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the country will basically realize rural and agricultura

al modernization and ensure that both urban and rural residents enjoy equal public services.

By the middle of this century, digital villages will be completely built nationwide to advance rural revitalization.

To fulfill such targets, the country will accelerate the constructi

on of IT infrastructures in rural areas, upgrading rural internet facilities and information services.

More efforts will be made to boost the rural digital economy, with wider use of digital techno

logies in agriculture and the development of e-commerce and various emerging creative industries in rural regions.

While providing more support for rural technological innovation, the co

untry will strengthen ecological protection in rural areas with digital technologies.

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The move followed a State Council decision in April to es

tablish a policy framework for applying a fairly low RRR for small and medium-

sized banks in a bid to lower financing costs for MSEs.

Home prices in 70 major Chinese cities continued to stabilize despite slight increases in April, official data showed Thursday.

New home prices in four first-tier cities — Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou — increased 0.6 percent month

on month in April, up from the 0.2-percent increase in March, said the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in a statement.

New home prices climbed 0.8 percent in 31 second-tier cities, and rose 0.5 percent in 35 third-tier cities.

As for resold homes, prices in the four first-tier cities reported a 0.4-percent growth mo

nth on month, while those in 31 second-tier cities went up 0.6 percent, narrowing from the 1.2-percent increase in March.

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In the 1980s, the share of the US in the world econ

omy was more than 20 percent; in the past four decades, it has steadily

declined to 15 percent. At the same time, China’s share (in purchasing powe

r parity terms) has soared from 5 percent to about 20 percent. While the PPP indicators inflate the

pace of progress, the trend lines do herald a coming structural shift in the world economy.

China can foster the share of developing nations

In the future, the well-being of the advanced economies will de

pend on the rising living standards in less-wealthy nati

ons. And just as US leadership supported the role of the advanced countries in the 20th century world, Ch

ina has the potential to foster the share of emerging and developing countries in the 21st century.

In particular, the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative can redirect domestic overcapacity and ca

pital for regional infrastructure development to improve trade and relations with Southeast and So

uth Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe-even across the Americas and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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In the years since, the country has continued to maint

tain a breakneck pace of economic development, which has brought booming economic prosperity.

Unfortunately, it has also brought a deteriorating environment. Seeing heavy smog, for ex

ample, many people feel that a worsening environment will destroy the happiness brought by economic growth.

Since 2012, the new leadership under President Xi Jinping has put forward a series of ecol

ogical ideas. On Sunday, Xi said at the opening ceremony of the exhibition that “green mountains and cle

ar waters are indeed mountains of gold and silver, and environmental improvement means great productivity”.

This idea, dubbed the theory of two mountains, enjoys immense popular support in China.

Xi, who is also general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party o

f China, urged officials at all levels never to sacrifice the environment for economic growth.

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McGuinness identified a great number of opportuni

ties brought by the BRI, which by some estimates could be worth 1.8 billion pounds ($2.33 billion) annually to the British economy.

As a financial hub for international infrastructure investmen

t, British firms and international companies based in the UK stand ready to provide many of the ser

vices required along the Belt and Road, especially as it becomes more of a shared venture, she said.

They can also provide private financing required by the project and support thro

ugh green finance, consultancy, rule of law and foreign exchange, McGuinness added.

Seventy years after the founding of the People’s Republic of China, ties between China and UK h

ave gone from strength to strength, with bilateral trade now worth nearly 70 billion pounds, McGuinness said.

“I look forward to celebrating this long, fruitful relationship with our Chinese counterp

arts, and to marking the next chapter of our partnership in the Belt and Road,” she added.

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The power of the bill is not limited to within Austra

alia. In fact, any organizations or individuals providing communication services to Australia

are subject to its jurisdiction, whether its “company, server, manufacturing location” is locat

ed in Australia or not. More shockingly, the law imposes an extraordinary duty of confidentiality. The priva

te sector, which assists law enforcement, cannot disclose the details of the instructions it receives, or even the ins

tructions themselves. Otherwise, the violators will be put into prison for up to five years.

