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ut is confrontation,” said Solana, who is currently president of the ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics of Spain.
The senior politician and diplomat expressed concerns over the trade frictions between China and the United States, w
hich have conducted 11 rounds of trade negotiations, but have yet to reach an agreement.
The world’s two largest economies should engage in dialogue on an equal footing, Solana said.
“If they fail to resolve their trade problems, the global economy will start to suffer from this crisis,” he said.
lism are on the rise, a multilateral approach has to be maintained, he said.
Solana praised China’s hosting of the Conference on Dialog
ue of Asian Civilizations, and said this type of event could boost cooperation among different countr
Japanese Emperor Akihito, in his final remarks as his three-decade reign drew to a close
on Tuesday, thanked the people for their support and expressed hope for a peaceful future.
Akihito, 85, was the first Japanese monarch enthroned unde
r a post-war Constitution that defines the role of the monarch as a merely a “symbol of the State.”
“To the people who accepted and supported me as a symbol, I express my heartfelt thanks,” Akihito, wearing a Western
-style morning coat, said at a brief abdication ceremony in the Imperial Palace’s Matsu no ma, or Hall of Pine.
“Together with the empress, I hope from my heart that the new Reiwa era that begins tomorrow will be peaceful and fru
itful, and pray for the peace and happiness of our country and the people of the world,” said a solemn Akihito, refer
ring to the new imperial era, standing flanked by Empress Michiko, who wore a long white and grey dress.
An action plan has been introduced to tighten water consumption as part of high-quality development moves, which aims to improve
efficiency in the use of natural resources and better protect the environment while boosting economic growth.
By 2020, water consumption per 10,000 yuan ($1,487) of GDP is expect
ed to drop by 23 percent from that in 2015, with a 20-percen
t reduction in using water to produce 10,000 yuan in industrial added value, according to the plan promulgated by t
he National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Water Resources on April 15.
In addition, China’s overall water consumption will be constrained within 670 billion c
ubic meters by 2022, with improved conservation, the document said. Furthermore, the figure will be con
trolled within 700 cu m with water conservation and recycling at a world-leading level by 2035.
BUDAPEST, April 23 (Xinhua) — The Beijing Film and TV International Show inaugurated in the
Hungarian capital will enhance people-to-people bonds between Hungary and China, an Chinese official said here on Tuesday.
“Within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, more and more Chinese film and TV producti
on have become accessible for Hungarians,” said Wang Wei, director of the department of plan
ning and development, Beijing Municipal Radio and Television Bureau, at the opening of the show.
“This kind of cultural exchange can facilitate people-to-people bonds between Hungary and China
and will create a solid base for further cooperation between the two countries,” he stressed.
Maria Pap, an official from Hungarian National Tourist Office, said: “Budapest is a very important tourist att
raction and destination here in Central Europe. I am delighted to see more and more Chinese tourists coming to Hungary.”
She added that Budapest is a very important and beloved spot for film produc
ers, and more and more international film producers have chosen Budapest as their shooting place.
The Show kicked off with performances from Hungarian dancers and pop sing
ers, before showing trailers of the most exciting Chinese productions to Hungarian spectators.
showed that 160 million Chinese people have travel plans during the upcoming four-day May
Day holiday. Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan and Indonesia are the top destinations outside the mainland.
Malaysia, which receives around 10 million Chinese tourists annua
lly, began to issue e-visas for Chinese in 2017. “The number of visa stickers on passports of Chinese
nationals dropped by 70 percent in the first year after the service was introduced, showing its high popularity,” said Han.
Since last year, countries including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Turkey, Thailand and Sr
i Lanka have started to accept visa application documents online and issue e-visas, either a bar code or QR code.
“When more countries that are mainstream travel destinations launch such services for Chinese, more will follow suit,” Dai said.
the ALS patients’ thoughts through identifying the patien
ts’ eyeballs movements to collect information, and then move the wheelchair automatically.
It can also move safely at night. Further improvements will be made to the system to correct for
minor deviations when operating under bright light.Zhang Wei operates the wheelchair at a residential commu
nity in Xi’an, Shaanxi province, April 17, 2019. Zhang has climbed two of China’s Five Great Mountains on his han
Beijing plans to add more kindergarten slots and strengthen security measures to make sur
e children can receive an affordable and safe preschool education, officials said on Thursday.
Feng Hongrong, deputy inspector of the Beijing Education Co
mmission, said the city plans to enroll another 30,000 kinder
gartners through renovating and expanding existing operations, and to support
State-owned and private enterprises, institutions, communities and individuals in building of new ones.