ecially the development of the tourism sector, a pillar industry of China.
In fact, after the four-day holiday was announced on March 22, tourism-related stocks rose sharpl
y. Also, the number of tourists and tourism revenue during May Day holiday this year are set to increase by ab
out 8 and 9 percent year-on-year, respectively, according to China Tourism Academy.
But the actual number of holidays has not increased because April 28 and
May 5 being Sundays are make-up working days. And since there is a debate on whether t
he government should put people’s demand for longer holidays above economic development, the four-day hol
iday without reducing the number of working days will help the government and companies to strike a balance bet
ween maintaining economic development and meeting people’s need for longer holidays.
But why do Chinese people crave for longer holidays? They do so be
cause some employers, especially in some underdeveloped regions, have not given (or
have been reluctant to give) the paid leave to their employees. Besides, national holidays put
will be significant demand for top-quality goods and services,” he told China Daily.
Noting that many European companies are renowned for their innovation and reliability, Bagnasco said that “there shou
ld be plenty of business to be done” in Xiongan. In June, Mats Harborn, chamber president, paid a visit to Xiongan and wa
s received by Chen Gang, vice-governor of Hebei province and director of Xiongan’s management committee.
Chen said he hopes the chamber will take an active role in such areas as green developm
ent, intelligent technologies and innovation in Xiongan, an official news release from the new area said.
“The EU Chamber of Commerce in China has been building relationships in Xiongan for some time now, and the me
eting in June was just one part of that,” Bagnasco said, adding that the meeting was a good opportunity to furt
her develop relationships and deal with more concrete matters, such as specific investment mechanisms.
China would like to make joint efforts with Italy to revive the ancient Silk Road and bring more benefits for the people, President Xi Jinping said on Friday.
Xi made the remark while speaking to the media with Italian President Sergio Mattarella
in Rome. Xi left Beijing on Thursday for state visits to Italy, Monaco and France. His trip will conclude on Tuesday.
The ancient Silk Road boosted interconnectivity between Asia and Europe, and it encouraged exchanges between civilizations, Xi said.
Xi told reporters that his discussion with Mattarella was fruitful and the two leaders reached a wide range of consensuses.
China and Italy should connect their developmental strategies and enhance cooperation in such areas as infra
structure, seaports, logistics and maritime transport while promoting practical cooperation under the Belt and Road, Xi said.
China would like to increase trade and investment with Italy, Xi said, adding that Ita
ly is welcome at the second China International Import Expo as an honored guest. China would like to import more prod
ucts of high quality from Italy, and more domestic companies are being encouraged to invest in Italy, he said.
The Chinese icebreaker Xuelong, carrying the 349 members of China’s 35th research mission to Antarctica, returne
d to Shanghai safely on Tuesday, about a month earlier than originally scheduled due to a collision with an iceberg.
Despite the Jan 19 collision in the Amundsen Sea, the crew managed to carry out com
prehensive research at five stations, including Changcheng, Zhongshan and Taishan, aerial geop
hysical remote sensing observation in the southeast polar ice cap, and marine surveys in the Amundsen Sea.
“Our team obtained valuable data and samples on the expedition, and filled the scientific ga
ps in the investigation of the Amundsen Sea area,” said Li Yuhong, an assistant researcher from No 3 Marine In
stitute of the Department of Natural Resources, who joined the 35th expedition
BEIJING — China’s agriculture ministry said Wednesday that a new case of African swine fever had been confirmed in Shaanxi province.
The outbreak occurred on a farm with a total of 11,334 pigs in the city of Yulin, the Ministry of A
griculture and Rural Affairs said, citing a China Animal Disease Control Center report.
Up until now, 62 pigs on the farm have died from the viral disease, while 150 have been infected, the ministry said.
A team was dispatched to the area immediately, and local authori
ties have initiated an emergency response to block, cull and disinfect affected pigs.
Transport of all pigs and related products out of or into the blockaded region is forbidden, the ministry said.
African swine fever is believed to only infect pigs, and no humans or other species have thus far been infected.
China reported its first case of the disease in August 2018 in the northeastern province of Liaoning.