ments in areas such as education, health, climate change adaptation and sustainable infrastructure.
The growth outlook in all major developed economies and most developin
g regions has weakened due to a confluence of both domestic and external factors, the report said.
Following an expansion of 3 percent in 2018, world gross product growth is now projected to moderat
e to 2.7 percent in 2019 and 2.9 percent in 2020, reflecting a downward revision from the forecasts released in January.
The report identifies several downside risks that could trigger a sharper or more prolonged growth slowdown, potentially infl
icting significant damage on development progress. Those risks include a further escalation in trade te
nsions, a sudden deterioration in financial conditions, and the accelerating effects of climate change.
sumers and hundreds of thousands of employees, we ask that you im
mediately stop this action to increase their tax burden,” the group said.
The group’s reasoning echoes an earlier comment from David French,
senior vice-president for government relations at the Nat
ional Retail Federation, who said, “Saying that China is paying these tariffs doesn’t hold water.”
About 99 percent of all shoes sold in the US are imported. Last year alo
ne, it imported 2.5 billion pairs, nearly 70 percent of which came from China, ma
king the Asian country the largest source for US shoe imports, according to statistics provided by the FDRA.
magazine of the Communist Party of China Central Committee. He said more efforts a
re needed to implement the proactive fiscal policy and boost efficiency this year.
Preventing and defusing local governments’ hidden debt risks is key to controlling major risks, he said.
Innovative financial tools will be introduced for debt swaps, and the indebted comp
anies will be allowed to choose the same way, under guidance from the local governments, Liu Shangxi, hea
d of the Chinese Academy of Fiscal Sciences, the Ministry of Finance’s think tank, told China Daily.
“The total amount of hidden debt waiting to be swapped has not yet been calculated, as this
round of debt swaps will not involve the government’s administrative orders, but depends on the ma
rket’s appetite based on the evaluation of the potential default risks and the companies’ solvency,” he said.
anghai, before moving to the US in 1935. He studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard’s design s
chool, and spent the early years of his career designing buildings for a real estate developer in New York.
Pei is known for his affection towards precise geometry and design details. He also ha
d a strong reverence for light, as shown in the famous pyramid of the Louvre Museum.
His significant works include the Jacob K Javits Convention Center in Manhattan (1979 to 1986), the Morto
n H Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas (1982 to 1989), the Bank of China Tower in Hong K
ong (1982 to 1989), and the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar (2003 to 2008).
skiing training and the number will continue to rise, with expectations of 70,000 enrolled by the end of this year, he added.
He also said Yanqing has built more ski runs over the last two years, based on seasonal features and site conditions.
Some important events and testing activities are expected to be he
ld in Yanqing – for example, the 14th National Winter Games Alpine skiing speed events in 2020.
Zheng, the deputy commissioner, said schools in Yanqing also created some outdoor ice rinks when winter weather cond
itions allowed, while in summer, manmade ice would be a good choice for campuses to open up skating practice.
Yanqing will put more effort into increasing the number of qua
lified winter sports instructors, improving school curriculum and hastening constr
uction of winter sports venues to add more flavor to the upcoming Winter Olympics in China, he said.
lliance on international disaster risk reduction, which included around 30 institution
s and universities from countries including Italy, Belgium, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The alliance will serve as a new platform for international coordinati
on and provide scientific support for disaster relief and sustainable development.
The conference was co-hosted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the China Association for Science and Technology, the U
nited Nations Environment Program, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Alliance of Int
ernational Science Organizations, a group created to connect the scientific communities of BRI participants.
Bai Chunli, president of the academy, said in the conference’s opening ceremony on Saturday that areas along the Si
lk Road are prone to various natural disasters that have resulted in massive loss of life and economic damage.
nomic strategy will focus on creating a highly competitive domestic market that forces com
panies to produce high-value goods so they can pay high wages to highly skilled people.
Because of its long experience in manufacturing, much of tha
t push will be focused on higher value-added production, using the new technologies of r
obotics, artificial intelligence, the internet of things and 5G. This is the only way to avoid the middle-income trap.
The reform and opening-up policies are exactly the kinds of market-driven reforms
needed to make this happen. The Chinese government is investing heavily in research and development, but it sho
uld be noted that the R&D spending as a percentage of GDP is still lower than that of the US.
National Health Commission should monitor all gene-editing centers and IVF clinics in China to ensure trials are in line with regulations.
A national registry dedicated to clinical trials involving cell technologies should be established to pro
mote greater transparency, they said, so that before a trial begins scientists would need to pass an
ethics review and provide a list of names of all participating scientists and institutions.
Universities and research institutes should strengthen education and
training in bioethics and scientific and medical professionalism, covering research sci
entists and students of science, medicine and the humanities at all levels, they said.
In addition, more efforts should be undertaken to eliminate prejudice against people wi
th disabilities, which exists in the minds of some scholars, they said. Following the gene-edited baby incid
ent, government departments have vowed to improve supervision, and new regulations are being made or revised.
Health authorities will redouble their efforts to train nurses in eldercare as the proportion of older people in the pop
ulation expands and tens of millions of people struggle with disabilities, a senior health official said on Wednesday.
Jiao Yahui, deputy chief of medical administration and supervision at the National He
alth Commission, said there are not enough nurses to cope with the growing needs of the country’s elderly.
A regulation on the training of healthcare workers and standards of service is being drafted. It i
s expected to boost the number of nurse’s aides, Jiao said ahead of International Nurses Day on Sunday.
The nurse’s aides will complement the work of full-fledged nurses to meet the demand for services for the elderly, she said.
The number of registered nurses in China topped 4 million as of the end of last year. Nearly 70 perc
ent held a junior college degree or above, accounting for almost half of all healthcare professionals, she said.
Xi underlines building professional forces at key meeting on public security