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Winter Games: 1,000 days to gontdown activity unfolds in Be

With 1,000 days to go before the 2022 Winter Olympics, pr

eparations are well underway for a successful and sustainable event.

Built for the 2008 Summer Games, Olympic Park in Beijing’s north

ern downtown area entered the spotlight again on Friday as the country began its cou

ntdown. The 2022 Winter Olympics, will be held in Beijing and co-host Zhangjiakou in adjacent Hebei province.

As the symbolic “1,000” flashed on a digital clock on the park’s Lin

glong Tower, a broadcasting facility for the 2008 Games, expectations were heig

htened for the winter sports extravaganza, which will run from Feb 4 to 20 in 2022. Three zones will feature athl

etic events — downtown Beijing, the city’s northwest Yanqing district and Zhangjiakou’s mountain district Chongli.

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Boosting rural areas will help solve dilemmas of ove

rcrowding and rampant construction plaguing cities, and the development of cities will also offer unique ways to bring about rural revitalization,” Chen said.

“As restrictions on hukou will gradually be removed, cities need to be well-prepared to offer

accommodation and employment opportunities, and allow children of migrant workers to have equal access to education,” Chen added.

China has made steady progress in urbanization, as the ranks of permanent urban r

esidents stood at 831 million at the end of 2018, up 17.9 million from the previous year, said the National Bureau of Statistics.

Last month, the National Development and Reform Commission said it

plans to increase the urbanization rate by at least 1 percentage point by the end of this year.

Shen Chi, vice-director of the China Center for Urban Development, said the government’s new

plan will help foster high-quality and sustainable economic development across the nation.

“Relaxing the hukou policy will be a key step in promoting the free flow of labor across

the nation,” Shen said. “A systematic consideration and arrangement of the integratio

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The company will consider adding employees, resear

rch and field development resources to expand in the Chinese market over the coming years, he said.

Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng said last month that the t

wo countries’ negotiating teams are hashing out the text of a deal, including an enfo

rcement mechanism, based on mutual respect and benefit. Both countries, the world’s two biggest eco

nomies, have been intensifying their consultations and aiming to break the deadlock in a timely manner.

In the ninth round of trade consultations, negotiators discussed tec

hnology transfers, protection of intellectual property rights, non-tariff measures, the servi

ce sector, agriculture, trade imbalances and enforcement mechanisms.

Trade between China and the US amounted to 815.86 billion yuan ($121.7 billion) i

n the first quarter of the year, an 11 percent year-on-year decline, according to the General Administration of Cus

toms. In March, Sino-US trade climbed 0.1 percent to 291.35 billion yuan, according to the administration.

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He described the Belt and Road as a grand and peace

ful initiative, and credited the initiative for connecting countries from different regions, with different nationalities and cultures.

The BRI will provide a strong impetus for global economic growth and prosperity, he added.

Switzerland supports the BRI and commits to promoting the initiative in Europe, Maurer said.

He added that the country hopes to deepen bilateral cooperation in trade, investment and innovation with the initiative’s framework.

China and Portugal signed a series of cooperation documents on Monday — includin

g a framework agreement on third-party market cooperation — to strengthen their bilateral ties.

President Xi Jinping and Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sou

sa witnessed the signing of the documents in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

In talks with Rebelo de Sousa, Xi said China and Portugal are important strategic partn

rs for each other, with great convergence in their interests and strong complementary aspects in their economies.

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Xi added that the two countries should jointly prom

mote the building of the Asia-Pacific free trade zone and maintain the multilateral trading system.

He said China and Latin American countries should support each other, make full use

of their complementary advantages and achieve win-win cooperation. The two sides should pursue comm

on development and jointly build a community with a shared future for China and Latin America, Xi added.

The Chilean president said the Belt and Road Initiative, put forward by Xi, has show

n the glorious history of the ancient Silk Road and promoted exchanges between different cultures in the new era.

Chile supports the building of the Belt and Road, and it hopes t

o learn from China’s experience in innovative and green development, he said.

Pinera said Chile, which is dedicated to maintaining multilateralism and the multilateral t

rading system, would like to enhance coordination with China on regional and multilateral affairs.

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Fiscal spending can directly influence fixed-asset inves

tment, and it could also leverage on more bank lending and attract private funds to increase investment, said Xu.

In the meantime, allowing retail access to local government bonds will help diversify the

investor base and increase market liquidity, said Amanda Du, an analyst at Moody’s Investors Service.

