Departments and ministries under the State Council, China’s Cabinet, have responded to a series of public concerns in the past week, including express delivery data sharing, tax and administrative fees, school food safety, rural collective property rights and chemical accidents.
The State Post Bureau invited senior executives of Alibaba affiliate Cainiao and SF Express, two major domestic parcel carriers, to talks in Beijing, to resolve their dispute that blocked access to each other’s customer data.
The bureau stressed the significance of the development of e-commerce and the express delivery industry, and urged the enterprises to jointly promote the healthy and sustainable development of the entire industry and provide customers with better express delivery services.
The two enterprises agreed to resume cooperation and data transmission from June 3.
Shi Yaobin, vice-minister of finance, said at a meeting of the State Council on June 9 that the central government will carry out several measures to further ease the tax burden on enterprises by about 283 billion yuan ($42 billion), part of measures to ease the 1 trillion yuan in taxes enterprises face this year.
He also said reducing tax and administrative fees could enhance the vitality of the enterprises to further expand their business, which would increase tax revenue.
In the next stage, the ministry will further improve the list-based management system of administrative charges, in order to curb arbitrary charging. Fan Xuehui, an official with the China Food and Drug Administration, said recently that food safety in schools has been basically established.
The authority made clear its requirements on school food safety, and demanded schools take key responsibility for food safety. Fan said frequent food safety scandals in schools and kindergartens indicated that there are still shortfalls.
Rural property rights
Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu explained the reform of rural collective property rights to the media. The reform, Han said, will explore new methods and operations for collective property rights and develop a new type of collective economy. In this process, rural residents’ wishes will be fully respected.
The reform is expected to be finished in five years. According to the central government’s requirements, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Central Rural Work Office will choose 100 counties to launch pilot programs.
Fu Jianhua, deputy director of the State Administration of Work Safety, said on June 11 that local authorities, departments and enterprises should take measures to boost safety protection and reduce accidents involving dangerous chemicals.