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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
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 So far, more than 100 illegal mining projects have been withdrawn from Mount Qilian National Park, one of the country’s 10 pilot national parks, Zhang said.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.
shops that have obtained permits should avoid selling snacks that have lots of salt and sugar, it said.
Canteen staff should undergo health checks every year and maintain good sanitary habits; the school should keep full a
nd accurate record on the sources of the food and leave samples of each food for inspection, it said.
Canteens that do not leave food samples, purchased or stor
ed nitrite and sell food with high health risks, including sprouting potato and wild mushrooms, will
be fined ranging from 5,000 to 30,000 yuan, ($744 to $4464), according to the notice.
People responsible for food safety will be warned, striped off their post or handed over to law enforcement if caught profiting
illegally by purchasing substandard food, handling job irresponsibly and posing health risks, ca
using physical harm to teachers and students and failing to report food safety accidents, it said.