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.
nts to visit China in the future.Kendra Le, a Niles North freshman, was thrilled about Xi’s response letter, the Chicago Tribune reported.
“I was surprised, very surprised,” Le was quoted in the report as say
ing. “It was an honor to receive a letter from him. It was really nice getting a letter from him.”
The report also said that Zhao Jian, the Chinese consul general in Chicago, personally
delivered the letter to a gathering of students enrolled in Chinese classes at Niles North on April 3.
Serena Meyers, a Niles North senior taking her first year of Chinese after thr
ee terms of Spanish, was not only happy to receive the response, but also ple
ased at how the Chinese leader made an effort to answer the questions her classmates posed.
“I was absolutely surprised,” she told the Chicago Tribune. “He has a lot to do and it was a
n honor he wrote back to us.”The Niles North High School began offering Mandarin courses in 2008.
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.
ld shoulder the historical responsibility of leading the people in realizing national indep
endence, people’s liberation, national prosperity and happiness for the people, Xi said.
By doing so, it should be made clear why socialism has taken root and continues to improve and de
velop in China so as to guide people to draw lessons and wisdom from history, and foster stronger confi
dence in the path, theory, system and culture of socialism with Chinese characteristics, he added.
He called for in-depth studies of the great significance of patriotism, progress, democracy and science advocated in the movem
ent so that its spirit can motivate young people to make unremitting contributions to national rejuvenation.
Xi also underscored the importance of responding to why the theme of contemporary Ch
inese youth movements should be to strive to achieve the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation, require all aspects of socie
ty to care for and serve the youth, and also create a sound environment for them to develop, innovate and undertake pioneering work.
reforms to foster an investor-friendly legal system, represented by strengthened information disclosure, prot
ection of investors’ rights and interests, and crackdown on legal breaches, Liu said.
China must promote the healthy development of the capital m
arket through key institutional innovations, the Political Bureau of the Communist Part
y of China Central Committee, the Party’s core leadership, said a statement released after a meeting on Friday.
Dong said the revised law is likely to be adopted by the end of the first half of the ye
ar, adding it is imperative and possible to expedite rolling out the revised version.
“Previously, controversies over the registration-based IPO system reform ha
ve prolonged the revision process, but now this factor has been largely lifted,” he said.
“As foreign investors are set to play a bigger role in China’s capital
market development, the revised law should also consider clarifying the rights and oblig
ations of overseas investors, to help them form a stable policy expectation,” said Xue Yi, an associate p
tivity of infrastructure, unimpeded trade, financial integration and closer people-to-people ties as its main goals, has advanced in solid steps, the report said.
“Significant progress has been made, including a number of landmark early results. Participating countries have obtai
ned tangible benefits, and their appreciation of and participation in the initiative is growing,” according to the report.
With a view to building a global community of shared future, the BRI uphold
s the principles of extensive consultation, joint contribution, and shared benefits, the report said.
“Through the initiative China has made a constructive contribution to the reform of th
e current global governance system and to economic globalization,” according to the report.
The report said China would face many problems and challenges in pursuing the BRI in
the future as well as unprecedented opportunities and prospects for development.
the explosion sites, the police said.Television footage showed ambulances r
ushing the injured to the Colombo National Hospital, the Batticaloa Hospital in
the east and the Negombo Hospital on the outskirts of the capital where the explosions took place.
There has been no claim of responsibility so far for the multiple blasts.
In just one church, St. Sebastian’s in Katuwapitiya, north o
f Colombo, more than 50 people had been killed, a police official told Reuters.
Media reported 25 people were also killed in an attack on a church in Batticaloa in Eastern Province.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe called a national security council meeting at his home for later in the day.
One of the explosions was at St Anthony’s Church in Kochcikade, Colombo.
St. Sebastian’s church posted pictures of destruction inside the church on its Fa
cebook page, showing blood on pews and the floor, and requested help from the public.
Out of Sri Lanka’s total population of around 22 million, 70 percent are Buddh
ist, 12.6 percent Hindu, 9.7 percent Muslim, and 7.6 percent Christian, according to the country’s 2012 cen
More than 60 countries will send delegations to join multinational naval events marking the anniv
ersary, and over 30 countries of them will send major navy leaders to participate, according to Qiu.
Nearly 20 foreign vessels of various capabilities, including destroyers, frigates and landing ships, will join Chinese vessels in the naval parade, sh
owing to the world the “firm determination to safeguard peace and seek development with joint efforts,” Qiu said.
Organizing multinational naval parades is a unique ceremonial activity of navies, according to Qiu.
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy has been active in provi
ding security products for the international community since its founding, Qiu said.
The navy has paid over 100 visits to 94 countries and 138 ports, and has held more
than 60 joint military drills with foreign navies over the 70 years, according to Qiu.
Since 2008, the navy has sent 32 escort fleets, 103 vessels, 69 helicopters and more than 27,000 offic
ers and soldiers to escort over 6,600 vessels, more than a half of which were foreign merchant ships, he added.
Since 2010, the naval hospital ship Peace Ark has traveled to 43 countr
ies and regions and provided free medical services to over 230,000 people, Qiu said.