In addition to being members of local committees of the

Communist Party of China and local governments, the punished o

fficials also come from State-owned enterprises and public institutes, it said.

Jilin outnumbers the other seven provincial regions, with 177 punished officials. In one of

the cases there, 22 officials were punished because of the continuous deterioration of the Liaoyuan Riv

er and the slow progress in remediation of the water body in the city of Liaoyuan.

In the first half of 2017, the water quality of the river was found below Grade V, the lowest level in the co

untry’s five-tier water quality system, in eight of the nine monitoring stations along the stream. The ci

ty was also found to have only completed 28 of 67 projects that were listed in its 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-15).

Wang Liping, Party chief of Liaoyuan, for example, was re

moved from his post, and four officials were given severe warnings within the Party.

Previously, about 3,100 officials have been held accountable for environ

mental violations in the first three rounds of inspections, which were launched in late 2015.

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When more countries that are mainstream travel desti

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.

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Defending champion Mark Williams fought off a Marti

Gould fightback with a 10-7 win.Gould pegged Williams back from 9-4 to 9-7, before the Welshma

n eventually managed to get himself over the line and boo

k a second round meeting with either David Gilbert or Joe Perry.

Williams, who also lifted the trophy in 2000 and 2003, said

, “It was a tough first round match and I thought I played quite well.

“I just think my form has been improving for the last month or two and

it showed there. Even though the last few frames were a bit scrappy, overall it was good.”

In the day’s other matches, 2010 champion Neil Robertson of

Australia stormed to a 9-0 lead over Michael Georgiou of Cyprus. World number 14 see

d Luca Brecel of Belgium fought back from 3-2 down to lead England’s Gary Wilson 5-4.

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It is such a pleasure to see Hello Kitty and her frien

nds set their home in Shanghai, by perfectly fusing with loc

al culture,” said Li Mingxun, chief operating officer of Sanrio Shanghai Intern

ational Trade, during the launch ceremony at the Le Royal Meridien Shanghai.

One of the most popular areas so far is a 14-meter-high wall that goes throughout three floors and features cute remakes of Shan

ghai’s landmarks including the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, China Art Museum and Garden Bridge.

The indoor play area is one of the latest attempts by Shimao to explore theme park business oppo

rtunities. The theme park industry is fast expanding in China, with Ping An Securities projecting it to do

uble its existing volume to 90 billion yuan ($13.39 billion) in annual revenue by 2022.

“The collaboration with Sanrio started three years ago, and the tw

o parties strive to offer visitors an surrealistic experience with a mix of reality and hy

per-reality images,” said Peng Yueqi, vice-president of Shimao Commercial and Themed Entertainment.

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If visas become a bar code or QR code emailed to

applicants, their workload will be greatly lessened,” he said during the Shanghai World Travel Fair on Thursday.

Japan Tourism Agency data showed that 8.38 million tourists from the Chinese mainland traveled to Japan in 2018, repre

senting year-on-year growth of 13.9 percent and contributing nearly 27 percent of international tourists.

China has been the world’s largest source of tourists since 2014, reac

hing nearly 150 million last year, according the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

“The market potential remains huge,” said Dai Bin, director of the China Tourism Academy. “Compared to the United S

tates, where 48 percent of its citizens hold a passport, the figure in China is only around 10 percent. It’s estim

ated that the number of Chinese outbound travelers will reach 230 million in 2030.”

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Sonam was born in Jone county in Gannan Tibetan

 autonomous prefecture of Gansu province. Under China’s et

hnic policies, Sonam was able to study at a middle school in northern Hebei province.

“There were many ethnic classes in our school, and many of my classmates were ethnic min

orities,” he said. After graduation, Sonam went for further study in Britain.

“I am from a small town, but education truly broadened my horizons,” he said.

Over the past decades, favorable policies have b

rought benefits to many children in Tibetan areas.

