Min­istries re­sponded to in­quiries

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - POLICY REVIEW - By ZHANG ZHOUXIANG zhangzhoux­i­ang@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Min­istries have re­sponded to a se­ries of con­cerns from the public and me­dia out­lets.

Spring Festival travel

On Jan 13, t he an­nual Spring Festival travel rush, or the wave of peo­ple re­turn­ing home for fam­ily re­unions, will start. The Na­tional De­vel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion (NDRC) and the China Rail­way Corp, to­gether with some other min­istries, jointly re­quired lo­cal agen­cies and gov­ern­ment de­part­ments to en­sure the safety of pas­sen­gers dur­ing that sea­son.

In 2017, the num­ber of pas­sen­gers is ex­pected to reach 2.97 bil­lion dur­ing the Spring Festival sea­son, 2.2 per­cent higher than this year. As the rush comes 11 days ear­lier than this year, col­lege stu­dents will travel home at al­most the same time as mi­grant work­ers, which will add to the peak crowds.

Weather could pos­si­bly be more of a fac­tor dur­ing that pe­riod, with it being ex­tremely cold in north­ern re­gions and heavy smog a pos­si­bil­ity.

The min­istries re­quired lo­cal agen­cies to check ca­pac­ity de­fi­cien­cies and fill in the blanks to help all pas­sen­gers ar­rive safely.

Sta­ble yuan

Yi Gang, vice-gov­er­nor of the Peo­ple’s Bank of China, the Cen­tral Bank, re­sponded to public con­cerns over the yuan’s ex­change rate in a re­cent in­ter­view with Xin­hua News Agency. Yi said that the yuan, which is about 6.9 against the US dol­lar, has con­tin­ued to show char­ac­ter­is­tics of a ro­bust, sta­ble cur­rency in the global cur­rency sys­tem, even though its ex­change rate against the US dol­lar has de­pre­ci­ated re­cently.


the ex­pected num­ber of pas­sen­gers dur­ing the 2017 Spring Festival sea­son


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