HEADLINE Highlights of the fourth passage interview of ministers

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Highlights of the fourth passage interview of ministers

By Yang Chuchu, Li Lei, Lyu Feisha, and Wang Yi | People's Daily app

11:37, March 13, 2018

Six ministers answered questions from reporters at the “ministers' passage” after the fourth plenary meeting of the first session of the 13th National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 13. 

Tax cut raises profits: Tax Administrator

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Wang Jun, minister of China's State Administration of Taxation, receives an interview after the fourth plenary meeting of the first session of the 13th National People's Congress on March 13. (Photos: People's Daily app)

At the Ministers’ passage interview, the administrator of the State Administration of Taxation (SAT) Wang Jun showed how the tax cut boosts revenues.

He said that the increase in China’s tax revenue over the past five years can be shown with an asymmetric v-shaped curve whose left side is longer than the right side. It denotes that China’s tax revenue has been increasing after a dropdown, but still lower than the peak point in the recent years.

Another v-shaped curve shows the increase in China’s corporate income tax. In this curve, the left side is shorter than its right side, which means that enterprise revenue has been recovering and topped the peak of recent years. Combining the two diagrams, it is not hard to see that a tax reduction plays an important role in increasing profits.

Official assures private firms

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Xiao Yaqing, chairman of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council, answers questions. 

Private companies should not be concerned about “the state advances, the private sector retreats,” Xiao Yaqing, head of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, told the media at the “ministers' passage” on Tuesday. 

Since the implementation of the reform and opening-up policy, private enterprises have grown and now occupy a larger share. Xiao said that the relationship of the state and private sectors is not contradictory.

Xiao also said he is confident in the reform of Northeast China's State-owned enterprises during his talks.

Public should have easy access to cultural heritage

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Culture Minister Luo Shugang answers questions.

The public should have no barriers to access cultural heritage, China’s Minister of Culture Luo Shugang told the media at the “ministers' passage” on Tuesday.

Interest in museums has risen in recent years.  In 2014, 700 million people visited museum, which now has increased to 900 million a year.

To protect cultural relics, China has built and implemented a responsibility system, strengthened accountability, cracked down on cultural crimes and strengthened legal protection, Luo said.

He added that intangible cultural heritage preservation mainly focuses on nurturing young people to inherit old skills and incorporating this heritage into public life.

IP chief responds to skepticism over intellectual property protection 

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Shen Changyu, commissioner of State Intellectual Property Office, answers questions.

Shen Changyu, commissioner of China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), said that China adopts an indiscriminate attitude toward domestic and foreign enterprises on intellectual property protection.

At the Ministers’ passage interview on Tuesday, Shen said that China adopts an indiscriminate attitude toward all enterprises in terms of intellectual property protection regardless of country, the size and ownership. 

The SIPO will continuously improve intellectual  property protection in China, Shen added. Statistics show that in the past five years, the SIPO has processed over 100,000 intellectual property-related cases. This year, the Office will further strengthen intellectual property protection by rationalizing laws and regulations in terms of patents and intellectual property protection, and raise penalties. 

The SIPO will make all-out efforts to create a better and innovative business circumstance, he said.

Liu Yaming: Make good use of the big data tools to forecast severe pollution weather

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Liu Yaming, Administrator of China Meteorological Administrationanswers questions. 

Liu Yaming, administrator of the China Meteorological Administration, said China will make good use of the big data tools to forecast the weather, and help related departments effectively protect the environment effectively and make our skies blue again. 

He also admitted that there are still difficulties in forecasting convective weather.  He said his agency will tackle key technical problems that affect the accuracy of weather forecasting.

Poverty alleviation

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Liu Yongfu, director of the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Developmentanswers questions.

We needs to turn the pressure into an impetus, although the challenge to totally eradicate poverty by 2020 is huge, Liu Yongfu, head of China’s State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development, said on Tuesday.

China will create new ways for poverty alleviation to achieve the goal of completely eliminating poverty by 2020.

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