President, Duterte pledge efforts on code of conduct, sign deals on cooperation
?ldsports,ldsportsapp419品茶微信President Xi Jinping said on Thursday that China and the Philippines should commit t
hemselves to push forward the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea so it can be finished as early as possible.
Xi made the remark when meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who is on?ldsports,ldsportsapp419
a five-day visit to China that started on Wednesday, at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing.
Xi described the code of conduct as a creative way to set rules for the resolution
?ldsports,ldsportsapp419of the South China Sea issue. He called on the two countries to make joint efforts to put aside differences and exc
lude external disturbances in order to focus on cooperation and development to safeguard regional peace and stability.
He underlined the need for both countries to take bigger s
teps in the joint exploration of the oil and gas resources in the South China Sea.?ldsports,ldsportsapp419品茶微信
The two countries announced on Thursday the establishment of an
intergovernmental joint steering committee and an inter-enterprise work team?ldsports,ldsportsapp419
on the joint exploration for oil and gas in the South China Sea to strive for substantial progress at an early date.
?ldsports,ldsportsapp419They also concluded six agreements, which involve areas such as cust
oms, higher education, science and technology and economic and social development.
On the bilateral relationship, Xi told Duterte he stands ready to work
with him to guide the sound development of Sino-Philippine relations to bring benefits to the?ldsports,ldsportsapp419品茶微信
two nations and two peoples, and also to add positive energy to regional peace and stability.
He called on the two countries to strengthen synergy between the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative and the Philip
?ldsports,ldsportsapp419pines’ “Build, Build, Build” program and to do a good job impementing cooperation projects in ar
eas of infrastructure construction, industrial parks, telecommunications and energy.?ldsports,ldsportsapp419品茶微信
Duterte said he supports the peaceful resolution of the South
China Sea issue through cooperation instead of confrontation.
The president has been advancing a new type of diplomacy with personal letters, initiatives
Editor’s note:?Xi Jinping Thought on Diplomacy is the fundamental guideline for China’s diploldsports,ldsportsapp419品茶微信
matic work in the new era. China Daily is publishing a series of stories to examine how Xi’s proposals have b
ldsports,ldsportsapp419ecome internationally accepted and made great contributions to world peace and human progress.
At the start of the new semester in August, 105 students at Niles North High School in Skokie, Illinois, had chosen to learn Chinese as a world language.
Four months ago, a group of over 40 students from this school received a letter inldsports,ldsportsapp419
reply from President Xi Jinping encouraging them to make greater progress in studying Chinese.
Tedd Bowen, director of world languages at Niles Township High School District 219, said C
ldsports,ldsportsapp419hinese classes began in 2008 following requests from parents and a student interest survey.
“American public schools are increasingly aware of th
e economic, political and strategic needs for learning Mandarin Chinese,” he said in an email.ldsports,ldsportsapp419品茶微信
Recalling the letter exchange with China’s leader, Bowen said he was most impres
sed that the students received a personalized response. “We are honored to receive it,” he said.ldsports,ldsportsapp419
When the students in their first year of studying Chinese began practicing asking qu
estions and writing, their teacher had them write a letter to Xi as practice, Bowen said.
The teacher “waldsports,ldsportsapp419品茶微信s pleased with how well they did, so the students voted on the letter they wanted to send”, he said.
In the letter, the students said that they love the Chinese language and character
s, as well as music and Chinese food, and that they would love to have the chance to visit China.
ldsports,ldsportsapp419The letter was sent to the Chinese consulate in Chicago and then sent on to Beijing.
In his reply, Xi welcomed the students to visit China and said he hopes that they will ma
ke contributions to promoting friendship between the Chinese and American peoples.ldsports,ldsportsapp419品茶微信
It was not the first time this year that Xi has replied to letters to foreign stu
dents who are studying Chinese and praised their enthusiasm for Chinese culture.
