level, and supported by diverse interest groups will prevent conflicts among stakeholders in the South China Sea,” Santarita said.
Scientists from China and other countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative will work together to enhance scientifi
c and technological cooperation in disaster prevention and mitigation, according to a joint declaration.
He said Asia’s emphasis on “respect for authority, respect for the environment and the discipli
ne to control the use of resources” will also see Asian leaders pursuing a more eco-friendly dev
elopment path and honor their commitments to the Paris climate agreement.
“If there is harmony, discipline, stability and the primacy of family and com
munity over the individual, then any problem can be easily addressed,” Santarita said.
ct “regular sales” of “defense articles” to Taiwan and back its participation in international organizations.
“We urge the US side to keep its promise, abide by the one-China policy a
nd the three joint communiques, and block the bill’s progress,” Geng said.
He urged the US to “appropriately handle the Taiwan question to avoid serious da
mage to Sino-US cooperation in key areas, and the peace and security of the region”.
Experts said the bill will further damage Sino-US relations, and the confr
ontational approach taken by the US against China will damage regional peace and security.
Yuan Zheng, director of US foreign relations research at the Institute of American Studies under the Chinese Academy of
Social Sciences, said the recent passage of US naval vessels through the Taiwan Straits, arms sales and
political support to Taiwan are meant to help Taiwan separatists and pressure Beijing.
rcrowding and rampant construction plaguing cities, and the development of cities will also offer unique ways to bring about rural revitalization,” Chen said.
“As restrictions on hukou will gradually be removed, cities need to be well-prepared to offer
accommodation and employment opportunities, and allow children of migrant workers to have equal access to education,” Chen added.
China has made steady progress in urbanization, as the ranks of permanent urban r
esidents stood at 831 million at the end of 2018, up 17.9 million from the previous year, said the National Bureau of Statistics.
Last month, the National Development and Reform Commission said it
plans to increase the urbanization rate by at least 1 percentage point by the end of this year.
Shen Chi, vice-director of the China Center for Urban Development, said the government’s new
plan will help foster high-quality and sustainable economic development across the nation.
“Relaxing the hukou policy will be a key step in promoting the free flow of labor across
the nation,” Shen said. “A systematic consideration and arrangement of the integratio
fied. Shortly after the attack, the US government introduced the Patriot Act, the Accuracy Act and
the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which formed a comprehensive intelligence surv
eillance network. According to a survey by Privacy International in 2007 covering 47 countries, the United States ran
ked first in the monitoring index. But the United States didn’t stop there. In 2013, Edward Snowden, a technical an
alyst at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), exposed the Prism program. In this seven-year top-secret electronic sur
veillance, monitored individuals include non-Americans who use related company services, or any US citizen who co
mmunicates with foreigners, including email, video and voice conversations, and social network details, and so on, can be descr
ibed as large-scale indiscriminate monitoring. Surveillance states were finally formed.
sing funds for the sake of cost-cutting, Liu said, adding some staff made 80,000 yuan a
month in pilot areas for the new salary regime in southern China’s second and third-tier cities.
Earlier this year, rumors spread that China’s e-commerce giant would can
cel couriers’ basic salary and reduce welfare. The company confirmed the salary adjus
tment plan via its official Sina Weibo account on April 7, saying as the number of orders from individual clients incre
ases, the company is looking to adopt an incentive plan to reward outstanding employees.
JD will reduce its delivery staff members’ salaries by adopting a commis
sion-based payment scheme starting in June and low
er contributions to employees’ housing funds from 12 to 7 percent, Sina Finance reported.
An anonymous courier with JD Logistics said the task of getting more external delivery
orders under the new salary system would be hard to accomplish, and the new policy will reduce their salary, th
e report alleged, though the courier did not indicate an exact amount for the reduction.
past couple of years, and the country also constructed one of the biggest seaports in the Caspian Sea,” Hajiyev said, addi
ng all these are important pillars of the ancient Silk Road. Besides infrastructure construction such as transport
ation hubs, Azerbaijan is working on information communication technology lines to build a modern Silk Road.
The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway became operational on Oct 30, 2017, and aims to complete a tra
nsport corridor linking Azerbaijan to Turkey and Central Asia and China to Europe by rail. “It works as a majo
r exporter and middle corridor under the Belt and Road Initiative, and Azerbaijan is also working on the East-West l
ine and North-South Line, linking the railway systems of Iran and Russia.”Thanks to its geographic locatio
n, Azerbaijan boasts great wine as well as tea, dried fruit, fruit juice and sweets. The country has had extensive discus
sions about exporting Azerbaijan agricultural products to China, Hajiyev said, adding A
zerbaijani companies are actively taking part in food and agricultural exhibitions in China to promote t
heir products, as the Chinese market is the one of the biggest markets in the world with immense opportunities.
“I want us to be able to leave the European Union in a smooth and orderly way as soon as possible,” she told reporters.
Her EU peers, however, are sceptical about her ability to break the dead
lock soon. They are exasperated with May’s handling of a tortuous and costly divorce that is a di
straction from ensuring the bloc can hold its own against global economic challenges.
Across from the summit venue, the EU executive celebrated its part in funding a global project that produced the first p
icture of a black hole, prompting no shortage of ironic comments on social media about the juxtaposition.
Blogger Eliot Higgins tweeted: “We’re now more certain about what black holes look like than what Brexit looks like.”
One of the country’s major movie events, the 9th Beijing International Film Festival, will o
pen with a Sino-Kazakh production about late composer Xian Xinghai, Xu Fan reports.
The Composer, the first Sino-Kazakh production depicting the final years of Chinese
musician Xian Xinghai, is set to open the 9th Beijing International Film Festival on Saturday.
cting the Indonesian capital Jakarta with Bandung, is now under construction, after China and
Indonesia signed an agreement in October 2015 to establish a joint venture to build and operate it.
As a part of the Belt and Road Initiative projects in Indonesia, the high-speed railway is th
e first to use China’s high-speed railway standards, technologies and equipment on a foreign line.
It being constructed and operated by a China-Indonesia consortium of firms led by China Railway Corp an
d Indonesian state-owned PT Wijaya Karya Tbk, and is to be funded mainly by loans from China Development Bank.
The high-speed rail, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, will have a maximum design speed
of 350 km/h and is capable of transport passengers and goods within 45 minutes between Jakarta and Bandung.
s include new views on marriage, high levels of divorce, increased education that leads to more employment and b
etter-paying career opportunities, and increased longevity and improved health at older ages.
The growth of one-person households could have numerous consequences for society, ran
ging from housing and health care to the fertility rate and consumption patterns, say experts.
In the US, one major reason for staying single is that marriage isn’t view
ed as it once was, and the age at which one gets married is also rising, the Census report shows.
More than half of the participants in a nationally representative sample (55 percent) sai
d that getting married was not an important criterion for becoming an adult, according to the Census report. The sa
me percentage also said that having a child was not an important milestone of adulthood.
“Decades ago, people often waited (or tried to wait) until marrying before having kids, h
aving sex, or buying a home,” Bella DePaulo, a social scientist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, t
old China Daily in an email. “Now those possibilities are readily available outside of marriage.”
udents’ trust. Upon arrival, they were not only faced with the high altitude and thin