China will further open the financial market to welcom

e more overseas investors in. The cross-border trade and investment will be more free and convenient, said Pan.

He called China’s economy stable, as the major economic indicators were within a reasonable range.

In April, the National Bureau of Statistics said the purchasing ma

nagers’ index for the manufacturing sector stood at 50.1, indicating expansion as the reading was above 50.

The broad money supply, or M2, increased 8.5 percent year-on-year by the end of April, compared with 8.3 percent a year earlier.

“The prudential monetary policy was focused on countercyclical adjustments this year, maintaining flexibility as well as

ample liquidity to promote fast growth of credit and strengthened support of private and small enterprises,” Pan added.

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“Learning to work together in an orderly, high trust

level, and supported by diverse interest groups will prevent conflicts among stakeholders in the South China Sea,” Santarita said.

Scientists from China and other countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative will work together to enhance scientifi

c and technological cooperation in disaster prevention and mitigation, according to a joint declaration.

He said Asia’s emphasis on “respect for authority, respect for the environment and the discipli

ne to control the use of resources” will also see Asian leaders pursuing a more eco-friendly dev

elopment path and honor their commitments to the Paris climate agreement.

“If there is harmony, discipline, stability and the primacy of family and com

munity over the individual, then any problem can be easily addressed,” Santarita said.

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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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The legislation states that Washington should condu

ct “regular sales” of “defense articles” to Taiwan and back its participation in international organizations.

“We urge the US side to keep its promise, abide by the one-­China policy a

nd the three joint communiques, and block the bill’s progress,” Geng said.

He urged the US to “appropriately handle the Taiwan question to avoid serious da

mage to Sino-US cooperation in key areas, and the peace and security of the region”.

Experts said the bill will further damage Sino-US relations, and the confr

ontational approach taken by the US against China will damage regional peace and security.

Yuan Zheng, director of US foreign relations research at the Institute of American Studies under the Chinese Academy of

Social Sciences, said the recent passage of US naval vessels through the Taiwan Straits, arms sales and

political support to Taiwan are meant to help Taiwan separatists and pressure Beijing.

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Reflecting China’s increasing global footprint, the next

 decade is likely to be driven by greater global financial sector integration,” said Alfred Schip

ke, the International Monetary Fund’s senior resident representative for China.

Chinese students are increasingly diversifying their choices of destinations for overseas stud

ies, with more students choosing to go to the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada, a new report showed.

In a multiple choice survey for the annual Report on Chinese Students’ Overseas Study, released

on Tuesday, while the United States remains the most popular destination for overseas study this year, pref

erred by 43 percent of the respondents, this was down by 8 percentage points compared with 2015.

US dominance looks uncertain as the number of students inclined to study in the UK r

ose sharply in 2019, accounting for 41 percent, up 9 percentage points compared with 2015.

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A woman mourns the victims in Moscow on Monday

She added that 28 passengers are now in the airport terminal, and five have been taken to a hospital.

A group of experts trained in providing psychological assistance

to survivors and relatives of victims has been sent to the airport.

President Putin has offered his condolences over the incident.

Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said Putin has ordered “th

e most thorough investigation” to find out the cause of the disaster.

According to Russia’s ITAR-Tass News Agency, a criminal case was opened after the incident on charges of violating flight safety rules.

Markovskaya said a commission headed by Russian Transport Minister Yevgeny Dietrich is working at Sheremetyevo.

Authorities in the Murmansk region have declared a three-day period of mourning. Andre

i Chibis, the region’s acting governor, announced the mourning period on Facebook.

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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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Probe begins after Boeings off runway into Florida river

A team of 16 federal investigators was traveling to Jacksonville, Florid

a on Saturday after a Boeing jetliner with 143 people on board slid off a runway into a sha

llow river while trying to land at a military base during a thunderstorm, injuring 21 people.

The Boeing 737-800 chartered by the US military was arriving from Na

val Station Guantanamo Bay in Cuba with 136 passengers and seven crew members when it slid

into the St. Johns river at the end of the runway at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, authorities said.

No one was badly hurt and the 21 people taken to a hospital w

ere listed in good condition, the local sheriff’s office said.

The National Transportation Safety Board said on Twitter th

at 16 investigators were arriving in Jacksonville on Saturday.

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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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