hina sees progress in revitalizing traditional crafts

ina has seen progress in its effort to revitalize traditional crafts and turn them int

o targeted measures for poverty alleviation, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

The ministry said it has organized extensive training for inheritors of traditional c

rafts and supported setting up relevant workstations in collaboration with different departments.

The ministry has set up 57 workshops for intangible cultural heritage and provided training for 2,500 people in poverty-stricken areas

, including a county in southwest China’s Guizhou Province that is home to the ethnic Miao people.

The campaign has also raised the awareness of provincial-level authorities. A total of 26 provinces, autonomous re

gions and municipalities have issued plans for revitalizing traditional crafts in their regions.

The ministry said it will continue to focus on policy implementation and the inclusion of social forces in the future.

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Spain’s govt loses budget vote, paving way for snap election

Spain’s parliament rejected the government’s 2019 draft budget on Wednesday, pushing the country to the brink of a national election.

Sources in the government and the Socialist party of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez told Reuters on Tu

esday that he would call a snap election if the draft was rejected, with April 14 or April 28 the most likely dates.

The Socialists hold less than a quarter of the seats in parliament and needed support fr

om smaller regional parties, including the Catalans, to get the budget proposal voted through.

But the Catalan parties, unhappy with the government’s refusal to consider or dis

cuss – amongst other issues – an independence referendum for their nor

theastern region, voted against it, as did the centre-right and the conservatives.

“This shows that the right wing in this country is intent on blocking social progress,” Bu

dget Minister Maria Jesus Montero told reporters, in the government’s first reaction to the vote.

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Employment, private kindergartens and small business taxes

Several ministry-level departments, including those for human resources and social security,

civil affairs, and finance, have responded recently to issues of public concern.

Employment survey to help job seekers

The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Securit

y has launched an online survey in an effort to improve services to job seekers.

In a notice posted on its website on Feb 2, the ministry invited members of the public to fill in

an employment questionnaire and give it a better understanding of the employment sit

uation after the Feb 4-10 Spring Festival holiday.

The survey is open to the public until Feb 20. Respondents can access the questionnair

e by scanning a QR code on the screen of their cellphones or logging on to the ministry’s website.

The ministry also surveyed employers and job-seekers last year to find out more about employment needs after Spring Festival.

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The Ministry of Education said on Feb 2 that it will contin

ue to boost support for private kindergartens and encourage them to provide inclusive services.

The ministry said media reports that the country will no longer allow the development

of private kindergartens were misleading, and it will continue to encourage investment in kindergartens.

As of 2017, about 63 percent of kindergartens nationwide were run by private entiti

es, among which 43 percent were deemed to be providing inclusive services, the ministry said.

It added that it will encourage more private kindergartens to provide inclusive servic

es. In the meantime, private kindergartens will be allowed to remain profit-oriented to meet public demand.

Chinese authorities have decided to grant a three-year tax benefit to encourage self-employment and hiring by small businesses.

The decision was jointly announced on Feb 2 by the Ministry of Finance, State Taxation Administration and two other government departments.

According to the decision, people in need who start a business can have 12,000 yuan ($1,790) a year deducted from their families’ annual taxes over three years.

The preferential treatment will target four groups: those registered as members of pov

erty-stricken groups; people who have been jobless for more than half a year; those living on su

bsistence allowances; and recent graduates from higher education institutions.

Businesses that have hired individuals from the four groups and paid social insurance for

them can also enjoy tax deductions of 6,000 yuan per person a year for three years.

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France advanced to the top 10 markets where WeChat P

ay was mostly adopted for the first time since WeChat started tracking the data in 2015.

A Nielsen survey released in January suggested that 93 percent of Chinese travelers are likely to increase their spen

ding overseas if mobile payment is more widely accepted, which would consequently boost local businesses.

Alipay and WeChat Pay accounted for almost 94 percent of the count

ry’s third-party payment market, according to consultancy iResearch. The duo are ga

ining market share by making ambitious forays overseas where mobile payment is yet to mature.

Among the latest developments, Tencent is looking to work with more smart solutions and s

ervice providers this year to make the app function run as smoothly in foreign markets as it does in China, by in

corporating a variety of tools developed by third-party providers, said Fan Wei, overseas business director of WeChat Pay.

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Yueyang Huagu Opera originated more than 200 years ago. It is

 mainly popular in a dozen counties and cities in not just Hunan, but also in the adjacent Hubei province and the eastern Jiangxi province.

In its long development process, the opera has widely absorbed features of Yueyang folk tunes and artistic factors of other opera types to f

orm its own style. Traditionally, Huagu Opera had no full-time performing troupes, and was only pe

rformed by amateur artists, most of whom were local farmers, during slack farming seasons on temporary stages.