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of greater breakthroughs in smart technology, President Xi Jinping said on Monday.
ldsports,ldsportsapp419Modern information technology, represented by the internet, big data and artificial int
elligence, is witnessing rapid changes, Xi said in a congratulatory letter to the 2019 Sm
art China Expo, which opened in Chongqing on Monday and runs through Thursday.ldsports,ldsportsapp419
A new round of scientific and technological revolution and industrial transformation is developing with strong mo
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lopment of smart technology and industrial digitalization, and advocates for for
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The annual Smart China Expo, begun last year, aims to showcase new products, technologies, business formats and mod
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This year’s expo attracted over 1,800 participants and 843 companies from 28 countries a
nd regions, including 13 Nobel Prize laureates, four Turing Award winners, Fortune 500ldsports,ldsportsapp419品茶微信
business leaders and tech giants including Intel, Tencent, Baidu, Alibaba and Xiaomi.
“Smart technology is developing very fast in China,” Vice-Premier Liu He said at the opening ceremony.ldsports,ldsportsapp419
“It has become a new, important economic growth point, with preliminary statistics showing that the total industrial sc
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g, on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, has established one of the world’s larg
est IT industrial clusters and one of China’s biggest auto manufacturing bases.
President calls for better livelihoods, healthier growth
President Xi Jinping called for further efforts in poverty reductioldsports,ldsportsapp419
n as he concluded his four-day inspection tour in Gansu province on Thursday.
ldsports,ldsportsapp419品茶微信Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, urged local governments to strengt
hen environmental protection, strive to improve people’s livelihoods and secure high-quality development.
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verty reduction with an emphasis on solving prominent problems that affect rural residents, including access to comp
ldsports,ldsportsapp419品茶微信ulsory education, basic medical services and safe housing, while ensuring they have adequate food and clothing.
He required local government officials to identify and assist povert
y-stricken people house-by-house and village-by-village in impoverished areas.ldsports,ldsportsapp419
Saying people’s livelihoods must be ensured and improved, Xi added that the issues t
hat matter to people, such as education, medical services and transportation, should be addressed.
The president called on local governments to advance supply-side structural reforms, accelerate the upgrldsports,ldsportsapp419品茶微信
ading of traditional industries, cultivate emerging industries, actively develop high value-added agriculture and coordi
nate protection and development of tourism resources to secure high-quality development.ldsports,ldsportsapp419
He also urged Party committees at various levels and leading officials to earnestly develop the educational ca
ldsports,ldsportsapp419品茶微信mpaign themed “Staying true to our founding mission” among all Party members, fight against corruption, prom
ote clean governance, improve work efficiency and resolutely overcome bureaucracy and formalism.
On Wednesday morning, Xi visited the Huanghuatan community in Gulang county, home toldsports,ldsportsapp419
people relocated from environmentally vulnerable and impoverished areas. There he visited Li Yin
gchuan’s new home, with a clean yard and well-equipped kitchen and bathroom facilities.ldsports,ldsportsapp419品茶微信
Seeing the changes from a photo of Li’s home before relocation, Xi said he was very ple
ased at the great progress achieved in people’s working and living environments.
Global Times journalist Fu Guohao was discharged from a Hong Kong hospital on Wednesday, ha
ving been detained and assaulted by protestors at Hong Kong International Airport for almost an hour laldsports,ldsportsapp419女神会所
te on Tuesday during a sit-in that shut down the airport’s operations for almost two days.
Fu met media after he was discharged from the Princess Margaret Hospital in the New Territories of Hong Kong SAR. Fuldsports,ldsportsapp419
said he did not suffer serious injuries, coming away with just some bruising to his face.
Fu thanked the public for their care and concern, saying he still loves Hong Kong.
ldsports,ldsportsapp419Fu was sent to Hong Kong by the Global Times to cover the protests. The mass sit-in
at the airport started on Friday and led the airport to halt operations for two days.
Wearing a yellow press jacket, Fu’s hands and legs were bound while heldsports,ldsportsapp419
was assaulted by a group of protestors who didn’t believe him to be journalist.
Fu was taken away by ambulance early Wednesday morning.
Hours before the assault of Fu, a tourist from Shenzhen, Guangdong province, wasldsports,ldsportsapp419女神会所
also detained and assaulted for hours by protestors who had doubts about his identity.
ome journalists tried but were unable to rescue the man, with protestors accusing those journalists of being undercover agents.
ldsports,ldsportsapp419The protestors demanded that the journalists produce identity documents to prove that they were reporters.
The man was later rescued after riot police arrived at the airport.
Shortly after Fu was detained and assaulted, Global Times editor-in-chief Hu
Xijin confirmed on his Sina Weibo account that Fu works for the media organization.ldsports,ldsportsapp419女神会所
Hu said the protesters’ actions were “shameless” and “cowardly”.
