Month: April 2019
tertiary sector, which is mainly services, grew from 56.7 to 57.3 percent of GDP from the same period last year. The
Index of Services Production increased 7.4 percent year-on-year, higher than the growth rate of overall GDP.
Overall retail sales of consumer goods also grew at 8.3 percent. Sales of upgraded consumer goods witnessed fast gro
wth, with the highest rates concentrated in upgraded products such as cosmetics, phones and computers.
And, high-tech services grew at an astonishing rate of 21.2 percent. In prepa
ring for consumer 5G telecoms next year, the output of mobile communications base stations grew 153.7 percent.
The data also show strong movement toward the government’s goal
of creating an ecological civilization. New energy automobiles and solar cells grew by 48.2 percen
t and 18.2 percent, respectively. Sales of urban rail vehicles grew by 54.1 percent, showing the
Firms from China and the UK are ideal partners in many countries along t
he Belt and Road Initiative, a China-Britain Business Council official said in Beijing.
“The UK has taken a very positive view on seizing these opportunit
ies for UK businesses, particularly our banks, our large consultancy firms and our infr
astructure companies,” said Jeff Astle, managing director of China operations at the council.
British expertise in areas of financial services, banking, legal services, consulting services around engineering pro
vides a broad range of opportunities for UK firms to collaborate with Chinese firms in other countries, Astle said.
“We benefit from many English legal jurisdictions in many
of these countries, the English language and our businesses have long history and experiences in these coun
tries. That means we are a great ideal partner for Chinese firms in many of these Belt and Road counties,” said Astle.
tiative for a very long time, Astle has identified many opportunities provided by the BRI and
some great projects are already successfully being implemented with Chinese partners.
The world’s only medicine treating spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is entering the Chinese market, it was announced Sunday.
The drug is registered under the name Spinraza in the United States and European Union.
Available in more than 40 countries and regions, Spinraza is expected to bring new
hope for those who living with SMA, a genetic disorder that affects muscle control, in China.
SMA affects between one in 6,000 and one in 10,000 in China, a
nd about 95 percent of the patients die 18 months after birth, doctors said.
umption in 2019 is expected to grow 5.8 percent. Demand for coal is expected to hit 3.95 billion
tons, with the power sector still playing a significant role in the consumption of coal.
Consumption of oil is predicted to reach 620 million tons, up 1.6 percent year-on-year, while
the growth rate for natural gas consumption is expected to slow, with an annual consumption of 310 billi
on cubic meters in 2019, up 10.4 percent year-on-year, it said.The 2019 Beijing International Horticultural Ex
hibition (Expo 2019 Beijing) opens to visitors Monday, and will showcase a wide variety of flowers, fruits, vegetables and
herbs from across the world, including more than 300 rare and endangered plant species.
Nearly 20,000 volunteers across media, translation and giving directio
ns will work at the 162-day event, running April 29 – Oct 7. Click to watch their greetings in s
even languages: Chinese, English, Russian, French, German, Spanish and Japanese.
Hainan provincial health authorities have revoked Boao Yinfeng Healthcare International H
ospital’s business license, for illegally administering HPV 9-valent vaccines, according to a statement Sunday.
Located in the Boao Lecheng International Medical Tourism Pilot Zone, the hospit
al has since January last year vaccinated 37 customers with HPV 9-valent, charging each 9,000 yuan.
They did so without obtaining an official vaccination outpatient license, said the statement.
It said the local health commission of Qionghai, where the Boao pilot zone is loc
ated, on April 18 issued the hospital a notice of penalties, including a warning, confiscati
on of illegal income, a fine of 8,000 yuan, and a revocation of its business license as a medical institution.
The 2018 laureates for theory are Juan Ignacio Cirac, David Deutsch, Peter Shor and Peter Zoller,
for their seminal theoretical work on quantum algorithms and physical architectures of quantum com
puters and simulators, while the experimental category prizes went to Rainer Blatt and David Wineland for pio
neering experiments that demonstrated fundamental elements of quantum computing with trapped ions.
The 2019 prizes were awarded to Charles Bennett, Gilles Brassard, Artur Ekert and Stephen Wiesner in the theory category for th
eir work on quantum cryptography, and experimental prizes went to Pan Jianwei and Anton Zeilinger for their grou
ndbreaking experiments that enabled practically secure and large-scale quantum communications.
The awards ceremony will be held on Sept 20, Luo said.
USTC has been leading the world’s quantum information science and techno
ogy development in recent years, with Pan’s team attracting enormous attention from home and abroad.
Peng Yuxing, vice-governor of Southwest China’s Sichuan province, is under disciplinary and supe
rvisory investigation for suspected severe violations of disciplines and laws, an official statement said Sunday.
The investigation is being conducted by the Communist Party of China Central Co
mmission for Discipline Inspection and the National Supervisory Commission.
Peng, a Sichuan native, was born in 1962. He graduated from Sichuan University with a master’s degree in 1985 and in July 1992 r
eceived his science doctorate from Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, specializing in polymers and materials.
He pursued a postdoctoral degree at ExxonMobil Chemical France from July 1992 to December 1993.
Peng then served in leadership positions at the Chengdu Institute of Organic Chemistry under the Chinese Academy of Sciences from 1997 to 2009.
l make positive contributions in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations.
The leaders also pledged to pursue trade and investment liberalization
and facilitation, reject protectionism and unilateralism and uphold the rule-based mul
tilateral system with the World Trade Organization at the center, according to the communique.
Xi told reporters that the consensus reached by the leaders has set the right course for the development of the BRI.
Our shared goal is that we work together to make the interconnectivity among various countries more efficient, foster mo
re robust economic growth, develop even closer international cooperation and enable people to live a better life, he said.
Xi also said BRI cooperation projects will be market-based. To ensure s
ustainable development, the leaders agreed to promote a level playing field for business com
munities and create a nondiscriminatory business environment, he said.
President Xi Jinping delivered a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Second Belt
and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing on Friday. Here are the highlights.
Belt and Road opens up new space for global economic growth
Joint building of the Belt and Road has opened up new space for the world’s economic grow
th. It also created a new platform to boost international trade and investment, expanded new practices to optim
ize the global economic governance, and made new contributions to improving people’s well-being of all countries.
High-quality development of Belt and Road stressed
The principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits should be uphel
d. The open, green and clean approaches should be adhered to. The goals of high-standard, livelihood-impro
ving and sustainable development should be achieved.High-quality, sustainable infrastructure under BRI highlighted
Infrastructure is the cornerstone of connectivity
and a bottleneck of development confronting many countries. Bui
lding infrastructure with such standards can help countries give full play to their advantages in resources and b
etter integrate into the global supply, industry and value chains for interconnected development.
ancing needs, sustainable development and debt sustainability, according to Finance Minister Liu Kun.