The Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations, whic

will be held later this month following the proposal of President Xi Jinping, demonstrates China’s deep thinking and resp

onsibility for promoting the development of civilization in Asia and the world. The conference will have great and

far-reaching significance to the construction of a community of shared future for mankind.

The history of humanity is one of the coexistence and joint development of multiple civilizations. In his article on excha

nges among civilizations and mutual learning, published by the Qiushi journal on May 1, Xi wrote that “civiliz

ation becomes colorful because of exchanges, and abundant because of mutual learning”. He urged nations to “seek wisd

om, absorb nutrition from different civilizations, provide the people with spiritual support and comfort for thei

r soul, and join hands to resolve common challenges of various kinds confronting human beings”.

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“It is the predictability, transparency and nondiscr

rimination bent of the law which, in my view, will lead to a significan

t inward flow of foreign capital in key services and advanced manufacturing sectors,” he said.

Overholt said “the list of issues that President Xi has addr

essed are the issues that the business community is concerned about”.

“It is excellent that President Xi recognized some problems,” especially those associated with its Belt and Road Ini

tiative, such as transparency and corruption, said Craig Allen, president of the US-China Business Council.

Experts also were interested in how the reform policies and laws would be implemented, something Xi addressed in his speech.

“People are very positive about the direction, but they need t

o know the details” of how the promises would be delivered, Overholt said.

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Overholt said that China’s past opening-up has been

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.

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The glazed tiles on the top of the China Pavilion are i

 in fact a type of aluminum alloy that can be used to imitate the shape of traditional Chinese a

rchitecture at a low cost. It is an example of how modern technology is applied at the ex

hibition,” Li Liang, a designer of the pavilion, was quoted by Beijing Daily as saying.

By installing rainwater collection devices on the roofs and tanks beneath the pavili

on, a mini ecological circulation has been created by gathering rainwater to irrigate the terraced fields.

Shen Yanyan, who camea with her family from Jiangxi province for a visit, said that

although she didn’t know much about design, she felt the building was “very cool”.

“We saw its shiny roof upon entry to the park and we were immediately attracted,” said the 33-year-old. “The Chin

a Pavilion is not only beautiful outside, but also inside. My mother is very happy to see flowers from so many pro

vinces and regions of the country, and all are well-trimmed and placed in the pavilion’s exhibition halls.”

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Manufacturing remains in expansion territoryoducts at

The growth of manufacturing activity in China eased in April but remained within expansion territory, adding to the confidence that the country’s economy is stabilizing.

The purchasing managers index for the country’s manufacturing sector came in at 50.1 in A

pril, slightly down from 50.5 in March, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday.

A reading above 50 indicates expansion, while one below it reflects contraction.

Senior NBS official Zhao Qinghe said in a statement that factory activity continued a steady ex

pansion in April, with the subindexes for production and for new orders standing respectively at 52.1 and 51.4. T

he readings are slightly lower than those in March, but they are higher than the average performance of the first quarter.

“Market demand is driving a stable growth in production,” Zhao said, adding strong growth in e

merging industries, such as high-tech and equipment manufacturing, also contributed to the steady performance.

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Xi also called for the two countries to further enhan

ce exchanges between their legislatures, political parties, youth, think tanks, media

and local authorities to cement their people’s support for friendly bilateral ties.

Bhandari said the joint building of the Belt and Road is a historic initiative and has an important global influence.

The initiative has served as a good platform for Nepal-China cooperation, she said.

The Nepali president expressed her congratulations on the 7

0th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, and s

aid it is admirable what the Chinese people have achieved under the leadership of the Communist Party of China.

China is a true friend of Nepal, and Nepal sees opportunities in China’s prosperity and stability, Bhandari said.

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Those businesses have become the first beneficiaries in

China’s new round of opening-up, Xi said, adding that Switzerland

has also led European Union nations by signing a free-trade agreement with China.

He called upon both sides to give play to the opening-up spirit, which features cooperation and win-win outcomes.

He also pledged that China will continue to create an open and fair b

usiness environment for foreign enterprises, including those from Switzerland.

Maurer said both the Chinese and the Swiss are endowed with a hardworking, reliable and innovative character.

He said Switzerland welcomes investment from Chinese businesses and will not im

pose restrictions. Switzerland is ready to enhance exchanges with China in winter sports, he added.

Maurer also said he is greatly in agreement with speeches de

livered by Xi during the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.

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He described the Belt and Road as a grand and peace

ful initiative, and credited the initiative for connecting countries from different regions, with different nationalities and cultures.

The BRI will provide a strong impetus for global economic growth and prosperity, he added.

Switzerland supports the BRI and commits to promoting the initiative in Europe, Maurer said.

He added that the country hopes to deepen bilateral cooperation in trade, investment and innovation with the initiative’s framework.

China and Portugal signed a series of cooperation documents on Monday — includin

g a framework agreement on third-party market cooperation — to strengthen their bilateral ties.

President Xi Jinping and Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sou

sa witnessed the signing of the documents in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

In talks with Rebelo de Sousa, Xi said China and Portugal are important strategic partn

rs for each other, with great convergence in their interests and strong complementary aspects in their economies.

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The telecoms leader will also invest $300 million

annually to support academic research on basic science, technology and technological innovation, said Xu Wenwei, Hu

awei’s director of the board and president of the company’s newly established Institute of Strategic Research.

Huawei posted first quarter revenue of 179.7 billion yuan last Monday, a year-on-year growth of 39 percent.A new burst of messa

ging against China has been unleashed again by Australian newspapers and the Four Corners pro

gram of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, giving the impression that hostile forces are threatening Australia. In Ma

ch, former Australian foreign minister Gareth Evans said, “a new form of Sinophobia is emerging”. He said this is on

e of the reasons Chinese-Australians are under-represented in senior leadership in Australia.

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Medical experts said bills for patients requiring 29

of the 55 rare disease medicines available on the Chinese mainland

have been partly or fully covered by the country’s medical insurance system.

The average medical bill for rare disease patients is 200,000 yuan ($

29,700) a year and more than 40 percent of patients have received no medical tre

atment due to the high prices, according to Li Linkang, China Alliance of Rate Diseases executive director.

Biogen, the United Sates-based pharmaceutical compa

ny that developed the drug, said that it is talking to the C

hinese government, the medical and patient communities, and charitable orga

nizations in a bid to establish a co-payment system to make the drug available to more patients.

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