The eastern area and central China region are accele

rating the push for economic upgrading, which offers strong impetus for the growth. Despite the pressure, we still can see gr

owth momentum,” Zhang said during a macroeconomic seminar earlier this month in Beijing.

“Recently, the government has introduced a series of su

pportive policies which will gradually help grow the real economy,” Zhang added.

NDRC said a further 3.24 million new urban jobs were added in t

he first quarter, with surveyed unemployment ra

te remaining at a comparatively low level of 5.2 percent in March. And consu

mer prices registered a moderate rise of 1.8 percent in the first three months of this year.

A basic equilibrium in the balance of payments was maintai

ned, and China’s foreign exchange reserves exceeded $3 trillion, Yuan added.

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Kim Jong-un supervises test of new tactical guided weapon

Kim Jong-un, top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) supervised the

test-fire of a new tactical guided weapon, state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Thursday.

Kim “supervised and guided a test-fire of a new-type tactical guided weapon cond

ucted by the Academy of Defense Science on Wednesday,” the KCNA reported.

The design indexes of the weapon, with advantages of “the p

eculiar mode of guiding flight and the load of a powerful warhead,” were “perfectly verified at the test-fire con

ducted in various modes of firing at different targets,” the report said, giving no details of the weapon.

“Tactical” implies a short distance weapon instead of a long-range ballistic missile in military battles.

According to the report, Kim described the development as “an event of v

ery weighty significance in increasing the combat power of the People’s Army,” sayi

ng that the scientists and workers have done a great work in increasing the country’s capabilities of

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The meetings on Thursday and Friday are all part of

f the 8th Summit of Central and Eastern European Countries & China.

At the China-CEEC economy and trade forum before the leaders meeting, Li called for strengthening trade facilitation and exp

anding two-way opening-up of markets. China is willing to expand imports of goods from CEE nations, particu

larly agricultural products that cater to the demand of Chinese consumers, he said. Trade of farm goods, machine

ry and electric devices should be further boosted and logistics sped up between the trading partners, he said.

Li said trade between China and the 16 CEE nations rose by 21 percent to a record high, de

spite a global trade slowdown. China is willing to strengthen cooperation with CEE nations in infrast

ructure based on market rules and following European Union rules and standards, he said.

Li advocated the great potential for trade and economic cooperation between China a

nd the 16 countries. China-CEEC cooperation is a helpful addition to China-EU ties, he said.

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The number of unicorn companies in Haidian makes

 up a fifth of the total number in China. Up to 51 companies in the district realized annual revenue of more than 10 billion yuan. Baidu Inc, Cambricon Techno

logies Corp and Beijing Dream Ink Technologies Co have become global leaders in various cutting edge technologies.

“The fruitful results in Haidian’s scientific innovation sector are due to the increasing investment i

n research and development,” said Dai Binbin, head of the district. “In 2018, Haidian’s R&D intensit

y was 4.6 times the national level, and higher than levels in the Republic of Korea and Japan.”

Beijing’s Xicheng district, where many domestic and oversea

s financial companies and organizations are located, has carried out a series of policies to boost the

financial sector’s development, and is another example of the capital’s high-quality growth.

For instance, the district government provides subsidies of up to

50 million yuan to newly set up financial organizations. For financial companies that m

ove into the district, the government gives subsidies to help them offset rent and capital purchases.

For high-end talent, both local and foreign, the district offer

s better resources in medical care, education and living arrangements.

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But it doesn’t mean marriage is dead. It just means

 that marriage is no longer the only place where people make all their

major financial and personal decisions, or incur obligations to others,” Coontz said.

“First of all, I haven’t met my Mr. Right. Also, I’m extremely responsible with my own finances – I have to pay my rent and my stud

ent loans every month,” said Michelle Yu, a recent graduate of the University of Southern California, who just s

tarted her first job at a publishing company in Los Angeles. Yu has been single for more than four years.

