They are willing to conduct cooperation using the

rtunities provided by the initiative and the strategy, which for the EU me

mber states would also complement relevant EU initiatives, said the guidelines.

Announcing that 2020 will be the Year of China-CEEC Agricultural Diversity Cooperation, the p

articipants said they support expansion and deepening of cooperation in sustainable agriculture through

academic discussions, project docking, talent training and exhibitions as well as forums.

More Chinese people take trips during holidays compared to 10 years ago, according to official statistics and academic reports.

Both the number of domestic and outbound tourists have seen

a steady increase from 2008 to 2018, with the number of domestic tourists rocketing from

merely 1.71 billion in 2008 to a stunning 5.54 billion in 2018, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) show.

Tourists in China have become more active in spending their public

holidays on traveling, according to a report from China Tourism Academy.

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China has set a goal of making itself a developed count

ntry in the forest sector by the middle of this century in a guideline on promoting the greening of the homeland issued in November. The count

ry also aims to increase its percentage of forest cover from 21.7 percent in 2018 to about 23 percent in 2020, and 26 percent in 2035.

China’s digital trade is expected to lead global trade development, with the economic value of di

gital trade-enabled productivity benefits to the Chinese economy estimated to reach 37 trillion yu

an ($5.5 trillion) by 2030,according to a report on how China can capture digital trade opportunities at home and abroad.

Digital trade has become increasingly important; there are a lot of definitions of digital trade going on, with

the most common one being e-commerce, including monetary transactions and exchanges of goods and services, said re

search project head Konstantin Matthies, noting the report studies digital trade with a much broader approach.

“Digital trade” refers to the production, distribution, marketing, sale or delivery of goods and servi

ces – domestically and abroad – supported by cross-border digital flows. This consists of trade in digi

tally enabled products and services and cross-border data flows that create economic value in the domestic economy, acc

ording to the report jointly released by the Center for China and Globalization as well as the Hinrich Foundation.

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Second, although traveling has become more convenie

nt for Chinese people because of the rapid development of high-speed trains and the civil aviation industry, the transfer

from one mode of transport to another can still be troublesome at times. For instance, some high-speed train stati

ons have been built far away from the cities they serve, dragging down travel efficiency.

And third, some practices-such as free highway passage-may aggravate the conflict between supply and demand.

To solve these problems, which could worsen during holidays, synchronized planning and cooperation of multiple departmen

ts are required. To cope with holiday traffic, the authorities should also promote smart transportation and use a

dvanced technologies including artificial intelligence and big data to improve travel efficiency.

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calls on civil affairs authorities to improve publi

President Xi Jinping called upon civil affairs authorities to focus their efforts on meeting the requirements of poverty red

uction, special groups and matters of public concern in an instruction released on Tuesday.

The remark by Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of Central Mil

itary Commission, came as the 14th National Conference on Civil Affairs began in Beijing on Tuesday.

Xi said work related to civil affairs is related to the public’s well-being and the hearts a

nd minds of the people, and it is also fundamental work that extends a helping hand to those most in need.

Party committees and governments at various levels should stay committed to a people-cent

ered approach and improve their capacities in civil affairs services at the primary level, he said.

He also urged civil affairs authorities to enhance their Party building, stay comm

itted to advancing reform and innovations, better assume their responsibilities in ensur

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Finance Minister Liu Kun said at a forum on Sunday tha

t the government plans to accelerate local government bond issuance this year. “We are tryi

ng to complete the issuance of the new bond quota of 3.08 trillion yuan by the end of September.”

“We will urge local governments to inject funds into projects quickl

y in order to stabilize investment and expand domestic demand,” said Liu.

In the first two months, issued local government bonds totaled at 782.1 billion yuan. Among this, 326.1 bil

lion yuan was raised through special purpose bonds, a type just like United States municipal bonds, the ministry said.

hina will further facilitate foreign enterprises’ venture ca

pital investments in Chinese companies, said Premier Li Keqiang at the Boao Forum for Asia on Thursday.

