nd for decades and witnessed local farmers’ continuous battles against sandstorms.
“It didn’t just feel like a black storm, it was as if the whole desert was approachi
ng,” recalls Liu Conghui, a writer who was born, and still lives, near the farm Wang once worked.
As the menacing sandstorms made the area increasingly inhospitable, Liu’s whole community planned to up sticks.
To restore the local ecosystem, the Chinese government launched
a 10.7 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) project in 2001. A set of measures were adopted such as sav
ing water, converting farmland into grassland, providing treatment for dry riverways and building dams. In addition to t
hose measures, industrial and agricultural use of water in cities and counties along the river was limited.
Over the past two decades, Xinjiang has infused 7.7 billion cubic meters of water into
the dry trunk stream of the lower reaches of the Tarim River in 19 rounds of water diversion.
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.
President Xi Jinping inspected a company that manufactures high-tech magnetic m
aterials as he kicked off an inspection trip to East China’s Jiangxi province on Monday.
Xi learned about the business operations of the JL MAG Rare-Earth Co Ltd, based in Ganzhou, which speciali
zes in rare earth permanent magnetic materials, as well as the development of the rare earth sector in the city.
Ren Zhengfei, founder and CEO of Huawei, said on Tuesday that the US governm
ent’s 90-day extension “doesn’t mean much”, adding that the company was ready to deal with the ban.
Ren’s comments came after the US Commerce Department said on Monday that it gave Hu
awei a 90-day license to purchase US technologies to maintain existing networks and provide software upd
ates to existing Huawei handsets. That marks a delay of the ban on US technology exports to Huawei.
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.
pletely built nationwide to advance rural revitalization.
To fulfill such targets, the country will accelerate the construction of IT infr
astructures in rural areas, upgrading rural internet facilities and information services.
More efforts will be made to boost the rural digital economy, with wider use of digital technolo
gies in agriculture and the development of e-commerce and various emerging creative industries in rural regions.
While providing more support for rural technological innovation, the co
untry will strengthen ecological protection in rural areas with digital technologies.
Moreover, the guideline stressed the significance of improving internet access in rural areas in poverty alleviation and ca
lled for enhanced information sharing to promote urban-rural integrated development.
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.
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.
So far, the pianist has performed all of the 32 Beethoven sonatas more than 50 times.
During the China tour, Buchbinder will also be the conductor besides his role as a soloist.
Founded by Prince Elector Moritz von Sachsen in 1548, the Staat
skapelle Dresden is one of the oldest orchestras in the world and steeped in tradition.
In 2018, Staatskapelle Dresden, which celebrated its 470th anniver
sary, toured China, and it was the seventh cooperation betw
een the orchestra and Wu Promotion, China’s leading music tour promoter, since 2011.
Presenting pieces of German composer, Robert Schumann, the tour attracted nearly 7,000 music fans.
“China has great audiences who are passionate about classical music. There ar
e also many great symphony orchestras in the country, some of which are over 100 years old,” says Buchbinder.
le growth of the economy, he said, adding that the positive factors for economic growth are increasing.