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.
various social conflicts, and said efforts must be made to address legitimate and lawful concerns to safeguard public int
erests, and also guide the public in voicing their concerns in a law-based manner to maintain social order.
Strong pressure must be maintained to crack down on crimes such as organized gang activity, violent and terroristic cri
mes, as well as those related to fraud, robbery, food and drug safety, and environmental protection, Xi said.
Calling social fairness and justice a lifeline for judicial and law enforcement work, Xi called for improving the mec
hanism of the use of power in law enforcement as well as the supervision over such powers.
Efforts should be made to help the public feel fairness and justice in every case, Xi said.
He also urged public security staff to improve their work so that human rights can be guarant
eed while crime is fought, and fairness can be ensured while efficiency of law enforcement is pursued.
hina will undertake key measures to further integrate the country’s rural and urban areas
and encourage the transfer and free flow of people and resources throughout the nation.
Measures include relaxing hukou (household registration) barri
ers, reforming zoning regulations for rural and residential land, marketing collective land
in rural areas for development purposes and increasing infrastructure spending in the countryside.
Experts said the new plan, announced by the Communist Party of China Ce
ntral Committee and the State Council late on Sunday, is aimed at helping realize steady progr
ess in rural revitalization, driving up the process of urbanization and further boosting the economy.
China has a three-step plan. First, it will initially build a framework an
d mechanism for integrated development of urban and rural areas, and gradually rem
ove limits on hukou registration in cities by 2022. Second, it will bring about an improved framewo
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
s landmarks of the International Horticultural Exhibition 2019 Beijing China, the China Pavilion and the Intern
ational Pavilion are attracting large numbers of visitors thanks to their unique designs and functions.
Covering an area of 5 square kilometers, the expo is being held in the capital’s Yanqing district.
Following the ancient wisdom of the Chinese people, the China Pavilion takes the sh
ape of a green building that can “breathe” and has “life”, as described on the exhibition’s official website.
Core portions of the pavilion are composed of terraced fi
elds. Functions of both irrigation and insulation are at play, and
the fields help reduce energy consumption of the building while also offering heating or cooling functions.
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.
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.
whose annual net income was less than 200 yuan ($30) were defined as living below the p
overty line in China in 1985. The line was raised to less than 2,300 yuan by 2011.
Second, how are policies designed to help the poorest people? Chinese policies aim to give the poor a roof over their heads, guarantee
food, clothing and basic medical services, and provide their children with nine years of compulsory education.
Funds and resources have been made available for agricultural subsidies and cheap loans to rural far
mers. Funds also went into rural revitalization, to integrate regional development and build infrast
ructure connecting villages to markets so that farmers could sell their products more easily. Villagers have been enco
uraged to be innovative, with incentives and loans for them to become self-employed and to set up micro-businesses.
Moreover, teams of officials have been traveling to faraway and isolated rural areas to help individual
s and families with individualized plans that target specific problems, such as whether there is ill
ness or disability in the household. In other words, China has not taken a “one-size-fits-all” approach for the tough cases.
Island province ‘will ensure’ that Boao Forum continues to promote cooperation
The international exchanges and cooperative efforts prompted
by the Boao Forum for Asia are turning Hainan province into the Silicon Valley of seeds for c
ountries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, according to a Hainan government official.
More hybrid rice seeds cultivated by Chinese scientists at the Nanfan Scientific and Researc
h Breeding Base in Hainan are being introduced to ASEAN countries. The total combined area of hybri
d rice cultivation in India, Vietnam, the Philippines, Pakistan and Indonesia – major rice-growing countries – has rea
ched 4.28 million hectares, said Wang Sheng, director of the Foreign Affairs Office of Hainan province.
Wang spoke at a news conference on March 19 before the Boao For
um for Asia 2019 Annual Conference in Boao, Hainan, which ends on Friday.
ping via livestreaming services could completely and truly demonstrate the detailed infor