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Blueprint for Bay Area to be revealedanticipate greate

The blueprint for the massive economic development that will turn the Guangdong-Ho

ng Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area into a global economic powerhouse will be made public within days.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor did not disclose the exact date for the rele

ase when speaking to reporters before Hong Kong’s weekly Executive Council meeting on Tuesday. S

he did, however, announce that a conference on Feb 21 will begin poring over details of the project.

Lam said the blueprint would lay out broad guidelines after which local go

vernments in Guangdong province, Hong Kong and Macao will work together wi

th the support of central government departments to pull the project together with concrete planning.

Cross-sector heavyweights in Hong Kong welcomed the upcoming development blu

eprint, saying it could lead the city’s different sectors into a stronger growth phase.

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Area encompasses Hong Kong and Macao, as well

Stock markets in China edged up on Tuesday as market sentiment was partly boosted by the news about the upcoming Bay Area blueprint.

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.68 percent to close at 2,671.89

points, while the Shenzhen Component Index closed 1.15 percent higher at 8,010.07 points.

Gains were seen across Greater Bay Area-related sectors.

Kaisa Group, which owns lots of land in the bay area, surged 3.5 percent, while Shen

zhen International Holdings and Shenzhen Invest both notched healthy increases.

5G-related stocks were also up as China Tower closed 2.4 percent higher while Yangtze Optical Fibre and Cable climbed 3.5 percent.

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hina refutes report of contact with Venezuelan opposition

BEIJING – China said on Wednesday that it hoped relevant media would report news abiding by principles of being objective and fair.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying made the remarks when asked for comments on The Wall Street Jou

rnal reporting that Chinese diplomats had contact with Venezuelan opposition representatives in Washington.

“Recently, some media have been cooking up fake news. I don’t know what the purpose is,” said Hua at a press br

iefing. “We hope relevant media will report news abiding by principles of being objective and fair.”

As for the current Venezuela issue, China advocates seeking a political settlement through dialogue and consultation, Hua said.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, scheduled to launch a US Air Force navigation satellite, sits on Launch Complex 40 after the

launch was postponed after an abort procedure was triggered by the onboard flight computer, at Cape Canavera

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China-US space cooperation would likely to prompt more

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.

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Consumers are more willing to spend money this year

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.

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echnology revolution and urbanization still carricenter added.

Meanwhile, a slump in population increases and growing aging populations will become a ke

y factor dragging down economic growth in developed countries and some developing countries.

The global population is predicted to rise from 7.35 billion in 2015 to 8.89 billion in 2035 and 9.77 billion in 2050. The pr

oportion of the aging population is expected to rise from 8.3 percent in 2015 to 13 percent in 2035 and 15.8 percent in 2050.

Over the next 15 years, global economy is expected to trend more toward multipolarity. By 2035, developing co

untries’ GDP will surpass developed economies’, contributing nearly 60 percent in global economy and investment.

The focus of global economic growth will shift from Europe and the United States to

Asia and extend to other developing countries and regions, the center added.

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Tiantongyuan redevelopment set to improve livesin the capi

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.

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Portuguese president vow closer bilateral tiesg Liyuan, stand

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.

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Chinese researchers in Antarctica arrive at Zhongshan Station after

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.

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Police in Russia have art theftd uncovered in Moscow t

Moscow in January 28 (xinhua) 28 (reporter liu Yang) Russian police annou

nced that it had uncovered in Moscow the day before the national season, denis polyakov gallery of art th

eft, and capture, a 31-year-old male suspect stolen paintings were retrieved intact.

According to local media reports, a famous stolen pain

ting is a famous Russian painter al heap, because of the Cri

mean Mr Petri peak.27, a man from Moscow state column season denis polyakov gallery to remove the m

asterpieces in public, and then quietly left the scene.Gallery announced that the painting was stolen and later the police.

Interior ministry spokesman said irina volk 28, a

suspect in the interior and the federal security service (FSB) were arrested in the raids.The police, ac

cording to his account from Moscow on the outskirts of a construction site to find the stolen paintings of intact.

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