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The new round of foreign investments will inject m

ore powerful momentum into the high-quality development of Chengdu,” he said.

“We will do everything possible to create a law-based, internationalized business environment

with quality services that facilitate and support development of foreign investment projects.”

He emphasized the city plays an important role in China’s national agendas such as the Belt and Road Initiati

ve, the Yangtze River economic zone development, and the West China development strategy.

“A large number of national strategic opportunities have prese

nted themselves in Chengdu… Chengdu is now at the frontier of China’s further ope

ning-up, which shores up the city’s fast growth in regional competence and influence,” he said.

Currently, the city has 8,155 foreign-invested enterprises. Among the 285 Fortune 500 enterprises in Chengdu, 198 are foreign-in

vested. Last year, the city’s actual use of foreign capital reached $12.28 billion, increasing 22.3 percent from

2017, and foreign direct investment was $2.69 billion, with an annual increase of 44.1 percent, said Luo.

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All 15 films were selected from 775 aspiring nomina

tions from across 85 countries and regions worldwide, a noticea

ble rise from the pool of 659 films from the 71 nations and regions last year.

Helmed by US director Rob Minkoff as president, the jury panel consists of six other

members: Chilean director Silvio Gayoqi, Chinese director Cao Baoping, Russian director Sergei De Wattsvoy, Hon

g Kong actress Carina Lau, Iranian director Majid Majidi and British director Simon West.

Starring Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sha

rma, the Bollywood movie Zero will be screened as the closing film of the festival.

While the race for the awards is attracting insiders, a special segment titled Film in Panorama will screen 261 new

and classic films in 30 theaters over 15 days, providing a visual feast for film fans in the capital.

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Health, education authorities step up intervention on child

China’s health and education authorities pledged to work together to control child myopia on April 3.

Health departments will help schools and parents to conduct targeted intervention, said Ma Xia

owei, head of the National Health Commission, at a meeting between the commission and Ministry of Education.

Ma said priority would be given to young students, and health departments would assist scho

ols in measures such as increasing outdoor activities, as well as reducing electronic device use and homework.

Health departments will also carry out a special monitoring program on the eyesight of s

chool-age children and allocate more resources to the eyesight examinations, and counselling services, he said.

Education departments will supervise schools to take concrete measures and eval

uate their performance, Minister of Education Chen Baosheng said at the meeting.

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Apple, in rare reversal, pulls plug on wireless charging mat

Apple Inc on Friday said it is canceling the AirPower wireless charging mat that the company anno

unced in 2017 on the same day as its iPhone X, a rare public retreat for the gadget maker known for splashy product launches.

The mat was intended to wirelessly charge up to three Apple products at once, such as an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods wireless headphones.

While wireless charging has spread through the gadget industry, cha

rging three devices at once with higher wattage “fast charging” has proved challenging. Fur

niture seller Ikea, for example, sells a $60 matt that can handle three phones but it only features slower 5-watt charging.

In a statement, Apple said that it had concluded that its AirPower mat “will not achieve our high standards.”

“We apologize to those customers who were looking forward to this l

aunch,” Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Engineering, said in the state

ment. “We continue to believe that the future is wireless and are committed to push the wireless experience forward.”

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Preserving relics key objective of museums Palace Museum

The role of museums as cultural heritage institutions tasked with securing and preserving cultural relics cannot be weakened, an official said.

Liu Yuzhu, director of the National Cultural Heritage Administration and a national political adviser, stressed on Sunda

y that Chinese museums, especially those built on ruins or around ancient architecture, should stay the course.

Liu also pointed out that museums should maintain a level of elegance and not devolv

e into vulgar market fairs and commonplace entertainment venues so as to elevate the cultural IQ of the general public.

Visiting museums is an increasingly popular activity in China.

There has been an annual increase of about 100 million people visiting museums nationwide over the past three years, Liu said.

Over 40 percent of the 415 million people who traveled in China during the Spring Festival

holiday this year stepped into museums, according to China Tourism Academy.

He described Chinese museums as currently enduring “growing pains”, adding t

hat the country’s museums are tackling capacity limitations amid booming demand.

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But that’s changed in modern history. If you look only

  at vetoes since 1972, when Richard Nixon faced a Democratic-led Congress, most

of the vetoes have come when at least one chamber was not aligned with the President.

  Veto overrides, of course, are much more rare than vetoes. There

have been only 111 in the history of the country, and they have impact.

