rom about 2 million in the 1950s to about 13 million, and their religious rights and practices are protected by the law.

Nor would it adopt a double standard and criticize China’s efforts to counter terrorism and extremism. Last year, tourists fr

om home and abroad paid more than 150 million trips to Xinjiang, thanks to the improved security situation in

the region. That Xinjiang has not witnessed any violent or terrorist incidents in recent years proves the effect

iveness of the joint efforts of the government and local people in maintaining regional peace and stability.

Xinjiang is undoubtedly in its best development stage in histo

ry. Facts speak louder than words, but still they cannot wake up persons pretending to be asleep.

The targeting of Hikvision is just par for the course for the curren

t US administration, which is obsessed with impeding China’s development.

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China will offer customized data services for disaster prevention throug

h its Fengyun meteorological satellites for more countries along the Belt and Road, said a

senior official of the China Meteorological Administration’s National Satellite Meteorological Center.

The services will be provided based on the results of a survey of 81 countries. By the end

of April, 22 countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Russia, Libya and Sudan, had responded to the survey.

All of the respondents said they wanted to install the application software platforms

of the Fengyun satellites for weather forecasting, as well as climate and environment monitoring.

They also requested a range of services, especially in monitoring rainf

all, droughts, dust storms, heavy fog and lightning, in addition to training courses on F

engyun meteorological satellite data analysis, remote-sensing applications and data collection.

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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 and four second-tier sponsors, while the Games’ licensing program, whic

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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 the United States during an award ceremony in Washington on Saturday, after she sha

red her stories with the world through an event hosted by the embassy and China Daily.

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Firms from China and the UK are ideal partners in many countries along t

he Belt and Road Initiative, a China-Britain Business Council official said in Beijing.

“The UK has taken a very positive view on seizing these opportunit

ies for UK businesses, particularly our banks, our large consultancy firms and our infr

astructure companies,” said Jeff Astle, managing director of China operations at the council.

British expertise in areas of financial services, banking, legal services, consulting services around engineering pro

vides a broad range of opportunities for UK firms to collaborate with Chinese firms in other countries, Astle said.

“We benefit from many English legal jurisdictions in many

of these countries, the English language and our businesses have long history and experiences in these coun

tries. That means we are a great ideal partner for Chinese firms in many of these Belt and Road counties,” said Astle.

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China and the European Union have committed to achieving major progress this year in negotiations for a high-level bilateral in

vestment agreement with a view to concluding the ambitious accord next year, according to a joint statement.

The two sides pledged to widen market access, eliminate discriminatory requireme

nts for foreign investors and establish a balanced investment protection framework, according to a joint statem

ent issued after the China-EU leaders’ meeting held in Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday.

Premier Li Keqiang, European Council President Donald Tusk and Eur

opean Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker co-chaired the annual meeting and reach

ed consensus on a wide range of issues, including bilateral ties, global challenges and governance.

They committed to building an economic relationship based on openness, nondiscrim

ination and fair competition, ensuring a level playing field, transparency and mutual benefit, the statement added.

Two-way trade between the EU and China reached more than $682 billion last year. The E

U is China’s biggest trading partner, and China is the EU’s second-largest trading partner.

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 aspects,” he said, adding that besides a growth rate withi

n a reasonable range, the economy is likely to register accelerated prog

ress toward higher-quality development this year amid a new round of reform and opening-up.

“Structural opportunities (in the capital market) may con

tinuously emerge from the development of the new economy and mass co

nsumption upgrades, fueling the long-term inflow of international capital,” he said.

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde sai

in a recent interview with China Central Television that China’s economic d

evelopment now allows for “a focus on quality growth”, rather than necessarily quantity growth.

“And China’s development is clearly at the stage whe

re it can afford and should afford to do that,” Lagarde said.

Over the past year, amid the escalation of US-China trade tensions, credit tighten

ing took place in China, macroeconomic stress was seen in Argentina a

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 Lagos–Kano standard gauge project, the first standard gauge railway in Nigeria and West A

frica, was officially inaugurated and started commercial operation on July 26, 2016.

The railway, constructed by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, is the first overseas railway fully adopting the Chinese r

ailway standard. Spanning 186.5 kilometers, it alleviates traffic tension, improves the investment envir

onment and promotes the coordinated development of regional economy and society.

By Jan 11, the train service had delivered 1.23 million passengers and had safely operated for 900 days without any major accident recorded since its inception.

The China-funded Colombo Port City, the largest project between C

hina and Sri Lanka under the Belt and Road Initiative, completed land reclamation of 269 hectares in January.

In addition, hydro-structure construction will be completed by the middle

of this year. The port city’s municipal facilities construction is expected to be completed in J

uly 2020. At the same time, investment promotion of the city is also being carried out.

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their bilateral relations to continue to play a pioneering role in China’s relations with the West, he added.

Xi also called on both sides to step up mutual understanding, trust

and respect each other’s core interests and major concerns with an open, inclusive spirit.

Xi added that China welcomes New Zealand to take part in building the Belt and Road.

He also urged greater bilateral cooperation in international affairs, jointly pro

moting the development of an open world economy and safeguarding multilateralism and the multilateral trading regime.

China has prioritized coping with the challenges of the climate change and is willing to wo

rk with New Zealand to jointly promote the sustainable development of Pacific island countries, he said.

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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 US

When the US intends to maintain good relations with the mainland, it significantly reduces the

use of or even refrains from mentioning the Taiwan Relations Act. But when Washington wants to put pressure on Beijing to fina

lize a deal or sign a trade agreement in its favor, it promptly resorts to using the Act. At times, even the island’s a

uthorities stir up trouble, prompting the US to use the Act to try and browbeat or incite the mainland.

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