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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 So far, more than 100 illegal mining projects have been withdrawn from Mount Qilian National Park, one of the country’s 10 pilot national parks, Zhang said.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.
Photo taken on March 10, 2019 shows the manned submersible Shenhai Yongshi (Deep Sea Warrior) at
a port of Sanya, south China’s Hainan Province. China’s science ship Tansuo-1 loaded with the mann
ed submersible Shenhai Yongshi (Deep Sea Warrior) returned to its home harbor in Sanya, South China’s Hainan pro
vince, on Sunday, after finis/hing its first expedition in the Indian Ocean. HAIKOU – China’s science ship Tansuo-1 loa
ded with the manned submersible Shenhai Yongshi (Deep Sea Warrior) returned to its home harbor in Sanya, Sou
th China’s Hainan province, on Sunday, after finishing its first expedition in the Indian Ocean.
The manned submersible can reach a depth of 4,500 meters. The 121-day expedition trip organized by the Chinese Acade
my of Sciences began Nov. 10, 2018. Scientists from 10 Chinese and foreign research institutes were invited to joi
n the deep-sea research trip.The ship traveled 17,000 nautical miles on the expedition during which
scientists surveyed five deep-sea hydrothermal areas and collected a trove of samples for ecological environment research.
All 157 people on board an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed soon after taking off from Addis Ababa have been killed, the airline said on Sunday morning.
The plane, en route to Nairobi, Kenya, lost contact at 8:44 a.m. local time, six min
utes after taking off from Bole International Airport in the Ethiopian capital.
Ethiopian Airlines CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam, told reporters at a press conference that
the pilot had reported technical difficulties and asked for clearance to return to Addis Ababa.
He was given clearance to turn back, according to GebreMariam, citing the Air Traffic Controllers record.
The pilot was a senior Ethiopian Airlines pilot who had flow
n more than 8,000 hours. He had an “excellent flying record,” according to the CEO.
The aircraft, flight number ET302, went down near Bishoftu, southeast of Addis
Ababa. An airline spokesperson told CNN the victims were of 35 different nationalities.
The spokesperson said 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethio
pians, eight Americans, eight Italians and seven UK nationals were among the passengers.
Eight Chinese passengers were also on board, said Li Liang, spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy to