Spring Festival, celebrating the start of the Chinese Lun
ar New Year, is unique beyond being the most important festival in the world’s most populous country.
Not only is it the longest holiday that most workers in China are entitled to, it also pr
oduces the largest annual human population movement in the world, th
anks to the age-old tradition of family reunions that are at the center of the occasion.
This year, the Year of the Pig, which is strongly believed to be associated with good fortune, has seen hundreds of millions
of workers based in cities and big towns returning to their smaller towns and villages of origin to reunite a
nd feast with their families－including their parents, and, for many, also their spouses and children. The official fo
recast is that this year, nearly 3 billion trips will be generated during the 40-day travel rush from Jan 21 to March 1.
While it might not be so obvious, this huge social phenomenon both shapes and is shaped by the sheer size and dis
tribution of China’s population linked to births, deaths and migration, and the way these three sets of vital events interact.
After the successful landing of the Chang’e-4 lunar probe on the far side of the moon on Jan 3, Ch
ina is planning to launch Chang’e-5, a more advanced lunar probe, later this year to collect samples from the moon.
The Chang’e-4 mission, the first such mission in history, was an important m
ilestone in the lunar exploration program of not only China but also the wo
rld. About 50 years ago, the United States’ Apollo 11 landed the first humans on the moon, marking a critical step in spa
ce exploration. But no human has landed on the moon after 1972. Since Apollo 11, according to the US, effectively en
ded its space race with the Soviet Union, the Americans abandoned all ambitions to further explore space.
“Project Apollo” did not prompt other countries to join the space race because no country ot
her than the US and the Soviet Union could afford the huge costs. Even the US found it extremely difficult to s
ustain the project. For example, the cost of launching the Saturn V rocket, the carrier of Apollo 11 in 1969, was nearly $40
0 million, almost equal to the total budget of the US National Science Foundation that year.
said. In 2018, trade in goods between China and countries within the re
gion covered by the BRI stood at $1.3 trillion, a 16.3 percent increase year-on-year. It w
as 3.7 percentage points higher than the growth rate of China’s overall external trade.
More than 13,000 China Railway Express trains have traveled along the BRI routes to date, l
inking cities in China with 49 cities in 15 European countries, including London, he added.
Rona Fairhead, the UK’s minister of state for trade and export promotion, said trade be
tween the two countries is worth more than 66 billion pounds ($86 billion) annually.
“UK exports to China continue to go from strength to strength,” she said. “In this n
ew year, I very much look forward to continuing our close level of engagement w
ith China. It is clear that there is still untapped demand for British goods and services in the Chinese market.”
LONDON — Queen Elizabeth’s 97-year-old husband Prince Philip has voluntarily given up his driving licence after a crash last month, Buckingham Palace said on Saturday.
Philip escaped without injury on Jan 17 when the Land Rover he was driving flippe
d in a collision with a car close to the royals’ Sandringham residence in eastern England.
“After careful consideration The Duke of Edinburgh has taken the decision to volun
tarily surrender his driving licence,” the royal palace said in a statement.
The other driver, a 28-year-old woman, suffered cuts to her knee and a 45-year-old wo
man passenger in the car, which also had a nine-month-old baby on board, sustained a broken wrist.
Witnesses said Philip pulled into a main road from a drive.
Philip, who suggested low sun had affected his sight for the crash, also re
ceived a warning from police for driving without a seatbelt two days after the crash.
Philip retired from public life in 2017, although he still occasionally appears with his 92-year-old wife at official events.
There is no legal age in Britain to stop driving, but drivers over 70 must renew their licences every three years.
Moscow in January 28 (xinhua) 28 (reporter liu Yang) Russian police annou
nced that it had uncovered in Moscow the day before the national season, denis polyakov gallery of art th
eft, and capture, a 31-year-old male suspect stolen paintings were retrieved intact.
According to local media reports, a famous stolen pain
ting is a famous Russian painter al heap, because of the Cri
mean Mr Petri peak.27, a man from Moscow state column season denis polyakov gallery to remove the m
asterpieces in public, and then quietly left the scene.Gallery announced that the painting was stolen and later the police.
