Report: China’s speed of development rarely seen

The speed of China’s development has rarely occurred in economic h

istory, with the country’s economic aggregate breaking 90 trillion yuan over the last 70 yea

rs for China to become the world’s second-largest economy in 2018, said financial news outlet Yicai on Friday.

In 1952 China’s GDP was 67.9 billion yuan, with per-capita GDP standing at 119 yuan.

In 2018 the two figures surpassed 90 trillion yuan and 64,644 yuan, making for respective multiplications of 1,325 and 542 times.

The first Five-Year Plan (1953-1957) began China’s industrialization, concentrating efforts on developing heav

y industry and establishing the foundations for the modernization of national defense.

On the plan’s completion in 1957, China’s GDP reached 106.9 billion yuan, a 57 percent increase compared with 1952.

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After a half-month visit to China, a team from the IM

led by Asia and Pacific Department Deputy Director Kenneth Kang, summarized that “China can play an impor

tant role and would benefit from further opening up and other structural reforms that enhance competition.”

The previously issued policy is sufficient to stabilize growth by 2020, despite the rec

ent US tariff hike, according to the fund’s report. “No additional policy easing is ne

eded, provided there are no further increases in tariffs or a significant slowdown in growth.”

Only if the trade tensions further escalate and threaten economic and financial stability, a

dditional policy easing, such as fiscal expansion, could be used to stabilize the economy, it said.

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Literature fest sparks rural rebootLiterature Prize anliang Li

An event set up by film director Jia Zhangke featuring leading proponents of a school of writing from Shanxi aims to place the province on China’s literary map.

Jiajiazhuang village in Fenyang, Shanxi province, sits around 600 kilometers southwest of Beijing.

Once known for its collective economy that helped draw its population out of poverty, it has now gained another label than

ks to film director Jia Zhangke, who was born in 35ang in 1970, just a short distance from the village.

Jia has devoted much of his time to regenerating the area’s cultural legacy, not only through movies, but also through literature.

To do that, Jia set up the first Lyuliang Literature Festival, which was held from May 9 to 16

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This topic has gone viral among Chinese netizens, an

d turned into a red-hot search item on Sina Weibo, China’s equivalent to Twitter.

The gross output value of the Chinese snack industry has reached 2.22 trill

ion yuan, according to a report released in December by the Circulation Industry Pro

motion Center, which is affiliated with the Ministry of Commerce.

Online e-commerce has accelerated the market penetration rate of snack food, cultivating and promoting purchasing habits of

customers, the report said, adding that snacks accounted for nearly 30 percent of the total online food sales.

A total of 15 tons of mahua (fried dough twists) and 10,769 pieces of subing (crispy cookies) sold out

in just four days. An 8-year-old snack company predicted its revenue would top 10 billion yuan this yea

r. All these have shown China’s snack industry is developing at an unprecedented speed.

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Minister General Wei Fenghe speaks at the Shangri-La Dialo

The People’s Liberation Army will adamantly support regional and world peace, but will not be

“bullied or preyed upon” by foreign powers into giving up national sovereignty and legitimate int

erests, State Councilor and Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe said on Sunday in Singapore.

Experts said Wei’s speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue, a key defense summ

it, marked a milestone in Chinese military diplomacy as Wei showcased the PLA’s confide

nce, positions on key issues and its sincerity and willingness to exchange and cooperate with other countries.

It is the first time in eight years that a Chinese defense minister has participated in the event.

Building a community with a shared future for mankind is the right path forward an

d the trend of the times amid growing uncertainty and instability around the world, he said.

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White paper: US backtracks on its pledgesington’s dema

The United States should take responsibility for the setback in economic and tra

de consultations with China, a government white paper said, warning that “red lines” cannot be crossed.

The US government has backtracked on its commitments three times in the trade negotiations with

China and should bear sole responsibility for the stalled progress, the paper said on Sunday.

The white paper, “China’s Position on the China-US Economic and Trade Consultations”, was

released by the State Council Information Office. It came amid ongoing tension between the world’s two largest economies.

Speaking at a news conference on Sunday, Vice-Minister of Commerce Wang Shouw

en said China is willing to work together with the US to find solutions concerning differences on the eco

nomic and trade fronts, and to reach a mutually beneficial and win-win agreement.

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Pacts set to be signed during Xi’s state visitbal strateg

Pragmatic cooperation, global strategic stability high on Sino-Russian agenda

Beijing and Moscow will sign around 30 cooperation documents d

uring President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Russia next week, including two joint statements on bilateral t

ies as well as on global strategic stability, Vice-Foreign Minister Zhang Hanhui said on Thursday.

Xi will kick off a three-day state visit to Russia on Wednesday at the invitation of Russian President

Vladimir Putin, and attend the 23rd St. Petersburg International Economic Forum to be held between June 6 and June 8.

The two presidents will witness the signing of an array of agreements on business d

eals in areas such as trade, investment and energy, Zhang said at a media briefing in Beijing.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties between

China and Russia, and Xi’s visit will mark a milestone for both countries, Zhang said.

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he Malaysian king said his country is happy to see the

fruitful bilateral ties over the past 45 years, as well as the deepened friendship between the two peoples. Malaysia looks forward to

sustained prosperity and development of the countries’ relations to benefit the two peoples, he said.

Premier Li Keqiang and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad also exchanged con

gratulations on the Friday anniversary. They vowed to expand practical cooperation.Beijing opened its first

bicycle-only road at 7 am Friday morning, and our reporter Cao Zinan became one of the first cyclists to try it out.

Follow Cao in this video, and get a glimpse of the 6.5-kilometer-long bikeway in northern Beijing.

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Measures to stimulate consumption in Guangdong province

Guangdong Provincial Government issued the Implementation Plan for the Improvement of the Consump

tion System in Guangdong Province, which proposes 29 specific measures in nine aspects in response to the current outs

tanding problems of restricting consumption. The Implementation Plan aims to improve consumer expectations, creat

e a good consumer environment, and promote the formation of a strong unified market.

According to the plan, the optimization and upgrading of automobile consumption will be promoted. The provin

ce will focus on promoting the application of new energy vehicles, speeding up the construction of charging site

s and replacing infrastructure, and making clear requirements for the construction of charging facilities in the pr

ovince’s expressway service areas, urban new public parking lots, and communities.

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He and his team carried out more than 800 surgeries la

st year, increasing from 21 surgeries in 2000, the first year he returned to Zhengzhou from Australia, he said.

Cheng hoped the schematic diagrams could make a contribution for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases in the future.

Besides his persistence on drawing the schematic diagrams, he also keeps improving techniques for his surgeries.

He has been using the 8-0 sutures, the most delicate and fine surg

ical stitches for heart surgeries, ever since he came back to the hospital in 2000.

“For the anastomosis (or connection) of tiny coronary blood vessel in heart surgery, th

e 8-0 sutures can maintain better blood flow to the heart compared with other size of threads,” Cheng said.

This is a challenge for a surgeon because he has to be very gentle in the process when co

nnecting the blood vessels of 1.5-2.0mm with this kind of fine sutures, either not too loose or not too tight.

Cheng is one of the five surgeons who use this technique in almost every case of coronary bypass operation in China, according to Dahe Daily.

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