Sonam likes watching NBA games in his spare time. Fluent in C

hinese, Tibetan and English, he is also a fan of Tibetan rap

and occasionally hangs out with friends at a bar in downtown Beijing.

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When he was studying abroad, he met the love of hi

s life. Now both Sonam and his wife work in Beijing while raising a daughter, who is now a year old.

“We plan to let our child study in Beijing,” he said. “We want her to get in touch

with avant-garde thoughts, broaden her horizons and pursue a life she likes,” he said.

Like Sonam Tsering, Tsering Lhakyi also benefited from the country’s ethnic policies.

In the 1980s, due to a lack of skilled workers and the poor educational foundation in the Tibet autonomous regi

on, the government decided to offer classes to Tibetan children. In 1985, the first batch of them went inland to study. Sin

ce then, an increasing number have pursued studies in more developed areas in China.

Tsering Lhakyi, born in the 1990s, was raised in Tibet’s Nagchu prefecture. Because of her h

igh scores in the primary school, she was admitted to an inland Tibetan middle school. After the national col

lege entrance exam, she applied to a university in Yantai, Shandong province, because she “wanted to see the sea”.

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hina increases preschool education spendingritten on lanter

The Chinese central government has increased financial input for preschool education, from 15 billio

n yuan (2.2 billion US dollars) in 2018 to 16.85 billion yuan in 2019, the Ministry of Education said Thursday.

Some 1 billion yuan will be allocated to expand the building of kindergartens in the country’s 11 provincial-level regions in 2019,

part of an effort to increase preschool education resources, Lyu Yugang, an official with the ministry, said at a press conference.

Meanwhile, local governments have taken effective measures to increase public access to affordable preschool education.

 China’s top economic planner approved 50 fixed-asset investment pro

jects worth 370.3 billion yuan (about $55.3 billion) in the first quarter of 2019, official data showed.

These projects are mainly in the energy, transportation and high-tech industries, according to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

Among them, the Yongqing-Shanghai section of the China-Russia east-route natural gas pi

peline project will play an important role in optimizing energy structure, improving gas supply along the route

and helping the local economy and environment, according to NDRC spokesperson Yuan Da.

The country’s fixed-asset investment rose 6.3 percent year-on-year in Q1, 0.2 percenta

ge points faster than the first two months, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

Fixed-asset investment includes capital spent on infrastructure, property, machinery and other physical assets.

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Automobile exhibitors including Volkswagen, BMW

 Mercedes-Benz, GM, Toyota, Hyundai, KIA, Ford, Tesla, and Volvo will bring their latest cutting-edge products.

The new technologies in intelligent manufacturing, aerospace and robot will be displayed at eq

uipment showing area, and exhibitors such as Hexago, Boeing and Bombardier will show their products.

Newcomers such as GSK and Siemens Healthcare will display thei

r new products at medical equipment and healthcare products area with Roche, Novar

tis, Astrazeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Bayer, Philips, DH, Thermo Fisher, and Novo Nordisk.

The quality life showing area will set new place to display pregnant w

oman, baby, and children products, and high-end consumer goods. Enterprises such as L ‘Ore

al, Unilever, P&G, Lego, Estee Lauder, Shiseido, Amorepacific, and Kao will set booths in the area.

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The city already added 30,000 new kindergarten slots la

last year to meet the increasing demand of preschool education with the implemen

tation of the second child policy and more migrant workers coming to the city, he said at a news conference in Beijing.

Beijing has 450,000 kindergarten students, 63 percent of whom attend public kindergartens, he said.

The city has made great efforts to ensure the safety of kinderga

rten students by making sure the public areas in the facilities are covered by surveillance ca

meras and that camera footage is guarded and stored for 30 days, Feng said.

At least two kindergarten caretakers should be present at all times with stud

ents, he added, noting that educators have worked closely with public security authorities.

Tian Gewen, principal of the Kindergarten of the General Research Institu

te for Nonferrous Metals in Beijing’s Haidian district, said the municipal governm

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