The analyst expected access for retail investors to widen to encompass all local government bonds in 2020.

hina’s economy grew at a faster-than-expected 6.4 percent year-on-year in the first qua

rter, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday.

The growth was unchanged from that registered in the fourth quarter of last year.

The country’s industrial output posted steady growth in the same period, up by 6.5 percent

year-on-year, compared with 5.7 percent in the previous quarter, official data showed.

Fixed-asset investment growth was 6.3 percent in the first quarte

r, compared with 6.1 percent in the first two months, according to the NBS.

Retail sales increased by 8.3 percent year-on-year in the same pe

riod, compared with 8.2 percent in the first two months, the data showed.

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Shanghai aims to rev up car sales with trade-in subsidies

The city of Shanghai has become the first local government to answer the call of the central gove

rnment to promote automobile consumption by providing subsidies, since 10 mi

nistries and commissions of the country released six major methods of promoting car sales in January.

The official WeChat account of the Shanghai Municipal Government announced yesterday it will launch a car trade-i

n program, encouraging car owners to trade in their vehicles for new gas-powered cars complying with State-VI emi

ssions standards or new energy vehicles, according to a report by the 21st Century Business Herald.

The government will provide a subsidy of 10,000 yuan ($1,489) for a trade-in gas-powered

vehicle and 15,000 yuan for a trade-in new energy vehicle, the announcement said.

China’s automobile market saw a sales decline in 2018 for the first time

in 28 years, with passenger vehicle sales slumping for 10 consecutive months from last y

ear to March, according to the China Passenger Car Association. As the central government halved subsidies for new energy

vehicles this year, the promotion of car consumption depends more on local governments and enterprises.

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IMF upbeat on China’s 2019 growth in Zhuhai, Guangdong

The International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday that it expects China’s economy to grow 6.3 percent in 2019-up 0.1 perce

ntage point from its prediction in January. Analysts said the world’s second-large

st economy is set to remain stable as authorities continue to implement supportive policies.

The latest World Economic Outlook, released at the start of the sp

ring meetings of the IMF and the World Bank in Washington, also predicted the United States e

conomy would grow 2.3 percent this year, 0.2 percentage point lower than the IMF’s earlier forecast.

The outlook for China falls within the range of the country’s targeted goal of securing between 6 p

ercent and 6.5 percent growth for this year, and is very close to that of Chinese researchers.

On April 1, Zhang Ping, a researcher at the Institute of Economics of the Chinese Acad

emy of Social Sciences, said China’s GDP growth should remain at 6.2 percent in the fir

st half, and average 6.3 percent for the whole year, thanks to incentives including tax and fee cuts.

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Tashi Lhamo, a 14-year-old eighth-grader, loves the Engl

lish class, which is taught by a Jiangsu teacher who is humorous and friendly. Memorizin

g vocabulary can be a dull task, so the teacher brings snacks, desserts or small gifts as incentives.

To spice up the classes, the teacher finds ancient Chinese poems that

have been translated into English and lets the students work out the original versions.

“My teachers in primary school didn’t use lots of multimedia. They were all too serious, so

the students rarely interacted or joked with them. But the Jiangsu teachers know how to use multimedia, and

always tell us things outside of our textbooks. The class is always great fun,” Tashi Lhamo said.

Chemi Drolma, an 18-year-old senior, plans to apply for a “normal” university-one that te

aches a range of subjects-after taking the gaokao, the national college entrance exam, in June.

Her favorite subject is geography, because it is the most ac

tive class. The school has a special geography classroom, and the teacher often uses a proje

ctor to display maps and images of different terrains to help the children better understand the lesson.

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“If Thailand had not missed several good opportunities, the

 Chinese squad would be in an even more embarrassing position.

“Chinese soccer is no longer among the best in Asia … for a long time now, we have been in the sec

ond tier. Although we call our league the Chinese Super League, the word ‘super’ only exists in the name.”

Retired Chinese international Li Yi, who helped Shenzhen win the 2004 CSL title, also expressed his concern online.

“The current Thailand national team players are all in their prime, and they will be strong opponents for Team China for the next few years,” said Li.

“Now the old generation of Chinese players is retiring, but the young guns still cannot

shoulder the responsibility. The qualifying games for the next World Cup are coming. We must try harder!”

Fans have now seen the home side lose its opening game of the China Cup in three c

onsecutive years-2-0 to Iceland at the inaugural edition in 2017, and 6-0 to Wales last year.

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