attract foreign capital. The first is instability in the job market and relatively low labor efficiency. Particularly, the recent years have seen an increasing number of strikes and the failure of the g
overnment to ease industrial relations conflicts w
ith effective measures has crippled investor confidence in the country. Some foreign ent erprises even withdrew from Myanmar and shifted to neighboring countries, denting
the image of the nation. Second, Myanmar’s backward infrastructure may deter potential investors. A small nu
mber of p
ower generation facilities and fragmented grids cannot ensure stable and sufficient po wer supply. Access to electricity is limited to only 26 percent of the population, impeding Myanmar’s economic development.
Third, some Myanmese are prejudiced against foreign investment. Worrying that Myanmar’s eco
social interests may be impaired, they turned their backs on foreign investment. Demonstrators r allied in Kachin State to demand the government permanently halt the Myitsone dam project, without giving any constructive suggestion on the fo
llow-up arrangements. It’s fair to say some movements against foreign-invested projects, driven by nationalism an
d so-called environmental concern, are of no help in improving the country’s investment environment, and have hijacked economic development. Re
specting the spirit of the contract is a basic requirement for modern states and their people. Myanmar State Councilor Aun
g San Suu Kyi recently said an administration shouldn’t terminate foreign-invested projects approved by its predecessor.
raving about China,” BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra was quoted as saying in The Times of India.
The BJP has also questioned the “request” of the Chinese ambassador to give a cere
monial send-off to Gandhi for his Mansarovar trip. “When Rahul Gan dhi went for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, a letter was sent by the Chinese ambassador to the MEA (Ministry of External A
ffairs) that he wanted to give Rah ul Gandhi a ceremonial send-off. This protocol is limited to heads of state or government and leader of opposition. No
w it is clear why China wanted to extend this protocol to Rahul Gandhi. Yatra was just an ex
cuse, he had to meet Chinese ministers and discuss so mething. The cat is out of the bag today, and the Congress needs to clarify,” Patra told Hindustan Times. The BJP didn’t stop at that. It als
o dug into Gandhi’s earlier meeting with the Chine
se envoy in India during the Doklam standoff. If the developments are any indication, the BJP is desperate to raise any issue which could work in its favor in the elections with the mood of the general
masses not looking positive towards the party. It wants to eliminate the anti-incumbency factor and divert the at
ention of the masses from more pressing issues. The main opposition has alleged the BJP failed to keep its promise of
generating 20 million jobs in a year. The opposition is also repeatedly raising the Rafale fighter jet deal to counter M
odi’s take on corruption. Now the BJP strategists feel playing the China card, to a certain extent, could help the ruling party in this matter.
But experts say such issues are not going to impact the elections. “China card will prove to be of litt
le or just no help for the BJP,” says Ajay Jha, a prominent Delhi-based journalist who is an expert in Chinese affairs.
Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng on Friday stressed to take bolder and more
effective measures to implement the proactive fiscal policy.
Han, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Commun
ist Party of China Central Co mmittee, made the remarks when presiding over a meeting after an inspection of the Ministry of Finance (MOF).
At the meeting, Han studied major issues, including the launch of another round of tax cu
ts and fig
hting the “three critical battles” against risks, poverty and pollution. The MOF should stick to the basic tone of seeking progress while maintaining stability, promote
high-quality development and take coordina
ted steps to ensure steady growth, advance reform, m ake structural adjustments, improve living standards and guard against risks, Han stressed.
He said that larger tax cuts will be helpful in improving the co
me distribution system and the tax structure and better serve China’s current macro policy. The MOF should relieve the social insurance payment burden of firms, strengthen the manag
ement of the fiscal revenue and expenditure and create a sound policy environment for fair competition, Han said.
Han underlined that measures should be in place to effectively prevent and handle financial risks, reinforce the
monitoring of the local government debt risk and deploy more funds to facilitate winning the battles against poverty and pollution.
Shenzhen is to strengthen its regulations on smoking in public places, making it the strictest smoking policy in history, Nanfang Daily has reported.
The strenghtening is to focus on five areas of the policy.
Since the i
mplementation of the smoking policy in Shenzhen on March 1, 2014, smoking in public places has been banned, carrying a total fine of 3.745 millio n yuan, comprising a 3.325 million yuan fine for illegal smokers and 420,000 yuan for public places that failed to control smoking.
nting the policy however, problems arose with excessive fines, difficulties with law enforcement and evidence collection, and complicated punishment procedures.
Deputies of Shenzhen People’s Congress on Jan 18 jo
intly proposed that Shenzhen should revise the policy to make the regulations more practical and operable. The revised draft of The Regulation on Smoking Control explicitly expands the de
finition of smoking to include the use of e-cigarettes and other lit tobacco products.
It also expan
ds the scope of smoke-free areas, which now include outdoor p latforms and areas featuring wait lines for public transport, such as buses, coa
ches, taxis, subways, ships, civil aircraft and other public transport vehicles.
Smoking is also prohibited within five meters of subway entrances and exits.
The draft enhances protection for minors. It stipulates that no tobacco produ
cts are to be sold within 100 meters of kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, and children’s activity centers.
mainly popular in a dozen counties and cities in not just Hunan, but also in the adjacent Hubei province and the eastern Jiangxi province.
In its long development process, the opera h
as widely absorbed features of Yueyang folk tunes and artistic factors of other opera types t o form its own style. Traditionally, Huagu Opera had no full-time performing troupes, and was only pe
rformed by amateur artists, most of whom wer
e local farmers, during slack farming seasons on temporary stages. In 2007, Yueyang Huagu Opera was recognized by the State Council, China’s Cabinet, as
a national intangible cultural heritage for its cultural,
historical and artistic significance. In recent years, measures have been taken by the local government to promote the art form.
The One Yuan Theater, which aims to cultivate more audience, has been a successfu
l attempt, s
ays Yi Wen, an expert of Huagu Opera, who works at a local cultural center in Yueyang. “Traditional culture still means a lot to the local people. Even some younger residents have shown their interest in the opera,” Yi says.
Li, the professor, is a regular visitor, and he and his wife often bring their 3-year-
old daughter to participate in the activities. He
has also established a discussion group in Huilonggu
an in the hope of using people’s input to build a better area. “Everyone has an idea of the kind of life they want to live, and to live in a better
community is everyone’s dream,” he said.
In an interview with 21st Century Business Herald, Tian Zaiwei, CEO of Sh
Co, the company overseeing Tiantongyuan’s red evelopment, said the neighborhood covers the same area as many medium-
sized cities overseas. That means there is st
ill a long way to go, because construction and improv
ement of a city can often take decades or even 100 years.
After 20 years, Tiantongyuan has slowly filled its developmental gaps, and despite
the lack of infrastruct
ure, the congestion and dense population, i
t remains an area that many people consider when looking to buy property.