China has to walk a fine balance between local govern

nment debt management and stable economic growth, especially at a time when trade te

nsions with the United States have imposed more downward pressure, said economists.

More financial resources and investors will be involved in the debt resolution process, said Qiao Baoyun, head of the Acad

emy of Public Finance and Public Policy at the Central University of Finance and Economics.

The last round of local government debt swaps started in 2015 and ended in August 2018, w

hich saw 14.34 trillion yuan ($2.08 trillion) of local government debt being swapped into bonds.

Local governments are set to face more debt burden in the next three ye

ars, as many of the previously issued bonds are set to expire, income from land sales has

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He said that it’s of great importance to promote such philos

philosophies to enhance the exchanges and mutual learning of diverse civilizations.

Frederick W. Russell-Rivoallan, a program specialist and head of social and human sciences for UNESCO, hailed the dialogue of Asian civilizations.

“It’s a great way to concentrate in this part of world, but it’s also

a global inspiration – bringing countries together, understanding other cultures, respecting each

other and sharing with each other,” he said. “That’s the way that we can understand each other better and live together better.”

China will extend 1,000-Megabyte broadband connection to more than 300 cities and cut the

average service rates by 15 percent for small and midsized enterprises this year. The measures are desi

gned to achieve multiplying effects of expanding domestic demand, boosting employment and improving people’s lives.

The decision was made at the State Council’s executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang on May 14.

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Hospital head removed after 5 infants diern Medical Univers

Investigators criticize lax management, failure to control enterovirus outbreak

Liu Ruilin, Party secretary and president of Shunde Hospital of Southern Medical University, has been

removed from his positions after five babies died and 14 fell ill during an enterovirus outbreak at the hospital.

The five newborns who died had other underlying diseases, such as pneumonia, before c

ontracting the virus, according to a statement from the Guangdong Health Commission on Saturday.

Thirteen of the sick babies have been discharged from the hospital, w

hile the other one continues to be treated and is in a stable condition, the commission said.

An investigation determined that the case became serious because

of the combination of the intestinal virus with lax hospital management.

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However, the consumption structure has changed, with

service consumption accounting for 47.7 percent, up 1.4 percentage points year-on-year

. Meanwhile, sluggish auto consumption dragged the whole consumption growth.

The continuous decline of auto consumption has become

a key for stabilizing this year’s consumption, said Liu Xiaoguang, a resear

cher at the National Academy of Development and Strategy at Renmin University of China.

Mao Shengyong, spokesperson for the National Bureau of Statistics, recently said t

hat based on March data, auto production fell, however, the drop was narrowing.

The National Development and Reform Commission was reportedly considering a sl

ew of new measure to boost spending on automobiles, home appliances and consum

er electronics products. It has sent a draft plan to encourage consumption in the three sectors.

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Viewpoint Adding gene-editing in draft civil lawnceptual art

On Saturday, a new item was added to China’s draft civil law, which put

s all medical and scientific research related to human genes and embryos under stricter re

gulation. Two experts shared their views with China Daily’s Zhang Zhouxiang:

One major change this time is that embryos are clearly included in the draft regulation. Actually,

gene-editing of embryos deserves more attention than gene-editing of adults or children.

First, gene-editing of embryos might more easily get out of control an

d pose more risks to the society. The safety of gene-e

diting for embryos remains unknown and the availability limit of the technology needs to be confirmed.

The birth of the twin gene-edited babies in November 2018 sounded an alarming bell to all. If the embr

yos with edited genes are born, how should we protect their rights as citizens? Will they suffer fro

m discrimination? Who will be responsible if the gene-editing causes health problems?

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The most recent incident was Saturday in Jinjiang, Fujian

when the late Qing Dynasty residence of Wu Lu, the province’s last zhuangyuan (top scorer on imperial examinations), was damaged.

Fire this year also destroyed a bridge dating from four centuries ago in Nanping, Fuji

an, a Qing Dynasty residence in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, and an office structure from the 1930s in Fuzhou, Jiangxi.

The operators of the sites hit by fire will be responsible for the dam

age, said the heritage administration. “Electrical faults and loose supervision over the use of fire

during renovation are the main reasons” for the damage, the administration’s statement said.

Though the fire at Notre Dame is under investigation, Frenc

h officials said they suspect its source might have been related to restoration work on the cathedral.

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I am a beneficiary of organ donation, and know cle

learly what it feels like to be a patient in need of transplant surgery and eagerly waiting for an

organ, since such organs are scarce,” he said. “I want to do the same to save others.”

With the number of registered organ donors increasing rapidly in China, it is expected that more patients with terminal illn

ess in need of organ transplants will be fortunate, like Zhao, and not have to wait very long.

By the end of February, the number of registered organ donors in China exceeded 1.05 mill

ion, compared with 1,087 in 2010, the year China began to pilot organ donations, according to the Chin

a Organ Donation Administrative Center. More than 64,000 organs have been donated since then, the center added.

The turning point came in 2015, when China banned the use of organs harvested from executed prisoners, which

made voluntary donations the only legitimate source of organs. Since then, the number of organ donations and the num

ber of organ donors have continued to increase rapidly, according to data from health authorities.

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According to the official plan, Xiongan will be develope

ed into a high-level modern socialist city and a front-runner of high-quality developm

ent by 2035, and become an important nexus in the world-class city cluster by the middle of this century.

In January, Xi visited the exhibition center for the planning of Xiongan and stressed ag

ain that the creation of the new area is “a strategy that will have lasting

importance for the millennium to come”.

“We welcome all companies, whether they are State-owned enterprises or

private comp

anies, local firms or companies from Beijing, Chinese enterprises or overseas-funded com

panies, as long as they conform to the industrial development plan of the new

area,” Xi said during the inspection to

ur.Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal may not be dead after all — even

though lawmakers voted to reject it for

a third time Friday — the day Britain had long been scheduled to leave the European Union.

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Chinese telescope collects largest data set on stars

China has released 11.25 million spectra – keys for understanding the properties of celestia

l bodies – acquired by the Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fiber Spectroscopic Telescope to astronomers worldwide.

As the world’s largest spectral survey telescope, LAMOST marks the world’

s first spectral survey project to obtain more than 10 million spectra, which will give

insights into chemical compositions, densities, atmospheres and magnetism of celestial bodies.

Among the data, there are 9.37 million high-quality spectra, twice the total number of other astronomic surveys intern

ationally. There are also 6.36 million stellar spectra, creating the largest stellar parameter catalog in the wor

ld, according to the National Astronomical Observatories of China of the Chinese Academy of Sciences on Friday.

Finished in 2008, LAMOST began regular surveys in 2012. The telescope is located in Natio

nal Astronomical Observatories of China’s Xinglong Observatory, in north China’s Hebei province.

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According to the Ministry of Commerce, as of the end of N

ovember 2018, France had invested in 5,647 projects in China, with actual investment value amounting to $17.49 billion.

“There are no official rules for French enterprises to succeed in C

hina. The main rule is to respect the Chinese people,” said Raffarin.

Well-known by many Chinese people as a “good friend” of China,

the 70-year-old said he has visited China more than 100 times since his first trip in 1970.

Residents in Chinese mainland will be able to apply for passpo

rts and travel permits at every exit and entry management department across the coun

try starting from April 1, according to National Immigration Administration on Tuesday.

The travel permits refer to the documents allowing mainland residents to travel to and from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, it said.

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