Month: April 2019
nland, there was little effective therapy for the disease, and patients depended mainly on treat
ment such as respiratory and nutrition supports, said Xiong Hui, Beijing Medical Association rare disease c
ommittee member and Peking University First Hospital deputy director of pediatrics.
Spinraza debuted on the Chinese mainland having been fast-tracked through the marke
t approval process for rare disease drugs, which, available overseas since July, are urgently needed in China.
The drug began the approval process in September and was issued a license in February.
Premier Li Keqiang said in February that the government will step up efforts to gua
rantee more than 20 million rare disease patients have access to required medication.
of the 55 rare disease medicines available on the Chinese mainland
have been partly or fully covered by the country’s medical insurance system.
The average medical bill for rare disease patients is 200,000 yuan ($
29,700) a year and more than 40 percent of patients have received no medical tre
atment due to the high prices, according to Li Linkang, China Alliance of Rate Diseases executive director.
Biogen, the United Sates-based pharmaceutical compa
ny that developed the drug, said that it is talking to the C
hinese government, the medical and patient communities, and charitable orga
nizations in a bid to establish a co-payment system to make the drug available to more patients.
umption in 2019 is expected to grow 5.8 percent. Demand for coal is expected to hit 3.95 billion
tons, with the power sector still playing a significant role in the consumption of coal.
Consumption of oil is predicted to reach 620 million tons, up 1.6 percent year-on-year, while
the growth rate for natural gas consumption is expected to slow, with an annual consumption of 310 billi
on cubic meters in 2019, up 10.4 percent year-on-year, it said.The 2019 Beijing International Horticultural Ex
hibition (Expo 2019 Beijing) opens to visitors Monday, and will showcase a wide variety of flowers, fruits, vegetables and
herbs from across the world, including more than 300 rare and endangered plant species.
Nearly 20,000 volunteers across media, translation and giving directio
ns will work at the 162-day event, running April 29 – Oct 7. Click to watch their greetings in s
even languages: Chinese, English, Russian, French, German, Spanish and Japanese.
The 2018 laureates for theory are Juan Ignacio Cirac, David Deutsch, Peter Shor and Peter Zoller,
for their seminal theoretical work on quantum algorithms and physical architectures of quantum com
puters and simulators, while the experimental category prizes went to Rainer Blatt and David Wineland for pio
neering experiments that demonstrated fundamental elements of quantum computing with trapped ions.
The 2019 prizes were awarded to Charles Bennett, Gilles Brassard, Artur Ekert and Stephen Wiesner in the theory category for th
eir work on quantum cryptography, and experimental prizes went to Pan Jianwei and Anton Zeilinger for their grou
ndbreaking experiments that enabled practically secure and large-scale quantum communications.
The awards ceremony will be held on Sept 20, Luo said.
USTC has been leading the world’s quantum information science and techno
ogy development in recent years, with Pan’s team attracting enormous attention from home and abroad.
of cooperation, defined key areas and strengthened the mechanism to seek high-quality development of the BRI, he said.
Leaders reached wide-ranging agreement on high-quality cooperation on the BRI at the leaders’ roundtable on Saturday after an i
n-depth exchange of views on issues such as connectivity, policy integration and sustainable development.
They supported comprehensive infrastructure connectivity as a way to foster economic growth and to build high-q
uality, reliable, resilient and sustainable infrastructure, according to a joint communique issued after the roundtable.
All parties involved supported strengthening synergies in development policies using the principle
of extensive consultations, joint contributions for shared benefits and building even closer partnerships, the joint communique said.
The leaders also upheld green and sustainable growth and agreed to enhance cooperation in areas such as environ
mental protection, circular economy and clean energy, according to the communique.
e of International Affairs, noted Xi’s emphasis on high-quality development, free t
rade and people-to-people bonds, “all of which are sorely needed around the world”.
“The shift toward high-quality development is a natural extension of what China has been doing for the past few ye
ars. Now that the BRI is five years old, it’s about time to upgrade quality joint development,” he said.
“China is trying to address the concerns that have been raised sinc
e the last Belt and Road Forum two years ago. One of these concerns is the need for infr
astructure projects to be more responsive to the local circumstances of BRI member countries.”
Duncan Freeman, a research fellow at the EU-China Research Centre at t
he College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, said infrastructure is important for economic gro
wth, so building infrastructure and building connectivity and efficient infrastructure are important.
versity of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, in the United States, said Xi
wants to convey a specific message: that China sees the BRI as a method by which it can make
a substantial and permanent contribution to lasting peace, common security and global prosperity.
“While some Westerners may scoff at the impact they think the BRI m
ay have on these issues, Xi genuinely sees the BRI as a global development project and will cont
inue to wholeheartedly put China’s money, resources and energies into this project,” he said.
Chen Weihua in Brussels, Bo Leung in London, Zhao Huanxin in Washington, Edith Muteth
ya in Nairobi and Chen Yingqun in Beijing contributed to this story.The profits of China’s major indu
strial firms surged by 13.9 percent in March, a drastic rebound compared to the 14-percent decline in January-Febru
ary period, official data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed Saturday.
China’s plan to involve international communities in its space mis
sions to jointly conduct space research shows its determination to further enhance global coop
eration in space projects, according to the director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. That incl
udes opening up its planned space station to other countries, especially developing countries.
China’s space station, which is expected to be completed and operating by 2022, will be the world’s first space station open
for cooperation with all UN member states in manned space flights and exploration. The station will be able to sup
port research on astronomy, space life sciences, biotechnology, microgravity fundamental physics and space materials science.
financing cooperation center has recently been established — jointly with eight multilateral develo
pment institutions including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and Asian Infrastructure In
vestment Bank — to prepare for “high-quality” projects and promote international standards for BRI financing.
Chinese financial institutions have provided more than $440 billion for BRI infrastructure projects. Renminbi-denom
inated overseas investment funds amounted to over 320 billion yuan ($47.49 billion) and the Chinese capital mark
et has helped companies raise 500 billion yuan through equity funding. BRI countries and companies have issued mor
e than 65 billion yuan in Panda bonds in the Chinese onshore market, according to the central bank.
The World Bank said BRI cooperation is predicted to reduce global trade costs by 1.1 percent to 2.2 percent in 2019.
through Sri Lanka on Sunday has risen to 359, according to a police report released