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After 40 years of high-speed growth, China’s economy ha
s entered a high-quality development phase. Starting today, China Daily will feature a series of reports to sh
ow the new landscape across the country. This is the first installment of the series.
Beijing’s municipal government has been making efforts to develop high-end industries suc
h as 5G, artificial intelligence and the industrial internet in order to build the city into the nation’s scientific and innova
tion center, which is a core strategy of the capital’s high-quality growth plan, a senior officials said recently.
Lin Keqing, executive vice-mayor of Beijing, said the city is aimin
g to make new information technology and medical health twin drivers of the municipality’s growth.
“Beijing will make better use of resources to develop the biomedical indus
try and extend its value chain,” Lin said. “We have unveiled an international medical-use ro
botics innovation center in Zhongguancun, China’s Silicon Valley, and a group of companies in the sector.”
France cooperation has not changed, Xi said.
“The history of China-France cooperation shows that bilateral ties are not ‘a zero-sum game.’ The strong com
plementarities between the two economies will remain for a long time,” Xi said, adding that China’s sustained devel
opment and further opening-up will create a host of new opportunities as well as broader space for bilateral cooperation.
Xi called on the two countries to constantly explore new fields of cooperation, nurture new growth areas for cooper
ation, and speed up the implementation of the Belt and Road and third-party cooperation projects that have been agreed upon.
“China staands ready to strengthen strategic communication and coordination with France on major issues including the UN aff
airs, the reform of the World Trade Organization and climate change,” Xi said, adding that China always supports European inte
gration and hopes France can play a more active role in leading and promoting China-Europe relations.
Hailing his successful visit to China last year, Macron said that the two countries have been implementing the important con
sensus reached by him and Xi over the past year, strengthening cooperation on economy, trade, technology and culture.
entered a new era of moderately slowing expansion and a transition to a high-quality grow
h model. That has pushed economists to reconsider some long-term issues, such as whether the economy wo
uld cool down sharply before a considerable rise in wealth, especially after a period of fast growth.
“The key method to ensure China’s role as a high-income cou
ntry is to adjust industrial structures and promote productivity,” said Zhu Min, an inf
luential Chinese economist and former deputy managing director at the International Monetary Fund.
High-tech manufacturing, the service industry and the digital economy will be the new engines
for the economy, while some traditional driving forces, such as injecting funds into the market, are losing momentum, Zhu said.
China’s total GDP exceeded 90 trillion yuan ($13.4 trillion) in 2018, and the per cap
ita GDP was about $9,700. Economists predict that if the country maintains growth of at least 6 percent th
is year, which is likely given the current momentum, its per capita GDP this year would surpass $10,000.
all of US higher education in order to promote bilateral educational exchanges, he said.
”I am here precisely because, like you, I believe these ties are extremely import
ant for our academic institutions, but even more importantly, for our nations,” he said.
He noted that there are a large number of overseas students from China at Har
vard, and the Chinese language is among the most popular foreign languages at the institution.
He also expressed his admiration for the great emphasis the Ch
inese government has placed on education and its efforts to enhance higher education, addi
ng that Harvard University is ready to move forward with exchanges with Chinese education and research inst
itutions.He calls for tapping partnership potential in such sectors as shipping, telecommunications
China stands ready to work with Italy on the Belt and Road Initiative by strengthening its alignment with the Eur
opean country’s development strategies to bring bilateral ties to a new level, President Xi Jinping said.
All 157 people on board an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed soon after taking off from Addis Ababa have been killed, the airline said on Sunday morning.
The plane, en route to Nairobi, Kenya, lost contact at 8:44 a.m. local time, six min
utes after taking off from Bole International Airport in the Ethiopian capital.
Ethiopian Airlines CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam, told reporters at a press conference that
the pilot had reported technical difficulties and asked for clearance to return to Addis Ababa.
He was given clearance to turn back, according to GebreMariam, citing the Air Traffic Controllers record.
The pilot was a senior Ethiopian Airlines pilot who had flow
n more than 8,000 hours. He had an “excellent flying record,” according to the CEO.
The aircraft, flight number ET302, went down near Bishoftu, southeast of Addis
Ababa. An airline spokesperson told CNN the victims were of 35 different nationalities.
The spokesperson said 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethio
pians, eight Americans, eight Italians and seven UK nationals were among the passengers.
Eight Chinese passengers were also on board, said Li Liang, spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy to
William, Kate, Meghan and Harry attend at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2018.
”It’s just clickbait,” a source close to both duchesses told CNN.
The pressure to produce ever more dramatic headlines to drive traffic is intense, perhaps even more so when it comes to Meghan than when Kate Mi
ddleton entered the royal family. Back then, the running theme was how Kate came from working-class roots.
So, is there any truth to the rift? The duchesses were in their 30s when they met, and already had their own esta
blished, close-knit groups of friends. And while the pair may not hang out together or call each other regularly, the so
urce tells CNN, they are friendly and they text one another — linked as they are by a common bond.
The alleged rift has also been cited as the reasons Meghan and Harry
are moving out of Kensington Palace and plan to establish their own office. But CNN’s sou
rce said this is more to do with Harry wanting greater independence, and William needing his own team in pre
paration for so-called “reign change,” when Charles will become King and William will step up as the Prince of Wales.