo will bring their latest cutting-edge products.

The new technologies in intelligent manufacturing, aerospace and robot will be displayed at eq

uipment showing area, and exhibitors such as Hexago, Boeing and Bombardier will show their products.

Newcomers such as GSK and Siemens Healthcare will display thei

r new products at medical equipment and healthcare products area with Roche, Novar

tis, Astrazeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Bayer, Philips, DH, Thermo Fisher, and Novo Nordisk.

The quality life showing area will set new place to display pregnant w

oman, baby, and children products, and high-end consumer goods. Enterprises such as L ‘Ore

al, Unilever, P&G, Lego, Estee Lauder, Shiseido, Amorepacific, and Kao will set booths in the area.

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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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Shaorong, vice-general manager of Qinzhou Nixing Po

He told China Daily his company’s priority is to attract more peo

ple, especially non-locals, to visit and boost sales, as local consumption has limited potent

ial. The company is eyeing more business opportunities based on word-of-mouth among visitors, Long said.

This “one-stop industrial tourism”, as Long calls it, has contrib

uted more than 60 percent in total sales since his company started to feel out the market in 2005.

Long witnessed the company transform from a State-owned enterprise to a market-orient

ed limited company at the turn of century. By streamlining internal bodies and lifting the proportion of em

ployees involved in production while promoting its products via culture and tourism, costs can be cut, according to Long.

Now, he added, the annual production value of the company has reached 10 million yuan ($1.5 million).

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Guangzhou continues crackdown on animal smuggling

uangzhou, provincial capital of Guangdong province, pledged to further cooperate with overseas

counterparts in the fight against endangered animal smuggling in the coming months, said a senior local customs officer.

“Top priorities will be given to big cases: major smuggling gangs, channels and networks,” said Zheng

Jun, deputy director of the Guangzhou customs anti-smuggling bureau, at a news conference in Guangzhou on Thursday.

According to Zheng, Guangzhou customs provided valuable and accurate information to its Malaysian count

erparts in January, resulting in the seizure by Malaysian customs officers of more than 60 kilograms of rhinoceros horns.

Zheng reiterated that customs officers from his bure

au have zero tolerance for smuggling and will introduce more high-tech means and big data

analysis to crack down on smugglers trafficking endangered animals and their products.

Zheng made the remarks after his bureau seized a total of 178.66 kilograms of smugg

led endangered animals and their products, the result of 111 cases since the beginning of the ye

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The national landmark has received thousands of visitors

from China and overseas since it opened in 1968. Leaders from more than 70 countries and over 600 delegations from 150 nations have visited it.

During the three days it reopened to the public before taking road traffic in December, the bridge had more than 200,000 visitors.

The 4,589-meter-long structure reopened after 27 months of repairs. As China’s first home-designed road and rail truss bridge, it has been p

raised and loved by many. A truss bridge is one whose load-bearing superstructure is composed of connected elements forming triangular units.

Liu Yong, 63, a retired teacher from Nanjing, said he was in elementary school when the bridge first op

ened. Without telling his parents and teachers, he and his classmates walked more than 10 kilometers to see it.

“It was the most magnificent structure I had ever seen. When our relatives visited Nanjing, we

took them to see the bridge instead of visiting other well-known places of interest,” Liu said.

Zhou Lei, who lives in a residential community near the bridge, said that when he was an elementary school student in Ya

ncheng, Jiangsu, his father promised him that he would take him to see the bridge if he had high scores in his final exam.

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A report released in August by the Center for China and

 Globalization said about a third of graduate returnees to China with four-year degre

es currently earn less than 6,000 yuan ($893) a month, while 25 percent make between 6,000 and 8,000 yuan.

For students graduating with four-year degrees from China’s top 100 schools, monthly

salaries range between 6,000 and 9,000 yuan, according to a Guangming Daily report.

The salaries awaiting returnees to China are paltry compared with the high cost of overseas stu

dy, which has risen to an average 300,000 yuan per year for tuition, room and board, the CCG report said.

According to the 2018 Report on Chinese Students’ Overseas Study released by New Oriental Vision Overseas Consulting Co an

d Kantar Millward Brown, about 78 percent of Chinese students abroad planned to work in China either right af

ter graduation or after working overseas for a while, compared with 58 percent in 2016.

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