Projects to improve traffic on Yangtze
China will dredge sections of the Yangtze River this year to deepen it and increase the amount of freight traffic that can use the waterway, a national legislator said recently.
“Projects will be carried out on the upper, middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River,” said Tang Guanjun, deputy to the National People’s Congress and also director of the Changhang River Administration of Navigational Affairs in Hubei province.
“We aim at forming awater network connecting more places,” he said.
“The water level is of prime importance to freight transportation on the river. For every 10centimeter rise in the water level, a 3,000 metric ton ship can carry an extra 176 tons of cargo,” he said.
“The ‘golden water gateway’ is essential to boosting the development of the Yangtze River Economic Belt. The river’s mainstream is the busiest river in the world regarding freight traffic,” Tang said.
In 2016, freight traffic on the mainstream of the Yangtze River was 2.31 billionmetric tons, while railways across the country carried 3.33 billion tons. The river handled 15.2 million containers last year.
“Water transportation is much cheaper than rail and road transportation,” he said.
Newprojects will be carried
Lu Yu of the Sino-US Times newspaper is covering China’s annual national legislative and political consultative sessions. He tries to actively participate in every news conference and open panel discussion.
Lu has raised questions to the State Council Leading Group Office for Poverty Alleviation and Development director LiuYongfu, ForeignMinister Wang Yi, and ZhangMao, head of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce.
Lu is not alone. Beijing is swarming with journalists reporting on the fifth session of the 12thNational People’s Congress and the fifth session of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. According to the media center, this year’s sessions have received more than 3,000 journalist applications, including those from an increased number of foreign reporters.
“Because China now is such an influential country, no journalist wants to miss out on an event so abundant with news,” Lu said.
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While Kato knows already how democracy in China differs from that in the West, he now sees that it works and puts people at the center of their own government.
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