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chinadaily.com.cn 2021-01-13 16:03

Shoppers buy fruit at a supermarket in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. [Photo/For China Daily]

>CPI remains stable
China's consumer price index grew by 2.5% in 2020 from the previous year, staying within the government's annual target of around 3.5%, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed on Monday.
The annual figure was down from 2.9% in 2019 but up from 2.1% in 2018.
In December, CPI rose 0.2% year-on-year, up from a 0.5% decrease in November.
Growing consumer demand, rising costs and special weather conditions were the main factors that pushed the CPI back into positive territory, said Dong Lijuan, a senior statistician at NBS.
Food prices increased 1.2% year-on-year last month, reversing a 2% decline in November and contributing approximately 0.26 percentage points to the CPI increase, Dong said.
Prices of both fruits and vegetables climbed 6.5% year-on-year in December, while beef and mutton costs rose 4.6% from a year earlier.
Non-food prices remained flat in December, up from a 0.1% decrease in November.
The core CPI, which excludes food and energy, increased 0.4% year-on-year in December, down from a 0.5% increase in November.

Passengers wait for trains at Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station in Shanghai on Jan 3, 2021. [Photo/China News Service]

>Stipulations for holiday
While employees are being persuaded to stay where they work during the Spring Festival holiday, which falls in mid-February this year, many places have released rules for homecomings.
Deputy head of the National Health Commission Zeng Yixin called on people to stay where they live and work during the holiday to reduce personnel flow.
The approaching Spring Festival holiday will see more returnees from overseas, gatherings, and imports of cold-chain food and cargo, which will bring more challenges to epidemic prevention and control efforts, Zeng said at a press conference on Saturday.
Wuhan, Hubei province, said on Saturday that in order to return to the city, one needs to be from a low-risk region and offer a negative nucleic acid test result from within the previous seven days.

A clerk counts cash at a bank in Huaibei, Anhui province. [Photo/For China Daily]

>Tax, fee cuts top 2.5t yuan
China cut more than 2.5 trillion yuan in taxes and fees in 2020, achieving the annual target set by top-level policymakers and easing burdens on market entities after the coronavirus pandemic outbreak, said the nation's tax authority.
Last year the State Taxation Administration approved 29.2 billion yuan in deferred tax payments for 3.99 million taxpayers, a financial relief measure to mitigate the shocks of COVID-19, the administration reported after its annual meeting held in Beijing on Jan 8.
The full-year tax income, which excludes the export tax rebate, reached 13.68 trillion yuan, down 2.6% from a year earlier. The income of social security fees was 3.81 trillion yuan, and the non-tax income was 631.6 billion yuan, according to data from STA.
Wang Jun, head of the State Taxation Administration, said at the meeting that in 2021, STA will further consolidate and expand the effectiveness of tax and fee reduction policies and promote the modern tax system to facilitate high-quality development.

A photo illustration shows the suspended Twitter account of US President Donald Trump on a smartphone and the White House in Washington, US, January 8, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

>Twitter halts Trump's account
Twitter said on Friday that it has permanently removed the personal account of US President Donald Trump for possible "further incitement of violence."
"After close review of recent tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them, we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence," the company said in a statement.
After Twitter suspended Trump's account, four tweets were published from the official presidential account @POTUS on Friday evening: "Twitter has gone further and further in banning free speech," and that it was looking forward to "the possibilities of building out our own platform in the near future."
Twitter swiftly deleted the tweets soon after they were posted.

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