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cus”, keeping it prudent while the liquidity should be at a reasonably adequate level, it said.
Financial policies are required to further support small and private companies, and fun
ding through the capital market is supported by the authorities, according to the statement.
The central bank had skipped open market operations for 15 conse
cutive working days until Monday. “Reasonable and adequate liquidity in the banking syste
m” was the main reason for the absence of open market operations, according to a statement from the central bank.
To cut or not to cut the RRR, a strong tool for liquidity adjustm
ent, has become a hot topic since April, not only for investors, but also for policy advisers.
Divergent opinions are spreading among a broader group of market observer
s. The market is trying to get more indications from the monetary authority, although the C
hinese central bank barely sends any hints on possible monetary policy operations before taking action.
It’s a Sunday afternoon and Yang Haisong seems to be in a chipper mood. Under a blazing sun on a warm day in Beijing he sit
s on the side of a road smoking a cigarette. Yang, a founding member of the Chinese rock band P. K. 14 and its l
ead vocalist, is taking a break from activities in Free Sound, a record store in which he has been talking to fans about th
e band’s seventh studio album, What We Talk About When We Talk About His Name.
Yang hails from Nanjing, Jiangsu province, and it was there that P.K. 14 was formed nearly 22 y
ears ago before going on to become one of the most influential rock bands in China’s indie rock scene.
“I love record stores,” Yang, 46, says. “Of course listening to music
online through streaming services is incredibly conven
ient, but when I hold cassette tapes or vinyls in my hands I feel this connection with the music.”
The band’s latest album, released on Oct 14, 2018, was recorded in Be
rlin, and in addition to being streamed online, it was distributed on record and cassette.
ard the bilateral collaboration and joint research on protection and conservation of endangered species of wildlife and biodiversity,” he said.
Erica Kohler, director of operations of the San Diego Zoo, told Xinhua it
is sad to see the two pandas leaving for China. However, it is also a time to celebrate the successful coll
aboration with China on the joint research of panda breeding and wild life protection.
Dubbing the pandas “the friendship ambassadors” from China, she said Bai Yun and Xiao Liwu attracted about 2 million visitors to the zoo each year.
As the first panda on loan, Bai Yun, arrived at the San Diego Zoo in 1996. The cuddly panda soon became an iconic imag
e of the zoo and one of the most popular animals. The name of her son, Xiao Liwu, means Little Gift in English.
Gaylene Thomas, animal care supervisor of the San Diego Zoo, told Xi
nhua that they learned a lot from the giant pandas and gathered data from them.
Thomas said as a great mother of six baby pandas, Bai Yun has a very good character, is very easy-going.
“This positive momentum needs to be kept up,” he said.
Schmidt, the Chilean ambassador, said China has made extraordinary progress in its fight a
gainst pollution, and he is “very enthusiastic about the next measures that Chinese authorities may announce” during the upcoming two sessions.
Environmental issues continue to be a major concern for Diego Guelar, Argentine ambas
sador to China, who has observed the two sessions every year since he assumed the post in 2016.
“It is a major issue for all the people who live in China,” he said, noting that living in a better en
vironment is part of the dream of Chinese people as well as others around the world.
Guelar is glad to see that China is working both at home and abroad to promote environmental protection.
“I’m waiting for the two sessions, and I want to see how the princip
le of the pursuit of happiness, or the Chinese dream, is going to be discussed,” he added.
BEIJING — China’s agriculture ministry said Wednesday that a new case of African swine fever had been confirmed in Shaanxi province.
The outbreak occurred on a farm with a total of 11,334 pigs in the city of Yulin, the Ministry of A
griculture and Rural Affairs said, citing a China Animal Disease Control Center report.
Up until now, 62 pigs on the farm have died from the viral disease, while 150 have been infected, the ministry said.
A team was dispatched to the area immediately, and local authori
ties have initiated an emergency response to block, cull and disinfect affected pigs.
Transport of all pigs and related products out of or into the blockaded region is forbidden, the ministry said.
African swine fever is believed to only infect pigs, and no humans or other species have thus far been infected.
China reported its first case of the disease in August 2018 in the northeastern province of Liaoning.