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President Xi Jinping will deliver a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Conferen
ce on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations to be held on May 15 in Beijing, a senior official said Thursday.
Xu Lin, deputy head of the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China Cen
tral Committee and director of the State Council Information Office, made the announcement at a press conference.
Under the theme of “exchanges and mutual learning among Asian civilizations and a community with a shared futu
re,” the conference includes an opening ceremony and sub-forums, said Xu, also vice president of the event’s executive committee.
More than 2,000 government officials and representatives of various circles from 47 Asia
n countries and other countries outside the region will attend the opening ceremony and forums, said Xu.
A grand Asian culture carnival, an Asian civilization week, and an Asian food festival will also be held during the event.
multilateral trade agreements, saying that Chinese people value a promise as much as tons of gold.
China pays close attention to building a law-based government, abolishing improper r
ules, subsidies and activities that undermine fair competition and treating all enterprises equally, Xi said.
The president highlighted building infrastructure of high quality, sustain
ability, risk resilience, reasonable pricing, inclusiveness and accessibility under the Belt and Road Initiative.
Infrastructure is a bottleneck in the development of many nations
, Xi said, and building infrastructure can help countries give full play to their ad
vantages in resources and better integrate into the global supply, industry and value chains.
Xi called on countries to uphold multilateralism, promote green devel
opment and fight corruption with zero tolerance in the process of building the Belt and Road.
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.
ing, and the two witnessed the signing of four cooperative documents to pr
omote cooperation in tax issues, agriculture, finance and science at a signing cer
emony. A joint declaration on climate change was also released after their meeting.
Zhao Jianglin, a researcher of Asia-Pacific economic studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the visit by Ardern
will provide a timely boost to China-New Zealand relations after the dispute over the use of Chinese telecom equipment.
China has been a key trade partner with New Zealand, which could also provide important s
upport to the Belt and Road Initiative and China’s relations with countries in the South Pacific, she said.
A price cut swept China’s many sectors on Monday, as value-added tax rate reduction officially kicked in.
This year’s Government Work Report, which was released las
t month, said the rate bracket of 16 percent in manufacturing and other industries will
Facebook, the world’s largest social media site, will soon take aim against anti-vaxe
rs. The company will start by lowering the ranking of groups and pages that spread misinformation about vacc
inations in its News Feed and Search options, a representative said Wednesday.
”These Groups and Pages will not be included in recommendations or in predictions when you type into Search,” Monika Bickert, Facebook’s vice pres
ident of global policy management, said in a statement. She added that when ads that include misinformation about va
ccinations are found, “we will reject them.” Ad accounts that continue to violate company policies may even be disabled.
Facebook won’t be disabling personal accounts that post misinformation about vaccines, a spokeswoman told CNN on backgrou
nd. General misinformation doesn’t violate the company’s community standards. If something blatantly violates th
e standards, it will be removed, but that will not happen to individual posts containing misinformation.
Bickert said the company is also “exploring ways to share educational informa
tion about vaccines,” possibly by adding educational information to inaccurate posts.