g without a drill pipe core in polar ice bedrock, which helped the scientists obtain the first few samples of bedrock unde
r the ice cores at the station. The conwwwhebeishengxincn-2/ion was also compleexpedition.
Xuelong left Shanghai on Nov 2 and arrived at Zhongshan Station on
Nov 30. The icebreaker entered the Amundsen Sea in early January for a marine survey but
experienced “the worst sea conditions since departure”, according to an earlier report by China Ocean News.
On Jan 19, the ship was caught in a sudden thick fog on the Amundsen Sea and collided with an
iceberg, Cheng Xiao, dean of the College of Global Change and Earth System Science at Beijing Normal University, told Xinhua.
An increase of cyclones in the area since the start of 2019 has great
ly increased the number of floating ice fragments, while in 2018 the area was a single large ice sheet, Ch
en said. The floating ice drifted to the north, pushed by the wind, which also affected navigation on Xuelong’s trip home, he added.
natural reserves. So far, more than 100 illegal mining projects have been withdrawn from Mount Qilian National Park, one of the country’s 10 pilot national parks, Zhang said.
Under a plan released in 2017, China aims to set up a batch of national parks covering ab
out 200,000 square kilometers, and to form a unified management system by 2020.
China’s achievement in afforestation was recognized in a study by the United States’ space agency NASA published last month. It sa
id China and India are leading the increase in greenery globally – with China alone accounting for a qua
rter of the global net increase in leafy area despite having only 6.6 percent of the world’s vegetated area.
Tax authorities are preparing to enact significant tax cuts and fee reduction
s, said Wang Jun, commissioner of the State Taxation Administration, on Tuesday.
China is establishing measures to cut taxes and fees by nearly 2 trilli
on yuan ($298 billion) this year, said Premier Li Keqiang in his Government Work Report.
with tax cuts alone accounting for more than 10 percent of the tax revenue target this year, according to the government budget, Wang said.
The cuts aim to reduce the burden on manufacturing companies, small
and micro-sized enterprises, and the working class, in an effort to stabilize em
ployment, the financial sector, trade, domestic investment and market confidence, Wang said.
He made the comments during an interview at the annua
l meetings of the national legislature and China’s top political advisory body.
“This scale of tax cuts and fee reductions has rarely been seen over the past decades, both
inside and outside China. It demonstrates the resolution, confidence, wisdom and power of our Party and gov
ernment to overcome difficulties and make great efforts to build a strong state,” he said.
f the accident as soon as possible and inform China of the investigation development in a timely manner, and appropriately handle the follow-up matters,” Lu said.
The ministry and Chinese embassy in Ethiopia will continue to follow relevant develop
ment and make all-out effort to proactively assist the families with follow-up issues, he added.
One Chinese national, who said many Chinese prefer the flight due to its convenience to business
travelers, said she was saddened and relieved at the same time. Cao Ran, who has been operating an insurance brokerage bus
iness in Nairobi for the last 10 months said she had changed her mind at the last minute and instead took a flight back on Frid
ay. “Just a coincidence,” said the owner of Jiang Tai Insurance Brokers, adding that it was a business trip.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed tweeted his condolences immediately. “The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Govern
ment and people of Ethiopia, would like to express its deepest condolences to the families of those that hav
e lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.”