International Cooperation two years ago, more countries and inter
national organizations have joined in the construction of the Belt and Road.
So far, 125 countries and 29 international organiz
ations have signed BRI cooperation documents with China, according to Lu.
Among them are 16 Central and Eastern European countries and Gr
eece. Italy and Luxembourg signed cooperation agreements with China last month to join
tly build the Belt and Road. Jamaica also signed similar agreements on Thursday.
During Premier Li Keqiang’s European visit last week, both sides agreed to seek greate
r synergy between the BRI and the European Union’s strategy for connecting with Asia.
Yang Jiechi, director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Comm
unist Party of China Central Committee, said last month that representatives of more than 100 coun
tries, including about 40 foreign leaders, have confirmed their attendance at the Beijing forum.
aspects,” he said, adding that besides a growth rate withi
n a reasonable range, the economy is likely to register accelerated prog
ress toward higher-quality development this year amid a new round of reform and opening-up.
“Structural opportunities (in the capital market) may con
tinuously emerge from the development of the new economy and mass co
nsumption upgrades, fueling the long-term inflow of international capital,” he said.
IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde sai
in a recent interview with China Central Television that China’s economic d
evelopment now allows for “a focus on quality growth”, rather than necessarily quantity growth.
“And China’s development is clearly at the stage whe
re it can afford and should afford to do that,” Lagarde said.
Over the past year, amid the escalation of US-China trade tensions, credit tighten
ing took place in China, macroeconomic stress was seen in Argentina a
ultilateralism, and with the United States increasingly opting for unilateralism in international affairs, China and the EU can str
engthen their coordination within the framework of the United Nations and buttress the role of multilateral mecha
nisms including the World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund.
Beijing and Brussels are also two important voices advocating internati
onal efforts to combat climate change and promote sustainable development.
It is hoped that the leaders attending the China-EU Summit in Brussels will send positive signals that the two sides are commi
tted to deepening their strategic and reciprocal cooperation. By strengthening their consensus and solida
rity, they can boost confidence that they will work together to address shared and global challenges.
the past five years, China has built or expanded 260,000 primary and secondary schools, added 1.7 million teache
rs and increased the student body by 27.3 million. The Ministry of Education committed more resources last y
ear to poverty-stricken areas to ensure every child is able to attend school by 2020.
Beyond easing dire poverty in rural areas, China has an ongoing pa
rallel policy to build a moderately prosperous society by 2020, a crucial aspect of which is set
ting up a basic social security system. This has been done progressively since the 1980s.
China also has had several social insurance programs since the 1990s, covering unemployment, employment injury, mat
ernity, medical care and pension. The country subsequently embarked on a new and successful phase of so
cial security development to provide healthcare benefits to rural and nonworking urban residents.
on a decreasing streak. Imported models of Ford Motor (China) abated as much as 34,000 yuan, compared with Volkswagen Multivan’s highest cut of
13,300 yuan and some models of FAW Toyota’s 11,000 yuan, said Chinanews. As China International Capital Corporation Lim
ited analyzed, automobile, real estate and medicine industries will enjoy the largest scale of tax reduction; and the bigge
st rise in net profit as a result of tax cuts will go to coal, food and beverage, electricity industries.
Nur Bekri, former head of the National Energy Administration, has been arrested
for taking bribes, said the Supreme People’s Procuratorate on Tuesday, Xinhua reported.
Nur Bekri, also former deputy head of the National Development and
Reform Commission, was investigated by the Communist Party of China Central Com
mission for Discipline Inspection and the National Supervisory Commission.
The former chairman of the Xinjiang regional governm
ent was named new head of the National Energy Administration on Dec 31, 2014.
Roland Berger has contributed to China’s economic development for more than three
decades and would like to bring those experiences to Xiongan’s development, Jiang said.
“As Xiongan New Area is a national strategy and therefore receives attention and support from the highest levels, its devel
opment must demonstrate very high standards and utilize innovations and deep reforms in various areas,” he said.
Jiang added that Xiongan has attracted the attention of President Xi Jinping from the very beginning of its conception.
On Feb 23, 2017, Xi visited Hebei during the planning process of Xiongan.
“Xiongan New Area will be a legacy for our future generations. Following the principle of global vision, international stand
ards, Chinese characteristics and high goals, we should aim to build a demonstration area that practices new con
cepts for development,” Xi said at the meeting on the planning and development of Xiongan.
came to Europe again in his first overseas trip this year, manifesting the great importance China attaches to Europe, Wang said.
In a world of unprecedented transformations, Xi noted that a stable, strategic and reciprocal China-EU relationship is urgently needed.
Wang said during his visit, Xi had in-depth communication with the European leaders to discuss cooperation in internation
al issues and reached important consensus of adhering to multilateralism, and discarding isolationism and unilateral moves.
He also said Xi and the European leaders agreed to enhance coordination and cooperation wit
hin the UN system, give full play to the constructive role of global and regional multilateral mechanisms s
uch as the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and Group of 20 and the EU, and
actively contribute to solving international conflicts, combating climate change and promoting sustainable development.
In his keynote speech at the global governance forum, Xi raised “four deficits” in global affairs including governance deficit, tru
st deficit, peace deficit and development deficit. To address these deficits, he proposed a four-pronged approach of fairness and reas
onableness, consultation and understanding, joint efforts and mutual assistance and mutual benefit and win-win results.
port, global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose by 1.7 percent to 33 gigatonnes last year, the highest level since
2013. Coal use in power generation alone surpassed 10 Gt, accounting for one-third of the total increase.
The fact that most of the increase in coal use comes from coal power plants in developing Asia points to the harsh reality that greenhouse gas emissions are the cost be
ing paid for development. That the majority of coal power plants in Asia are only 12 years old on average, decades short of the
average life span of around 50 years, shows how challenging it is to cut CO2 emissions and maintain economic growth.
That the developing countries obtain help from their developed co
unterparts in both funds and technologies is essential to the fight against global warming.
It is high time that countries appreciated the urgency of this comm
on challenge and how important it is for concerted efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
ledge of jewelry and the history of the brands. She has placed many orders after watching these livestreaming videos.
Zhang is among the growing consumers who are willing to accept new things, learn about
overseas brands, cultures and lifestyle as well as make friends with overseas shoppers who share the same interests.
Online shopping via livestreaming videos is gaining traction among the post-80s and post-90s generatio
n consumers, who have increasing demands for premium brands and high-quality imported products amid consumption upgrade.
Statistics from Chinese cross-border e-commerce platform Ymatou showed that nearly 32 perc
ent of users buy products through livestreaming videos, and the post-80s and post-90s generation consumers, who tend to buy medieval peri
od jewelry, clothing and bags by watching livestreaming videos, have become the main force of overseas online shopping.
In the meantime, the post-2000 generation prefers to buy fashion brands, beauty makeup products, with high repurchasing rates.
the school because speaking fluent Chinese is necessary for them to work in China or do business with China, Sun said.