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ctive investment and harness the digital economy’s role in driving

le in driving China’s economic and social development.

“We need to upgrade our internet services. This is a key measure t

o boost consumption and meet the needs of our massive cellphone users,” Premier Li said.

Participants at the meeting agreed that upgrading and expanding the cap

acity of internet infrastructure should be an important area in boosting effective inves

tment. By the end of this year, fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) ports relative to all broadband ports will be raised to more th

an 90 percent, 1,000M broadband will be extended to more than 300 cities, and base stations for mobile internet will be upg

raded with expanded capacity. The goal is to raise the speed of both fixed-line and mobile internet services to 1,000M.

Broadband networks will cover 97 percent of primary and middle schools nationwide this year, and dedicated inter

net services will be made available over time in hospitals and medical consortiums above the county level.

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Festival will mark 80th anniversary of popular cantata

The Central Conservatory of Music will hold a festival from May 23 to 27 to celebrate the 80th anniversary of The Yellow River Cantata.

Written by composer Xian Xinghai (1905–1945) in Yan’an, Shaanxi pro

vince, in early 1939, the piece was inspired by a patriotic poem by Guang Weiran, and the lyrics

were adapted for the cantata. Premiered on April 13 of the same year in Yan’an, the work became, and remains, popular.

The conservatory’s symphony orchestra, choirs and chamber music grou

ps will join in the festival with 20 concerts, including the opening concert on May 23 condu

cted by Yu Feng, president of the university. The Yellow River Cantata will be performed by young singers.

Veteran Chinese musicians and singers, including Guo Shuzhen and Wang Xiufen, will perform during the festival.

Besides concerts, masterclasses and forums will be held in Yan’an.

The music festival will also celebrate the 70th birthday of the country.

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According to the latest plan, the new line will extend north

ward underground to Lize Financial Business Area, which is about 3.5 km from Caoqiao Statio

n, so passengers can transfer to Line 14 and Line 16, which are under construction, and Line 11, which is planned.

Masood Khalid, Pakistani ambassador to China, said Chinese culture is a reflection of the cou

ntry’s long and rich history. “It is a civilization that has made an imprint on global culture,” he said.

The ambassador listed a variety of manifestations of Chinese culture, which include Chinese cuisine, dance, art, and costume.

“The way Chinese people attach importance to their family and their children, lookin

g after the elderly – all these practices and traditions have been inherited over time,” he said. “Then after har

d work, they come together with their families and friends.”

A city terminal will be established in the Lize Financial Business Area, p

roviding check-in and luggage check services. Passengers will enjoy more convenience with

the ability to check their luggage and get their boarding passes before they arrive at the new airport.

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In the past several months, China has announced and

started to implement a “negative list” program that allows foreign co

mpanies to have 100 percent ownership in investments in all areas of the economy, excep

t for a small number of areas, such as telecoms and defense, that are explicitly prohibited.

Also, foreign investment has been simplified by creating a one-stop regulatory shop and a single application process.

These new policies will lead to greater competition within China, forcing C

hina’s companies to become more efficient and to produce higher quality products.

The Chinese government has also recently announced tax cuts and financial regulations desi

gned to help private companies. This will hasten the ongoing transition to a market-driven economy.

Most Chinese State-owned enterprises are not relevant to trade negotiations. Many are in non-tradable sectors such as p

roperty development, infrastructure, or concrete. Others are basically public utilities in telecoms or power.

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Uber was the biggest of a group of Silicon Valley startu

ups that have spent years raising money in private rounds at record prices. Many of these com

panies are now looking to follow with their own IPO. Some, like Uber and Lyft, are unprofitable.

Workplace messaging company Slack Technologies Inc plans to hold an investor presentation on Monday in adv

ance of its direct listing next month. Grocery and food delivery platform Postmates, WeWork owner The We Co

mpany and online mattress retailer Casper Sleep are among startups seeking to launch IPOs this year.

“If a venture capital investor wants to burn cash they can do that as long as they want, bu

t once you get to the public markets you have to show profitability or a path to it,” said Jordan Stuart, a po

rtfolio manager at Federated Kaufmann who often purchases companies’ shares during an IPO.

