the percentage of adult smokers to 20 percent by 2030, we have a lot of work to do,” he said.
The biggest obstacle to tobacco control in China is the powerful toba
cco industry, which is one of the biggest tax contributors to the government, he said.
Despite an increasing number of cities having local regulations on tobacco control,
national legislation is still lacking, due to causes including influence from the industry, he said.
“Only a few big cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen h
ave strict tobacco control regulations and law enforcement, but in most areas in China suc
h regulations are absent,” he said. “The prevalence of tobacco has caused serious health conseque
revenue collected by the US government through hefty tariffs on Chinese imports, has been paid almost entirely by US importers.
“Some of these tariffs have been passed on to US consumers, such as those on washing machines, wh
ile others have been absorbed by importing firms through lower profit margins,” the research said.
Any further increase in tariffs will likely be passed through to consumers, it said.
China and the US, the world’s two largest economies, have been embroi
led in a tit-for-tat trade confrontation over the past few months. Washington threatened to fur
ther escalate a tariff war and increased tensions by tightening restrictions on Chinese companies.
Earlier this month, the US raised tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports from 10 percent to 25 percent, and China took coun
termeasures. Then the US administration listed about $300 billion more of Chinese goods for possible tariff hikes.
The call made by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, for more study of the
May Fourth Movement, will help younger generations better understand the value of its spirit, observers said.
Xi underlined the need to strengthen studies of the May Fourth Move
ment and its spirit during a speech at the group study session of the Political Bureau of the C
PC Central Committee on Friday, according to a news release issued on Saturday.
This year is the 100th anniversary of the movement launch
ed by young intellectuals and participated in by people from all walks
of life. It was a political, anti-imperialist movement that stemmed from student demonstrations in Beijing on May 4, 1919.
Presiding over the session on the historical significance and modern value of the movement, Xi said the studies shoul
d elaborate on why the movement is of great and far-reaching significance for development and progress in conte
mporary China, and why Marxism has become a guide for the cause of the Chinese people’s revolution, construction and reform.