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including existing ski resorts and some newly built projects, to host all eight Olympic snow sports
in 2022. The three clusters will be connected by a new high-speed railway, which will be completed by t
he end of this year. It looks beyond the Games to boost future winter sports tourism.
According to the organizing committee, all 26 venues for 2022 will be ready by June next year with the f
irst test event, a World Cup skiing series, scheduled to be held in Yanqing’s National Alpine Skiing Center in February.
About 90 percent of the earth moving work for the mountain center is now complete, and a 53-hecta
re forest reserve has been built nearby for transplantation of all the trees affected by the construction.
“The preparations are ready to step up to the next stage, from planning to
the readiness phase. Beijing is ahead in the race against time,” said Liu Yumin, dire
ctor of the planning, construction and sustainable development department of the 2022 Olympic Organizing Committee.
identify unwarranted certification items for abolition and list all certification items deemed ne
cessary. At the same time, work to establish a pre-commitment qualification system will be intensified.
“The reform of the qualification system is part and parcel of our efforts to build a credit-based society. Without a fully fledg
ed credit-based society, our business environment will not see significant improvements,” Li said.
It was decided at the meeting that the practice of pre-commitment of qualification will be piloted in 13 pro
vinces and municipalities, including Tianjin, Liaoning, Shanghai, Guangdong, Sichuan and Shaanxi, and in five mi
nistries－the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Justice, the Minist
ry of Human Resources and Social Security, the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ministry of Transport.
ch and field development resources to expand in the Chinese market over the coming years, he said.
Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng said last month that the two countries’ negotiating teams are hashing out the text of a deal, including an enforcem
ent mechanism, based on mutual respect and benefit. Both countries, the world’s two biggest ec
onomies, have been intensifying their consultations and aiming to break the deadlock in a timely manner.
In the ninth round of trade consultations, negotiators discussed tec
hnology transfers, protection of intellectual property rights, non-tariff measures, the s
ervice sector, agriculture, trade imbalances and enforcement mechanisms.
Trade between China and the US amounted to 815.86 billion yuan ($121.7 billion) in t
he first quarter of the year, an 11 percent year-on-year decline, according to the General Administration of Cus
toms. In March, Sino-US trade climbed 0.1 percent to 291.35 billion yuan, according to the administration.
eing restored as well. We have no room for even the slightest error,” Song said.
Liu Qingzhu, a cultural heritage expert at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said, “In anci
ent times, thunderstorms were the biggest threats for wooden architecture. They became much safer after l
ighting rods were widely installed. However, the use of electricity in restorations has created a new problem.”
Unlike the stone structures of much ancient architecture in the W
est, wood was the primary building material in ancient China. “If a fire similar to the one at Notre
Dame in Paris happened at a Chinese building, the whole building would probably burn down,” Liu said.
Hours after the fire in Paris, the Palace Museum in
Beijing, China’s former imperial palace from 1420 to 1911 and also known as the Forbidden City, held an eme
rgency meeting to go over its fire-prevention efforts. It is the world’s biggest architectural complex made of wood.