Figures show faster Q1 development, signaling a healthy start for industries
Most provinces in China achieved faster-than-expected growth in the first quarter of 2019, reflect
ing the resilience of the country’s sprawling industrial economy, the country’s top industry regulator said on Tuesday.
Huang Libin, a spokesman for the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, said at a news conference that 22 p
rovinces’ industrial growth rates from January to March were higher than their targets for the whole year and driven
partly by central and local governments’ favorable policies to accelerate supply-side reform.
Industrial output in Zhejiang province grew 8.9 percent year-on-yea
r in the first quarter, compared with the 7.3 percent it recorded for all of 2018 and faster
than its 2019 target, Huang said, without specifying the province’s growth goal.
“We are in the critical stage of industrial upgrading and seeking high-quality development. The upb
eat readings will continue boosting market expectations and confidence,” he added.
th other WTO members should be properly handled according to the WTO dispute settlement proc
edures. It not only takes the initiative to file claims in order to safeguard its legal interests and the authority
of the WTO rules, but also actively responds to charges, and respects and enforces WTO rulings.
The WTO’s ruling on this dispute over shows that the orga
nization has an important role to play in safeguarding the multil
ateral trading system. It’s not simply a matter of one side tallying up a victory against the other.
The multilateral trading system, with the WTO as its core, has been a mainstay in promoting glo
bal economic development and building an open world economy. The WTO dispute settlement system is the org
anization’s court for settling trade disputes. It maintains a balance between the WTO members’ rights and oblig
ations, and also ensures the effective implementation of WTO principles and rules.
Croatia, April 13 — China and the Central and Eastern European Count
ries (CEECs) on Friday agreed to enhance connectivity to achieve more development.
The agreement was part of the Dubrovnik Guidelines for Cooperation between China and t
he CEECs, which was released after the eighth China-CEEC leaders’ meeting in the Croatian city of Dubrovnik.
According to the guidelines, China and the CEECs are willing to pro
mote railway projects cooperation in line with respective laws and regulations and through
consultations, in particular by strengthening exchanges and cooperation on railway planning, railway organiza
tion development, management, technology development, logistics and freight terminal construction.
China and the CEECs will jointly explore utilization and construction of logistics hubs, said the guidelines, adding that China is
welcome to participate in joint development of new freight lines in connecting markets in Asia and Europe, u
nder the understanding that it respects the principles of transparency and non-discrimination.
lems through dialogue and negotiations, also underlined that he does not accept “the American style of
dialogue” which imposes the United States’ unilateral demands upon its dialogue partner.
Kim said the United States is hinting at holding
a third DPRK-US Summit, but what happened in Hanoi “is not inviting” to the DPRK.
However, Kim also mentioned his good relations with Trump. “As P
resident Trump keeps saying, the personal ties between me and him
are not hostile like the relations between the two countries and we still maintain good relations.”
At the end of the speech, Kim said he hoped that the United
States would decide wisely and that the confrontation betw
een the two countries will be brought to a complete stop.
China would like to enhance strategic communication and deepen cooperation with Myanmar
no matter how the international situation changes, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday.
Xi made the remark while meeting with Myanmar Commander-in-Chief of Defen
se Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
The two countries should deepen their comprehensive strategic cooperation to bring more practi
cal benefits for the people of both countries and contribute to regional stability and prosperity, Xi said.
Noting that military cooperation is an important part of China-Myanm
ar relations, Xi said that the two armies should enhance pragmatic cooper
ation and build bilateral military relations on the basis of mutual trust and benefit.
Xi said that China supports the peace process of Myanmar and pays attention to t
he development of the political and security situation in the northern part of Myanmar.
nsuses that have been reached to make new progr
ess in their all-around partnership of friendship and cooperation.
China is willing to import more high-value-added Belgian produ
cts that cater to demand in the Chinese market, and Bel
gium is welcome to participate in the second China International Import Expo this year, Li said.
In the meantime, the world’s second-largest economy will work with Belgium to fully implement t
heir memorandum of understanding for third-party market cooperation to enhance their cooperation in Africa, the premier added.
Michel said Belgium has attached great importance to its relations with China and will d
eepen bilateral cooperation in trade, agriculture and shipbuilding. He said he hoped the Ch
ina-EU leaders’ meeting would be successful, safeguard multilateralism and promote trade.
In October, Li visited Belgium while attending the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit.
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.
came to Europe again in his first overseas trip this year, manifesting the great importance China attaches to Europe, Wang said.
In a world of unprecedented transformations, Xi noted that a stable, strategic and reciprocal China-EU relationship is urgently needed.
Wang said during his visit, Xi had in-depth communication with the European leaders to discuss cooperation in internation
al issues and reached important consensus of adhering to multilateralism, and discarding isolationism and unilateral moves.
He also said Xi and the European leaders agreed to enhance coordination and cooperation wit
hin the UN system, give full play to the constructive role of global and regional multilateral mechanisms s
uch as the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and Group of 20 and the EU, and
actively contribute to solving international conflicts, combating climate change and promoting sustainable development.
In his keynote speech at the global governance forum, Xi raised “four deficits” in global affairs including governance deficit, tru
st deficit, peace deficit and development deficit. To address these deficits, he proposed a four-pronged approach of fairness and reas
onableness, consultation and understanding, joint efforts and mutual assistance and mutual benefit and win-win results.
LONDON – British lawmakers seized a measure of control over the
stalled Brexit process from Prime Minister Theresa May‘s foundering governmeng up a seri
es of votes that could dramatically alter the course of the UK’s departure from the European Union.
The move came after May conceded that Parliament would defeat her twice-rejected divorce deal with the EU again if she put it to a third vote.
With Brexit delayed and the new departure date up in the air, the House of Commons v
oted to give itself temporary control of the parliamentary timetable starting on Wednesday so lawmakers can vote o
n alternatives to May’s withdrawal deal. The government usually controls the scheduling of votes in Parliament.
Lawmakers who backed Monday’s motion, which passed 329-302, hope the planned “indic
ative votes” will narrow the options down to one that can secure majority support. Possible options inclu
de a “soft Brexit” that maintains close economic ties with the EU or scrapping Britain’s departure altogether.
both of our country should be very proud to have a friend, a representative like him,” he said.