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ation and give a strong warning to separatist forces on the island, the mainland has he
ld military exercises in the Taiwan Straits and sent warplanes and warships around the island.
months of 2019, up 6.4 percent year-on-year, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics.
Xinjiang is the last province to release its local GDP figures. During the
first quarter, Xinjiang’s GDP reached 217.77 billion yuan, up 5.3 percent year-on-year.
In terms of GDP growth rate, a total of 17 regions saw their GDP numbers exceed the “nation
al line” of 6.4 percent. Among them five came from the eastern region and six each from central and western areas.
All the top three came from China’s western area. Yunnan province posted the fastest
growth rate of 9.7 percent year-on-year, followed by Guizhou (9.2 percent) and Tibet (9.1 percent).
The bottom three are Jilin province, Tianjin municipality and Heilongjiang pro
vince, Jilin province, with a growth rate of 2.4 percent, was the weakest performer.
According to a news release from the local fire department, the battery of an electric bicycle parked beside a building for s
tudents ignited, starting the fire. The incident is still being investigated and some people have been detained.
This is not the first fatal fire caused by an electric bicycle. In December 2017, five people were killed and nine injured when an electric bike started a fire in Beijing, and
in July last year, one person was killed and another injured in Wuxi, Jiangsu province. In fact, type “electric bicy
cle” and “fire” into any online searching engine and you will get hundreds of pages recording them.
How could that happen?
me. There are already 300 million electric bicycles in China, roughly one for every four persons.
However, when it comes to charging the bikes, a big proble
m has emerged. As a growing number of people live in residential buildings without separa
better short-term memory and faster reaction times compared with the control group, acco
rding findings published March 27 in the China-based journal National Science Review.
The study also found that transgenic monkeys’ brains took longer to develop, in a similar fashion to humans.
The experiment has divided the scientific community however, with a number of Western scientists criticizing it as uneth
ical, while some went as far to suggest, perhaps ironically, that it could lead to a Planet of the Apes-type scenario.
The Kunming Institute of Zoology told China Daily in a statement that the experiment was ethically approved in 2010.
In 2015 the animal rights committee of Kunming Biomed International, a research organiza
tion specializing in nonhuman primates, also declared the animals were being treated humanely in every
step of the experiment, in accordance with domestic and international regulations, the statement said.
tions at the Brussels summit, has pledged to intensify discussions on the rules concerning in
dustrial subsidies, a priority for the WTO reform for the EU. This is being seen as a breakthrough by the EU side.
In fact, almost all countries provide subsidies for domestic companies in certain sectors, and i
n most cases, China has given subsidies to Chinese companies in strict accordance with WTO rules as its ultim
ate goal is to achieve complete marketization. Yet intensifying discussions on industrial subsidies and other
sensitive issues, including intellectual property rights protection, is a step that must be taken to not only addre
ss WTO members’ concerns, but also invigorate the organization and the global trading system.
China, US should jointly promote WTO reform
Chen Fengying, a senior researcher in world economy at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations
The Office of the United States Trade Representative seems to have made dr
iving the WTO reform its priority so that Washington can claim the discourse rights in global t
rade mechanisms and lead the process for making new trade rules and establishing a new global trading system.
ina, the festival-which will be held through April 20-recently announced 15 nominated fil
ms, including The Composer, which will contend for the festival’s top honor, the Tiantan Award.
Inspired by a speech made by President Xi Jinping during his v
isit to Kazakhstan in 2013, the film looks back at the life of Xian, a music
ian who was once a household name and best known for his epic work, Yellow River Cantata.
When the Great Patriotic War (the Soviet Union’s defensive war again
st the invasion of Nazi Germany) broke out in 1941, Xian-who was assigned by the Commu
nist Party of China to work in Moscow-found himself stranded in Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan.
With the help of Kazakh musician Bakhytzhan Baikadamov and his family, Xian spent his final years living out the war in K
azakhstan, where he concentrated on writing music. In early 1945, the musician who was suffering fro
m multiple diseases was sent back to Moscow, where he died in a local hospital on Oct 30 the same year.