Bioethics experts call for more oversightand

Four leading ethics scholars in China are urging government authorities to intensify their supervision over scientific resea

rch to reduce the chances of unethical use of biomedical technologies involving gene editing and stem cells.

The appeal, published in the journal Nature on Wednesday, referen

ced a major ethical scandal in November, when a Chinese scientist announced he had pro

duced the world’s first twin human babies whose genes were altered to make them immune to HIV.

Hundreds of Chinese scientists voiced opposition and questioned the safety and effectivene

ss of the procedure following the announcement by He Jiankui, 35, who was an associate professor at So

uthern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, Guangdong province.

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ommunication key to shared future for mankind

The Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations, which will be he

nth following the proposal of President Xi Jinping, demonstrates China’s

deep thinking and responsibility for promoting the development of civilization in Asia and the world. The conferenc

e will have great and far-reaching significance to the construction of a community of shared future for mankind.

The history of humanity is one of the coexistence and joint development of multiple civilizations. In his article on excha

nges among civilizations and mutual learning, published by the Qiushi journal on May 1, Xi wrote that “civil

ization becomes colorful because of exchanges, and abundant because of mutual learning”. He urged nations to “seek

wisdom, absorb nutrition from different civilizations, provide the people with spiritual support and comfort for thei

r soul, and join hands to resolve common challenges of various kinds confronting human beings”.

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President hails Nepal’s participation in BRinping holds

China and Nepal should strengthen cooperation on infrastructure construction and continue to promote the constructi

on of the China-Nepal cross-border economic cooperation zone, President Xi Jinping said in Beijing on Monday.

Xi made the remark during his meeting with his Nepali co

unterpart, Bidhya Devi Bhandari, who is on a nine-day state visit to China.

China greatly values its ties with Nepal, and supports Nepal in mai

ntaining its national independence, state sovereignty and terr

itorial integrity as well as exploring a path of development that suits its national conditions, Xi said.

Also, China appreciates Nepal’s firm and long-standing support over issues related to C

hina’s core interests and major concerns and its active participation in jointly building th

e Belt and Road, Xi said. He added that China will continue to support Nepal’s economic and social development.

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nitiative proves worth as welcome public good: China Da

Convening nearly 40 foreign leaders and representatives from more than 150 countries, th

e Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, which opens in Beijing on Thursday, testifi

es to a growing aspiration for collaboration amid rising unilateralism and protectionism.

The conspicuous increase in the size of foreign participation com

pared with the inaugural forum two years ago corrobo

rates United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres’ earlier comment that the Belt and Road Initia

tive, like the UN Millennium Development Goals, is a public good for the entire world.

Since President Xi Jinping proposed the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road in 2013, some pe

ople have tried to persistently frame them as geopolitical tools. While such a label and subsequent fearmong

ering have stirred up worries in the ill-informed, they can’t hoodwink those with insight.

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The most recent incident was Saturday in Jinjiang, Fujian

when the late Qing Dynasty residence of Wu Lu, the province’s last zhuangyuan (top scorer on imperial examinations), was damaged.

Fire this year also destroyed a bridge dating from four centuries ago in Nanping, Fuji

an, a Qing Dynasty residence in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, and an office structure from the 1930s in Fuzhou, Jiangxi.

The operators of the sites hit by fire will be responsible for the dam

age, said the heritage administration. “Electrical faults and loose supervision over the use of fire

during renovation are the main reasons” for the damage, the administration’s statement said.

Though the fire at Notre Dame is under investigation, Frenc

h officials said they suspect its source might have been related to restoration work on the cathedral.

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On the China-CEEC leaders’ meeting, Chen said the

mechanism has made good achievements in economic cooperation over the past several years, including freight trains running between C

hina and Europe. The mechanism should continue focusing on concrete projects in infrastructure and other key areas, she said.

People-to-people exchanges, including education and tourism, should also be stren

gthened to improve mutual understanding between their people, Chen added.

China will take key measures in a new push to improve its cities through boosting the urban pop

ulation and bolstering the nation’s high-quality and stable economic growth, the country’s top economic planner said.

Measures include relaxing residency curbs, promoting investmen

t and financing mechanisms and increasing infrastructure spending in cities.

