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ational Cooperation, to be held in Beijing on Thursday through Saturday, S
ong said the ministry will help deepen economic and trade cooperation with other coun
tries. “China will build more free trade zones with countries that are willing to do so,” Song added.
“As for the existing free trade zones, we will reduce administrative barriers in trade
and investment and push the formation of a big Belt and Road marketplace.”
While some critics have argued that the initiative will lead countries i
nto debt traps, Song said debt can be solved through joint efforts to promote the devel
opment of BRI economies. “Even though some countries may have high debt levels, as their pace of indus
trialization, urbanization and modernization accelerates, their debts will gradually decrease.”
Joe Kaeser, president and CEO of Siemens AG, said, “If an initiative like the BRI unifies more than two-thirds of the global
population, it will create massive infrastructure and economic movement that will build its own rules.”
A slew of new policies aimed at encouraging consumption
in key sectors will be unveiled soon, China Securities Journal reported.
rcent year-on-year to 9.78 trillion yuan ($1.46 trillion) in the January-M
arch period, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). In March alone, retail sales went up 8.7 pe
rcent to 3.17 trillion yuan, quickening from the 8.2-percent rise seen in the first two months.
In recent years, the government has, on the one hand, frequently intro
duced policies to promote opening-up, increase import and improve consumer welfare. On
the other hand, it has reduced and scrapped import tariffs on some consumer goo
ds. This has played an active role in consumption, Lian Ping, chief economist at Bank of Comm
unication said, adding that consumption still is the key driver for economic growth.
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.
The call made by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, for more study of the
May Fourth Movement, will help younger generations better understand the value of its spirit, observers said.
Xi underlined the need to strengthen studies of the May Fourth Move
ment and its spirit during a speech at the group study session of the Political Bureau of the C
PC Central Committee on Friday, according to a news release issued on Saturday.
This year is the 100th anniversary of the movement launch
ed by young intellectuals and participated in by people from all walks
of life. It was a political, anti-imperialist movement that stemmed from student demonstrations in Beijing on May 4, 1919.
Presiding over the session on the historical significance and modern value of the movement, Xi said the studies shoul
d elaborate on why the movement is of great and far-reaching significance for development and progress in conte
mporary China, and why Marxism has become a guide for the cause of the Chinese people’s revolution, construction and reform.
China on Monday published a report elaborating on the progress, contributions and prospects of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
The document, prepared by the office of the leading group for promoting the BRI, was released ahead
of the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be held from April 25 to 27 in Beijing.
The Belt and Road Initiative is an initiative for peaceful
development and economic cooperation, rather than a geopolitical or military alliance, said the rep
ort. “It is a process of open, inclusive and common development, not an exclusionary bloc or a ‘China club’.”
“It neither differentiates between countries by ideology nor plays the zero-sum
game. Countries are welcome to join the initiative if they so will,” according to the report.
The BRI has turned ideas into actions and vision into reality, and i
tself into a public product widely welcomed by the international community, the report said.
nergy of all parties, Belt and Road cooperation will definitely become deep and concrete, steady and extensive,” the report said.
“The Belt and Road will become a road of peace, prosperity, opening up, green development, innovatio
n, connected civilizations, and clean government. It wi
ll make economic globalization become more open, inclusive, balanced and beneficial to all.”
China will improve its oversight of human related scientific research and medic
al tests under draft laws and amendments submitted to China’s top legislature for review on Saturday.
Medical and scientific research related to human genes and embryos mi
ght present risks to health or violate ethics, and they must be strictly regulated therefore, said She
n Chunyao, senior legislator of the Constitution and Law Committee of the National People’s Congress.
A new item has been added to the country’s draft civil law, requiring that all
medical and scientific research related to human genes and embryos must f
ollow strict rules, laws and regulations, and should not pose a threat to people’s health or violate moral or ethical codes.