ulsory education, basic medical care, housing, drinking water, eldercare and ch
ild care, in addition to addressing other pressing issues for some groups in society.
Social security mechanisms to help those most in need will be furthe
r refined, with subsistence allowance systems set to be optimized, the statement said.
The meeting also called for full implementation of requirements set in the Ce
ntral Economic Work Conference, the annual policymaking meeting held in December.
The meeting urged an even more proactive fiscal policy and full implementation of tax and fee cuts.
Monetary policy will be eased or tightened to the right degree, and
it will be adjusted in accordance with economic growth and real-time inflationary and pricing
scenarios, the statement said, adding that financial support for the real economy will be bolstered.
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.
ld shoulder the historical responsibility of leading the people in realizing national indep
endence, people’s liberation, national prosperity and happiness for the people, Xi said.
By doing so, it should be made clear why socialism has taken root and continues to improve and de
velop in China so as to guide people to draw lessons and wisdom from history, and foster stronger confi
dence in the path, theory, system and culture of socialism with Chinese characteristics, he added.
He called for in-depth studies of the great significance of patriotism, progress, democracy and science advocated in the movem
ent so that its spirit can motivate young people to make unremitting contributions to national rejuvenation.
Xi also underscored the importance of responding to why the theme of contemporary Ch
inese youth movements should be to strive to achieve the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation, require all aspects of socie
ty to care for and serve the youth, and also create a sound environment for them to develop, innovate and undertake pioneering work.
China on Monday published a report elaborating on the progress, contributions and prospects of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
The document, prepared by the office of the leading group for promoting the BRI, was released ahead
of the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be held from April 25 to 27 in Beijing.
The Belt and Road Initiative is an initiative for peaceful
development and economic cooperation, rather than a geopolitical or military alliance, said the rep
ort. “It is a process of open, inclusive and common development, not an exclusionary bloc or a ‘China club’.”
“It neither differentiates between countries by ideology nor plays the zero-sum
game. Countries are welcome to join the initiative if they so will,” according to the report.
The BRI has turned ideas into actions and vision into reality, and i
tself into a public product widely welcomed by the international community, the report said.
the explosion sites, the police said.Television footage showed ambulances r
ushing the injured to the Colombo National Hospital, the Batticaloa Hospital in
the east and the Negombo Hospital on the outskirts of the capital where the explosions took place.
There has been no claim of responsibility so far for the multiple blasts.
In just one church, St. Sebastian’s in Katuwapitiya, north o
f Colombo, more than 50 people had been killed, a police official told Reuters.
Media reported 25 people were also killed in an attack on a church in Batticaloa in Eastern Province.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe called a national security council meeting at his home for later in the day.
One of the explosions was at St Anthony’s Church in Kochcikade, Colombo.
St. Sebastian’s church posted pictures of destruction inside the church on its Fa
cebook page, showing blood on pews and the floor, and requested help from the public.
Out of Sri Lanka’s total population of around 22 million, 70 percent are Buddh
ist, 12.6 percent Hindu, 9.7 percent Muslim, and 7.6 percent Christian, according to the country’s 2012 cen
Qiu Yanpeng (middle), deputy commander of the PLA Navy, attends a press confer
ence for the upcoming multinational naval activity to mark the 70th anniversary of the People’s Liber
ation Army Navy at the press center in Huanghai Hotel in Qingdao, Shandong province, Ap
ril 20, 2019. About 200 journalists from home and abroad attended the press conference.Chinese Navy
will send 32 warships and 39 aircraft to take part in a joint sea parade in waters near Qingdao.
Nearly 20 ships from about 10 countries will participate in t
he sea parade on Tuesday, deputy commander of the PLA Navy Qiu Yanpeng said.
A Singapore Navy frigate arrived on Friday in Qingdao, Shan
dong province, becoming the first foreign warship to arri
ve ahead of a grand event to honor the 70th birthday of the People’s Liberation Army Navy.
The PLA Navy will hold multinational naval activities in Qingdao and nearby waters from
Monday to Thursday to celebrate its founding anniversary. They will include a joint sea parade, high-level sympo
siums, public tours of ships, military music performances and other cultural exchanges.