Hu urged protesters, whom he called “mobs”, to respect journalists.ldsports,ldsportsapp419
“If these radical protesters in Hong Kong could conduct brutal lynching against jou
rnalists, then you tell me, should we stop calling you mobs, but ‘terrorists’?” Hu asked.
In a letter to Hu, the Hong Kong Association of Media Veterans condemned what happened to Fu at the airport.ldsports,ldsportsapp419女神会所
The association, with a membership of more than 1,000 media prof
essionals, said Fu has shown the world how to be a professional reporter.
General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Xi Jinpin
g, also Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, addresses a meeting highlildsports,ldsportsapp419
ghting Party building in central Party and state institutions in Beijing, capital of Chin
ldsports,ldsportsapp419品茶微信President Xi Jinping has instructed local people’s congresses and their standing committees to improve legislation
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Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committeldsports,ldsportsapp419
e and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remark in a recent instruction.
ldsports,ldsportsapp419品茶微信Xi said that the local legislatures and their standing committees have performed their du
ties in a responsible way and made important contributions to reform and development over the past four decades.
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ey should creatively carry out their work based on local conditions, he said.
ldsports,ldsportsapp419Xi urged local people’s congresses and their standing committees to ensure deputies play their roles better.
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The instruction was delivered on Thursday at a symposium held in Beijing marking t
he 40th anniversary of establishing standing committees at local people’s congresses.ldsports,ldsportsapp419
Li Zhanshu, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and chairman of the Nldsports,ldsportsapp419品茶微信
ational People’s Congress Standing Committee, attended the symposium and delivered a speech.
?China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, shake
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tonomous region, July 15, 2019. Xi went on an inspection tour in Inner Mongolia Monda
ldsports,ldsportsapp419品茶微信President Xi Jinping made an inspection tour to North China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region on Monday.
At a local community in Songshan district of Chifeng city, Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Comm
ittee, learneldsports,ldsportsapp419d about the grassroots party-building work as well as the development of national integration and unity.
Later, he visited the Chifeng Museum, where he was briefed on the evolution of local
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The Gesar epic tradition was listed as a World Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2009.
ldsports,ldsportsapp419Country still has room to render policy support for economic growth, World Bank official says
China’s GDP growth slowed to 6.2 percent year-on-year in the second quarter, its slowest pace in the 27 years since qua
rterly record keeping began. But analysts said the brisk retail sales growth and stable employment, together wildsports,ldsportsapp419品茶微信
th possible support measures to be rolled out in the second half, will help bolster full-year growth.
Growth in the April-June period was 0.2 percentage point lower than the first quarter. GDP gldsports,ldsportsapp419
rowth came in at 6.3 percent in the first half, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Monday.
ldsports,ldsportsapp419品茶微信Retail sales rose by a higher-than-expected 9.8 percent year-on-year in June, the fastest sinc
e March 2018, and increased by 8.4 percent year-on-year in the first half, compared with 8.3 percent in the first quarter.ldsports,ldsportsapp419
Industrial output rose by 6.3 percent year-on-year in June, beating general market expectatio
ns, compared with 5 percent in the previous month, the NBS said. But in the first half, industrial ouldsports,ldsportsapp419品茶微信
tput growth dropped to 6 percent, down from 6.5 percent in the first quarter.
Fixed-asset investment growth was 5.8 percent in the first six months, compared with 6.3 percent in the first quarter, the NBS said.
Mao Shengyong, a spokesman for the NBS, said that “growth remained on tr
ack despite increasing external uncertainties and new downward growth pressure”.
“The 6.3 percent growth in the first half is in line with our expectations
and our full-year forecast of 6.2 percent growth,” said World Bank Country Director for China
Martin Raiser. In fact the data suggest “some stabilization of domestic demand, which is welcome”, Raiser added.
For those who are concerned about China’s economic well-being, the first half-year fig
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ies, especially given the ongoing trade conflict with the United States and weakening global demand.
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rnment’s target range of 6-6.5 percent for the year — was the weakest in nearly three decades.ldsports,ldsportsapp419
This, together with lukewarm trade readings released on Friday — exports fell 1.3 percent in June from a year earlier and imports dropped 7.3 percent — sugge
sts economic conditions are still severe and, with external uncertainties on the rise, the economy “is under new dow
ldsports,ldsportsapp419女神会所nward pressure”, as NBS spokesman Mao Shengyong said at a news conference.
