despite the security concerns it faces in some markets. Huawei has repeatedly said the
security llegations it faces are groundless and not supported by any factual evidence.
The city competition for talents in China heats up, as an incre
asing number of cities offer favorable housing policies to attract residents.
Ningbo in East China’s Zhejiang province is one of the most recent entrants to join in. L
ast Sunday, the city published its latest policy interpretation for talent attraction.
Fresh undergraduates and postgraduates moving to Ningbo for employment are given a one-off living sub
sidy of 10,000 yuan ($1,490) and 30,000 yuan, respectively. The city also offers a 200,000 to 600,000 yuan home purchase sub
sidy and a maximum of 8 million yuan in household settlement subsidies for eligible high-end talents.
Hohhot, the northern city in China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region, offers qualified graduate
s 50 percent off for home purchases and two years of free accommodation in certain districts of the city to lure skilled personnel.
lents, instead of regulating the property market. The aim is to attract skilled residents to optimize the demographic mix and boost
the economy, said Yan Yuejin, director of the Shanghai-based E-house China Research and Development Institution.
While these measures could actually stimulate the property market, real estate speculation should be avoided, Yan said.
Up till now, more than 60 cities have introduced talent introduction
and settlement policies, according to data from Centaline Property Research Cente
r. Preferential policies, unprecedented in terms of quality and quantity, including household reg
istration and home purchase subsidies, have sprung up in China, especially in second- and third-tier cities.
Cities such as Changzhou, Haikou, Xi’an, Nanjing and Shijiazhuang have lowered the
ir thresholds for household registration and implemented specific housing p
or of the China Tourism Academy. “Compared to the United States, w
here 48 percent of its citizens hold a passport, the figure in China is only around 10 perce
nt. It’s estimated that the number of Chinese outbound travelers will reach 230 million in 2030.”
A report published by major Chinese travel agency Ctrip showed th
at 160 million Chinese people have travel plans during the upcoming four-day May Day hol
iday. Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan and Indonesia are the top destinations outside the mainland.
Malaysia, which receives around 10 million Chinese tourists annually, began to i
ssue e-visas for Chinese in 2017. “The number of visa stickers on passports of Chinese na
tionals dropped by 70 percent in the first year after the service was introduced, showing its high popularity,” said Han.
Since last year, countries including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Turkey, Thailand and Sri Lanka have starte
d to accept visa application documents online and issue e-visas, either a bar code or QR code.
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.