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ugh criticized by much of the West, and the US in particular－could bring dramatic
improvements in physical and digital connectivity to Central Asia and parts of Africa.
Further advances in critical infrastructure will create important growth opportunities for developing countries via e-commerce, mobile paym
ents, and related financial services. The experience of China suggests that these digital platforms, and the ecosy
stems that develop around them, are powerful engines for incremental, highly inclusive growth.
China, of course, is a very large, homogenous market. If smaller, lower-income developing countries are to bene
fit from equally rapid inclusive growth, the digital platforms will have to be regional and international in scope.
platform covering 14 African countries, recently went public on the New York Stock Exchange, am
Japanese Emperor Akihito, in his final remarks as his three-decade reign drew to a close
on Tuesday, thanked the people for their support and expressed hope for a peaceful future.
Akihito, 85, was the first Japanese monarch enthroned unde
r a post-war Constitution that defines the role of the monarch as a merely a “symbol of the State.”
“To the people who accepted and supported me as a symbol, I express my heartfelt thanks,” Akihito, wearing a Western
-style morning coat, said at a brief abdication ceremony in the Imperial Palace’s Matsu no ma, or Hall of Pine.
“Together with the empress, I hope from my heart that the new Reiwa era that begins tomorrow will be peaceful and fru
itful, and pray for the peace and happiness of our country and the people of the world,” said a solemn Akihito, refer
ring to the new imperial era, standing flanked by Empress Michiko, who wore a long white and grey dress.
from China and overseas since it opened in 1968. Leaders from more than 70 countries and over 600 delegations from 150 nations have visited it.
During the three days it reopened to the public before taking road traffic in December, the bridge had more than 200,000 visitors.
The 4,589-meter-long structure reopened after 27 months of repairs. As China’s first home-designed road and rail truss bridge, it has been p
raised and loved by many. A truss bridge is one whose load-bearing superstructure is composed of connected elements forming triangular units.
Liu Yong, 63, a retired teacher from Nanjing, said he was in elementary school when the bridge first op
ened. Without telling his parents and teachers, he and his classmates walked more than 10 kilometers to see it.
“It was the most magnificent structure I had ever seen. When our relatives visited Nanjing, we
took them to see the bridge instead of visiting other well-known places of interest,” Liu said.
Zhou Lei, who lives in a residential community near the bridge, said that when he was an elementary school student in Ya
ncheng, Jiangsu, his father promised him that he would take him to see the bridge if he had high scores in his final exam.
ies of all levels to crack down on ophthalmic medical institutions without a legal lice
nse and strengthen inspection of ophthalmic products and medical instruments in the notice.
Legal experts called for China to protect juveniles through cybersecurity legislation a
nd redoubled efforts against school bullying after several cases aroused public outrage and concern.
Fang Yan, a lawyer from Shaanxi province, said that it’s good to see the nation adding to the protectio
n of juveniles in the past few years, “but in some new aspects, such as cyberspace, the protection is far from enough”.
At the end of 2018, China had 829 million netizens, of whom almost 20 percent w
ere under the age of 18, according to the China Internet Network Information Center.
Another report released by the center in March said that 15.6 percent of juven
iles had experienced disturbances, insults or privacy leaks online, while 30.3 percent said
they had been exposed to pornography, gambling or drugs in cyberspace.
“However, independent enrollment has evolved into a situation where rich people find ways to get their children extra
points. Third-party organizations should be involved in the process to make it fairer and more transparent,” he said.
Xiong Bingqi, vice-president of the 21st Century Education Research Institute, said the goal of independent college adm
ission is to establish a system of multiple evaluations, instead of judging students by test scores alone.
However, students who qualify for independent enrollment also must take the gaokao, and their scores in the exam rem
in an important basis for admission, Xiong said. So students and their parents are still focused on the scores.
Moreover, the pilot program has failed to help establish a two-way a
dmission mechanism between colleges and students. Independent enrollment refo
rm has increased the right of colleges to choose students, but students still have limited ability to seek admission to the coll
ege of their choice, as one student normally gets a call for admission from just one institution, he said.
Foreign Exchange, said, “China has ample room to maneuver and take measures toward deleveraging.”
That conclusion is based on the debt structure and interest rate level, he said.
“When we’re talking about deleveraging and maintaining stable growth, I think the focus for seve
ral years has been on quality growth, not just any growth,” he said.Chinese President Xi Jinping met wit
h New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Monday in Beijing. They agreed to continuously enrich the China-New
Zealand comprehensive strategic partnership based on the principles of mutual trust and mutual benefit.his year’s Government Work Report said th
at “major progress was made in boosting the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region”. In the years since t
he central government put forward the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei coordinated development plan, local authorities have taken a series of me
asures, including working on key issues such as top design, to help shift Beijing’s noncapital functions to nei
ghboring locations, integrating the region’s transport network and better strengthening environmental protection.