lower-income－some growing and others not) developing countries will be of huge importance in red
ucing poverty further. Although these countries face significant headwinds, they could also seize imp
ortant new growth opportunities－especially with the help of digital platforms.
The headwinds are certainly considerable. For starters, advances in digital technolo
gies－robotics, machine learning, sensors, and vision－directly threaten the labor-intensive manu
facturing and assembly upon which lower-income, nonresource-rich economies have traditionally relied.
Moreover, climate change has had its greatest economic impact on the tropical and subtropical regio
ns where most of the lower-income countries are located. The effects of global warming are highly disrup
tive in fragile economies, and, taken together, constitute a major new obstacle to growthle
f guidance, such roughly generated and lame evaluations cannot objectively reflect the real
conditions of schools, and have severely disrupted education activities, the statement said.
The MOE will therefore continue to regulate such acti
vities in accordance with law and regulations, according to the statement.
The China Earthquake Administration pledged to enhance its earthquake detection c
apability as it rolls out an experimental project in the country’s tremor-plagued southwestern region.
The administration has established over 360 new monitoring stations in the China Seismic Experimental Site, which spans Sichuan
and Yunnan provinces, since construction of the project was launched about one year ago, Zheng Guoguang, vice-m
inister of emergency management and head of the administration, told a news conference on Friday.
Health authorities will redouble their efforts to train nurses in eldercare as the
proportion of older people in the popula
tion expands and tens of millions of
people struggle with disabilities, a senior health official said on Wednesday.
Jiao Yahui, deputy chief of medical administration and supervision at the Nation
al Health Commission, said there are not
enough nurses to cope with the growing needs of the country’s elderly.
A regulation on the training of healthcare workers and standards of service is being drafted.
It is expected to boost the number of nurse’s aides, Jiao said ahead of
International Nurses Day on Sunday.
The nurse’s aides will complement the work of full-fledged nurses to meet the demand for services for the elderly, she said.
integration－trade, investment and finance－began benefiting large emerging and developing econ
omies. To be sustainable, globalization cannot serve just a few wealthy advanced economies. It m
ust also serve poorer and faster-growing economies, which today account for most of the global growth.
So, by flirting with trade protectionism and punitive tariffs on imports, adva
nced economies are seeking to implement the wrong policies at the wrong time. As the adv
anced countries have fallen into secular stagnation, they desperately need growth. Therefore, the rise of poorer eco
nomies is not a win-lose game, because it benefits the advanced economies, too.
In the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis, all major advanced econom
ies would have faced another Great Depression without the support of large emerging economies, particularly Ch
ina. And the contribution of these countries to global GDP growth is expected to climb to 80 percent by 2050.
ent. External critics of China don’t appreciate that Chinese themselves realize there
are issues to be addressed. They are doing so. These developments should be encouraged.”
President Xi Jinping, who spoke at the Second Belt and Road Foru
m for International Cooperation in Beijing recen
tly, listed areas in which China will improve the environment for foreign investment.
The president said the nation will work hard to create a business environ
ment that respects the value of intellectual prop
erty, will improve the legal system for IPR protection at all levels, will strengthen law enforcement and pr
otection for the legitimate rights and interests of foreign IP owners and will bar the
forced transfer of technology, improve protection of trade secrets and crack down on infringement.
President Xi Jinping called on Wednesday for exchanges and cooperation between Chinese and foreign think
tanks for more high-quality research results to push Belt and Road construction to a higher level.
Xi made the remark in a congratulatory letter to the i
naugural meeting of the Belt and Road Studies Network held in Beijing on Wednesday.
The launch of the think tank network took place ahead of the Second Belt and Road Fo
rum for International Cooperation being held from Thursday to Saturday in the capital.
Xi said in the letter that the development of history, the prosper
ity of civilizations and the progress of mankind are closely connected with the guidance of advanced thought.
Of the dead in the blasts, there are 35 foreigners, the police confirmed. Hospital sources
had earlier said nine foreigners were among those killed while 13 others have been injured.
Airline says flights continue despite curfew
SriLankan Airlines is telling passengers boo
ked on flights out of the country that they will be able to fly despite the curfew imposed.
The carrier says in a statement that travelers on all airlines operating out of Bandaranai
ke International Airport can access the airport by showing their tickets and passports at checkpoints.
The airline says security has been tightened at the airp
ort, and it advises passengers to arrive four hours before their scheduled flights.
Both Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Mi
nister Ranil Wickremesinghe have condemned the attacks and appealed for calm.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said t
he tri-forces and the police are conducting a thorough probe into the explosions.
In a special statement, the police urged the publi
c to stay indoors and not gather at the explosion sites which had been sealed off.
US retail giant Walmart Inc will continue to grow its hypermarkets, Sam’s Club stores, and community-ba
sed smaller-sized supermarkets businesses in China with more advanced technologies, according to a top official.
Doug McMillon, president and CEO of Walmart, told China Daily during his visit to Shanghai on Thursday that China is still one of
the most important markets for the US retailer. Technology will be another major focus area for the com
pany in China as Walmart has always been a “people-led company that relies heavily on technology,” he said.
McMillon said Walmart has developed digital solutions to better u
nderstand customer behavior and spending patterns, which in turn has helped the ret
ailer to create new products and to solve old retail problems with modern technology.
Wern-Yuen Tan, president and CEO of Walmart China, said digital technology has hel
ped Walmart to reach out to more customers and improved the overall decisionmaking process.
nt the album to the public,” Yang says.Yang was talking a couple of weeks before Record Store Day, an eve
nt that a group of record store owners and employees in the United States establishe
d in 2007 aimed at highlighting the importance of record shops to the music industry.
The first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008 and is celebrated
by record stores around the globe. This year’s event takes place on Saturday.
Yang, also a producer and chief executive of Maybe Mars, one of the larg
est independent record labels in China – and whose founding in Beijing coincided with that of Reco
rd Store Day – announced that to mark the day this year the company would hold a live show in the capital on Apr
il 21 featuring three indie rock bands: Lonely Leary, Muzzy Mum and Streets Kill Strange Animals.
Three days before the show the record label will release a compilation of vinyls featuring the three
bands’ latest singles, and P.K 14 will contribute two singles to the compilation.When Yang gets to Free
Sound his fans are waiting in a basement room whose walls are adorne
d with concert postures featuring well-known Chinese rockers such as Dou Wei and Ma Tiao.
ces, including the transport system, which reduces the quality of tourists’ experience to a large