A series of new policies and measures have now been or will soon formally adopted and come into force. Let’s see how they will affect your everyday life in China and check the updates of important news!
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China releases official 2021 public holiday arrangement
Last week, China’s General Office of the State Council released the official 2021 public holiday arrangement. There are 7 Chinese festivals having a holiday for all citizens, according to the Regulation on Public Holidays for National Annual Festivals and Memorial Days.
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Business visitors gain quick channel between China and Japan
China and Japan resumed business travel on Monday with a fast-track entry system that exempts eligible visitors from compulsory 14-day quarantine.
“It will accelerate the pace of resumption of companies’ manufacturing activities amid the pandemic and I believe it will provide an important support for the recovery and development of the Chinese and Japanese economies,” State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the online Sino-Japan forum on Monday.
In a message read at the forum, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi also hailed the change.
According to Xinhua News, the newly-launched “fast track” can further fuel bilateral cooperation to beat the COVID-19 pandemic and get work and production back on track.
You can buy cheaper flight tickets soon! China expands domestic route airfare reform
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said last week that it would liberalize airfares of domestic routes operated by at least three airlines from Dec 1.
The reform will substantially increase the number of domestic air routes with market-based prices, and the mechanism for the market to determine prices will further strengthen, the CAAC said.
This move will likely continue to tap domestic market demand and accelerate the recovery of the sector.
Shenzhen checkpoint to suspend operation of 24-hour service
The schedule for Shenzhen Bay Checkpoint to implement 24-hour border crossing service before the end of the year has been suspended due to COVID-19, the Shenzhen Municipal Office of Port of Entry and Exit announced on its official website.
Due to the risks of COVID-19, the border crossing time has been adjusted to 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. from the original 6:30 a.m. to midnight.
Hong Kong and Shenzhen will develop and assess the 24-hour service appropriately under the overall situation of COVID-19 prevention and control, according to the website.
For the facilitation among cities of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, Shenzhen and Hong Kong had agreed in August to implement the 24-hour service at Shenzhen Bay Checkpoint.
Shenzhen Bay Checkpoint will be one of the three checkpoints between Shenzhen and Hong Kong that offer the service if the arrangement goes through. The other two checkpoints are Liantang Checkpoint in Luohu District and Huanggang Checkpoint in Futian District.
2 new intercity rail lines launched in Guangdong
Two new intercity railways officially began service in Guangdong on Monday, further facilitating the travel of local residents and tourists in the province.
The Guangzhou-Qingyuan Intercity Railway Line, which reaches 38.2 kilometers, will help accelerate the economic integration of Guangzhou and Qingyuan.
The new line has six stations, including two at ground level and four elevated. Travel time is about 30 minutes for the whole journey.
The 22.6 kilometer-long Guangdong Donghuan Intercity Railway has four stations, including one at ground level and three underground. It links Huadu station, also an intercity transfer station for the Guangzhou-Qingyuan line, to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, one of the major aviation hubs in the country.
Loudspeakers to be banned in Shanghai metro
A new restriction on the use of loudspeakers in metros will take effect in Shanghai on Dec 1, according to Shanghai Metro on Wednesday.
The posters about the new rules are already in trains. They also reiterate the rule that bans eating and drinking in carriages.
The move has been supported by many netizens, some of whom have suggested that the rules be rolled out across the country.
Regarding the implementation of the rules, a staff member told local news portal ThePaper that passengers may alert the metro’s customer service when they notice any offenses being committed.
China to improve export control list as ECL to be effective
The Ministry of Commerce will further improve the country’s export control list and release it in due course.
Export control is a common international practice in which a country prohibits or restricts the export of specific items, Gao Feng, spokesperson for the ministry, told an online press briefing in October.
His remarks came after China’s top legislature passed a law on export control, which would go into effect on December 1.
China may take countermeasures against any country or region that misuses export control measures and poses a threat to the country’s national security and interests, according to the new law.
The law also specifies that technical documentation related to the items covered by the law is also subject to export control stipulations.
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SOURCE | China Gov / Xinhua News / ecns / GDToday