World leaders send greetingsscination with the zodiac sign

World leaders send greetings
By MO JINGXI | China Daily | Updated: 2019-02-09 04:28

A child’s fascination with the zodiac sign for the new lunar year is captured in a photograph in Hong Kong on Thursday. Perform

ers put on lion dances and set off fireworks in San Francisco on Tuesday to celebrate Chinese New Year. [Ph

oto/Xinhua]
Contributions of Chinese, hope for coming year noted

World leaders sent Lunar New Year’s greetings as Chinese people around the globe cel

ebrated their most important holiday season of the year — Spring Festival.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev extended his greetings to the Chin

ese people on Thursday, the third day of the Chinese New Year.

“We are glad that today we have the opportunity to meet and convey our warmest words and wishes to the Chinese peop

e,” Medvedev said to a gathering at the Chinese embassy in Moscow. “We are hopeful that in the new year, we will contin

ue our effective contact to develop our strategic partnership and interaction that has distinguished our countries in recent years.”

Medvedev said his visit to the embassy “also has a symbolic meaning”, given this year’s 70th

anniversary of the establishment of Russia-China diplomatic relations.

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China clean energy industry develops fast in 2018

China accelerated the development of clean energy last year, with the installed capacity of renew

able energy exceeding 700 million kilowatts, the National Energy Administration said.

China will continue to boost the growth of the oil-and-gas industry this year, increase efforts in oil and gas exploration and d

evelopment, and build more pipelines and gas storage facilities, according to the administration.

China has adopted a slew of measures to encourage the development of clean energ

y, including building vast solar and wind farms, wi

th aims to make non-fossil energy meeting 20 percent of its energy needs by 2030.

To reach this goal, China is investing heavily in renewable energy, pledging to invest 2.5 trillion yuan (about 373 billion US d

ollars) in renewable power generation – solar, wind, hydro and nuclear – by 2020.

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We understand that this week’s discussions covered famili

ound on structural issues and look forward to hearing details about any progress that was made,” said Craig Allen, president of the US-China Business Council.

The Washington-based council has urged both governments to use this month to address their unresolved issues, he said in a statement.

The Chinese delegation said that creating a market environment of fair competition is in line with the general di

rection of China’s reform and opening-up, and therefore China will actively address relevant US concerns.

The two countries have agreed to take effective measures to promote the more b

alanced development of bilateral trade. China will make active efforts to expand im

ports from the US in agriculture, energy, manufacturing and services, which will help the country’s pursuit of high

-quality economic development and meet the people’s demand for a better life, the Chinese delegation said.

It’s clear that changes to the bilateral commercial relationship are underway, but b

ecause the issues are complex, it will take hard work and considerable time to resolve them, Allen said.

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