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ew stage of preparation for the Games,” said Chen Jining, mayor of Beijin
g and executive president of the 2022 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee. “We will end
eavor to deliver a fantastic, extraordinary and excellent Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.”
The 1,000-day countdown — launched near the iconic Bird’s Nest and the
Water Cube, both 2008 venues — underlined Beijing’s focus on sustainability in prepa
ring a second time for an Olympic extravaganza by reusing existing resources built for the Summer Games.
According to the 2022 Winter Olympics organizing committee, 11 of the 13 v
enues needed in Beijing’s downtown, where all ice sports will be staged, will use existing faciliti
es built for 2008. Repurposing projects, such as transforming the Water Cube (which hosted swimming in 2008) into a
curling arena by filling the pool with steel structures and making ice on the surface, are well underway.
conomy and Informatization, the trade-in program targets the 603,000
vehicles complying with State-III emissions standards or below in this city.
Shanghai also encourages owners of public service vehicles — such as buses, sanitation vehi
cles, postal cars, taxis and light logistics vehicles — to replace their current vehicles with electric ones.
The city will improve auto financing, leasing and used car trading, as well as the construction of charging poles and hydrogen
refueling stations, to promote the use of new energy vehicles, the commission added.
The Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation G
roup (SAIC), China’s largest automobile manufacturer, has set up a 3 billion yuan fu
nd to support the trade-in program, with trade-in models limited to its Roewe, MG and Maxus brands.
A gasoline vehicle trade-in would enjoy a subsidy of 10,000 yuan per vehicle, while a new en
ergy vehicle trade-in would receive a subsidy of 15,000 yuan, the manufacturer said.
In fact, the group had lowered prices of its Roewe- and MG-branded
vehicles last month, in response to China’s VAT reduction policy that started April 1.
growth－and with good reason. China sustained an average annual growth rate of 10 percent from 1980 to 2011, unprece
dented for a large economy. Since 2012, however, the annual growth has slowed down with the Government Wor
k Report presented recently by Premier Li Keqiang setting a growth target of 6-6.5 percent for 2019.
For China doubters, this is a “gotcha” moment. After all, the premier’s grow
th target implies a 40 percent deceleration from the “miracle” trend. This seems to vin
dicate warnings of the dreaded “middle-income trap”－the tendency of fast-growing developing economies to re
vert to a much weaker growth trajectory just when they get their first whiff of prosperity.
The early work on this phenomenon was precise in terms of what to expect: as per capita inco
me moved into the $16,000-$17,000 range (in dollars at purchasing power parity in 2005), a sust
ained growth deceleration of around 2.5 percentage points can be expected. With China having hit that income thr
eshold in 2017, according to International Monetary Fund estimates, its post-2011 slowdown looks all the more ominous.
udents’ trust. Upon arrival, they were not only faced with the high altitude and thin
ner atmosphere, but also naughty students with a low level of basic knowledge.
Wang Qiming, a history teacher from Huai’an city, Jiangsu, said he experienced some friction when he taught his first class in 2015.
“The students knew less than those in Jiangsu. They didn’t behave well in class or listen to me, so if the situation had not been
handled carefully－if I had become impatient or irritated－the tension could have been harmful,” he said.
Wang decided to proceed slowly and adjust his schedule to match t
he students’ poor skills. He quickly realized that even the seniors sometimes acted like young chi
ldren and needed coaxing and incentives, which many local teachers overlooked.
“Many local teachers have problems. For example, when they teach a class, they may think th
at they have taught a lot at a slow pace with enough detail, and they get annoyed if students don’t remember. In
fact, you should give the children time to digest, sparing five minutes in each class to help them review the work,” he said.