Interior ministry spokesman said irina volk 28, a
suspect in the interior and the federal security service (FSB) were arrested in the raids.The police, ac
cording to his account from Moscow on the outskirts of a construction site to find the stolen paintings of intact.
The 37 members of the 35th Chinese research mission to the Antarctic — from the Kunl
un and Taishan teams — left Taishan station for the 520-km-away Zhongshan station on Sunday amid a snowstorm.
After completing their research at Kunlun station, the 16 members of the Kunlun
team left the station on Jan. 24 and met with the 21 Taishan team members at Taishan station on Thursday.
On Friday, the Taishan team finished the second stage of construction on the Tai
shan station, including the completion of the main building and installation of supportin
g facilities. All members then cleared the construction site and collected waste before leaving.
A severe snowstorm hit Taishan when the mission left with 11 snowmobiles. Visibility
was down to about 100 meters and members could only communicate via interphones.
Lying at an altitude of 2,621 meters in the icy Princess Elizabeth Land in the East Antarctic inland ice sheet, Taishan was hit by con
tinual snowstorms when it was opened for use in February 2014 and the weather has been snowy in summer since then.
As a summer station, the Taishan station, which is shaped like a Chinese red lantern, can be used by as many as 20 peopl
e as the second stage of construction has made it more environmentally friendly and better equipped.
The research mission is scheduled to arrive at Zhongshan on Friday and members will celebrate the Chinese New Year on their way back.
alf a year, on subsistence allowances or recent graduates from higher educational institutions.
The decision allows provincial-level governments to raise tax relief by 20 percent at most, depending on the needs of the region.
Companies who have hired the needy and paid social insurances for them can also en
joy tax deductions to the tune of 6,000 yuan per person a year for three years.
Local governments at provincial levels can lift tax relief by 30 percent at most according to local conditions.
The tax deduction mainly covers value-added tax, urban maintenance and constru
ction tax, educational surcharge and individual income tax and will be effective from Jan. 1, 2019 to Dec. 31, 2021.
A separate statement, which was jointly issued Saturday by the Ministry of Finance, the State Taxation Administration and the Ministry of Vete
rans, said that self-employed veterans can also enjoy all the preferential treatments.
Companies who have hired veterans can also enjoy tax deduction to the tune of 6,000 yuan per person a year for three ye
ars. Local governments at provincial levels can lift tax relief by 50 percent at most according to local conditions.
exchanges, Ibrahim said one major reason is that U.S. market is the deepest in the world and companies want to have access to liquidity.
He added that the companies also want to be next to their competitors that have already be
en listed in NYSE so as to make sure the evaluation
is aligned and make themselves available to the vast number of investors.
“This trend will continue because I think there are fantastic companies in China,” he said.
He said that the human element the NYSE has is also an important reason companies are willing to be listed there.
On the other hand, the demand from U.S. investors’ side for Chinese companies and products is high.
Ibrahim said there are a lot of great entrepreneurs
creating and selling new technologies and tapping the growth of Chinese economy.
“Investors want to be part of this growth,” he s
aid, adding that the way to access the growth is through IPOs.
NYSE-listed companies traded with 45 percen
t lower volatility compared to companies listed and traded on other U.S. exchanges, according to the stock exchange.
No Spring Festival feast in China, especially in the north, is complete without a steamin
g plate of homemade dumplings, little pockets of juicy flavour packed with a range of ingredients inc
luding pork, chives, tofu, carrot, mutton, cabbage and just about anything else you can think of.
Chinese Lunar New Year, otherwise known as Spring Festival, falls on the 5th February this year
, and will see people travel from all over the country to enjoy a reunion dinner with their families. This din
ner is the most important celebration on the Chinese calendar, taking place on Lunar New Year’s Eve.
But why do these fiddly little snacks continue to take pride of place on the reunion dinner table in China?
“It’s a tradition for Chinese people that everyone gathers together for a meal, in
cluding dumplings, on Spring Festival no matter how far away they are from hom
e. The dumplings contain a sort of affection when everyone gathers together for Spring Festival,” explained Wu C
uixia, as she showed me how to make the perfect dumplings just in time for the Lunar New Year.
her husband Liu Xiaolong, a Chinese man from Tianmen City, in Hubei Province, when she was a student at St. Petersburg