Tax and fee cuts are our key measures to tackle down

ward economic pressure this year. They are a major policy initiative. Cutting fees cou

ld serve multiple purposes. All government departments must do their best to e

ffectively ease the burden on businesses and deliver real benefits to consumers,” Li said.

The premier added, “This will also boost our industrial development.”

Participants at the meeting also worked out measures to reduce personal postal tax rates.

Starting from April 9, the tax rate for foods and medicine will be cut from 15 percent to 13 per

cent, and the tax rate on textiles and electrical appliances will be trimmed from 25 percent to 20 percent.

he government of Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture

in Sichuan province announced Thursday will be a day of mourning for those who died figh

ting a recent forest fire. No public entertainment activities will be held on Thursday, the government said.

Flags in Xichang city and Muli county were lowered to half-mast on Thursday to mourn the 30 peop

le – most of them firefighters – who died while putting out a large blaze in the Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture’s Muli county.