The 5.1 percentage point growth of leverage ratio is

 out of our expectations, and it was maintained because of

countercyclical policies,” said Zhang Xiaojing, a senior economist with the CASS.

But the deleveraging process should continue, and more measur

es will be introduced to ease the debt burden, es

pecially for the private sector, said Lian Weiliang, deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission.

One of the key measures is to further promote the debt-to-equity s

wap program, to inject more social funds into indebted companies through holding the com

panies’ shares, the NDRC official said. “We will choose more qualified private companies to join this program.”

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Last year, the per capita spending of college students

on hotels reached 234 yuan per night, jumping 17.5 percent over the p

revious year, and the growth rate was higher than the older generation. Besides, the report found

that students are likely to spend twice the amount of money on hotels two years after graduation.

Qunar has cooperated with more than 6,000 hotels, hostels and b

ed-and-breakfast services and launched discounted hotel prices for students.

Sales of new energy vehicles are expected to see renewed momentum in China, with passenger electric vehicles accounting for 57 pe

rcent of NEV sales by 2040 and electric buses for 81 percent of sales of city buses, a new report said.

The report, issued by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, said that due to governm

ent support and surging demand, by 2025, China will account for 48 percent of the global EV market with s

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Xi calls for bolstering reform, developmentonomic gro

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, called on Wednesday for further efforts to prevent and eliminate major

problems in the nation’s reform and development against the backdrop that uncertainties and instabilities are on the rise.

Xi, also Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks whil

e presiding over a key meeting of the Central Committee for Deepening Overall Reform. He is the director of the committee.

Saying China is facing profound changes in its reform and development against the backdro

p of increasing external uncertain and unstable factors, Xi said the country must maintain a strategic focus.

Substantial and resolute efforts must be made to prevent major contra

dictions and outstanding problems through coordinated planning and targeted mea

sures to make reform better serve the country’s economic and social development, Xi said.

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China is the world’s largest producer of rare earths, acco

counting for about 80 percent of global supply. However, the country’s rare-earth industry is faced with such pro

blems as rapidly decreasing inventory, inefficient production and environmental pollution.

Analysts also said that the low prices of China’s exports have failed to reflect the real value of the precious resource.

The division of labor of the global rare-earth industry should be coo

rdinated in accordance with the principle of opening-up and sharing, the NDRC said.

While the country prioritizes the domestic use of rare-earth meta

ls, it is willing to see its exports help drive the development of global industries, it said.

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The first time Lippi took over, the national team showe

ed “a very positive attitude and great perseverance” in competitions, the association s

aid on Friday. “We are confident that Team China will again try its best to chase their World Cup dream,” it said.

The association also announced that it has set up a preparatory gro

up for the upcoming election of new leadership, which is scheduled for next month.

Chen Xuyuan, chairman of Shanghai International Port (Group) Co, which owns th

e Chinese Super League’s Shanghai SIPG, has been appointed to lead the group.

According to Beijing Youth Daily, Lippi will arrive in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, on Tuesday. His first task will be to

compile a new list of 25 candidates for Team China, which will assemble on June 3 for training. Lippi’s assistants are curr

ently scouting matches in the Chinese Super League and the second-tier China League One.

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They will also increase the number of personnel exchan

anges to improve the experience and effectiveness of customs officers, Jin said.

China will continue to conduct joint law enforcement operations with other countries targeti

ng IPR violations, including Russia and the US. Customs officials of the EU, Japan and South Kore

a have responded positively to China’s proposal for law enforcement operations, he said.

“We have been encouraging domestic and overseas enterprises to conduct exchanges on t

echnology and protecting the lawful intellectual property rights of overseas enterprises in China,” Jin said. “We a

lso want other countries to intensify IPR protections for Chinese enterprises on their soil.”

Jin made the comments at a news conference organized by the State Council Infor

mation Office in Beijing for the release of an IPR protection report by the Chinese government.

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considerable excitement. True, the company faces similar

bstacles to those that Asian and Latin American platforms previously had to overcome, including a

lack of reliable payment systems, low trust between buyers and sellers, and logistics and deliv

ry bottlenecks. But the experience of other regions shows that these shortcomings can be addressed over time.

Internet regulations must not be disruptive

The bigger risk to these platforms stems from the inevitable and necessary increase in regulation of the internet arou

nd the world. In particular, diverse national regulatory regimes may inadvertently or deliberately disrupt or bloc

k the international development of e-commerce ecosystems, hurting lower-income countries in the process. Avo

iding the creation of such unintended obstacles should therefore be a high priority for the international community.

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hina’s growth a source of hope for allong proclaimi

With Chairman Mao Zedong proclaiming the founding of the People’s Republic of China on

Oct 1, 1949, the Chinese people began leaving behind a century of colonial humiliation and building a new life.

What remains poorly understood by the wider world even seven decades later is how dire were

the conditions in China during those days. While China sustained its triumph, Chinese people’s living stan

dard 70 years ago was barely 5 percent relative to their counterparts in the United States.

It was a dire starting point.

Transitions that raised China’s living standard

In the late 1970s, Deng Xiaoping introduced “reform and opening-up” policies

and established special economic zones, which ultimately facilitated China’s entry int

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Xi’s speech on opening-up is well receivedpolicies

President lays out proposals to encourage foreign investment, guarantee fair competition

The measures that President Xi Jinping recently proposed to encourage foreign investment and further opening-up in Ch

ina are welcome developments that address the international community’s concerns, according to experts.

“The promises made are very positive, and all of them are helpful,” William Over

holt, senior research fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, said of Xi’s keynote speech at the

opening of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing.

Xi brought up a series of reform and opening-up measures, including expanding market acce

ss for foreign investment in more areas and working harder to ensure the implementation of opening-up policies.

China’s pledges included shortening its negative list for foreign investments, opening up more sect

ors to foreign businesses, guaranteeing fair competition and planning new free-trade zones and ports.

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i also called for the two countries to further enhance

exchanges between their legislatures, political parties, youth, think tanks, media

and local authorities to cement their people’s support for friendly bilateral ties.

Bhandari said the joint building of the Belt and Road is a historic initiative and has an important global influence.

The initiative has served as a good platform for Nepal-China cooperation, she said.

The Nepali president expressed her congratulations on the

70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, and said

it is admirable what the Chinese people have achieved under the leadership of the Communist Party of China.

China is a true friend of Nepal, and Nepal sees opportunities in China’s prosperity and stability, Bhandari said.

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