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Ministers meet the media: Highlights
By: Chinadaily

Ministers are taking questions from the media about the most pressing public issues. This is the first ministers' "passage interviews" of this year's two sessions.

Passage interviews got their name because they usually take place on walkways leading to the main hall of the Great Hall of the People before or after plenary meetings of the National People's Congress and the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

Here are the highlights:

Country's aviation sector will boost efforts to provide higher quality services: Feng Zhenglin

Feng Zhenglin, head of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, is interviewed at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 3, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

Feng Zhenglin, head of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, said the country's aviation sector will boost efforts to provide higher quality services, as well as improved safety and accessibility.

The on-time rate of national flights reached 80.13 percent, the highest level since 2010. Passengers also saw more quality services at airports with a paperless ticketing drive, a better ticket change and refund system and wi-fi coverage on more than 300 planes, Feng said.

Pollution control makes progress but still faces challenges: Li Ganjie

Li Ganjie. [Photo/Xinhua]

China has been successful in fulfilling the targets set in the 13th five-year plan (2016-20) in air and water pollution control, and will resolutely move forward in its ecological progress in spite of the still grim situation, Li Ganjie, the minister of ecology and environment said.

China is moving ahead in the right direction in pollution control. But the situation remains grim and the country still faces many challenges in further promoting its ecological progress, Li noted, citing the ongoing haze in Beijing as an example.

Improved efficiency, better supervision among reforms in foreign aid system: Wang Xiaotao

Wang Xiaotao. [Photo/Xinhua]

China's foreign aid is still categorized as South-South cooperation and it will provide assistance to foreign countries within its ability, said Wang Xiaotao, chairman of the China International Development Cooperation Agency.

China will make sure that every penny is used wisely in foreign aid. China's foreign aid work will show the sense of justice and sympathy of the Chinese people, as well as their image of holding out helping hands when friends are in need, Wang said.

China will work with other countries and international organizations to contribute to implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda of the United Nations and building a community with a shared future for mankind, he added.

China to ramp up crackdown on healthcare scams: Hu Jinglin

Hu Jinglin, head of the National Healthcare Security Administration. [Photo/Xinhua]

China plans to ramp up its crackdown on healthcare scams as fraudulent practices are still severe and prevalent in the country's medical insurance sector, Hu Jinglin, head of the National Healthcare Security Administration, said.

Draft law on supporting veterans expected to be submitted to national legislature: Sun Shaocheng

Sun Shaocheng, China's minister of veterans affairs. [Photo/Xinhua]

A draft law on supporting veterans is expected to be submitted to the top legislature for reading in the second half of this year, Sun Shaocheng, China's minister of veterans affairs, said.

The making of the draft law began in April 2018 and opinions and suggestions from various government departments and military units have been solicited. If everything goes well, it will be delivered to the National People's Congress Standing Committee for review in the latter half of the year, he said.

Sun said the legislation for a total of 11 laws and regulations, as well as 17 policies that concern veteran affairs, has started or will soon start.

The role of museums as cultural heritage institutions tasked with securing and preserving cultural relics cannot be weakened: Liu Yuzhu

Liu Yuzhu, director of the National Cultural Heritage Administration and a national political adviser. [Photo/Xinhua]

The role of museums as cultural heritage institutions tasked with securing and preserving cultural relics cannot be weakened, said Liu Yuzhu, director of the National Cultural Heritage Administration and a national political adviser on Sunday.

He stressed that Chinese museums, especially those built on ruins or around ancient architecture, should stay the course.

Liu described Chinese museums as currently enduring "growing pains", adding that the country's museums are tackling capacity limitations amid booming demand.

He pointed out that museums should maintain a level of elegance and not devolve into vulgar market fairs and commonplace entertainment venues so as to elevate the cultural IQ of the general public.

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