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China plans more perks for owner of electric cars

China will roll out more benefits, including tax breaks, to promote the use of electric vehicles-especially among private consumers-as it seeks to cut down on pollution. 

Minister of Sciences and Technology Wan Gang announced preferential policies that could be expected, just a day after the State Council said the government would exempt purchase tax for newenergy vehicles. 

These include all electric cars, plug-in bybrids and fuelcell vehicles. 

China wants to boost the sales of electric vehicles and has set a target of having 500,000 on the road by next year. 

But the nation only has about 70,000 new-energy vehicles in operation-and more than half of these cars are public buses and taxis.  Read more »

Trade picture improves

China's trade performance improved in June but still missed market forecasts, reinforcing expectations that the government will have to unveil more stimulus measures to stabilize the economy and meet its 2014 growth target. 

Exports rose 7.2 percent in June from a year earlier, the best pace in five months, but well below a median forecast in a pol for a rise of 10.6 percent. 

Imports also missed expectations, growing by 5.5 percent versus forecasts of 5.8 percent, although they returned to positive territory after a small drop in May. 

China's combined exports and imports edged up just 1.2 percent in first six months of the year, data showed Thursday. Read more »

SZ to raise pealties for traffic violations

Shenzhen will amend two of its major traffic laws, strengthening penalties for violations to curb reckless driving. Authorities are soliciting public opinion on the draft laws until Tuesday, when they will be submitted to the city's legislature for approval, Chinese-language newspapers reported Thursday.

Drivers who participate in street racing deemed unfit to be charged in court would be fined 2,000 yuan . Drivers could be fined up to 1,000 yuan for deliberately driving at excessively low speeds or for not yielding to emergency vehicles or vehicles carrying hazardous chemicals. Illegally switching lanes would carry a fine of 500 yuan.  Read more »

Drivers evading new parking fees

As the roadside parking rules took effect yesterday in some districts, many drivers chose to park their cars in off-road losts to pay a lower price, according to Che Xiaoping ,an officer with the road safety management center of the city's transport commission.

Prior to the implementation of the parking fees, it was often difficult-if not impossible-to find parking spots in Zhuzilin in Futian District, one of the four pilot areas for the roadside parking fee collection program.Yesterday morning, however, spots alongside roads in the area were mostly vacant. 

The new fees are much higher than the cost of commercial parking lots, even in the central areas of the city. For instance, parking for an entire day in one of the four areas now costs 256 yuan. Read more »

City to hold intl.biotech summit

Shenzhen will hold its first international summit on biological technology Sept.9 and 10 at Shenzhen Convention and EXhibition Center.

The theme for the event is developing a green economy and creating a better life. The summit will have three parts: keynote speeches, high-end dialogues and professional forums. Nearly 1,000 representatives of ministries, research institutes and biotech companies will discuss developments and trends in the biotech industry.

The summit will feature keynote speeches by two Nobel Prize winners: Sydney Brenner from South Africa and Jack William Szostak from the United States.  Read more »

Profesionals sent to assist English corners

English-Language professionals will be soon sent to to assist activities at 24 English corners across Shenzhen, according to the city's foreign affairs office.

The professionals are young employees either from the office or the service center affiliated with the office. They will support Englihs corner participants by means of exchanging information and experience concerning ESL study, providing textbooks and logistics for activities. 

Each English corner wil select one person every half a year from the 24 English corners to train them to lead the government-sponsored activities aimed at making Shenzhen a more internationally frindly metropolis.

The 24 English corners were established by foreign teachers, hiking enthusiasts and education professionals. Read more »

Night bus

A New bus route, N25, started operation this month to transport passengers who enter Shenzhen via Huanggang Checkpoint before 1a.m. Bus N25 from the checkpoint to the Dexing Garden terminal in Buji, Longgang District, will operate between 10:45pm and 1a.m everyday.

The new bus route covers a total length of 11.8 kilometers.

Huanggang Checkpoint is the only checkpoint in China that remains open 24 hours a day. In recent years, it has handled more than 100,000 travelers each day.

Food city to offer delicacies from around the world

Shenzhen world food city, the city's largest complex for imported food trading with a floor space of 200,000 square meters, will offer a variety of imported food from different contries.

On Saturday,at a match meeting for imported food brands, a warm-up for the opening of the World food city in Buji, Long gand district , foreig manufacturers from 18 contries, including Spain, Ukraine, Ireland, and Chile, displayed a variety of foods to local distributors and import agents seeking business opportunities for their products in Shenzhen markets.

The foods displayed covered five categories of more than 100 kinds, including wine, dairy products, dried seafood and snacks.  Read more »

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