Month: April 2019
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.
outcomes belong to the world, Xi said, adding that the second forum sen
ds a clear message to the world: The BRI will have a brighter future as the circle of its
supporters expands, as good partners increase and as the quality of cooperation improves.
Around 5,000 people from some 150 countries and about 90 international organizations attended the forum.
Participants hailed the BRI as a great initiative for economic cooperation, saying it is conducive t
o promoting connectivity and enhancing international cooperation in fields such as trade, investment and sustainable development.Calling Belt and Road con
struction a path to common prosperity, Xi said that early results from the BRI op
en up more space for global economic growth, build a platform for international cooperation and make new co
ntributions to the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.
y in development plans and initiatives of various countries and international organizations and in
tensify bilateral and the third-party market cooperation to help more countries raise their level of connectivity, Xi said.
He added that participants agreed that Belt and Road forums are an important platform for multilateral co
operation and should be held on a regular basis.
President calls for countries’ joint efforts in building Belt, Road in forum speech
President Xi Jinping pledged on Friday to take strong measures such as easing market
access for foreign capital and increasing imports to promote the higher-level opening-up of the country.
While delivering the keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the
Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing, Xi said that the p
urpose of building the Belt and Road is to achieve win-win cooperation and common development.
China will increase imports of goods and services on a larger scale, and it will further lower its tariff rates, Xi 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.
with the aggregated industrial value added expanding by 8.5 percent year-on-year, 3.2 percentage points
higher than that in the January-February period.
Operation revenue jumped by 13.7 percent year-on-year i
n March, 10.4 percentage points more than that in the January-February period.
Stabilizing prices served as another driver of the rebound, according to an NBS analy
sis. The producer prices rose 0.4 percent year-on-year in March, ending a decline for eight months in a row.
The purchasing prices for raw materials edged up 0.2 percent from a ye
ar ago, 0.1 percentage points higher than that in the January-February period.
Preliminary estimates showed that the price changes added 26.8 billion yuan to industrial profits in March, and the cont
ribution of price changes to industrial profit growth rose by 4.5 percentage points from that in the Ja
nuary-February period, said senior statistician Zhu Hong from the NBS’s Industrial Bureau.
module, and two lab capsules of the space station and an extravehicular experiment platform will be built. Each rack i
s regarded as a lab that can support various space experiments, and astronauts can upgrade and replace the facili
ties. In addition, a capsule holding a large optical telescope will fly in the same orbit as the station, according to a report by Xi
nhua News Agency, quoting the Technology and Engineering Center for Space Utilization of the Chinese Academy of Sciences on Wednesday.
Di Pippo said opening up the space station to the world, especially to developi
ng and emerging countries, is a good example of China’s will to enhance international cooperation in space missions.
He also said improving transparency for projects’ financing is needed, especially for green
financing, and using local currencies in BRI investments to curb exchange rate risks. “The opening of local curr
ency-denominated bond markets will effectively attract long-term funds and reduce risks of currency mismatches,” he said.
Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fu
nd, said at the forum that China’s increased focus on the long-term success of BRI projects and the
BRI debt sustainability framework “are very welcome steps in the right direction”.
The further opening-up of China’s financial sector, such as the b
ond market, will enable diversification and foster renminbi internationalization, she said.
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.
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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