>China to support couples having third child
China will support couples who wish to have a third child, according to a meeting of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee held on Monday.
Implementing the policy and its relevant supporting measures will help improve China's population structure, actively respond to the aging population, and preserve the country's human resource advantages, those at the meeting said.
They demanded efforts to implement a third-child policy in accordance with the law and to advance birth policies' alignment with relevant economic and social policies.
Education and guidance should be provided to promote marriage and family values among young people of marriageable age, they said. Efforts are needed to improve prenatal and postnatal care services, develop a universal childcare services system, promote fairness in education, increase the supply of quality educational resources and reduce family spending on education.
>100 tourist routes to experience CPC history
China on Monday unveiled 100 tourist routes to help people learn more about the history of the Communist Party of China, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. This came as part of the efforts to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC. Among the select routes, 52 help people revisit the CPC's struggle over the revolutionary years, 20 are group products that stand for the country's progress in science and technology, as well as infrastructure construction, and the remaining 28 will introduce China's efforts in poverty alleviation, rural vitalization and the ecological improvement. China's sites with revolutionary backgrounds have experienced a tourism boom in recent years, receiving 1.41 billion trips in 2019, up from 140 million in 2004, according to data from the ministry. The routes were chosen by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in cooperation with the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee, the Institute of Party History and Literature of the CPC Central Committee and the National Development and Reform Commission.
>China streamlines tax procedures
China's taxation authorities on Monday announced a policy to simplify the declaration of multiple property and behavior taxes to improve the business climate.
From Tuesday, when declaring 10 kinds of property and behavior taxes, taxpayers will no longer have to use separate tax declaration forms, but can declare multiple taxes on one form, the State Taxation Administration said.
The 10 kinds of property and behavior taxes include urban and township land-use tax, real-estate tax, vehicle and vessel tax, stamp tax, farmland-occupation tax, resource tax, land-appreciation tax, deed tax, environmental-protection tax and tobacco tax.
The reform is expected to improve efficiency in tax administration, and the tax authorities will continue to introduce new reforms on tax services to facilitate high-quality economic and social development, said Han Guorong, an official with the administration.
>More restrictions for Tokyo Olympics
With the Tokyo Olympics set to kick off in less than two months on July 23, Japanese authorities have come up with draft measures to prevent the games from turning into a superspreader event, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported, citing government officials.
Fans will be required to show a vaccination certificate or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within a week of attending an event.
By the end of June, authorities are set to determine the maximum capacity at each facility, where additional security guards will be deployed to check for violations, and ensure the orderly entry and exit of the crowds.
Wearing masks will be mandatory at all times inside the venue, and the authorities are even mulling a ban on eating and drinking in the stands.
Chaotic and loud cheering, hugging and high-fiving may also be banned, according to the paper.
The limitations, if adopted, will only apply to Japanese fans, however, since all foreign visitors were already banned from attending the games back in March.
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