Liu’s article was published in Qiushi Journal, a flagship m

magazine of the Communist Party of China Central Committee. He said more efforts a

re needed to implement the proactive fiscal policy and boost efficiency this year.

Preventing and defusing local governments’ hidden debt risks is key to controlling major risks, he said.

Innovative financial tools will be introduced for debt swaps, and the indebted comp

anies will be allowed to choose the same way, under guidance from the local governments, Liu Shangxi, hea

d of the Chinese Academy of Fiscal Sciences, the Ministry of Finance’s think tank, told China Daily.

“The total amount of hidden debt waiting to be swapped has not yet been calculated, as this

round of debt swaps will not involve the government’s administrative orders, but depends on the ma

rket’s appetite based on the evaluation of the potential default risks and the companies’ solvency,” he said.

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m are becoming increasingly fierce. We must

 adamantly safeguard the contemporary international order that was foun

ded by the UN and that brought about more than 70 years of general peace and rapid de

velopment after World War II. We must oppose a Cold War mentality and competitive rivalry, which go against the ti

de. We must firmly promote economic globalization, and prompt it to develop in a more inclusive, mutually beneficial, equ

itable and rational direction so as to realize a common prosperity and progress of humanity.

Third, we should be disseminators of Chinese civilization. Many pundits in the contemporary world think that China’s trad

itional culture contains important answers to resolving difficult problems of today’s world. A nation’s most profound spiritual

pursuits are deposited in its culture. China’s development path is rooted in its civilization and traditions.

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hina’s energy consumption hits five-year record

Growth in China’s energy consumption remains robust while the forms

of energy continued to diversify in 2018, according to an annual report on China’s energy devel

opment released Sunday by the China Electric Power Planning and Engineering Institute.

Total energy consumed last year reached 4.64 billion metric tons o

f standard coal, a year-on-year growth of 3.3 percent – a five-year record, according to the report.

Consumption of clean energy, including natural gas, hydropowe

r, nuclear power and wind power, accounted for 22.1 perc

ent of energy consumption last year, up 1.3 percent compared with the same period in 2017.

Non-fossil energy accounted for 14.3 percent, up 0.5 percentage points year-on-year, the report said.

China produced 3.77 billion tons of standard coal last year, up 5 percent year-on-year, a seve

n-year high. It has also become the world’s largest natural gas importer, with a heavier reliance on energy imports.

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In early April, the US increased military interactions

with the island by officially acknowledging that military personnel have been posted in the Taipei office of the American Institute in Taiwan since 2005.

US weapons manufacturer Raytheon was also granted a $9 million contract to upgrade Taiwan’s Patriot missile defense system.

Senior Colonel Liang Fang, a professor at PLA National Defense Universit

y, said the recent drill will test and enhance the PLA’s joint operating capabilities.

“It will increase the PLA’s ability to protect national sovereignty, and warn thos

e who are trying to undermine it to abandon their illusions,” she said. “Similar drills

will be more common in the future, with increasingly sophisticated equipment and training methods.”

Xiu Chunping, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social

Sciences’ Institute of Taiwan Studies, said the recent drill serves to warn the US and separati

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Man arrested after incident in west London: British police

A man has been arrested after an incident in west London on Saturday morning. Police f

irearms and Taser were discharged, according to a latest statement released by Metropolitan Police.

According to the statement, police were called at around 8:30 am local time on Saturday, with reports o

f a car in collision with a number of parked vehicles near the Ukrainian Embassy in Holland Park, west London.

“As part of the protective security arrangements for London, armed and unarmed officers were

deployed to this incident,” said the statement, adding that “on arrival at the scene, a vehicle was driven at police officers.”

Police confirmed that firearms and Taser were discharged, the vehicle was stopped and a man in his 40s was arrested, not injured.

Andy Walker, chief superintendent in the Met’s Specialist Firearms Command, said: “as is st

andard procedure, an investigation is now ongoing into the discharge of a police firearm during this incident.”

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In 2018, bilateral trade reached a historical high, surpa

ssing $682 billion, and it is only natural that the two sides should seek to consolidate their trade and economic cooperation since it provides a solid foundati

on for strengthening their overall relationship, and they have everything to gain from building on the current g

ood momentum in their relations and docking their respective development strategies.

At the 21st China-EU Leaders’ Meeting in Brussels on Tuesday, Premier Li Keqiang is expected to underscore China’s resolve to deepen st

rategic mutual trust and cooperation with the EU, including on the Belt and Road Initiative that China has prop

osed as a means for improving global connectivity and shared development.