In The Spirit of the Laws, Montesquieu warned: “Constant experience shows us that every

man invested with power is apt to abuse it, and to carry his authority as far as it will go.” The bill, with its secrecy, broa

d jurisdiction and powers that can set up “backdoors” of systems, has caused widespread fear among Austr

alians, with many thinking the law has opened “Pandora’s box” of “surveillance states”.

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China releases report on progress, contributions and pro

China on Monday published a report elaborating on the progress, contributions and prospects of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The document, prepared by the office of the leading group for promoting the BRI, was released ahead

of the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be held from April 25 to 27 in Beijing.

The Belt and Road Initiative is an initiative for peaceful

development and economic cooperation, rather than a geopolitical or military alliance, said the rep

ort. “It is a process of open, inclusive and common development, not an exclusionary bloc or a ‘China club’.”

“It neither differentiates between countries by ideology nor plays the zero-sum

game. Countries are welcome to join the initiative if they so will,” according to the report.

The BRI has turned ideas into actions and vision into reality, and i

tself into a public product widely welcomed by the international community, the report said.

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“Essentially, it depends on the growth of money sup

pply (M2),” said Sheng Songcheng, a central bank adviser and a former director of the central bank’s statistics department.

The central bank released M2 data on Friday, which recorded a 13-month high of 8.6 percent by the end of March, accelerating from 8 percent by February.

Aggregate social financing, a gauge to measure broader financial activities including trust funds and local govern

ment bonds, also grew faster than market expectations. That total financing amount grew to 2.86 trillion yuan in Mar

ch, or a 11.1 percent growth from a year earlier, compared with 10.6 percent in February, said the central bank.

“According to the latest economic data, there is less necessity for RR

R cuts, but it requires further observation on future changes,” said Sheng.

If the central bank further cuts the RRR, when economic growth is already stabilized, inflation wi

ll surge, and possibly lead to funds flowing into the property sector instead of supporting the real economy, he added.

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Chinese Bridge Chinese proficiency contest in Univers

Some of the winners will represent Latvia in the 2019 Chinese Bridge competition for universities

and middle school students in China where they will compete with Chinese language learners from all over the world.

Latvia has made remarkable progress in teaching and learning Chinese in recent years, with the succes

sful 16th Chinese Bridge competition taking the promotion of the Chinese language and culture to an even highe

r level in Latvia and strengthening cultural ties between the two countries even more.

The 16th “Chinese Bridge”, was organized by Confucius Institute at the

University of Latvia in cooperation with various education institutions in Latvia.

China’s last female Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) died on Saturday after an a

rtificial insemination at the Suzhou Zoo in East China’s Jiangsu province. Now, only three remain in the world.

An international research team carried out the fifth artificial insemination for the female turtle on Fri

day, but the animal did not recover from the procedure, even though researchers spent hours trying to save its life.

The dead female turtle is believed to be over 90 years old; Suzhou Zoo’s male turtle is over 100 years old.

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China’s foreign trade climbs in 2019’s first quarter

China’s foreign trade climbed 3.7 percent year-on-year to 7.01 trillion

yuan ($1.04 trillion) in the first quarter of this year, customs data showed on Friday.

During this period exports grew 6.7 percent to 3.77 trillion yuan, while imports increased 0.3 percent to 3.24 tri

llion, according to the General Administration of Customs.Editor’s Note: The United Stat

es has repeatedly called on the World Trade Organization to cancel China’s and some other members’ developing

country status and the special and differential treatments that come with it. Does the US’ dema

The steady expansion of trade can be attributed to stable domestic economic growth and an

increase in import and export prices, customs authority spokesman Li Kuiwen told reporters.

Trade with the United States stood at 815.86 billion yuan

between January and March, down 11 percent year-on-year, according to the data.

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