Month: April 2019
transit. According to NBS preliminary estimates, the share of consumption of clean energy such as natural gas, hydropo
wer, nuclear power and wind power in total energy consumption in the first quarter was 1.5 percentage points hi
gher than that of the same period last year. Energy consumption per unit of GDP went down by 2.7 percent year-on-year.
Total investment in fixed aassets grew by 6.3 percent, with private invest
ment growing at 6.4 percent, slightly faster than the overall number. This is es
pecially significant in the light of last year’s fears that private investment in the econo
my might collapse. So, the government’s efforts to strengthen the private sector appear to have borne fruit.
Investment in high-tech manufacturing rose by 11.4 percent and investme
nt in high-tech services rose 19.3 percent, both far higher than overall investment gro]
wth. This shows that the shift toward advanced manufacturing and services is well underway.
orts and exports rebounded sharply in March, reaching 9.6 percent higher than March 2018. S
o, overall trade grew by 3.7 percent year-on-year in the quarter despite low growth rates in January and Febru
ary. Exports of electrical and mechanical products, which are higher value added, grew by 5.4 percent in the qua
rter. And, private sector trade grew 9.9 percent, far more than the overall growth rate.
I am worried to see that total investment in real estate grew by 11.8 per
cent year-on-year. Having lived through the 2008 finan
cial crisis in the United States, I’m wary of continued high investment in real estate in a time when property prices are al
ready astonishingly high and China’s living space per person has already surpassed that in Europe.
The bottom line is that fiscal and monetary policies combined with policies to promote structural transformation have
achieved a stable macroeconomic situation and steady movement toward supply side upgrading.
Peng Yuxing, vice-governor of Southwest China’s Sichuan province, is under disciplinary and supe
rvisory investigation for suspected severe violations of disciplines and laws, an official statement said Sunday.
The investigation is being conducted by the Communist Party of China Central Co
mmission for Discipline Inspection and the National Supervisory Commission.
Peng, a Sichuan native, was born in 1962. He graduated from Sichuan University with a master’s degree in 1985 and in July 1992 r
eceived his science doctorate from Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, specializing in polymers and materials.
He pursued a postdoctoral degree at ExxonMobil Chemical France from July 1992 to December 1993.
Peng then served in leadership positions at the Chengdu Institute of Organic Chemistry under the Chinese Academy of Sciences from 1997 to 2009.
of cooperation, defined key areas and strengthened the mechanism to seek high-quality development of the BRI, he said.
Leaders reached wide-ranging agreement on high-quality cooperation on the BRI at the leaders’ roundtable on Saturday after an i
n-depth exchange of views on issues such as connectivity, policy integration and sustainable development.
They supported comprehensive infrastructure connectivity as a way to foster economic growth and to build high-q
uality, reliable, resilient and sustainable infrastructure, according to a joint communique issued after the roundtable.
All parties involved supported strengthening synergies in development policies using the principle
of extensive consultations, joint contributions for shared benefits and building even closer partnerships, the joint communique said.
The leaders also upheld green and sustainable growth and agreed to enhance cooperation in areas such as environ
mental protection, circular economy and clean energy, according to the communique.
The international community has hailed President Xi Jinping’s call on Friday to ease market
access for foreign capital and increase imports so that opening-up reaches a higher level.
Xi said in his keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the S
econd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing that the purpose of buil
ding the Belt and Road is to achieve win-win cooperation and common development.
China will increase its imports of goods and services and will further lower its tariff rates, Xi said.
Francis Chua, chairman emeritus of the Philippine Chamber of Commer
ce and Industry, noted Xi’s emphasis on quality imports and state-of-the-art products.
“China will keep its commitments,” said Chua, who was attending the forum as a member of the Philippine business delegation.
in Escondido. Their conditions have not been disclosed so far.
A spokesperson for Palomar Medical Center confirmed they received four patients, declining to give any more details.
The synagogue was hosting a Passover holiday celebratio
n at 11 a.m. on Saturday, according to a post on its Facebook page.
A large group of congregants had gathered behind the temple following the shooting, said Sgt. Aaron Meleen of the San D
iego County Sheriff’s Department. It was unclear so far how many people were attending services.
Some children were initially reported missing, he said, but they have been found.
“As you can imagine, it was an extremely chaotic scene with people running everywhere when we got here,” he told reporters.
China will support 5,000 people from innovation sector in Belt and Road countries i
n conducting exchanges, training programs and joint researches in the next five years.
Sustainable development under BRI stressed
China will work with other parties to promote a coalition of sustainab
le cities and an international coalition for green development under the Belt and Road Initiative.
China to invite 10,000 representatives of political parties, think tanks, NGOs from B&R countries
A total of 10,000 representatives of political parties, think ta
nks and non-governmental organizations from count
ries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative will be invited to China for exchanges in the next five years.
China to allow foreign businesses in more sectors with controlling or full stake
China will allow foreign investors to operate businesses in more sec
tors with controlling or full stake. China will roll out a new batch of pilot free trade zones.
portunities for all UN member states to propose experiments they want to conduct using China’s space station,” said Simone
tta Di Pippo, director of the UNOOSA. “We have received more than 40 proposals before the deadline for sub
mission. We will announce the winners probably by the end of June after evaluation.” Di Pippo said these on the sideli
nes of the fourth China Space Day on April 24 to mark the anniversary of the country’s first satellite launch in 1970.
Moreover, Pakistan intends to send one of their astronauts to China’s space station by 2022, A
mer Nadeem, chairman of Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission in Pakistan, said after
the opening ceremony of China Space Day in Changsha, Hunan province, on Wednesday.
“Hopefully, the agreement on the matter will be signed very soon. We will select the candidates based on the agreement. Also, they
will come to China for some parts of the training,” Nadeem said. He added that Pakistan and China will furth
er enhance cooperation on several space projects focusing on satellite networks in future.
through Sri Lanka on Sunday has risen to 359, according to a police report released
on Wednesday. While mourning alongside Sri Lankans, the world community needs to shore up greater reso
lve and build a broader consensus to counter extremism and terrorism worldwide.
The terrorist attacks in various locations in the South Asian country o
n the same day must have required a lot of planning, and i
t is believed they were the result of collaboration between domestic and overseas extremists.
This series of terrorist attacks follows the attacks on two mosques in Christc
hurch, New Zealand, and both tragedies should not only sound the alarm but also rally the
international community to eliminate the terrorist and extremist elements in civil societies.
alia. In fact, any organizations or individuals providing communication services to Australia