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作者:英语点津    文章来源:China Daily    点击数:79    更新时间:2017/3/15   


“部长通道”再掀热潮 部委掌门人回应民生关切

As the National People's Congress, the country's top legislature, opens its annual session on Sunday, here is a selection of ministers' comments on important policies from the famous "ministers' passage" at the two sessions -- the annual meetings of the National People's Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee.

The "ministers' passage", also known as "the ministers' red carpet", is the 100-meter passage near the northern gate of the Great Hall of the People where ministers and other high-ranking officials must walk through before entering the meeting hall.

Govt will not tolerate 'subsidy cheating' by new energy vehicles

“部长通道”再掀热潮 部委掌门人回应民生关切

China has zero tolerance for "subsidy cheating" by some new energy vehicle makers and the country will introduce new policies as the subsidies will be phased out by 2020, Minister of Industry and Information Technology Miao Wei said on Sunday.

Miao said the government will improve the existing policies and strengthen the regulation on subsidies offered to carmakers.

The minister made the comments before the opening of the annual meeting of the National People's Congress, the country's top legislature.

Miao said the government is also studying alternative policies as the government will end the subsidy policy in 2020.

"We are planning to set up a new trading system based on the energy consumption of the traditional and the new energy vehicles," Miao said, adding the ministry is soliciting public opinions on its website.

China's growth steady, healthy

“部长通道”再掀热潮 部委掌门人回应民生关切

China witnessed steady and healthy economic growth last year, the nation's top economic planner said on Sunday.

He Lifeng, minister of the National Development and Reform Commission, said "it wasn't easy" to achieve the forecast 6.7 percent growth rate, given the external uncertainties and economic downward pressure seen in 2016.

But within the context of the last year's situation, the expected 6.7 percent growth rate would be healthy, he said.

He made the remarks ahead of the opening of the annual meeting of the National People's Congress, the country's top legislature.

Chinese economic growth accounted for 33 percent of global economic growth last year, according to He.

He also cited data that China created more than 10 million jobs and lifted more than 12 million people out of poverty last year.

Dairy sector scales new heights

“部长通道”再掀热潮 部委掌门人回应民生关切

Agriculture Minister Han Changfu told reporters before the opening of the annual National People's Congress that large-scale dairy farms now account for 50 percent of the milk supply in the dairy sector, and use of machinery is commonplace.

Sales and production of the top 20 milk enterprises now takes up half of the whole sector, he said.

"All those changes are indicators that China's dairy sector is heading for rejuvenation," he said.

Han said the authority will continue to step up the regulation on milk sources and the raising of dairy herds, and encourage the development of large-scale enterprises and name brands in the sector.

"I believe that someday foreign tourists will purchase Chinese milk powder when they visit China," he said.

Policy toward Taiwan remains unchanged

“部长通道”再掀热潮 部委掌门人回应民生关切

The policy of the Chinese mainland toward Taiwan will remain unchanged in 2017 despite a possible increase in uncertain factors and challenges in cross-Straits relations, the mainland's Taiwan affairs chief said on Sunday.

Zhang Zhijun, head of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, told reporters before the opening of the annual session of the National People's Congress that cross-Straits relations faced more complicated and severe challenges this year.

"However, our policies toward Taiwan will not change because of the change in the political situation in Taiwan," he said.

Zhang said the Chinese mainland will resolutely uphold the one-China principle and oppose "Taiwan independence", and safeguard the peace and stability in cross-Straits ties.

The Chinese mainland will also promote cross-Straits exchanges and more coordinated social and economic development across the Straits.

Counties no longer in poverty can still benefit from favorable policies

“部长通道”再掀热潮 部委掌门人回应民生关切

"Impoverished counties" can still benefit from poverty-alleviation policies for a certain period after they have been lifted out poverty, Liu Yongfu, head of the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development, said on Sunday.

Extending favorable polices for these counties can help boost their development and prevent them from falling into poverty again, he said.

Some impoverished counties are reluctant to be graded as having been lifted out poverty by the Central government for fear they may lose favorable poverty-alleviation policies, according to some media reports.

China has pledged to pull all people out of poverty by the end of 2020.

Research must be conducted before congestion charges

“部长通道”再掀热潮 部委掌门人回应民生关切

Local authorities should conduct thorough research and foster maximum consensus in society before launching a congestion charge to reduce traffic gridlock, Transport Minister Li Xiaopeng said on Sunday.

The minister told reporters before the opening of the National People's Congress that congestion charges can only be launched after thorough research and evaluation, and its implementation must be in line with the law.

Li said the ministry will encourage and support the development of bicycle-sharing services.

"We also encourage the local authorities to implement the strategy based on their cities' situation and step up regulation," he said.

He noted that it is also important for bicycle-sharing operators to improve their services and users to obey social protocol.

Supervisory body to strengthen fight against red tape, extravagance

“部长通道”再掀热潮 部委掌门人回应民生关切

The government will redouble efforts against extravagance and bureaucracy this year, head of China's top supervision authority said on Sunday.

Yang Xiaodu, minister of supervision, said before the opening of the National People's Congress that the authorities will boost measures against red tape and excessive spending.

"We'll also pay attention this year to lower-level corrupt officials, or flies, whom the public often complains about," Yang said.

In addition, he said a pilot program of supervisory commissions has been established on a trial basis in Beijing, Shanxi and Zhejiang provinces, adding that it contributes to accumulating experience for pushing forward the anti-graft legislation.

Drug body to ease pain for foreign pharmaceutical firms

“部长通道”再掀热潮 部委掌门人回应民生关切

There is a huge market potential for drugs and more foreign pharmaceutical companies should tap the sector, Bi Jingquan, chief of China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), said on Sunday.

Bi said there are several reasons behind the shortage of new drugs in China, some of the causes are: Strict drug inspection and approval policies, shortage in drug inspection and approval personnel at the CFDA, and concerns from some foreign pharmaceutical companies over intellectual property protection in China, which make them reluctant to sell new drugs in the country.

The authorities will take measures such as streamlining approval procedures for drugs, intensify protection of intellectual property rights, and increase the staff for drug approval so that more new medicines are available in the market, he added.


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