  One of the country’s few impeachments, Andrew Johnson’s, was precipitated by a veto override.

  In more recent history, the Clean Water Act in 1972 and an expansion of the Freedom of In

formation Act in 1974 both passed despite presidential vetoes. The last time an appropriations bill was ove

rridden was during Ronald Reagan’s administration in 1982, according to The American Presidency Project.

  George W. Bush vetoed 12 bills during his presidency and Congress overrode a quarter of them

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In 2018, the government introduced several policies to offer

 more support to private hospitals. According to the policies, private hospitals will have the same assessment system as

public hospitals, the government will not limit the opening of general clinics, third-party medical insti

tutions will have their own standards, and internet hospitals will be encouraged.

Judging from the policies, opening up the incremental market will c

ontinue to be an important direction for medical reform in the nex

t few years. At the same time, the government will also tighten the supervision of private hospitals, in the ho

pe of forming a diversified system with public hospitals being the main body, supplemented by private institutions.

On Nov 5 2018, President Xi Jinping gave a speech during the opening

ceremony of the China International Import Expo, stating that China is steadily expanding the

opening-up of the financial sector, and will loosen limitations on foreign investment in the medical field.

Market insiders said that this is a positive signal for China’s medical sector to attract foreign investment.

According to the notice issued by the government in 2000, forei

gn capital can contribute up to a 70 percent share of China’s medical institutions.

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The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) will

give full play to its advantages and seek complementary and mutually beneficial cooperation on inn

ovation and technology in the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Ba

y Area, an official of the HKSAR government said in a recent interview with Xinhua.

The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area aims at building a globally influenti

al international innovation and technology hub, and Hong Kong’s role should be “capitalizing its

strengths to serve the country’s needs,” the HKSAR government’s Secretary for Innovation and Technology Nic

holas Yang said Tuesday, one day after China unveiled an outline development plan for the Greater Bay Area.

To build an international innovation and technology hub, Hong Kong has multiple advantages due to its world-class uni

versities, high international recognition and relatively low financing cost, according to Yang.

Home to four of the world‘s top 100 universities, Hong Kong i

s well recognized for its basic scientific research, he said, adding that the newly un

veiled outline development plan may encourage other elite universities around the globe to upgrade cooperation w

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Preynat was suspended by the church that year

ally emerged that his cardinal, Philippe Barbarin, had confronted him about “the

rumors” in 2010 but the priest claimed he had changed.

Four years later Barbarin, who is now archbishop of Lyon in southeastern

France, informed the Vatican about the case but did not tell the police.

The 68-year-old cardinal and five former aides have recently been tried for their part in the cover-up and a verdict is expected on March 7.

The film’s title comes from Barbarin’s exclamation of relief that the abuse was thought to be covered by the statute of limitations.

It tells the story of the scandal while sticking closely to its emotional impact on three vict

ims-turned-activists, who begin to confront their trauma publicly with the support of their families.

Ozon said the reaction from several French bishops and senior clergy who have seen the fil

m had been positive, adding that he hoped it would provoke debate beyond France.

Ozon changed the names of the victims in the film, but not those of Preynat or Barbarin.

He argued that everything in the film had already been reported in the press, and that Preynat had confessed to the abuse of around 80 boys.

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Vice premier urges bolder, more effective measures imp

Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng on Friday stressed to take bolder and more

effective measures to implement the proactive fiscal policy.

Han, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Co

mmittee, made the remarks when presiding over a meeting after an inspection of the Ministry of Finance (MOF).

At the meeting, Han studied major issues, including the launch of another round of tax cu

ts and fighting the “three critical battles” against risks, poverty and pollution.

The MOF should stick to the basic tone of seeking progress while maintaining stability, promote

high-quality development and take coordinated steps to ensure steady growth, advance reform, m

ake structural adjustments, improve living standards and guard against risks, Han stressed.

He said that larger tax cuts will be helpful in improving the co

untry’s income distribution system and the tax structure and better serve China’s current macro policy.

The MOF should relieve the social insurance payment burden of firms, strengthen the manag

ement of the fiscal revenue and expenditure and create a sound policy environment for fair competition, Han said.

Han underlined that measures should be in place to effectively prevent and handle financial risks, reinforce the

monitoring of the local government debt risk and deploy more funds to facilitate winning the battles against poverty and pollution.

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