Stock markets in China edged up on Tuesday as market sentiment was partly boosted by the news about the upcoming Bay Area blueprint.

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.68 percent to close at 2,671.89

points, while the Shenzhen Component Index closed 1.15 percent higher at 8,010.07 points.

Gains were seen across Greater Bay Area-related sectors.

Kaisa Group, which owns lots of land in the bay area, surged 3.5 percent, while Shen

zhen International Holdings and Shenzhen Invest both notched healthy increases.

5G-related stocks were also up as China Tower closed 2.4 percent higher while Yangtze Optical Fibre and Cable climbed 3.5 percent.

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Forget asteroids, it is the United States and its pathological need to maintain its he

gemony at any cost that pose the biggest threat to humanity from space.

In its latest Defense Intelligence Agency report, the US claims that Russia and Chi

na have taken steps to challenge the US in space technology, blatantly ig

noring the fact that space does not belong to it, and every country has the right to peacefully explore it.

The report says that “long-standing technological and cost barriers to

space are falling, enabling more countries and commercial firms to participate in sa

tellite construction, space launch, space exploration and human spaceflight”.

But from the way it talks about what China and Russia or other countries have a

chieved in their development of space technology, it seems as if the US believes th

at when it planted a flag on the moon it staked the claim to have the sole use of space.

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The bureau is soliciting public opinion on the draft until Feb 20.

With the new standard, major polluting gas from light-duty vehicles, including ca

rbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide, will be reduced by about 50 percent and em

issions of particulate matter will be reduced by about 40 percent, according to the bureau.

For heavy-duty diesel-powered trucks, the emissions of nitrogen oxide and particulate matter are expected to drop by more than 60 percent, it said.

Mobile sources, mainly vehicles, contributed 45 percent of locally generated

hazardous particles known as PM2.5 in 2017, outnumbering all other types of sources, according to the bureau.

Beijing has seen continuous improvement in its air quality. The PM2.5 density in th

e capital in 2018 stood at 51 micrograms per cubic meter, down by 12.1 percent year-on-year.

Officials and experts have said, however, it could be increasingly challe

nging for the city to further reduce air pollution after the local government has taken all ma

jor measures that could achieve quick results, including the shifting of bulk coal to clean energy as a heating source.

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ing a probe on the far side of the moon. For instance, Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator, took

to Twitter to describe the mission as “a first for humanity and an impressive accomplishment”. China, on it

s part, said that scientists from the two communicated closely before and during the Chang’e-4 launch process.

While the US side informed Chinese scientists about its satellites in orbit around the moon, Chi

na shared with the US scientists the longitude, latitude and timing of Chang’e-4’s landing. The int

eraction was in sharp contrast to the tense relations between the two sides in other areas of science and technology. W

hich means there is huge room for cooperation between the US and China in space exploration.

Cooperation more important in spaceina have both made great progress in

Although the US and Ch space technologies, they are still in the primitive sta

ge of developing and using space. As of today, neither country is capable of building a new permanent sta

tion in space, let alone building one on the moon. But through cooperation and collaboration, which will reduce the cost of

space development for both countries, the US and China can aim at more ambitious targets.

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The global economy is projected to grow at 2.6 percent between 2020 and 2035 and enter a low

-speed growth period, Economic Daily reported citing the Development Research Center of the State Council.

Considering changes in major factors such as technology, urbanization, population and environment, global eco

nomic growth is expected to experience a declining trend with slower growth rate long-term, the center said.

Developed economies’ overall growth is predicted to slow down further to about 1.7 percent — below t

he average growth rate over the past 50 years — while for developing countries, the annual average growth rate is expected to be 4.9 percent.

Over the next 15 years, some developing countries will continue their urbanization process. A new round of tec

hnology revolution and urbanization still carries potential for economic growth in some developing countries.

The global urbanization rate is expected to be 61.7 percent by 2035, becoming a key driver for future growth, the center asserted.

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Many cities in eastern China are organizing job fairs to meet demand for new employees after the Spring Festival holiday.