But again, this is really a question of do you see the glass half empty or half full, given that
China remains one of the world’s fastest-growing major economies. While pessimists focus on the diffi
culties, optimists see the silver lining of the Chinese economy’s remarkable resilience given the headwinds it faces.ldsports,ldsportsapp419
For example, retail sales, a major gauge of consumption, surged 9.8 percent, much higher than the expected 8.5 percen
t and also the highest since March 2018. Many analysts attribute the progress to the central government’s ef
forts to boost domestic consumption — these range from massive tax cuts of nearly 2 trillion yuan ($291 billion) to the issldsports,ldsportsapp419女神会所
uance of 2.15 trillion yuan of special bonds by local governments for infrastructure construction.
ldsports,ldsportsapp419Other strong data, such as a 6.3-percent increase in industrial output an
d a 5.8-percent rise in January-June fixed asset investment, all indicate that the fund
amentals for steady growth remain unchanged and the government still has ample room for policy maneuvers.
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sales, factory output and fixed-asset investment were announced, the market quickly cast its vot
ldsports,ldsportsapp419女神会所e of confidence in the Chinese economy. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index ended 0.4 percent up on Monday a
fter casting off losses that had pushed it down as much as 1.5 percent in the morning ahead of the data release.
Mutual support, pragmatic cooperation, China-EU ties high on bilateral agenda
?ldsports,ldsportsapp419品茶微信China and Bulgaria should make joint efforts to maintain the international system base
?ldsports,ldsportsapp419d on multilateralism and international law, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday.
Xi made the remarks while meeting with Bulgarian President Rumen Radev at the Great Hall
of the People in Beijing. Radev is paying a state visit to China from Monday to Friday.?ldsports,ldsportsapp419
?ldsports,ldsportsapp419品茶微信The two presidents agreed to promote their countries’ relationship to a strategic partnership. Before their talks, Xi hosted a ceremony to welcome Radev.
The two countries should take the opportunity of upgrading their bilateral relations, join h
ands to deal with changes of international relations and inject new impetus into China-Bulgaria cooperation, Xi said.?ldsports,ldsportsapp419
Noting that Bulgaria was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with Chi
na, Xi said that the traditional friendship between the two countries has developed over the past 70 years.?ldsports,ldsportsapp419品茶微信
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The two countries should continue to firmly support each other on issues related to their core interests and major concerns, Xi said.
Bulgaria is among the Central and East European countries that from a very early period hav
e signed intergovernmental cooperation documents with China on jointly building the Belt and Road, Xi said.?ldsports,ldsportsapp419品茶微信
China would like to enhance connection of development strategies with Bulgaria, promote infrast
ructure interconnectivity, increase trade and investment and strengthen people-to-people exchanges, Xi added.
He said that China attaches great imp
ortance to relations with Europe and firmly supports the integration process of Europe.
China hopes the new European Union authorities maintain stable and susta
inable policies toward China, Xi said, adding that Bulgaria is a good friend and partner of China in the EU.
t in changing ldsports,ldsportsapp419品茶微信attitude toward Russia, and therefore Mos
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“There is no talk about a truce,” he said. “If we totally surrender and sp
it on our fundamental national interests, will there be any fundamental changes? M
aybe, there will be some external signals. But nothing will change dramatically.”ldsports,ldsportsapp419品茶微信
Putin added that Russia’s losses from economic sanctions were m
ore than five times lower than those of the main countries that imposed them.
ldsports,ldsportsapp419″According to expert data, as a result of these restrictions, Russia lost about 50 billion US dollars since 2014, while the European Unio
n lost 240 billion dollars, the United States, 17 billion dollars, and Japan 27 billion dollars,” Putin said.
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bs in the countries that imposed sanctions as a result of losing the Russian market.
istribution of local customs to strengthen comprehensive research and judgment and effectively block illegal activities.
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ss and mail, and consider the different characteristics of the flow of infringing goods under diff
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s such as North America, Europe and Japan. It will focus on goods related to public health and safety, such as
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frica and the countries and regions involved in the Belt and Road Initiative. And it will bol
ster key monitoring on the illegal transshipment of infringing goods through Hong Kong and Macao.