>China to brace for holiday rush
China's air travel sector has recovered significantly and is expected to brace for a holiday travel rush as National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival are around the corner, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said on Tuesday.
Jin Junhao, deputy director of the administration's transportation department, said the country will lift restrictions on the limit of weekly flights on 49 domestic air routes, giving carriers more flexibility to operate passenger flights involving airports in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, among other busy airports.
The regulator also eased access for airlines to operate regional flights linking smaller airports with major hubs in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, to help airlines tap into potential markets, as well as promote the recovery of small and medium-sized airports, he said.
According to online travel agency Tongcheng-eLong, flight ticket prices have seen a significant increase ahead of the holiday, and the average ticket price of round trips is close to what it was in the same period last year.
>Govt aids stranded students
China will implement a slew of targeted measures to help Chinese students whose overseas study plans have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Education said on Wednesday.
To tackle the practical problems faced by these students, the ministry has encouraged domestic universities to enroll qualified students in their joint degree programs with global partners, as well as with educational institutions in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, to provide students with study opportunities at home.
The ministry has been encouraging international students to finish their courses online as organized by their universities.
The policies make it clear that students' alternative learning experience will not affect the authenticity of their college certificates and degrees.
About 90 joint degree programs in 19 provincial-level regions, including Beijing, Zhejiang and Guangdong, will be made available.
Enrollment will not be included in the country's national college entrance enrollment system and will not affect other types of college enrollment, it said.
>Global perception of US falls
The reputation of the US among some allies has fallen to its lowest point in nearly two decades, according to a global survey.
The findings of the Pew Research Center poll reflect public perceptions of the US in 13 countries.
Positive views of the US have fallen to a median of 34% across the countries surveyed, and only 16% of the respondents have confidence in US President Donald Trump.
In only one country surveyed - South Korea - did a majority of the public view the US favorably.
Only a quarter of Germans and less than a third of French men and women view the US favorably.
An overwhelming majority - 84% - said the US has handled coronavirus badly.
Dr Richard Wike, a director of the Pew survey, said: "What we've seen in our polling over the past few years is that many people around the world see the US stepping away from a leadership position in world affairs, and that's had a negative impact on what they think of the country."
>Boeing and FAA slammed for crashes
Numerous design, management and regulatory failures during the development of the 737 Max preceded the "preventable death" of 346 people in two crashes of the Boeing jetliner, according to a congressional report released Wednesday.
The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure's 238-page report, painted a Boeing that prioritized profits over safety as the manufacturer raced to finish the plane to compete with rival Airbus.
The report said concerns about the aircraft weren't sufficiently addressed to spur design changes.
The report also found the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) failed to protect the traveling public, in part because of "excessive" delegation of certification work to Boeing.
The report comes as regulators are in the final stretch of work to recertify the planes.
The 737 Max has been grounded worldwide since March 2019.
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