ter Games was unveiled in February. Plans aim to optimize the venues’ designs and operations to be beneficial to the hosting regions after 2022. “Here, you have the venues from 2008 that are going to be used in 2022 for a complete set of winter sports. This is a wonde rful legacy story,” said Juan Antonio Samaranch, vice-president of the International Olympic Committee. Powering all the 2022 venues using green energy while minimizing environmental impacts, while planning for their post-Games operations, are key in venue preparation this year, Liu said. To support the preparations financially, Beijing 2022 has signed nine domestic market ing partners andRead More →

After a disappointing performance in 2018, China’s economy appears to be stabiliz ing. In the first quarter of 2019, GDP growth, at 6.4 percent year-on-year, matched that of the previous quarter. But grow th in industrial production exceeded expectations, expanding by 6.5 percent year-on-year (and by 8.5 percent in Mar ch). Even exports growth was positive, albeit weak, despite the ongoing trade frictions with the United States. Moreover, fixed-asset investment (FAI) grew by 6.3 percent-0.2 percentage points higher than in the previous quar ter. Investment in real estate grew the fastest (11.8 percent), followed by manufacturing (4.6 percent) and in frastructure (4.4 percent). The growthRead More →

It was reported that the fire could be caused by lightening strike. Moscow’s transport prosecution office is investigating into the incident and it will check i f there were violations of the flight safety legislation, according to Sputnik news agency. Sarah Daley, a student at the University of Virginia, has deep connectio ns with China. She spent the summer of 2018 teach ing English in Hebei province and has a younger sister who was adopted from China in 2009. Both experiences left her with positive impressions of Chinese people and long-lasting friendships. Those connections led to Daley being honored by the Chinese embassy in theRead More →

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 toRead More →

than 150 countries, including 37 heads of state or government, for the thre e-day event starting on Thursday, Wang said, adding the forum, themed “Belt and Road Coop eration: Shaping a Brighter Shared Future”, aims to bring about high-quality cooperation under the initiative. President Xi Jinping will deliver a keynote speech at the op ening ceremony of the forum, and chair the leaders’ round-table summit, Wang said. Saying the BRI has delivered real benefits to participating countries, Wang stated the hats like “debt traps” cannot be put onto t he head of the Belt and Road, and this is not something any participating country wouldRead More →

whose annual net income was less than 200 yuan ($30) were defined as living below the p overty line in China in 1985. The line was raised to less than 2,300 yuan by 2011. Second, how are policies designed to help the poorest people? Chinese policies aim to give the poor a roof over their heads, guarantee food, clothing and basic medical services, and provide their children with nine years of compulsory education. Funds and resources have been made available for agricultural subsidies and cheap loans to rural far mers. Funds also went into rural revitalization, to integrate regional development and build infrast ructure connectingRead More →

ence” leader, to stop over in Hawaii on her way back to the island after an eight-day tour of thr ee Pacific island nations this week, Washington is breaching all established protocols and violating the 1979 Joint Communiqué. Beijing lodged “stern representations” with Washington on Thursday against Tsai’s transit in Hawaii. “We have consistently and resolutely opposed the United States or other countries which have diplomatic relations with China arranging this kind of transit,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Ge ng Shuang said in Beijing. Beijing has urged Washington not to send “Taiwan independence forces any wrong signal”, Geng said. The method behind fluctuating policy of USRead More →

  a series of memorandums of understanding on Belt and Road infrastructure investments during Xi’s upcoming visit to Italy, Reuters reported. If the y are signed, Italy would be the first one of the Group of Seven industrialized nations to participate in the BRI.   Speaking at a news conference in Beijing on Wednesday, Vice-Foreign Mi nister Wang Chao said the country appreciates Italy’s active involvement in the BRI.   ”We believe the signing of relevant cooperation documents conforms to the common interests of both countries,” Wa ng said, adding that Belt and Road cooperation aims to generate mutually beneficial and win-win results.   Regarding skepticism about the BRI,Read More →

the web of images taken without their consent, told CNN last year her company had seen a surge in demand since the protests drew attention to the issue. “The most common things that the clients are saying — and they are quite heartbreaki ng — are ‘I want to die’ or ‘I cannot leave my house.’ Especially the victims of spy cam or illegally taken video s say that when they encounter people on the street, they feel like they would be recognized,” she said. In January, the co-owner of a South Korean revenge porn sit e was sentenced to four years in prison andRead More →

It is encouraging that after the deputy-level meetings on Monday and Tuesday to work out the technical details for an agr eement — including a mechanism for enforcing any deal — the face-to-face discussions being conducted between d ecision-makers from both countries are being held amid a general air of optimism. The negotiations are being led by Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and US Treasury Secr etary Steven Mnuchin, whose cordial discussions in Washington on Jan 30 and 31 raised hopes that the two s ides are genuinely doing their utmost to reach an agreement ahead of the March 1Read More →