This year, Italy and Luxembourg signed memorandums of under

standing with China to jointly advance the construction of the Belt and Road, bringing to 22 the total num

ber of European countries that have signed cooperative agreements with China on the initiative.

It is not all hunky-dory of course, as two major powers, the two sides do differ on some issues, a

nd there are some disputes between them. However, their common interests far outweigh their differences.

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Small train supplies water to mountain for 44 years

 For residents in Huojugou village in China’s Changbai Mountains, a train whistl

e is a euphonious sound that will bring gurgling water to their kitchen and bathhouse.

For 44 years, the mountainous village and several others in northeast China’s Jilin Province

have relied on a train, which only has one locomotive and one tank car, to provide their water supply.

The train commutes between the towns of Songshu and Baihe, nestled deep in Changbai Mountain. Since 1975, it has run for m

ore than 1.6 million km, delivering water to over 2,600 nearby villagers that had limited access to clean water.

Though cisterns have been built to store water unloaded from the trains, villagers along the line

still keep the tradition of welcoming the train in person, clanking their buckets and bottles.

Fetching water used to be a big headache. We had to travel to a far-away river to get water and e

ven make a hole in the ice during winter,” said Li Zuopei, an 80-year-old resident in Yingbishan village.

“Then the small train sent water right to our doorsteps, and it’s amaz

ing that the service has been going on uninterrupted for so many years,” said Li.

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May asks for Brexit extension to June 30; EU could of

British Prime Minister Theresa May wrote to Brussels on Friday asking for a delay of Brexit until up to June 30, while saying she

aims to get Britain out of the EU earlier to avoid it participating in European elections.

But Donald Tusk, who chairs EU summits, has proposed a longer Brexit postpone

ment of one year for Britain‘s feuding politicians to agree and ratify a plan, EU officials said.

Any such extension would still require unanimous approval of the other 27 EU countrie

s and some, notably France, suggested they wanted a better justification from London for its request.

Britain is now due to leave the EU in a week, but May has been forced to seek mo

re time after Britain’s parliament repeatedly rejected her withdrawal agreement.

Her Conservative Party is deeply divided, as is the main opposition Labou

r Party, leading to a bewildering marathon of inconclusive votes in parliament that stretch

ed Britain’s centuries-old unwritten constitution to its limits. Scenarios running the gamut from aba

ndoning the EU abruptly with no deal to cancelling Brexit altogether have all gone down to defeat.

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In 2016, the number of newly registered organ

donors exceeded 104,000 – more than three times the number for 2015, according to the center.

Last year, 6,302 people donated organs after death in China, an increase of 22 percent compared with 2017. About 20,200 tr

ansplant surgeries were completed last year, an increase of 21 percent compared with 2017, ranking the seco

nd in the world after the United States, according to the National Health Commission.

On average, 6.8 of every 1 million people donated organs after death or while alive for their relatives in Ch

ina last year, a record high, according to the China National Organ Donation and Transplantation Committee.

Guo Yanhong, deputy chief for medical administration and supervision at the National Hea

lth Commission, said that with an increasing number of organ transplant surgeries performed, Chinese phys

icians are also making progress in organ transplant technologies, and a number of world-class centers in trans

plant surgeries, covering major organs such as livers, kidneys, hearts and lungs, have been established in China.

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Meanwhile, automakers’ recommended retail priwas

 on a decreasing streak. Imported models of Ford Motor (China) abated as much as 34,000 yuan, compared with Volkswagen Multivan’s highest cut of

13,300 yuan and some models of FAW Toyota’s 11,000 yuan, said Chinanews. As China International Capital Corporation Lim

ited analyzed, automobile, real estate and medicine industries will enjoy the largest scale of tax reduction; and the bigge

st rise in net profit as a result of tax cuts will go to coal, food and beverage, electricity industries.

Nur Bekri, former head of the National Energy Administration, has been arrested

for taking bribes, said the Supreme People’s Procuratorate on Tuesday, Xinhua reported.

Nur Bekri, also former deputy head of the National Development and

Reform Commission, was investigated by the Communist Party of China Central Com

mission for Discipline Inspection and the National Supervisory Commission.

The former chairman of the Xinjiang regional governm

ent was named new head of the National Energy Administration on Dec 31, 2014.

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