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Xiamen Airlines Opens Direct Flight between Paris and Fuzhou
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Michael
December 11, 2018
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Fuzhou - Paris Direct Flight Opens 11th Dec, 2018

At 12:30 am of November 11th, a Xiamen Airlines flight (MF825) set out on its maiden voyage from Fuzhou Changle International Airport to Paris, signalling the official launch of the direct air route between the two cities. The new route is in service every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday run by Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

Xinhua News believes the opening of the new route shows that Sino-French cooperation in trade and tourism has become closer and will facilitate the exchanges between France and China’s Fujian, Jiangxi, Zhejiang provinces as well as others, according to Guofeng Cai, general representative of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) in France.

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Parade Float Comes to Fuzhou
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Michael
November 28, 2018
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4th Maritime Silk Road Tourism Festival

Floats, performers, marching bands, mascots ..  they have it all at the parade float as the opening event to kick start the 4th Maritime Silk Road Tourism Fest from Nov. 30th to Dec. 31st.  The parade float is going to hit the road at 7 pm on Friday. A selection of themes revolving maritime silk road, tourist attractions in Fujian, local cultural heirlooms will be on display on a fleet of 16 floats.  (more…)

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6.2-magnitude Quake Hits Taiwan Strait
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Michael
November 26, 2018
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6.2-magnitude quake hits Taiwan Strait

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit areas near the Taiwan Strait at 07:57 am Monday, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC). The epicenter was monitored at 23.28 degrees north latitude and 118.60 degrees east longitude.  The quake struck at a depth of 20 km, the CENC said in a statement. A series of tremors were detected at 3.6-, 3.4-, 4.5- and 3.8-magnitude following the 8 am seismic event.  No casualties have been reported at the time of writing.  Earthquakes are of frequent occurrence in Taiwan Strait but most are minimal at magnitude and usually cause little to no damage.

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Fuzhou Blasts Crackdown on Unlicensed Educational Institutes
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Michael
November 25, 2018
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Fuzhou Blasts Crackdown on Illegal Schools

On November 23rd, Cangshan District and Taijiang District started enforcing the directive to close down unlicensed training schools/centers caught in the previous two stages of inspection this year.  The first stage is set from end of May till June 15th, when special inspection teams are formed and intelligence is gathered. The 2nd stage lasts from June 15th to July 20th, when the inspection teams get down to business and give out red cards to all the illegal operators.  According to Fujian Education TV, a total of 10 inspection teams were dispatched and 31 training schools/centers were ordered to suspend operation in Gulou District alone at this stage.  “All that have not acquired valid licenses is not allowed to run their business”, said Mr. Zhang, the deputy director of Private Education Sector of Gulou District.  According to PRC Private Education Promotion Law,  all private schools/centers are required to obtain Registration from the Industry and Commerce Department and Operational License from the local Education Bureau.  However, the process of getting an operational license is often criticized as being not only laborious but also expensive, which breeds non-compliance. This opinion is echoed by a proprietor of YoLe, a private piano training institute in Gulou District on one of the raid days July 20th.  (more…)

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