The National Development and Reform Commission issued on Monday key tasks for 2019’s new urbanizatio

n boost, which will help maintain the country’s sustainable and healthy economic growth and overall social stability.

China aims to increase the urbanization rate by at least 1 percentage point by the end of this year, accordi

ng to a document posted on the NDRC’s website. The proportion of urban population to total population reached 59.58 percent in 2018.

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The Temburong Bridge, the largest infrastructure

unei’s history, will become the country’s longest sea-crossing bridge with a total length of about 30 km. It is scheduled to open to traffic by the end of November 2019.

The CC4 section of the bridge is constructed by China State Construction Engineering C

orp. At around 11.6 km of the 11.8 km-long section will be a land viaduct traversing the mangrove swamp of the

Labu Forest Reserve, the company has established a set of strict safety and green construction evaluation systems to mee

t the high demand for environmental protection and cope with unprecedented difficulty in construction.

The Padma Bridge, 25 meters in width and 10 km in length, will

be built over the Padma River, one of the three major rivers in Bangladesh.

In June 2016, China Railway Major Bridge Engineering Group Co Ltd was awar

ded a $1.55-billion contract by the Bangladeshi government to build the core structure of the bridge.

The bridge is the country’s largest infrastructure project, as wel

l as the largest foreign bridge project undertaken by Chinese companies in terms of total cost.

Once completed, travel time between the capital, Dhaka, and the southern city of Khulna will be shortened to about three hours from 13 hours.

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Rising registrations and better technology improve prospects of quicker availability

When Zhao Xueming, a middle school math teacher in Beij

ing, knew he had late-stage liver cancer in February last year, he felt despair.

“I was scared to the soul, and I thought about death every day,” he said.

By then, Zhao, who was 36 at the time, had received various treatme

nts at Beijing Tsinghua Changgung Hospital for four months. However, he believed he had s

ome other liver disease, since his parents, in order to avoid frightening him, never told him the truth.

“The treatments didn’t work well,” he said. “At l

Zhao was lucky. He waited for just around two weeks for an available organ, which was distributed through a national compu

terized organ sharing system, and had an operation that lasted for more than 10 hours in March last year.

He later learned that the organ donor was a young person who died in a car accident

in Hubei province, more than 1,000 kilometers away, but he doesn’t know further details.

In March, a year after the surgery, Zhao enrolled to become an organ dono

r at an organ-donation promotional event held at Beijing Tsinghua Changgung Hospital.

ast my doctor decided to have a liver transplant surgery for me to save my life.”

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But the underlying trend for the past five years is enc

ncouraging: annual TFP growth of about 3 percent, with especially strong growth in the tertiar

y sector. So, notwithstanding the recent slowdown in aggregate GDP growth, services-led Chi

nese rebalancing is imparting meaningful productivity leverage to the economy as a whole.

The question now is: Can China sustain its recent TFP trajectorya dist

inct possibility in light of an increasingly powerful shift to indigenous innovation and

the sustained services-led productivity of a growing cohort of well-educated knowledge workers-as well as rea

p the benefits of continued upgrading of its capital stock? If it can, the new Chinese study concludes that China’s potential GDP growth rate could hold aro

nd 6 percent over the next five years. Such an outcome would conform quite closely with China’s longer-term ambitions.

So, despite the days of 10 percent Chinese growth being over, which w

as inevitable, there is good reason to believe that the real story is China’s shift from qua

ntitative to qualitative growth. Which suggests China will defy yet again widespread fears of a looming middle-income trap.

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Kamal Dhuper, China regional manager at Indian talent

development and training company NIIT, visited Xiongan in September and was received by Chen.

Chen said Xiongan welcomes NIIT to take its advantages in technology and training to enhanc

e cooperation in the building of a digital city and the IT industry, according to a news release.

While attending the top legislature’s annual session in March, Chen told reporters that Xiong

an will soon begin large-scale substantial construction as overall design plans for the area have been completed.

More than 200 teams and 1,000 experts from China and abroad have participated in the drafting of the plans, Chen said.

Jiang Hao, a Shanghai-based partner at global consultancy Roland Ber

ger, said his company is “very interested” in participating in Xiongan’s development.

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