tinations launch such services for Chinese, more will follow suit,” Dai said.
Industry insiders said that the rapid development of internet technology in C
hina and people’s heavy use of online shopping, mobile payment and banking servic
es have allowed e-visa services to take root quickly in the country.
“Such services, which save the time and trouble of sending passpo
rts and paper documents back and forth, suit the young groups, who usually don’t plan for a trip far ahe
ad of time,” said Li Ailing, founder of lvyouquan.com, which provides tourism information to agencies.
Objectivity and impartiality were emphasized in the latest draft revisions to the Judge
s Law and the Procurators Law submitted to China’s top legislature for review on Saturday.
According to the drafts, judges should adjudicate based on facts and t
he law, guided by objectivity and impartiality. Procurators should do the same.
Procurators must strictly ensure that crimes are punished only under the law, and protect hum
an rights. They must prosecute criminals while protecting the innocent from criminal prosecution, the draft revisions say.
Photos have been released of China’s first domestically manufactured aircraft carrier on its recent fifth sea trial.
The trial tested the carrier’s command and control system and battle performa
nce, with the vessel completing tests of its mooring, power, battle and security system.
Unmanned convenience stores, vending machines, mobile payment…thanks to the latest technology, shopping has become even more effortless.
But shopping experience will go further than that: an eye-catching robot in Xi’an, Northwest China’s Shaanxi province, has hit the streets selling drinks and ice creams.
Powered by 4G networking and artificial intelligence, the human-shaped robot, Mr Doer, offe
rs ice creams and drinks on its own. The robot can also recite adapted poems or even dance to attract customers.
The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong National Nature Res
erve in Sichuan province said on Wednesday it had started rebuilding a fence where a visitor had touched a panda cub.
It was making the fence higher so that visitors cannot reach the pandas
and it asked visitors to keep away from the animals. It asked them to refrain from climb
ing over the fence and from feeding or touching the pandas, said Wang Jisi, an information officer at the center.
On April 7, a woman surnamed Han said in social media that she and som
ebody else had managed to touch a panda cub without the consent of the center.
top legislature recently passed the Foreign Investment Law, which says China will gradually shorten the negative list fo
r foreign investors to increase inbound foreign investment. This, together with Italy’s policy to welcome Chin
ese investment, is expected to help the two countries take more measures to boost investment cooperation.
Sino-Italian friendly exchanges have a long tradition, and the prospects for deeper bilateral cooperation are bright. This ye
ar marks the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the Sino-Italian comprehensive strategic partnership, and in 2
020 the two countries will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations.
Therefore, the two sides should synergize their development strategies and tap the potential for further bilateral cooperation. They should also strengthen bilate
al macroeconomic policy coordination under the frameworks of G20, World Bank, Asian Development Ban
k, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and other multilateral mechanisms, and help maintain the rule-based multi
lateral trading system and jointly promote global governance reform apart from deepening Sino-Italian and Sino-EU relations.
online news service focusing on China’s mobile payment industry, said to Securities Daily he
expects the run-up of cashless payments will maintain for three to five years until it takes up as much sha
re of consumption as possible, as consumers incrementally wade farther into cashless payments.
Data from PBOC revealed banking financial institutions in 2018 conducted 220.31 billion deals in non-cash paym
ents involving 3,768.67 trillion yuan, a rise of 36.94 percent and 0.23 percent year-on-year respectively.
In the same period non-banking payment institutions, mainly referring to third-party online payment service providers, had 530.61 b
illion deals, surging 85.05 percent, and the transaction volume was 208.07 trillion yuan, up 45.23 percent fro
m the previous year. Mobile payment platforms Alipay and WeChat Pay occupy over 90 percent of market share.
By the end of 2018, a total of 424 commercial banks and 115 payment institutio
ns were connected to a unified clearing platform set up by the Payment and Clearing Association of China, PBOC said.