President Xi Jinping underlined on Monday the need to shore up areas of weakness and carry out more targeted pove
rty alleviation efforts in building the country into a moderately prosperous society in all respects.
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chair
man of the Central Military Commission, made the remark while presiding over the fourth meeting of t
he Central Committee for Financial and Economic Affairs. Xi is head of the committee.
The meeting stressed the importance of achieving targets for poverty alleviation across the boar
d and focusing efforts on areas of extreme poverty, according to a statement released after the meeting.
It is important to tackle the remaining difficulties faced by people still confronting hard
ships in terms of their access to education, medical care, quality housing and safe drinking water after ens
uring that their basic needs for food and clothing have been met, the statement said.
It added that solving prominent environmental pollution probl
ems must be prioritized to ensure periodical targets can be achieved before 2020.
car sales and expand the supply of automobiles as part of its latest efforts to boost auto consum
ption, Gao Feng, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Commerce, said at a press conference early this month.
By the end of 2018, China’s six cities namely Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Tianijin carried
out the purchase restriction of fuel-powered passenger cars, said Shao Jiang, an analyst at Everbright Securities. “If thes
e cities double their rising number of new cars, it could bring a 2.8 percent year-on-year growth for the wh
ole passenger car market.”Editor’s Note: The eight explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday have claimed more tha
n 300 lives and left over 500 people injured. A ninth explosion was reported on Monday near a church in Colombo, but n
one was reported killed or injured. The Islamic State reportedly claimed responsibility for the bombings on Tue
sday. Two experts share their views on the attacks with China Daily’s Liu Jianna. Excerpts follow
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.
nergy of all parties, Belt and Road cooperation will definitely become deep and concrete, steady and extensive,” the report said.
“The Belt and Road will become a road of peace, prosperity, opening up, green development, innovatio
n, connected civilizations, and clean government. It wi
ll make economic globalization become more open, inclusive, balanced and beneficial to all.”
China will improve its oversight of human related scientific research and medic
al tests under draft laws and amendments submitted to China’s top legislature for review on Saturday.
Medical and scientific research related to human genes and embryos mi
ght present risks to health or violate ethics, and they must be strictly regulated therefore, said She
n Chunyao, senior legislator of the Constitution and Law Committee of the National People’s Congress.
A new item has been added to the country’s draft civil law, requiring that all
medical and scientific research related to human genes and embryos must f
ollow strict rules, laws and regulations, and should not pose a threat to people’s health or violate moral or ethical codes.
The death toll from a rash of bombings at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka rose past 200, police and local media said.
“Altogether we have information of 207 dead from
all hospitals. According to the information as of now we have 450 injured peop
le admitted to hospitals,” Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera told reporters in Colombo.
Altogether eight explosions have ripped through the country so far, with six blasts hitting in t
he morning and two in the afternoon. The curfew has been imposed from 6 pm Sunday to 6 am local time on Monday.
The Morning explosions occurred when hundreds of worshipe
rs gathered at churches to commemorate Easter Sunday, the police said.
Police spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara said two explosions were reported fro
m St. Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade in capital Colombo and another church in Katana on the outsk
irts of the capital; a third explosion was reported from a church in Batticaloa in the east.
the Cinnamon Grand, Shangri-La and Kingsbury hotels in the capital, which occurred following the church blasts.
2 more explosions hit Sri Lanka
A Sri Lankan military spokesman has confirmed two more explosions just outsi
de the capital, hours after six nearly simultaneous blasts rocked churches and luxury hotels.
The spokesman, Brig. Atapattu, says a 7th blast occurred at a guestho
use in Dehiwala, killing at least two people. Atapattu says an 8th blast occurred in Dem
atagoda on the outskirts of Colombo. He did not have details on the Dematagoda blast.
7 suspects have been arrested
State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardene says seven suspects have been arrested.
Security has been beefed up across the countr
y. Wijewardene said all necessary precautions had been taken to keep citizens safe.
“As a government all necessary action will be taken agains
t any extremist group that is operating in our country,” Wijewardene said.
Of the dead in the blasts, there are 35 foreigners, the police confirmed. Hospital sources
had earlier said nine foreigners were among those killed while 13 others have been injured.
Airline says flights continue despite curfew
SriLankan Airlines is telling passengers boo
ked on flights out of the country that they will be able to fly despite the curfew imposed.
The carrier says in a statement that travelers on all airlines operating out of Bandaranai
ke International Airport can access the airport by showing their tickets and passports at checkpoints.
The airline says security has been tightened at the airp
ort, and it advises passengers to arrive four hours before their scheduled flights.
Both Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Mi
nister Ranil Wickremesinghe have condemned the attacks and appealed for calm.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said t
he tri-forces and the police are conducting a thorough probe into the explosions.
In a special statement, the police urged the publi
c to stay indoors and not gather at the explosion sites which had been sealed off.
A draft amendment to the Securities Law was submitted Saturday to a bimonthly session of the
National People’s Congress Standing Committee, China’s top legislature, for a third reading.
The latest revisions to the law include rules on the newly-devised science and technology inn
ovation board, which will pilot a registration-based initial public offering (IPO) system.
Under the current IPO system, new shares are subject to ap
proval from the China Securities Regulatory Commission before being listed.
Other revisions in the draft are made in light of new p
rogress of reforms and new developments of the capital market.
A draft amendment to the law was previously submitte
d to the top legislature for first reading in April 2015, mainly
to meet the legislative demand of reforming the IPO system toward a registration-based one.
ting the spirit of December’s Central Economic Work Conference.
Macro policies should be stable, micro policies should be flexible and social policies should guarantee the basic needs of the grassroots
people, the statement said. Macro policies should focus on promoting high-quality growth and stimulating market vitality.
The importance of manufacturing’s high-quality development in stabilizing economic growt
h was stressed. Traditional industries should be guided to upgrade, and new industries should grow stronger.
The development of small and medium-sized companies and private businesses should be supported through measures like s
peeding up the supply-side structural reform of finance and providing better loan services, the stat
ement said. It also reaffirmed that houses should be used for living rather than for profit.
Reform should be further deepened and opening-up boosted, and forei
gn capital should have bigger access to the Chinese market. Poverty reduction is a key meas
ure of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, which must be achieved by the end of next y
ntly domestic laws do not view embryos as independent persons, yet in judicial practices their personal rights are still under protection of law as part of the pers