The country will also improve the regulations on foreign investors’ strategic invest

ment in mainland-listed companies as well as on their mergers and acquisitions with domestic enterprises.

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percent of minors have internet accessChina had 169 million min

netizens in 2018 and the internet penetration rate was 93.7 percent, according to a report published on Tuesday.

The report was jointly published by the youth rights and interests protection departme

nt of the Communist Youth League of China Central Committee and the China Internet Network Information Center.

Minor netizens covered by the report are students at different levels under 18 years, but not including children under 6 years and non-student youths.

According to the report, 92 percent of minor netizens use mobile phones for internet ac

cess, and the percentages of minors using other devices for internet access are all less than 50 percent.

The report shows that 77.6 percent of minor netizens have their own internet access devices, and 69.7 percent have mobi

le phones. Data shows 52.2 percent connected to the internet less than one hour a day, and 24.2 percent between 1 and 2 hours.

Up to 87.4 percent use the internet for study, 68.1 percent listen to mus

ic and 64.2 percent play games for major leisure and recreational activities on the intern

et. Chatting online is the major communication activity for 58.9 percent, and 40.5 percent use short video apps, according to the report.

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Just in the past hour, I spoke with my South Korean count

  terpart and we’ve discussed their reaction and our reaction, but I would like to speak further within US govern

ment before we respond,” Bolton told reporters on the White House North Lawn Friday.

  It comes after the US special representative for North Kore

a said Monday that Washington would not accept a phased denuclearization by Pyong

yang and maintained that the two nations remain closely engaged despite the collapse of the Hanoi summit.

  ”Let me start by saying the obvious — that diplomacy is still very much alive,” Stephen B

iegun said at the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference in Washington, DC on Monday. “While we haven’t made as much progress in the six

months as I would’ve hoped coming in on the first day, we stay closely engaged with our counterparts in North Korea.”

  He downplayed recent satellite images that analysts say show activity at North Korea

n missile sites and urged against making any “snap judgment” on the significance of the images that appear to sho

w that North Korea has begun rebuilding a portion of the Sohae facility previously used to test long-range missile engines.

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inister of Commerce Zhong Shan attends a press conference

Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan said a slew of measures will be taken this year to boost China’s social consumption, such as improving urban consumption, to promote

consumption upgrades, expand rural consumption, and develop service consumption while optimizing service supply.

The country will upgrade a number of pedestrian streets, optimize the layout of convenience stores, and encourage brand development and franchising.

The country will promote “selling agricultural products to the cities, while selling industr

ial products to the countryside”.hina’s investment environment is expected to become more stab

le, open and transparent, as the draft foreign investment law stipulates foreign enterprises will receive pre-established nati

onal treatment plus a negative list management system, according to the Ministry of Commerce on Saturday.

The foreign investment law is expected to help establish an environment where foreign co

mpanies can compete fairly in China, and better protect the legitimate rights and interests of foreign investors, Wang

Shouwen, vice-minister of commerce, said at a news conference during the two sessions.

Wang also cited that the law will protect the intellectual property rights of foreign investors an

d encourage technology cooperation based on voluntary principles and commercial rules.

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Wang Junsheng, an international relations expert with

the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, expressed his optimism about the second summit and said that given the DPRK’s announcement that it would shift its strate

gic focus to economic development, the country will likely make concessions on giving up its nuclear weapons during th

is summit in exchange for the lifting of sanctions and the declaration of the end of the war.

Wang said denuclearization is an irreversible trend.

But Jenny Town, a research analyst at the Stimson Center in Washington, worried that it will be difficul

t for the two leaders to generate a specific road map and schedule for denuclearization at a single summit.

Also on Wednesday, the Republic of Korea’s presidential Blue House spokesman sa

id, “Whatever concessions Trump and Kim may make at their upcoming summit will be significant as th

ey will mean further progress toward the complete denuclearization of Pyongyang.”

Trump met separately with Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Tro

ng and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc earlier on We

dnesday. Kim is likely to meet the Vietnamese leaders during his two-day “official goodwill” visit after the summit w

ith Trump, given the local media reports saying Kim would leave the country on Saturday.

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