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.
convicted of incitement to commit public nuisance.
Judge Johnny Chan Jong-herng handed down the verdicts. The court will h
ear defendants’ petition in the afternoon. The date for sentencing has not yet been revealed.
According to the Crimes Ordinance and the Criminal Procedure Ordinance, each charge carries up to seven years’ imprisonment.
The illegal Occupy protests saw massive sit-ins on Tim Mei Avenue and Fenwick Pier Street – major thoroughfares linking Wan Cha
i and Central – between Sept 28 and Dec 11 of 2014. It put the city in a standstill for 79 days.
China will lower the tax rates on a range of goods brought or mailed b
y individuals into the country, including food, medicines, textiles and information technol
ogy products, the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council announced Monday.
Starting Tuesday, the tax rate on inbound articles included on the No 1 taxable
item list, which includes books, computers, food, furniture and medicines, will be reduc
ed to 13 percent from the previous 15 percent, the commission said in an online statement.
Some medicines that are currently subject to a 3-percent import value-added tax r
ate, including anti-cancer drugs and medicines for rare diseases, will enjoy favorable tax rate.
Travelers on laid-back trips for the Tomb Sweeping Day holiday crowded to return home on Sunday, China Railway Corp said.
According to the State-owned railway provider, about 14.54 million visits would be made on
Sunday, the last day of the three-day break, and 732 trains were added to deal with the rush.
High-tech assistance was available to travelers, such as facial recognition speeding up entry and visual-reality navigati
on in 45 railway stations operated by the Wuhan branch of China Railway Corp.
Tomb Sweeping Day, or Qingming, is a traditional holiday for honoring ancestors an
d also a break for spring outings. This year, the holiday fell on Friday through Sunday.
According to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Chinese visitors made ov
er 112 million visits during the holiday, up 10.9 percent from last year. Revenue gene
rated by the holiday travel saw a year-on-year rise of 13.7 percent, reaching 47.89 billion yuan ($7.14 billion).
Like Gray, more women and men in the US are single — more than 45 percent of all Americans age 18 or older, the US Census Bur
eau reported in 2017 — and the number of single households around the world also is increasing.
Singles make up about 14.6 percent — about 200 million — of Chi
na’s population, the largest singles population in the world, People’s Daily reported.
Sweden has the highest rate of people staying single, 51 percen
t of all households, according to 2017 data from the European Union’s Eurostat.
Sweden is followed by Denmark, Finland and Germany, which all have more than 40 percent one-person households.
The never-married population age 16 years and over in England a
nd Wales increased by 3.9 million from 2002 to 2017, while the number of married pe
ple increased only by 1.2 million during the same period, UK Census reported.