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China will unveil various measures to improve transport efficiency and lower logistics costs, according to a spokesperson for the transport ministry.
Vowing to see a notable increase in transport efficiency in the next
three years, the country will accelerate the construction of a comprehensive tra
nsport network, spokesperson Wu Chungeng told a news conference on March 28.
Efforts will also be made to expand the electronic toll collection system and promote multimodal transport, Wu said.
Meanwhile, the logistics costs are expected to be reduced by 120.9 billion yuan (about $17.97 bil
lion) in 2019, and a logistics service system in line with the country’s high-quality growth will be established over the next three years.
To fulfill such targets, the ministry will optimize transport struct
ure, upgrade rail, road and waterway transport systems and expand the network of logistics hubs, Wu said.
Chinese business leaders are more confident and prepared in addressing the challenges brought by new technologies than
those in many other countries, said Cindy Hook, CEO of Deloitte Asia-Pacific, a global consultancy firm, on Thursday.
While many business leaders in the rest of the world take a protective approach to using technologies, Ch
ina’s leaders would like to “disrupt their sectors” and facilitate real changes, Hook said on the sidelines of the Boao Forum for Asia.
“Chinese enterprises are looking at the technologies available－whet
her it’s artificial intelligence, big data or the like－to actually come up with whole-new busi
ness models and whole-new approaches to doing things, not just improving the old processes.”
With the readiness for technologies, China is likely to lead on many aspects of the unfol
ding Fourth Industrial Revolution, such as e-commerce, smart cities and the internet of things, Hook said.
The country’s impact on the revolution will be enlarged by its opening-up determina
tion, she added, citing the fresh opening-up measures announced by Premier Li Keqiang at the forum on Thursday.
Environmental monitoring has detected an excessive amount of the harmful gas benzene ne
ar the site of a deadly explosion in Xiangshui county of Jiangsu province, authorities said on Thursday.
At 10 am on Wednesday, the benzene density stood at 2.04 milligrams per cubic meter at a monitoring point that is 1 kilometer away in the downwind direc
tion from the site, about 17.5 times more than the national standard. The concentration was below the standard, how
ever, 2 and 3.5 kilometers away, according to a media release from the Jiangsu environmental watchdog.
“Analysis done by environmental experts working on the site shows that the excessive den
sity of benzene occurred because buried pollutants were gradually exposed to the air as cleaning work cont
inues on the site,” Liu Youbin, spokesman of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, told a news conference on Thursday.
The explosion occurred at about 2:48 pm on March 21 after a fire broke out in a plant owned by Jiang
su Tianjiayi Chemical Co. So far, the blast has claimed the lives of 78 people and injured more than 600 people.