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.
tiative for a very long time, Astle has identified many opportunities provided by the BRI and
some great projects are already successfully being implemented with Chinese partners.
The world’s only medicine treating spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is entering the Chinese market, it was announced Sunday.
The drug is registered under the name Spinraza in the United States and European Union.
Available in more than 40 countries and regions, Spinraza is expected to bring new
hope for those who living with SMA, a genetic disorder that affects muscle control, in China.
SMA affects between one in 6,000 and one in 10,000 in China, a
nd about 95 percent of the patients die 18 months after birth, doctors said.
umption in 2019 is expected to grow 5.8 percent. Demand for coal is expected to hit 3.95 billion
tons, with the power sector still playing a significant role in the consumption of coal.
Consumption of oil is predicted to reach 620 million tons, up 1.6 percent year-on-year, while
the growth rate for natural gas consumption is expected to slow, with an annual consumption of 310 billi
on cubic meters in 2019, up 10.4 percent year-on-year, it said.The 2019 Beijing International Horticultural Ex
hibition (Expo 2019 Beijing) opens to visitors Monday, and will showcase a wide variety of flowers, fruits, vegetables and
herbs from across the world, including more than 300 rare and endangered plant species.
Nearly 20,000 volunteers across media, translation and giving directio
ns will work at the 162-day event, running April 29 – Oct 7. Click to watch their greetings in s
even languages: Chinese, English, Russian, French, German, Spanish and Japanese.
multilateral trade agreements, saying that Chinese people value a promise as much as tons of gold.
China pays close attention to building a law-based government, abolishing improper r
ules, subsidies and activities that undermine fair competition and treating all enterprises equally, Xi said.
The president highlighted building infrastructure of high quality, sustain
ability, risk resilience, reasonable pricing, inclusiveness and accessibility under the Belt and Road Initiative.
Infrastructure is a bottleneck in the development of many nations
, Xi said, and building infrastructure can help countries give full play to their ad
vantages in resources and better integrate into the global supply, industry and value chains.
Xi called on countries to uphold multilateralism, promote green devel
opment and fight corruption with zero tolerance in the process of building the Belt and Road.
to participate in financing Belt and Road projects, Xi said, adding that multiple participants will bring common benefits.
Xi announced that China will support 5,000 people from innovative sectors in Belt and Road
countries in conducting exchanges, training programs and joint research in the next five years.
Xi called for joint efforts to facilitate trade and investment and oppose protectio
nism, saying that the flow of products, funds, technology and people can propel forces for economic growth.
According to Xi, more than 150 countries and internat
ional organizations have signed cooperation documents to jointly build the Belt and Road.
The BRI has opened new space for global economic growth and
built a new platform for international trade and investment, Xi said.
rsity’s Kellogg College in England, called opening to more foreign investment a very important development.
“Of course this will expose both inward investors and indigenous organiza
tions to some stark differences in management and doing business between them, which in tu
rn requires more globally effective leaders who are less ethnocentric and more culturally aware,” he said.
Sikhumbuzo Zondi, a research assistant at the Institute for Global
Dialogue associated with the University of South Africa, said another important aspect of Xi’s
opening address was the desire to invest more resources in scientific innovation and technology.
The aim is to develop technologies and business models that will foster new growth an
d development. To do this, China is committed to spearheading the Belt and Road Science, Technology and In
novation Cooperation Action Plan to advance information and communications technology infras
tructure development with the aim of improving internet connectivity and security, Zondi said.
versity of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, in the United States, said Xi
wants to convey a specific message: that China sees the BRI as a method by which it can make
a substantial and permanent contribution to lasting peace, common security and global prosperity.
“While some Westerners may scoff at the impact they think the BRI m
ay have on these issues, Xi genuinely sees the BRI as a global development project and will cont
inue to wholeheartedly put China’s money, resources and energies into this project,” he said.
Chen Weihua in Brussels, Bo Leung in London, Zhao Huanxin in Washington, Edith Muteth
ya in Nairobi and Chen Yingqun in Beijing contributed to this story.The profits of China’s major indu
strial firms surged by 13.9 percent in March, a drastic rebound compared to the 14-percent decline in January-Febru
ary period, official data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed Saturday.
China’s plan to involve international communities in its space mis
sions to jointly conduct space research shows its determination to further enhance global coop
eration in space projects, according to the director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. That incl
udes opening up its planned space station to other countries, especially developing countries.
China’s space station, which is expected to be completed and operating by 2022, will be the world’s first space station open
for cooperation with all UN member states in manned space flights and exploration. The station will be able to sup
port research on astronomy, space life sciences, biotechnology, microgravity fundamental physics and space materials science.
with China, allowing UN member states to participate in its scientific missions for the exploration of the solar system. It will bri
ng scientists from all over the world to work together, which will bring a lot of innovation,” she added.
The meteorological satellite jointly designed and constructed by
Chinese and French scientists has already started to send back data on the wind and ocean wave
s after it was sent to orbit by a Chinese rocket in October. The data can help scientists learn more about climate chan
ge, said Lionel Suchet, chief operating officer of the National Centre for Space Studies of France.
“In 2021, France and China plan to jointly launch an astronomical satellite to help the world deepen
its understanding on the gravitational wave,” Suchet said. “Space is our future, we need to step into it together.”
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