The world’s lightest giant panda has been born in Chengdu, Sichuan province.
According to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, a fema
le cub about the weight of an average chicken egg was born in the base on Tuesday.
Chengda, an eight-year-old female panda, gave birth to two female cubs that day.
“At 2:41 pm, Chengda gave birth to a female cub that weighed 171.9 gram
s. At 6:08 pm, it gave birth to the other female cub that weighed 42.8 grams, fewer than one
-quarter of the weight of its elder sister, and measuring only two-thirds as long, ” said base chief Zhang Zhihe.
Before Tuesday, the world’s lightest panda cub was Wuyi, a male pa
nda weighing 51 grams when it was born on Aug 7, 2006, in the Chengdu base.
Thanks to milk from two female pandas, Wuyi, whose name means 51 in Chinese, gained weight and by October he was as heavy as his peers.
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Premier Li Keqiang urged government departments to speed up the implementation
of tax reductions to invigorate the country’s economy, amid rising uncertainties about growth on Friday.
Li was speaking with entrepreneurs from the manufacturi
ng, construction and service sectors at the Zhongnanhai leadership compound in Beijing.
The businesspeople said they have received benefits from the tax reduction measu
res in the past months, after the measures were introduced by Li in the Government Work Report in March. They
also offered advice on how to further ease the tax burden on businesses.
After hearing their opinions, Li called tax reduction a great decision made by the Communist Party of China Central Comm
ittee and the State Council. It has boosted market confidence in outstanding ways and promoted the stable
growth of the economy, he said, adding that the positive factors for economic growth are increasing.