“So, if my partner also has a ton of student loans or is in a bad financial situation, I’d r

ather be alone,” said Yu. “Now, I can well manage my own money and I’m saving the down payment for bu

ying an apartment in my neighborhood. I like to do that on my own pace.”

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Besides, most of the steel firms in the region still

use blast furnaces that are more polluting than electric furnaces, which res

ults in huge energy consumption and pollution discharge burdens, according to Lyu.

To better protect the environment, it is not enough to relocate the production capacity f

rom one place to another within a province as some local governments have done, he added.

Lyu made the remarks at the 2019 China Iron and Steel Develo

pment Forum, which was jointly held by the China Metallurgical Industry Planning & Res

earch Institute and the Chinese Academy of Engineering in Beijing over the weekend.

Since 2016, China has made remarkable progress in reducing overcapacity in the sector, fulfilling th

e upper overcapacity reduction goals for the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) two years in advance. The util

ization rate of crude steel capacity has risen from 70 percent in 2015 to more than 80 percent now, according to Lyu.

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The two nations should also further exchanges and

cooperation in areas including education, culture, science and technology as well as ensuring the success of the China-New Zealand Year of Tourism events, he said.

Ardern expressed her appreciation for Xi’s condolences and support foll

owing the terrorist attack in Christchurch, adding that her choice to proceed with the vi

sit despite the event “does reflect the value New Zealand places on its relationship with China”.

She called the bilateral relationship “one of our most important a

nd far-reaching relationships”, a point she said she has made in speeches over the past year.

She said she hopes that through the visit, the two nations can strengthen their bilateral co

mprehensive strategic partnership and deepen cooperation in trade and people-to-people exchanges.

She also reiterated New Zealand’s adherence to the one-China p

olicy and its independent foreign policy, as well as its firm support for multilateralism and free trade.

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Qian is one of 47 teachers who arrived on the southweste

rn plateau in 2015 from Jiangsu, whose students regularly post some of the best exam result

s in China. Some members of the original teaching group have left and been replaced by new arrivals.

As experts in teaching methods and education theory, they we

re keen to bring their experience and knowledge to Tibet, where education was once exclusive to the ar

istocracy. Their efforts are paying off, as both students and local teachers are benefiting from their presence.

The school, a secondary boarding establishment, was establ

ished by the Jiangsu government in 2014 with an investment of 263 million yuan ($39 million).

It is home to 2,890 students, more than 90 percent of whom are Tibetan, and the 316 teachers provide 63 classes. Exc

uding the 47 educators from Jiangsu, the teachers are locals of both Han and Tibetan ethnicity.

The students, from juniors to seniors, said the Jiangsu teachers ar

e more patient and softer-tempered than those at their old schools and the classes are more interesting.

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The alternative to “no-deal” is to delay Brexit for at leas

 least several months while Britain tries to sort out the mess.

The bloc is reluctant to have a departing Britain participate in Euro

pean Parliament elections in late May, which it would have to do if Brexit is delayed.

But EU Council President Donald Tusk has urged the bloc to give Britain an extensi

on, if it plans to change course and seek a softer Brexit that keeps close economic ties between Britain and the bloc.

This week British lawmakers held a series of “indicative votes” on alternativ

es to May’s deal — and all eight options on offer were defeated. But the move did hint at a potential compromise. The

measure that came closest to a majority called for Britain to remain in a customs union with the EU after it leaves.

May has always ruled that out, because sticking to EU trade rules would limit Britain’s ability to forge new trade deals around the world.

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The Chinese government has never imposed any policy

 to force foreign companies to transfer their technology,” Gao added, sayi

ng that the country’s Foreign Investment Law bars forced technology transfers.

The newly passed law, approved this month and set to take effect in January, stipulates that China will treat foreign and Chi

nese enterprises equally and protect their intellectual property rights. Under the law, foreign enterprises will recei

ve pre-establishment national treatment, in addition to a negative list system for market access.

A negative list shows areas where investment i

s limited or prohibited for foreign investors, with all other areas presumed to be open.

Gao said the ministry is working with relevant de

partments to conduct research on shortening the negative list for market access.

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