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He underlined the importance of properly mitigating

various social conflicts, and said efforts must be made to address legitimate and lawful concerns to safeguard public int

erests, and also guide the public in voicing their concerns in a law-based manner to maintain social order.

Strong pressure must be maintained to crack down on crimes such as organized gang activity, violent and terroristic cri

mes, as well as those related to fraud, robbery, food and drug safety, and environmental protection, Xi said.

Calling social fairness and justice a lifeline for judicial and law enforcement work, Xi called for improving the mec

hanism of the use of power in law enforcement as well as the supervision over such powers.

Efforts should be made to help the public feel fairness and justice in every case, Xi said.

He also urged public security staff to improve their work so that human rights can be guarant

eed while crime is fought, and fairness can be ensured while efficiency of law enforcement is pursued.

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Pet dogs and cats from other countries or regions can als

be released immediately after passing on-site inspections, providing they

have valid electronic chips and their owners have valid reports showing rabies anti

body test results from any of 62 authorized laboratories in various countries, according to the regulation.

Certified service dogs, such as guide dogs, will also be free from extended quarantine periods.

If the animals fail to meet the above-mentioned three criteria, they have to be quarantined for 30 days, according to the regulation.

Under previous rules, all pets, except service dogs, had to be placed under quarantine in desi

gnated areas for at least seven days, and in some cases 30 days, upon entering the Chinese mainland.

The former General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspe

ction and Quarantine, which supervised entry-exit inspections and quarantines, told China Daily

in 2016 that it was considering revising the regulation so pets could be released after passin

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The 20-year-old said she first learned about the history

The volunteer team-led by Wu Liangliang, a security guard who has gained online fame for his fluent self-taught En

glish-has also been part of the site’s efforts to provide a more personal management style, in addition to the city go

vernment’s introduction of various measures, including a mobile app, to help tourists.

Larry Goodrich, from Seattle, who has been traveling with his wife

in the Yangtze River Delta for three weeks, lauded the volunteers’ contributions.

Having worked in the computer industry since “the era of brick-si

zed cellphones”, the 65-year-old said that while technology has provided unimaginable con

venience, traveling is about being a part of the destination and interacting with local residents.

“The human connection is always better,” said Goodrich.

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when the country is set to reach a mature stage in

 its urbanization process. Lastly, it plans to have development of urban and rural areas fully integrated by the middle of the century.

Under the plan, China will relax restrictions on new migrants to urban areas, excluding some mega cities.

hen Liuqin, founder and director-general of Beijing-based Qin Dian Think Tank, said the stimulus policy d

emonstrates the government’s commitment to pursue a balanced and integrated development of rural and urban areas.

“The integration of rural and urban areas is not meant to eliminate differences between them, but r

ather to optimize allocation of resources and boost common development,” Chen added. “We sho

uld abandon the fixed mindset and consider both rural and urban areas as a unified ecosystem.”

According to Chen, with the high-quality development strategy and more integration, there is huge market potential in many cities.

Specifically, the government will increase spending on rural infrastructure, including roads, ferries and public tran

sport. And it will encourage public-private partnerships in rural infrastructure such as water supply, waste

management and sewage treatment, farmers markets, power supply, telecommunications and logistics.

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The overall stability of China-US relations over the pa

four decades has been a blessing to not only our two countries, but the whole world,” said Cui Ti

ankai, Chinese ambassador to the US, in his remarks during the awards presentation.

“And the essence of the 40-year story is amity between the peoples, which lays the foundation for

and shapes the future of our relations,” he said, adding that the stories shared by peoples from the two cou

ntries through the My China Album series will always “be a source of inspiration and motivation for us”.

Hundreds of US citizens participated in the series from Feb 6 to April 19, sharing their personal stories about China thro

ugh photos and captions. Ten of the participants were recognized for their genuine and touching stories.

“I was so honored to win first place in this year’s My China Album,” said

Max Horne, an incoming Harvard University freshman who visited Yunnan province years a

go and studied the Naxi culture, a local ethnic group. “There’s endless culture for us to appreciate.”

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