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Zhejiang: No More Plastic Bags in These 3 Cities by Year End!

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Zhejiang authorities are planning to prohibit or limit the usage of four kinds of plastics in the province, namely plastic shopping bags, disposable plastic tableware, plastic items in hotels, and plastic packaging used for delivery, according to a government conference on tackling plastic pollution held on Oct 12. 


By estimates, plastic waste accounts for approximately 20 percent of the province's household waste, and the aforementioned four plastics are major contributors to the problem. 


Recently, the Zhejiang Provincial Development and Reform Commission and eight related provincial government departments jointly announced an action plan to strengthen the management of plastic pollution, which lays out a detailed timetable. 



For example, plastic bags will be completely banned at department stores, supermarkets, restaurants, and exposition venues in urban areas of Hangzhou, Ningbo, and Shaoxing by the end of this year; the ban will be expanded to urban areas of all Zhejiang counties and cities by the end of 2022. By the end of 2023, the ban will expand to all peddlers' markets in urban areas of all Zhejiang counties and cities. 


Online shopping has become increasingly popular among Chinese consumers, particularly those in Zhejiang province, which is home to e-commerce giant Alibaba Group. As of the end of August, the provinc's express delivery services had exceeded 10 billion parcels this year, up 29.9 percent from the previous year, accounting for 20.96 percent of the national aggregate. As a result, plastic pollution caused by delivery packaging has become a severe problem in the province. 



Zhejiang authorities will require all postal offices in the province to stop using plastic tape by 2023.


Hangzhou 2022 ticket sales to begin in 2021


Ticket sales for the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 will start in 2021, organizers announced at a press conference here on Wednesday.


Eying hosting a smart Games, the Hangzhou 2022 Organizing Committee HAGOC explained that technologies including big data and block chain will be applied in the ticket sales, both on the official website of the HAGOC and offline, for the convenience of people.


The Hangzhou 2022 Organizing Committee holds a press conference on Oct. 14, 2020 in Hangzhou, China to announce the ticket sales will begin in 2021


"The ticket price will be reasonable to attract more people, especially teenagers, to experience the competitions and activities of the Asian Games," said an official.


The tickets will not only mean access to the matches, but also provide convenience for holders in buying licensed products, transportation, accommodation, travel and themed activities, as the HAGOC plans.


The Hangzhou 2022 Games will be held from September 10 to 25, 2022


Alibaba's trade platforms attract over 68m companies worldwide


The trade platforms of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group have attracted over 68 million small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from more than 200 countries and regions, the company said at an event.


Alibaba Group made its comments at the 2020 Investor Day, which ran from Monday to Wednesday in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province. The company said its two trade platforms -- Alibaba.com and 1688.com, which respectively focus on foreign trade and domestic trade -- have seen rapid development since 1999.



The average daily number of buyers on Alibaba.com increased by 100 percent year-on-year in June, and that of 1688.com by 50 percent.


The company has launched a digital trading system that will open up a huge online marketplace for SMEs around the world, said Trudy Dai, president of Alibaba Group's B2B Business.


Its foreign trade platform Alibaba.com provides a series of services such as multi-currency payment to solve trust and security problems in cross-border trade, along with other one-stop services related to customs clearance, foreign exchange settlement, logistics, finance and taxation.




Jiaxing to promote itself in Shanghai


Jiaxing in Zhejiang province will hold a meeting at the Shanghai International Convention Center in Shanghai on Oct 15 to promote itself and attract investment, local media reported.


As a city in the Yangtze River Delta heavily influenced by Shanghai, Jiaxing has ramped up efforts to take part in the national strategy for the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta in recent years.



The following activities will be held on the day of the meeting:


  • Editor-in-chief of a State-run media outlet will discuss the business environment in Jiaxing.


  • High-level industrial parks and the High-Speed New City in Jiaxing will be introduced.


  • "Jiasuyun", the first online platform in Zhejiang exclusively for investment, will be launched.


  • A signing ceremony for high-quality projects will be held.


China-Europe freight rail connects Yiwu, Hanoi


The Yiwu-Xinjiang-Europe freight service launched its first train to Hanoi, Vietnam on Oct. 10th. 


It is the freight service's 13th rail line, the first line to be opened since Yiwu received approval to build a free trade zone, and the first to connect Yiwu with Southeast Asia.


Cargo train services have been becoming an increasingly important logistics channel, helping ensure that trade can continue as maritime cargo transport is disrupted by the pandemic, according to China State Railway Group, the country's railway operator.



The Yiwu-Xinjiang-Europe freight service made its maiden journey from Yiwu to Madrid, Spain in 2014 and now travels along international routes to over 30 countries.


Freight trains leaving Yiwu have seen a surge in number of trips and shipment volume from a year earlier, and around 1,000 trips are projected for the entire year.


Yiwu and Vietnam boast close economic ties. From January to August, their bilateral trade was valued at 3.24 billion yuan ($480.5 million), up 75.09 percent year on year despite a sluggish global economy.



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