future for mankind in his speech at the headquarters of the United Nation
s in September 2015, and in his report for the 19th National Congress of the Communist Part
y of China in October 2017, Xi has pledged on different occasions to build a peaceful, safe, prosperous, open, incl
usive, clean and beautiful world to let the sunshine of a community of shared future for mankind illuminate the world.
The world, which is going through a phase of adjustment that features huge development and fundamental changes, faces
great and unfamiliar turbulent situations — the overall trends of peace and development are irreversible, while ins
tability and uncertainty are prominent. Some problems and challenges are unprecedented, and the interna
tional community faces crucial choices concerning the future of the world and the fate of humanity.
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.
eing restored as well. We have no room for even the slightest error,” Song said.
Liu Qingzhu, a cultural heritage expert at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said, “In anci
ent times, thunderstorms were the biggest threats for wooden architecture. They became much safer after l
ighting rods were widely installed. However, the use of electricity in restorations has created a new problem.”
Unlike the stone structures of much ancient architecture in the W
est, wood was the primary building material in ancient China. “If a fire similar to the one at Notre
Dame in Paris happened at a Chinese building, the whole building would probably burn down,” Liu said.
Hours after the fire in Paris, the Palace Museum in
Beijing, China’s former imperial palace from 1420 to 1911 and also known as the Forbidden City, held an eme
rgency meeting to go over its fire-prevention efforts. It is the world’s biggest architectural complex made of wood.
China’s consumer price index (CPI), a main gauge of inflation, rose 2.3 p
ercent year-on-year in March, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said Thursday.
The increase was up from 1.5 percent in February.
Food prices climbed 4.1 percent year-on-year in March, up from 0.7 perc
ent in February, yet on a month-on-month basis food prices went down 0.9 percent, the NBS said.
Due to low vegetable yields in spring and cold rainy weather, prices of fresh vegetables posted a fast growth of 16.2 perce
nt year-on year in March, contributing 0.42 percentage points to the year-on-year CPI growth.
The growth of the pork price rebounded after declining for 25 consecutive months, rising 5.1 percent year-on-year in March.
On a month-on-month basis, the pork price moderately went up 1.2 percent on average nati
onwide as outbreaks of African swine fever were gradually contained, according to the NBS.
Chinese scientist says resilient varieties boost harvests, minimize use of fertilizers
A decadelong agricultural project spearheaded by Chinese scientists has helped alleviate poverty for more than 1.6 million f
arming households in 18 Asian and African countries through cultivation of high-yield and resilient rice strains.
The Green Super Rice project, led by the Chinese Academy of Agric
ultural Sciences, has generated 78 rice varieties that boast an average 20 percent increase in har
vest per hectare while minimizing the use of fertilizers, pesticides and irrigation, said Li Zhikang, a professor and
researcher of rice breeding at the academy and a leading member of the project, on Tuesday.
The total area planted with the varieties in participating countries h
ad expanded to 6.12 million hectares by the end of last year, including around 3.4 million hect
ares in the Philippines, 1.3 million hectares in India and 1.1 million hectares in Vietnam, he said.