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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.
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.
Chinese scientist says resilient varieties boost harvests, minimize use of fertilizers
A decadelong agricultural project spearheaded by Chinese scientists has helped alleviate poverty for more than 1.6 million f
arming households in 18 Asian and African countries through cultivation of high-yield and resilient rice strains.
The Green Super Rice project, led by the Chinese Academy of Agric
ultural Sciences, has generated 78 rice varieties that boast an average 20 percent increase in har
vest per hectare while minimizing the use of fertilizers, pesticides and irrigation, said Li Zhikang, a professor and
researcher of rice breeding at the academy and a leading member of the project, on Tuesday.
The total area planted with the varieties in participating countries h
ad expanded to 6.12 million hectares by the end of last year, including around 3.4 million hect
ares in the Philippines, 1.3 million hectares in India and 1.1 million hectares in Vietnam, he said.
such an attitude. Any nation with very strong and rapid growth is always in a very difficu
lt position in public opinion because we are afraid about the strength of others,” he said.
“For example, we were afraid of cultural pressure from the United States in the 1960s, and 20 ye
ars later, we had the same feelings against Japan with its technological projects. Now, China is bac
k around the table of big nations. I think we have to accept that and not be afraid, but to discuss.”
Raffarin said the two countries are expected to close contracts and announce new projects. He also
said the dialogue between France and China could be very useful in forming a new vision for multilateralism in a changing world.
In addition to strong existing collaboration between France and China, including in the automotive, aviation and healthcare sectors, Raffarin said the most
important thing for the future of Sino-French relations is to identify third-country projects, such as the Hinkley Point C nu
clear power plant in the United Kingdom, which is jointly financed by China and France, as well as opportunities in Africa.