But China should realize that some EU countries have

 become increasingly cautious about deepening cooperation with China because of its rapid developm

ent; in fact, a few EU countries have decided to implement tougher measures for foreign trade. The European Commission even put

forward a 10-point policy package on China on March 11, which the European Council discussed on March 21.

But the fact that the Commission sees China as a “cooperation partner”, “negotiating partner”, “eco

nomic competitor” as well as a “systemic rival” means it wants to build on the partnership of strategic cooperation with China.

The EU’s attempt to coordinate the concerns of its different members and its efforts to continue dialogue with China reflect coope

ration are not a subjective choice of one single EU country but an objective choice for the mutual interest of all the parties involved.

China has addressed many of the EU’s concerns to strengthen coop

eration, including further opening-up. And it should keep taking measures to strengt

hen cooperation and communication to settle the disputes with EU countries and meet the emerging challenges.

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World’s widest immersed channel takes shape

The first tube of the world’s widest immersed channel is expected to be put in position of a mega bridge across the Lin

gding Bay at the mouth of the Pearl River in South China soon, according to an assistant chief engineer of the project.

Yang Runlai from CCCC First Harbor Engineering Co Ltd said Thursday that workers are preparing

for the connection of a tunnel end on an island with the first immersed tube, the Science and Technology Daily reported.

Yang’s company took charge of constructing an island and major part of the tunnel of the Shenzhen-Zhongshan Bri

dge, another mega project of bridge, island and tunnel after the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB).

The new project, 38 kilometers from the HZMB, is 24 kilometers long. It has the immer

sed tunnel in the east and the bridge section in the west to ensure the sea routes there.

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With a length of 6.8 kilometers and a width of 46 meters

the two-way eight-lane tunnel will be the largest and widest in the worl

d upon completion. Its tunnel will be 1.2 meters longer and two lanes wider than the HZMB.

Yang said the immersed tunnel used the steel shell tube, the first of its kind in China, and there were many other new struct

ures and technologies, which brought lots of challenges, such as lack of technical standards in the country.

He said the tunnel will have 32 tubes and each tube will have about 10,000 tons of steel, 165 met

ers long and with a displacement of about 80,000 tons. Each tube has more than 2,500 separate chambers.

After tubes are built in factory, they are floated to th

e construction site, and the most difficult process is to sink and connect, Yan

g said. His company has invited experts to deliberate in rounds on the cement pouring, sealing and connection.

The Shenzhen-Zhongshan Bridge is another important infrastructure project of the country’s 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020).

The construction started on Dec 29, 2016. It is expected to put into operation in 2024.

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We have sent farming experts to hybrid rice growing are

s overseas, and we give local farmers guidance, training and planning for future develop

ment,” said Xie, who has worked as an expert in Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Gambia.

Under the Boao Forum framework, Hainan has created a series of subforums, such as the

ASEAN-China Governors/Mayors Dialogue, the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Island Economy subforum, the South China Sea su

bforum, the Roundtable Discussion for Overseas Chinese Business Leaders and Chinese think tanks, Wang said. “These diplo

matic platforms serve as new bridges to promote practical industrial cooperation between BRI countries.”

Activities at the Boao forum this year will highlight land and sea interconnectivity betwee

n BRI countries. Invitations will be sent to overseas participants to share in building a pilot free trade zone in Hainan.

Hong Kong youth groups will be invited to Hainan to see space satellite launch facilities, deep-sea science and techn

ology, seed breeding and other fields. Invitations will be extended to young people from ASEAN countries, Lanc

ang-Mekong river nations and BRI countries to promote people-to-people understanding, Wang said.

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Considering that the aircraft faces uncertainties in its airwo

irworthiness, after looking into the matter, the administration decided to suspend Boe

ing 737 MAX 8 airworthiness certifications immediately,” the Civil Aviation Administration of China said in a sta

tement unveiled on Tuesday, adding that the ongoing investigation had not ruled out design flaws in the aircraft.

“A certificate is granted by the country’s regulator after an aircraft has been inspected and

meets the requirements for safe operation,” said Li Xiaojin, a professor of aviation economics at Civil Aviatio

n University in Tianjin, “It’s a long process to determine whether an aircraft is airworthy.”

It took Boeing 15 months to get an airworthiness certificate for the first 737 MAX 8 from the a

dministration, he said, adding that the certificate was issued in October 2017.

