eing restored as well. We have no room for even the slightest error,” Song said.
Liu Qingzhu, a cultural heritage expert at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said, “In anci
ent times, thunderstorms were the biggest threats for wooden architecture. They became much safer after l
ighting rods were widely installed. However, the use of electricity in restorations has created a new problem.”
Unlike the stone structures of much ancient architecture in the W
est, wood was the primary building material in ancient China. “If a fire similar to the one at Notre
Dame in Paris happened at a Chinese building, the whole building would probably burn down,” Liu said.
Hours after the fire in Paris, the Palace Museum in
Beijing, China’s former imperial palace from 1420 to 1911 and also known as the Forbidden City, held an eme
rgency meeting to go over its fire-prevention efforts. It is the world’s biggest architectural complex made of wood.
insk and covering an area of 91.5 square kilometers, is the first special economic area in Bela
rus and the largest intergovernmental cooperation project between China and Belarus.
The industrial park is stepping up efforts to attract more global investors, with 43 companies registered by the end of February.
Among the 43 companies, 26 are from China, 10 from Belarus, and seven from other countries, like the United States and Ru
ssia. The companies have signed agreements to make total investments of more than $1 billion in the park.
The China-funded Djibouti International Free Trade Zone, which started construction in January 2017, opened on July 5, 2018.
Covering an area of 48.2 sq km, the zone is operated by a join
t venture with investment by Chinese enterprises, including China Merchan
ts Holdings and Dalian Port Corp Ltd, as well as the Djibouti Ports and Free Zone Authority.
More than 20 enterprises from the commerce, logistic, processing sectors have signed letters of intent to re
gister with the FTZ, as infrastructure in the first phase of the FTZ, which covers an area of 6 sq km, has been basically completed.
The FTZ is expected to become a crucial junction linking other African countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, and
make Djibouti, the small northeast African country, a marine logistics hub linking Africa, Asia and Europe.
tion with China on jointly building the Belt and Road, She said.
Noting that the history of Italy-China exchanges for the past 50 years has been a history of dia
logue and friendship, the speaker said the Italian Senate is willing to facilitate exchanges between the two cou
ntries’ legislative institutions, and continue to make contributions to deepening Italy-China friendly cooperation.
Xi arrived in Rome Thursday for a state visit to Italy, the first stop of his three-nation Europe tour, which will also take him to Monaco and France.
hinese authorities have unveiled detailed measures to implement valu
e-added tax reform, a key step to boost market vitality and stabilize economic growth.
Starting April 1 this year, the 16 percent VAT rate that applies to manufa
cturing and other sectors will be lowered to 13 percent, while the rate for construction, tran
sport and other sectors will be reduced from 10 percent to 9 percent, said a joint statement released on Th
ursday by the Ministry of Finance, State Taxation Administration and the General Administration of Customs.