The first such event in Yancheng, Jiangsu province, opened on Monday with more than 10,000 jobs off

ered by 200 local companies. The fair aims to attract more college students and migrant workers, wh

o usually return to their hometowns during Spring Festival for family reunions.

Most of the jobs are in manufacturing, catering and finance. There is also huge demand for emp

loyees in the machinery, sales and design sectors, said Zhang Chengyu, director of the Yancheng talent market.

“With the city’s economic and social development, many people now prefer to w

ork in their hometowns,” he said. “We organized the fair to provide op

portunities for them. More than 100 fairs offering 50,000 jobs will be held this year.

“Many companies pay salaries of more than 10,000 yuan ($1,474) a mon

th. They need to recruit enough employees to guarantee post-festival operations.”

Dai Yang, a graduate in mechanical engineering, said he would prefer to work in his hometown-Huaian, Jiangsu-if the salary met his demands.

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Thailand’s election commission will consider on Monday the surprise nomination of a Thai princess as a prime ministeria

l candidate for March elections after her brother, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, called it “inappropriate” and unconstitutional.

The commission will also consider a complaint seeking to ban the populist party that stunn

ed the nation by nominating Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi, 67, for the role.

The election on Mar 24 is the first since a military coup in 2014.

Thailand has been a constitutional monarchy since 1932, but the royal family wields great influence and commands the devotion of millions.

Ubolratana’s nomination last week was a shocking move by the Thai Raksa Chart party, made up of supporters of ousted ex-pr

emier Thaksin Shinawatra, and broke with a longstanding tradition of members of the royal family staying above politics.

She gave up her royal titles after marrying an American and she has starred in soap operas and an action movie.

But in a statement read out on all television stations within hours of her can

didacy, King Vajiralongkorn said it was “inappropriate” for members of the royal family to enter politics.

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New Year. And I wish our friends success and progress,” he said.

In a video message on the occasion of the Lunar New Year, United Nations Se

cretary-General Antonio Guterres thanked China and the Chinese people for

their commitment to the UN and called for efforts to build a peaceful and prosperous world.

“I’m pleased to send you my best wishes on this

auspicious occasion,” he said, adding “Happy Spring Festival” in Mandarin.

“Despite the headwinds in our world today, we know that when we work together, we get things done. In that sp

irit, I wish you and your families health, success and happiness in this new year,” he said.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan sent his best wishes to the Chinese people on the eve of the Chinese New Year.

“We are proud of the achievements of our iron brother, a good neighbor and strategic partner,” he said.

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since they forged a comprehensive strategic partnership in 2005, with political

mutual trust deepened and cooperative outcomes achieved in various fields, Xi said.

He recalled his visit to Portugal in December as well as his meeting with Rebel

o de Sousa, and said he considers the China-Portugal relationship to be very important.

Xi said he is willing to work with the Portug

uese president to set the 40th anniversary as a new starting point for taking bilateral relations to a new stage.

Rebelo de Sousa said in the statement that his country takes pride in m

aintaining peace and the longterm development of relations with China.

He said he trusts that the two sides will adv

ance the long-standing, consolidated friendship through consistent efforts, firm resolve and passion.

Also on Friday, Premier Li Keqiang exchanged congratulations with his Port

uguese counterpart, Antonio Costa, on the 40th anniversary of the two nations’ diplomatic ties.

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  BEIJING — Seven out of 10 fugitives bearing class-A wanted orders had been caught by the end of January, the Ministry of Public Security said over the weekend.

  The 10 wanted orders, all targeting suspects of major economic crimes, were issued on Jan 11.

  Among the seven detained, two turned themselves in as suspects of cattle stealing and telecom fraud, respectively.

  The ministry called on the public to give information on the wanted and pledged to re

ward those offering effective leads.The picture show a polar bear leaping across the water from one block of i

ce to another, gazing up at the drone and feeding on a fresh kill, Devon Island, North of Canada。

  WASHINGTON — The global surface temperature in 2018 was the fourth wa

rmest in the modern record, showed an annual analysis released on Wednesday.

  Global temperatures in 2018 rank behind those of 2016, 2017 and 2015 and the past five years are, collectively, the war

mest years since 1880, according to scientists at the United States space agency NASA.

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