aase speaks to local high school students in Changsha

As the liaison to the Canadian Consulate in Hunan province, Haase helps to promote Chinese culture in Canada. Now his foc

us has shifted to education. Haase believes that human development is inseparable from education. As an in

ternational student, he strongly encourages all students to visit the world outside.

Talking about his future work plans, Haase hopes to invite m

ore Canadian students to come to China and come to Hunan to introduce them to the real China.

An 85-year-old man from Huainan, East China’s Anhui province, will sit the national

college entrance examination on June 7 this year, together with other 10 million applicants.

Yao Keliang, a retired coalmine mechanic, took the examination in 2012 and 2

014 to fulfill his dream of studying at university, becoming the oldest person to take the test at the time.

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The meeting reviewed and approved a series of official doc

ocuments including a guideline on innovation and improving macro-regulation

, as well as a guideline on strengthening opening-up and cooperation in innovation capacity.

The meeting called for taking the supply-side structural reform as the main task, making coordinated efforts to stabilize economic

growth, promoting reforms, readjusting the economic structure, improving people’s livelihoods, pr

eventing risks, and ensuring social stability, according to a statement issued after the meeting.

The strategic guiding role of national development planning should be leveraged to improve coordination mec

hanisms for economic policies such as finance, currency, employment, industry, and regional development to en

sure the nation’s economic development stays within a reasonable range, the statement said.

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Substantial and resolute efforts must be made to prevent

 major contradictions and outstanding problems through coordinated planning and targete

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

The meeting reviewed and approved a series of official documents including a guideline on innovation and improving ma

cro-regulation, as well as a guideline on strengthening opening-up and cooperation in innovation capacity.

The meeting called for taking the supply-side structural reform as the main task, making coordinated efforts to stabilize eco

nomic growth, promoting reforms, readjusting the economic structure, improving people’s livelihoods, pr、

eventing risks, and ensuring social stability, according to a statement issued after the meeting.

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Issoufou attended the Beijing Summit of the FOCAC in S

September. The two countries should continue to understand, trust an

d support each other on issues related to core interests and major concerns, Xi sa

id, adding that the two sides should share more experiences on governance and development. Xi called on the two nat

ions to enhance connections under the frameworks of the Belt and Road Initiative and FOCAC.

China will continue to support Niger to fight terrorism and safeguard regional peace and stabilit

y, Xi said. China would like to help Niger improve its people’s livelihood through such measures as m

edical assistance and via exchanges in areas including culture, youth, women and think tanks.

Mutual understanding between the people of both nations should also

be promoted, Xi said. He stressed that as long as all countries stick to the dev

elopment paths that suit their own national situations, make joint efforts to build the Belt and Road and remain dedi

cated to fulfilling the goal of building a community with a shared future for mankind, they will definitely achieve success.

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noted that China and Brazil are the biggest developin

oping countries in the Eastern and Western hemispheres, and both are important emergi

ng markets. The two countries have a common wish and great potential for development, he said, ad

ding that both countries are important forces for promoting a multilateral world.

Since the establishment of diplomatic ties 45 years ago, relations between China and Brazil have achieved fruitful outcomes, Xi said.

The president said it is a critical period for the two countries, and they s

hould forge ahead, and each side should deem the other as a partner for development.

Xi called on the two countries to respect, trust and support each other in making the China-Brazil relationship a model for de

veloping countries’ cooperation and an important force in promoting world peace and progress.

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ntry’s rare earth resources, and the environmental pro

ironmental protection measures the company takes in production.

Only when a company has independent intellectual property rights and core technology

will it make competitive products and succeed amid fierce competition, Xi said.

Noting that technological innovation is the lifeblood of enterprises, Xi encourag

ed the company to focus on technological innovation and master more core technologies.

Rare earth is a non-renewable important strategic resource, Xi said, addin

g that more efforts are needed to upgrade the technology for its exploitation and applic

ation, increase its added value, and protect the environment, to achieve green and sustainable development.

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In recent years, sales in many sectors in lower-tier cit

ities have grown more quickly than in big cities, including clothing, food, beverages and home appliances, Chen added.

During Spring Festival in February, small-town youths in third- an

d lower-tier cities outperformed their peers in bigger centers of population in consu

mption across major e-commerce platforms, including the number of orders placed and the range of products bought.

In third- and fourth-tier cities, total online spending during Spring Festival rose by 55 percent year-on-year, comp

ared with 51 percent in first-tier metropolises. Spending by small-town youths on beauty products rose by 7.8 perc

ent year-on-year, compared with a 5.4 percent increase among their peers in larger cities, according to a report rel

eased by Tmall-Alibaba’s e-commerce platform-and market research company Kantar Worldpanel.

Small-town youths have also boosted the movie industry. For example, in the first quarter of this year, some

56 percent of the box office for The New King of Comedy came from lower-tier cities, as did 46 percent for Crazy Alien.

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The regulation also called for stricter implementation

 of programs and compliance oversight to ensure that the required funds of investment programs are in place on time.

The approval mechanism for government-invested pro

grams will be further standardized, and major programs must go through procedures suc

h as evaluations by intermediary service institutions, the public and experts, as well as risk assessment.

Government investment funds must prioritize investments into areas where the market cannot effectively allocate res

ources, such social services, public infrastructure and environment protection, the regulation said.

It also calls for equal treatment of various

types of investment entities, adding that authorities should not set up biased conditions.

The premier said in his Government Work Report this year that Chi

na will pursue a proactive fiscal policy with greater intensity and enhance its performance.

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nd the winter sports industry in China? And what

Winter sports are relatively new to China and not played by

many Chinese people. In recent years, the Chinese winter sports team particip

ated in some individual events in the 2016 World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Seoul and

the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, and won some medals, including gold medals.

The development of winter sports in China suffers from reg

ional imbalance, with people in the northeastern region being

the most avid fans and practitioners of winter sports.

But after winning the bid to host the 2022 Winter Games, especially s

ince the issuing of a guideline that aims to prompt 300 million people to play winter sports by 20

22, the development of winter sports and the winter sports industry has gathered pace in China.

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Starbucks to drop plastic straws in Chinaplastic

Coffeehouse chain Starbucks started offering strawless sipping li

ds and paper straws instead of plastic straws on Monday in almost 1,000 outlets in Sh

anghai and Shenzhen on a trial basis, Beijing Youth Daily reported.

The eco-friendly initiative will be carried out in all Starbucks stores across China by the end of this year, fulfilling the comp

any’s promise of phasing out straws in its stores worldwide by 2020 ahead of schedule, according to Starbucks China.

Starbucks will replace plastic straws with recyclable strawless sippin

g lids for cold drinks without whipped cream and offer pap

er straws for beverages like Frappuccino, iced mocha and iced shaken peach green tea.

Starbucks is not alone. McDonald’s trialed

replacing plastic straws with strawless lids and only providing straws on request from the customer in 10 store

s in Beijing in November 2018, encouraging customers to reduce strawuse.

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