to skiing, skating and other winter sports, which in turn will promote more national and int

ernational winter sports events. With the aim to better develop winter sports, governments at all levels shou

ld issue policies to encourage more people, in particular, teenagers, to follow and play winter sports.

Besides, the government should learn from the experiences of Nordic countries how to increase the popularity of winter sports.

Li Hai, director of the School of Economics and Management, Shanghai University of Sport

Concerted efforts to develop winter sports

Winter sports have become increasingly popular in recent years, especially after China won the bid to host the 2022 Winte

r Olympics, creating a huge opportunity for the development of the winter sports industry.

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The National Bureau of Statistics reported last week that China’s top-line GDP growth rate

in the first quarter was 6.4 percent, at the upper end of the government’s target of 6 to 6.5 percent grow

th for 2019. This faster-than-expected growth gives policymakers some breathing room to continue a stable mone

tary policy and to implement fiscal policies aimed b

oth at transforming the economy and at reducing the risks of accumulated debt.

Chinese policymakers are dealing with the hard dilemma of simultaneously transformi

ng the long-term nature of the economy while avoiding short-term inflation or recession. To transform the econo

my, the nation needs to continue to reduce outstanding debt levels and shift from overcapacity heavy and extractive indu

stries to a more innovative, consumer-focused economy. The danger is that moving too fast in that direction coul

d throw lots of people out of work or cause the financial collapse of companies.

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Beijing’s municipal government has built bridges between Chinese co

mpanies and countries associated with the Belt and Roa

d Initiative in recent years and plans to enlarge its communication in more fields in the future.

Xiong Jiuling, head of Beijing’s Foreign Affairs Office, said the capital w

ill make greater efforts in nongovernmental exchange programs this year by enh

ancing cooperation in commerce, technology, culture, education and urban management with other nations.

“We will employ better arrangements and methods to coordinat

e different departments to realize our target without increasing government spending,” she said.

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Editor’s note: President Xi Jinping delivered a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing

on Friday.China is going to open much more as it did before f

or foreign investment, and this is quite important for the whole initiative.

Here is a collection of comments from foreign ministers, delegates, and reporters attending the forum.

President Xi offered a vision of the Belt and Road Initiative t

hat inspires confidence in us, especially as small island developing states.

Facing challenges such as global warming and lack of development

financing, we in the Caribbean region welcome the opportunities presented by the initiative.

President Xi must be commended for his visionary leadership an

d his boldness in offering a new path for a brighter and shared future.

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and Road initiative, calling on free and inclusive trade, global cooperation in the spirit of peace and pr

ogress, and the exchange and enhancement of the cultural foundations of human mankind. His rem

arks were very well received by the attending heads of states and other distinguished delegates. He called on the world

to give up on protectionism, nationalism and isolationism. Xi added that the B&R is building bridges to make the world a better place.

We heard from the Chinese president about the me

aning and the importance of the initiative, which is cooperation and benefits for all.

A new law in China about foreign investment opens the do

or for businessmen from outside to come in. It shows that China not only announced the inves

tment but at the same time it shows us how the procedures to continue to develop this initiative.

The initiative is important not only for China but for the world.

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 of travel plan changes, as many choose new destinations a short or medi

um distance away instead of suburban trips, said Feng Rao, data research center mana

ger of Mafengwo, a major online travel service provider and tourist information-sharing platform in China.

Travel plans to Sanya, Luoyang and Enshi, three Chinese tourist cities, grew most rapidly — by 15.4

%, 13.6% and 11.6% respectively — due to the extended holiday, according to a report from Mafengwo.

With a new railway operating plan put into use from April 10 offeri

ng more high-speed train routes, high-speed train trips are easier and more convenient.

Take Luoyang in Henan province as an example. People living in Suzhou, Xuzhou an

d Jiaozuo, places where travel time to Luoyang by high-speed train is five hours or less, have turned their eyes to the city.

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ctric and visual files for water source protection zones after matching the satellite remote sensing images and the ground si

tuation. Such work has been trialed in four cities. In the future, satellite remote sensing will become a nor

mal method in everyday law enforcement of water sources and long-term supervise.

“The innovation of using satellite remote sensing in water protection has

made water source protection precise and intelligent. The management of water sour

ce no longer totally depends on manpower,” said Yao Yanjuan, expert of satellite center with the Ministry of Ecol

ogy and Environment.Baishatuo Yangtze River railway bridge, a decades-old structure in Southwest China’s Cho

ngqing municipality, was officially retired from service on Tuesday. Completed in 1959, the 820-meter-long tru

ss bridge which carries two tracks of the Chongqing-Guiyang Railway was the first bridge over the Yangtze River in Chon

gqing and only the second along the main stretch of the river between Yibin city and the river mouth in Shangha

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Chinese romance which opened across the country on April 19, has some scenes shot in Paris, including the Notre Dame Cathedral.

The film, directed by Huo Jianqi, a renowned figure among China’s “Fifth Gene

ration” directors, features supermodel-turned actress Du Juan and actor Chen Xiao.

During a recently promotional screening, director Huo says the film examines the meaning of love and marriage.

In the movie, there are several scenes featuring the lovebirds shown against the backg

round of the Notre Dame Cathedral, which was damaged in a fire on April 15.

The film, based on a short story penned by journalist An Dun, the features a violinis

t and an interior designer, who encounter each other in a museum in Paris and soon fall in love.

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BUDAPEST, April 23 (Xinhua) — The Beijing Film and TV International Show inaugurated in the

Hungarian capital will enhance people-to-people bonds between Hungary and China, an Chinese official said here on Tuesday.

“Within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, more and more Chinese film and TV producti

on have become accessible for Hungarians,” said Wang Wei, director of the department of plan

ning and development, Beijing Municipal Radio and Television Bureau, at the opening of the show.

“This kind of cultural exchange can facilitate people-to-people bonds between Hungary and China

and will create a solid base for further cooperation between the two countries,” he stressed.

Maria Pap, an official from Hungarian National Tourist Office, said: “Budapest is a very important tourist att

raction and destination here in Central Europe. I am delighted to see more and more Chinese tourists coming to Hungary.”

She added that Budapest is a very important and beloved spot for film produc

ers, and more and more international film producers have chosen Budapest as their shooting place.

The Show kicked off with performances from Hungarian dancers and pop sing

ers, before showing trailers of the most exciting Chinese productions to Hungarian spectators.

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 after inspectors’ revisits to ensure rectification of violations they had found earlier.

Liu Changgen, director of the central environmental inspection office, said the fourth round of in

spections is the first to have more punished officials from land resources departments than from the ecolo

gical and environmental departments, which topped the list in the earlier rounds.

“Many may think the ecological and environment departments should top the list, as they shoulder

more of the responsibilities in environmental protection. But officials at various levels of the ec

ological and environmental departments have had their awareness in environmental protection strengthened in the

past few years, which has helped them better assume their responsibilities,” Liu said.

He said he expects to see increasingly strengthened awareness of protection in other departments, too.

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