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tween China and economies related to the Belt and Road Initiative ex
ceeded $130 billion between 2013 and 2018, injecting new growth momentum into BRI-rela
ted countries and contributing to recovery of the global economy, senior Chinese officials said on Monday.
China’s direct investment in BRI-related countries grew by 5.2 percent a
nnually on average to surpass $90 billion between 2013 and 2018, Song Lihong, an officia
l in the Ministry of Commerce’s Comprehensive Department, said at a news conference.
Song said that in the same period, China had received a total of
$40 billion in inbound investment from BRI countries as two-way investment deepened.
Within the five years, the value of the projects completed
by Chinese companies in BRI economies amounted to $400 billion, Song said.
The value of trade in goods between China and BRI-related economies exceeded $6 trillion in the same period, an av
rage annual growth of 4 percent, higher than the overall growth of China’s foreign trade, he added.
car sales and expand the supply of automobiles as part of its latest efforts to boost auto consum
ption, Gao Feng, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Commerce, said at a press conference early this month.
By the end of 2018, China’s six cities namely Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Tianijin carried
out the purchase restriction of fuel-powered passenger cars, said Shao Jiang, an analyst at Everbright Securities. “If thes
e cities double their rising number of new cars, it could bring a 2.8 percent year-on-year growth for the wh
ole passenger car market.”Editor’s Note: The eight explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday have claimed more tha
n 300 lives and left over 500 people injured. A ninth explosion was reported on Monday near a church in Colombo, but n
one was reported killed or injured. The Islamic State reportedly claimed responsibility for the bombings on Tue
sday. Two experts share their views on the attacks with China Daily’s Liu Jianna. Excerpts follow
interest in philosophy, history, literature, culture, music and sports, and that he first cul
tivated many of these interests back in middle school and they have stayed with him ever since.
His job is serving the people, and he works hard with a busy schedule, but takes great pleasure in his work, Xi wrote.
The Niles North students also inquired whether Xi likes the US.
Xi answered in the letter that he has visited their country many times and is impressed with the “beautiful landscape, hos
pitable people and diverse culture”, and he made a lot of friends, including some young people.
He said the students are “wonderful” and expressed hope that they will make greater progress in studying Chinese.
Learning Chinese will help them better understand China, a
d get acquainted with more Chinese friends and Chinese-speaking friends across the world, Xi said.
reforms to foster an investor-friendly legal system, represented by strengthened information disclosure, prot
ection of investors’ rights and interests, and crackdown on legal breaches, Liu said.
China must promote the healthy development of the capital m
arket through key institutional innovations, the Political Bureau of the Communist Part
y of China Central Committee, the Party’s core leadership, said a statement released after a meeting on Friday.
Dong said the revised law is likely to be adopted by the end of the first half of the ye
ar, adding it is imperative and possible to expedite rolling out the revised version.
“Previously, controversies over the registration-based IPO system reform ha
ve prolonged the revision process, but now this factor has been largely lifted,” he said.
“As foreign investors are set to play a bigger role in China’s capital
market development, the revised law should also consider clarifying the rights and oblig
ations of overseas investors, to help them form a stable policy expectation,” said Xue Yi, an associate p
Qiu Yanpeng (middle), deputy commander of the PLA Navy, attends a press confer
ence for the upcoming multinational naval activity to mark the 70th anniversary of the People’s Liber
ation Army Navy at the press center in Huanghai Hotel in Qingdao, Shandong province, Ap
ril 20, 2019. About 200 journalists from home and abroad attended the press conference.Chinese Navy
will send 32 warships and 39 aircraft to take part in a joint sea parade in waters near Qingdao.
Nearly 20 ships from about 10 countries will participate in t
he sea parade on Tuesday, deputy commander of the PLA Navy Qiu Yanpeng said.
A Singapore Navy frigate arrived on Friday in Qingdao, Shan
dong province, becoming the first foreign warship to arri
ve ahead of a grand event to honor the 70th birthday of the People’s Liberation Army Navy.
The PLA Navy will hold multinational naval activities in Qingdao and nearby waters from
Monday to Thursday to celebrate its founding anniversary. They will include a joint sea parade, high-level sympo
siums, public tours of ships, military music performances and other cultural exchanges.
More than 60 countries will send delegations to join multinational naval events marking the anniv
ersary, and over 30 countries of them will send major navy leaders to participate, according to Qiu.
Nearly 20 foreign vessels of various capabilities, including destroyers, frigates and landing ships, will join Chinese vessels in the naval parade, sh
owing to the world the “firm determination to safeguard peace and seek development with joint efforts,” Qiu said.
Organizing multinational naval parades is a unique ceremonial activity of navies, according to Qiu.
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy has been active in provi
ding security products for the international community since its founding, Qiu said.
The navy has paid over 100 visits to 94 countries and 138 ports, and has held more
than 60 joint military drills with foreign navies over the 70 years, according to Qiu.
Since 2008, the navy has sent 32 escort fleets, 103 vessels, 69 helicopters and more than 27,000 offic
ers and soldiers to escort over 6,600 vessels, more than a half of which were foreign merchant ships, he added.
Since 2010, the naval hospital ship Peace Ark has traveled to 43 countr
ies and regions and provided free medical services to over 230,000 people, Qiu said.
ntly domestic laws do not view embryos as independent persons, yet in judicial practices their personal rights are still under protection of law as part of the pers
onal rights of their parents. If the draft amendment passes, embryos will enjoy better protection of rights in the future.
ASTANA — A bus accident in Kazakhstan has killed 11 people and injured 29 others, the Kazakh Interior Ministry said Saturday.
The accident took place on the early morning of Saturday in the Kordai district in the southe
rn Zhambyl region when a car collided with a truck on a highway and a following passenger bus ma
de a rollover in order to avoid a collision with the vehicles, according to the ministry.
“As a result of the accident, eight people were killed instantly, 32 people were taken to me
dical facilities, where another three people died from injuries,” the ministry said in a statement.
About 50 people and the rescue services, disaster management office and regional police departme
nt were involved, and medical personnel have been dispatched to the scene, the ministry said.
A pre-trial investigation was launched under the criminal code, while investigat
ors from the Interior Ministry and the police office are working to establish the circumstances of the accident.
Smog in greater Beijing area could be thickened by 15 percent, experts say
Climate change has been making meteorological conditions in the
greater Beijing area more conducive to the generation of haze, and combined with heavy s
mog, the situation could trigger a rapid increase in the concentration of airborne pollutants, researchers said.
The National Joint Research Center for Tackling Key Problems in Air Pollution Control demonstra
ted that without a reduction in the discharge of pollutants, air quality in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei cluster
could worsen by about 10 percent and even up to 15 percent in some cities because of unfavorable meteorological co
nditions, the China Meteorological Administration said in a release on Thursday.
Heavy air pollution and a high concentration of particulate
matter is more likely to be seen when wind speeds are lower than 7.2 kilometers per hour, rel
ative humidity is above 60 percent, and there is less than a 500-meter high “mixin
g layer”, which refers to the atmospheric height over which pollutants can be dispersed, it said.