countries to join hands to develop space instead of choosing between China and the US, especially because after the end of the Cold War, international space cooperation has increased.
In fact, the International Space Station launched in 1998 has been operating thanks to the cooperat
ion between the US, Russia, Japan, some European countries, Canada and Brazil. The four maj
or satellite positioning systems — GPS (US), Beidou (China), GLONASS (Russia) and Galileo (Europe) — may also comple
ment each other to provide the most accurate positioning services. And once China and the US engage in a major sp
ace project, many other countries will join in and thus take space exploration to a new stage.
Sino-US space cooperation will stimulate the development of relevant industries and bring tangible benefits to the people. Space explora
tion will set in motion a series of space industries such as manufacturing, agriculture, resources, e
ergy and tourism. These may become new sources of growth for the world economy, promote industrial techn
ologies, and help address some global challenges such as climate change and energy depletion.
And the new products and services so generated will improve people’s lives and contribute to social progress.
Whether it is filial piety to the elderly or rewarding children or themselves, trading volu
me has kept growing. Spending on entertainment and travel also grew fast,” said Chen Han, a data analyst at China UnionPay.
Consumption has become the biggest driver for the economy, contributing 76.2 percent of the co
untry’s economic growth last year, up 18.6 percentage points over the previous year, the National Bureau of Statistics said.
“Judging from major economic indicators, domestic demand has become a decisive force of China’s economic gro
wth,” said Wang Bin, deputy director-general of the ministry’s department of market operation and consumption promotion.
Several factors will support steady consumer spending growth in China. Residential inco
me has been increasing fast and deeper pockets facilitate more spending. The second China Int
ernational Import Expo in Shanghai will also offer more access to global products, Wang said.
Wang Jun, a researcher at the China Center for International Economic Exchanges, exp
ects more favorable policies to further boost domestic shopping this year as nationwide tax cuts continue.
To eradicate the problems in the capital’s suburb in August, the Beijing government launched a three-year, 20-billion-yuan action plan focusing on 97 projects.
However, having since consulted with 17 commissions and bureaus, the aim is now to work on more than 100 projects.
Cai Qi, Party secretary of Beijing, said the city’s urban planners should look at ways of implementing Ti
antongyuan’s original functions to improve living standards and provide better, happier homes.
The plan is part of a citywide campaign to build the capital into a world-class city in accordance with
the Beijing Overall Urban Development Plan published in October 2017. It will run until 2030.
Li Ding, associate professor at the School of Sociology and Population Studies at Re
nmin University of China, has studied Huilongguan for more than five years.
He said the upgrade is badly needed, so the action plan should have been formulated earlier. Moreover, as the lack of major in
frastructure is not an issue residents can tackle, the local government must assume the responsibility.
“Most Huilongguan residents are highly educated, so their demand for educational and cultural facilities is much higher,” Li said.
Since renovation work began at a 19-hectare sports and cultural park in Huilongguan, Li has noticed changes in the community.
“Some old sports facilities have been demolished and the park has been divided into four zones to provide a modern facility,” he said.
According to the Beijing Municipal Development and Reform Commission, there are plans t
o build six kindergartens as well as three primary and two secondary schools to satisfy residents’ needs.
President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, stand with Portuguese President M
arcelo Rebelo de Sousa at Belem Palace, the official presidential residence in Lisb
on, Portugal, on Dec 4, 2018. [Photo/Agencies]
President Xi Jinping and his Portuguese counterpart, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, vowe
d on Friday to make concerted efforts to advance bilateral ties to benefit the two countries and the two peoples.
The two presidents made the statement in exchanging congratulations on the 40th
anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Portugal.
In his congratulatory message to Rebelo de Sousa, Xi said that over the past four d
ecades, the two nations have been promoting sound development of bila
teral ties in the spirit of mutual respect, treating each other as equals and benefiting from win-win cooperation.
He hailed the proper resolution of the question of Macao by the two countries in 1999
as a good example of how nations can solve problems left from history through friendly consultations.
ANTARCTICA — A total of 37 members on China’s 35th Antarctic research mission on Friday night arrived at the Zhongshan Station after a six-day 520-km journey amid storms.
They started off from the Taishan Station on Feb 3, which, at an altitude of 2,621 meters, is located between the Zhongshan and the Kunlun Stations. The sta
tions are the latest three out of the four scientific research bases on the Antarctic ice sheet built by China since 1964.
The Chinese researchers, 21 of them from the Taishan team and 16 from the Kunlun team, came to Zhongshan after successfully completing their tasks. The two te
ams together departed on Dec 18 from near Zhongshan for their missions.A helicopter transfers fuel oil to the Zhongshan Station, a Chinese res
earch base in Antarctica, Feb 9, 2019.
The Taishan team completed the construction project of the supporting facilities at Taishan in 38 days, a week ah
ead of schedule. Taishan was put into operation in February 2014 after its main building on the ground was completed.
The Kunlun team conducted research works on astronomy, ice berg and surveying and
mapping, among other things. For instance, they on Feb 7 set up a new automatic meteorological station, so
me 100 km away from Zhongshan. The team members arrived at Taishan on Jan 31 to join the researchers there.
The members of the two teams are scheduled to board on China’s icebreaker Xuelong
on Feb 15, leaving Antarctica for home. They are expected to arrive in Shanghai on March 10.