The administration has sent experts to participate in investigations and will rev

iew the model’s airworthiness with a focus on alterations to the jet engine design and pla

cement. It will resume accepting applications for the certificate after the aircraft design is found to meet the requirements.

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hina urges UK to stop interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs

China on Thursday urged the United Kingdom to respect China’s sovereignty and stop interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang made the remarks after the UK government released its latest six-monthly report on Hong Kong.

“We urge the UK to face the reality that Hong Kong has returned to China for 22 years, respect China’s s

overeignty, stop releasing relevant reports, and stop interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs,” Geng said at a press briefing.

It is undeniable that the “one country, two systems” practice has achieved widely-acknowledged success, he said.

“Hong Kong’s affairs have been entirely China’s internal affairs since

July 1, 1997. The British side has no right to make irresponsible remarks or interfere with any excuses,” Geng said.

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hina to further improve business climate focusing on weak links

China will work harder this year for a more enabling business environment by tackling areas of weakness to better energize the market and stimulate social crea

tivity, the State Council’s executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang decided on March 26.

The Chinese government puts great emphasis on improving the business climate. General Secretary Xi Jinping stressed the need to improve the investm

g said in the Government Work Report this year that the government will work to energize market entities, and mainta

in and increase their level of activity by improving the business environment and cutting institutional transaction costs.

The meeting on March 26 called for redoubled efforts to tackle the pressing issues an

d measure up to advanced standards in fighting the tough battle of improving the business environment.

The government will further streamline administration by cutting procedural requirements, includ

ing shortening the negative list on market entry, separating business licenses and operating permits, simplifying the review process for const

ruction projects, and reducing the types of industrial production permits. The goal is to cut the time required for starting a busines

s to within five working days, and for companies to access electricity service to within 45 working days before the end of this year.

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I often demonstrate a range of products from clothing

cosmetics to luxury bags during the livestreaming. I would show 20 to 30 pieces of clothing to my consumers each time,” Zhang said.

“Livestreaming has helped increase daily visits to my store and significantly grew sales.”

According to a report released by China Tech Insights, a research unit affiliated with Tencent’s Online Media Group, it is more th

an likely that livestreaming will become a standard feature of all e-commerce platforms in China in the near future.

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Italy in 1970, bilateral relations have developed rapidly bearing fruitful results in various fiel

ds. Italy is one of the largest economies in the European Union and an important partner of China in Europe, and

the two countries have deepened pragmatic cooperation since establishing a comprehensive strategic partnership in 2004.

President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Italy has further deepened the Sino-Italian political a

nd economic relationship with the two countries signing a memorandum of understanding on Saturday to joi

ntly promote the Belt and Road Initiative. Which is a milestone for not only Sino-Italian partnership but also international free trade.

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to exceed $30 trillion and $10 trillion, respectively, in the n

next 15 years. Which means China will continue to expand its domestic market. And since Italy has indicated its intention to deepen economic and trade coopera

tion with China under the BRI framework, it is likely that economic and trade cooperation will expand in the future.

With better connectivity for economic cooperation among an increasing number of countries, there is a possibility that the world e

conomy will pick up steam, which in turn will help fight the rising wave of unilateralism and protectionism.

Discussions and consultations are under way between Beijing and Rome to extend the Chongqin

g-Europe train line to Italy. In the near future, the regular China-Europe railway network is expected to inject new

vitality into China-Italy economic and trade ties. To ensure that Italy plays a leading role in China-EU co

operation under the BRI framework, the Italian government has set up a special “task force”.

Considering that China and Italy can work together to tap third-party markets under the BR

I framework, the initiative is expected to become a new growth engine for Sino-Italian cooperation.

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As a professional writer, Chu has interviewed dozens of peop

 from across the country who moved to Dali. She and her husband, who help organize activities

such as gardening, hiking and cycling for newcomers, have a big circle of friends who have relocated to the city.

“People have different reasons for leaving, ranging from the need to take care of elderly pare

nts who have stayed in their hometowns, to taking their children back to big cities for better education,” she said.

People are also leaving because after two or three years without work, they need to find paid employment.

In recent years, thousands of people have moved to Dali from big cities. The exact number is not kno

wn, but a rough estimate from the local government shows that about 40,000 newcomers are living in the city.

Many people decided to leave their jobs and move to Dali from large cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong pro

vince, due to work pressures and surging property prices, which have been hotly debated nationwide in recent years.

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