In 2007, Yueyang Huagu Opera was recognized by the State Council, China’s Cabinet, as a n

ational intangible cultural heritage for its cultural, historical and artistic significance.

In recent years, measures have been taken by the local government to promote the art form.

The One Yuan Theater, which aims to cultivate more audience, has been a successful att

empt, says Yi Wen, an expert of Huagu Opera, who works at a local cultural center in Yueyang.

“Traditional culture still means a lot to the local people. Even some younger residents have shown their interest in the opera,” Yi says.

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Fire Ritual is deeply influenced by worship music and court music in

ancient China, while blending western and modern musical elements. Hand cymbals, resembli

ng those in Peking Opera, were seamlessly merged with a Baroque violin ensemble, and the sound

of bird chirping echoed the hymns of human beings, creating dialogue between mankind and nature.

Various non-musical objects, as a signature style of Tan, were used to imitate cer

tain sounds. For example, the orchestra repeatedly turned pages of their scores to create the sound of wind.

Singaporean conductor Kahchun Wong led the orchestra for the first time. He turned himself

into a Shaman in the ritual with rich body languages, adding to a sense of immersive theatrical ex

perience for some 2,700 spectators, who gave a standing ovation when the piece concluded.

Wong in 2016 became the first Asian to win the prestigious international Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition for young conductors held in Germany.

Other programs during the night included an adapted version of Korean folk song Arirang, and Mozart’s Der H

olle Rachefrom The Magic Flute, both performed by South Korean soprano So Young Park as her Philharmonic debut.

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Barcelona 6-1 Sevilla win the Western Kings Cupa win the We

At 04:30 p.m. Beijing time on January 31, 2019, the West King’s Cup went off and Barcelona hosted Sevilla. Finally, Barcel

ona won 6-1 against Sevilla, Roberto, Lakitic, Cutinio, Suarez and Messi and Guilherme Arana saved face for the visiting team.

Barcelona have not had any disadvantage in the league in the near future and are ready to play in the Ch

ampions League. The domestic cup has reached the quarterfinals, and Barcelona will not give up

easily. In the first round, Sevilla won 2-0 at home against Barcelona and accumulated some confidence.

Barcelona played a 4-3-3 formation. Roberto and Pique need to provide strong interception

ability in the back waist position. In midfield, Lakitic’s Offensive-Defensive transition is ex

pected. Messi, Cutinho and Suarez were in the attack position. On the other side, Sevilla has a 3-5-1-1 formation. The go

alkeeper is Soliano. The midfielders of Gervais, Amadou and Arana need to provide strong support for the front.

The referee whistled the beginning. In the 14th minute, Cutinio took the penalty! Direct run-up and h

it the door! The ball is in! Wooooow. 1-0! Barcelona’s midfield possession! Artur obliquely passes the ba

ll to Messi! Keep pushing the ball forward. Celesson kicked off directly with his big foot

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China grants tax benefit to boost employment of the needy

  The Chinese government has decided to grant a three-year-long tax benefit to inspire self-employment and support small companies to hire more people in need.

  Under a decision jointly announced Saturday by the Ministry of Finance, State Taxation Adm

inistration and other governmental departments, people in need who start a business can have 12,0

00 yuan (about 1,790 US dollars) deducted from their families’ annual share of taxes over three years.

  The preferential treatment will target those registered as needy, jobless for more th

an half a year, on subsistence allowances or recent graduates from higher educational institutions.

  The decision allows provincial-level governments to raise tax relief by 20 percent at most, depending on the needs of the region.

  Companies who have hired the needy and paid social insurances for them can also

enjoy tax deductions to the tune of 6,000 yuan per person a year for three years.

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hile Beijing promises to buy more American goods and to ex

pand market access to US firms, Washington should move forward on some issues, such as tightened export controls to China,” Mei added.

Besides the purchase of more US soybeans, there is more room to buy additional ‘

’US goods such as energy products, aircraft and automobiles as part of efforts to reduce the US trade deficit with China.

More containment

Notwithstanding the good momentum of trade talks, the US seems to be hastening its offensive against China in various sectors.

In a Saturday article, CNN said US intelligence warned that China was using “student spies” to steal secrets from the US.

Unnamed lawmakers and intelligence officials were quoted as saying that the Chinese are

“notorious” for their patriotism and nationalism that could allegedly “coerce them into carrying out acts of espionage.”

On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the US Energy Department said it woul

d ban its scientists and employees from participating in talent-recruitment programs sponsored by China and other countries.

The department oversees 17 national laboratories conducting advanced resear

ch in such areas as nuclear physics and supercomputing.

This is not the first time US officials have accused Chinese students of espionage, while Chine

se students, based on official US data, accounted for over 30 percent of the country’s international students in 2018.

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