The Belt and Road Initiative originated in China, but

 it belongs to the world. It is rooted in history, but oriented toward the future. It focuses on Asia, Euro

pe and Africa, but is open to all partners. It spans different countries and regions, different stages of devel

opment, different historical traditions, different cultures and religions, and different customs and lifestyles. It is an

initiative for peaceful development and economic cooperation, rather than a geopolitical or military alliance. It is a proces

s of open, inclusive and common development, not an exclusionary bloc or a “China club”. It neither differentiates between countries b

y ideology nor plays the zero-sum game. Countries are welcome to join in the initiative if they so will.

The Belt and Road Initiative upholds the principles of extensive consult

ation, joint contribution, and shared benefits. It follows a Silk Road spirit featuring peace and c

ooperation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual learning and mutual benefit. It focuses on policy co

ordination, connectivity of infrastructure, unimpeded trade, financial integrati

on, and closer people-to-people ties. It has turned ideas into actions and vision into reality, and the initiat

ive itself into a public product widely welcomed by the international community.

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In March alone, power generation rose nt from a year ear

 China’s power generation climbed 4.2 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2019, official data showed.

The pace of growth eased from 8 percent registered in the same period last year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

In March alone, power generation rose 5.4 percent from a year earlier, up from a rise of 2.9 percent in the first two months.

Generation of hydroelectricity expanded 22 percent year-on-year in March

, the highest growth since March 2016, due to abundant water from southern regions.

The generation of nuclear power and solar power both posted faster year-on-year growth, at 31.7 percent and 12.9 percent respectively.

exhibition in Shanghai commemorates Alphonse Mucha’s greatest cre

ations and explores the motivations behind his pieces, Cao Chen reports in Shanghai.

Celebrated Czech artist Alphonse Mucha’s  art collection is now

being showcased at the Pearl Art Museum in Shanghai, featuring over 230 original wo

rks of art by the maestro, the biggest ever Mucha exhibition in China, according to the organizers.

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Poverty alleviation high on agenda during president’s

President Xi Jinping is paying great attention to poverty reductio

n work during his inspection tour of the mountainous Chongqing municipality.

Immediately after Xi got off his plane on Monday he boarded a train and then traveled by road,

heading to a primary school and a village in the Shizhu Tujia autonomous county, in a remote part of Southwest China.

To build a moderately prosperous society, it is crucial to raise rur

al living standards, Xi said while visiting the home of Ma Pei­qing, an 85-year-old farmer

in the village of Huaxi, Zhongyi township, who joined the Communist Party of China 45 years ago.

“Seeing that the people are guaranteed the basic necessities of food and clothing, as well as bet

ter and better access to education, medical care and safe housing, I feel relieved,” Xi told the villagers.

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The World Bank, Malpass said, is willing to work con

A capacity building platform designed for community-level healthcar

e services was officially launched on Apr 15 by the National Health Commission (NHC).

The report delivered at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China points ou

t that community-level healthcare services should be improved and the work of general practitioners strengthened.

The NHC launched a capacity building and training program for community level talents i

n 2018, and prepared to establish capacity building platform combining online and offline efforts.

Talent team building is the key component to enhancing commu

nity level healthcare services, said Wang Hesheng, NHC deputy director.

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Adding a site to the List of World Heritage in Danger

also allows the World Heritage Committee to allocate immediate assistance from the World H

eritage Fund, enabling the conservation community to respond to specific preservation needs, she said.

Key to these efforts are flexibility and creativity, because as Rossler pointed out, there is no “one-size-fits-all” sol

ution to protecting heritage. She recommends that countries work in close cooperation with experts.

ncreased digitalization spurs commercial push at venues

The Palace Museum in Beijing, also known as the Forbidden Cit

y, is one of the most historically and culturally significant sites in China.

Once home to emperors, it now hosts throngs of visitors each day and its merchandise is sought by many across the country and overseas.

The venue also is drawing more attention in an innovative way. Among the products it offers, it has developed a rang

e of cosmetics with packaging inspired by the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.

Sales of the museum’s merchandise reached 1.5 billion yuan ($223.6 million) in 2017, according to Shan Jixiang, curato

r and director of the museum, who spoke at the Chinese Entrepreneurs Forum in Yabuli, Heilongjiang province, in February.

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The research was done by scientists from Tsinghua Un

niversity and the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Genetics and Development Biology. Their findings were published in the journal Science on Friday.

About 20 years ago, scientists discovered that plants, like animals, have robust immune sys

tems that can protect them from pathogens including viruses, fungi, bacteria and parasites.

Plants also have a unique “lure and catch” immune response to de

al with pathogens that have breached their cellular defense, but exactly how this work

ed remained unknown, said Zhou Jianmin, a researcher at the institute and one of the main scientists behind the study.

To probe this mystery, Zhou and his team investigated a protein called AvrAC, which is pro

duced by a bacterial pathogen that causes black rot on cabbage. The bacterium injects AvrAC int

o plant cells, where it acts as a “biochemical weapon” weakening the plant’s immune system.

They discovered that some plants have evolved to carry a resistance protein called ZAR1 that can detect bacterial prot

eins like AvrAC. These plants use special proteins as “bait” and trick the bacterial protein into attacking them inst

ead. While the bait is being attacked, ZAR1 is activated to form a multiprotein structure called resistosome, Zhou said.

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In China, the incidence rate of insomnia is around 38 perce

and the market size of sleeping pills and sleep aids has exceeded 250 billion yuan, according to Frost & Sullivan data.

In the next few years, demand will grow, and the market for sleeping a

ids and medicine will likely emerge as an important sub-category of the sector that ma

kes sleep-related products. The sub-category is foreseen to continue to expand, Frost & Sullivan data showed.

The University of Cambridge on Monday confirmed that China’s gaok

ao, or the National College Entrance Examination, is regarded as a suitable preparation for Ca

mbridge, in response to inquiries on whether it recognizes gaokao scores in a post on its official Sina Weibo account.

The inquiries poured in after reports said that the University of Camb

ridge announced it has started to accept China’s gaokao scores for Chinese stud

ents wishing to apply for undergraduate study at the prestigious British university.

The university, however, said this is not something new, but a policy Cambridge has implemented for years.

According to application information on the university’s website, successful applicants from China will usually have score

s in the top 0.1 percent of those taking the gaokao in their province. Applicants’ individual subject scores and scores in th

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We are the first Chinese dairy maker to sell products abroa

and we will introduce more products tailored to the preferences of local consumers. In Indonesia, the penetration rate of yogurt is low and there are not many brands available, so there is a huge market potential,” Yu said.

Li Shengli, a professor at China Agricultural University, said leading Chinese dairy firms Yili

Group and Mengniu Dairy, which are both among the top 10 global dairy producers, are expec

ted to increase their sales by 30 billion yuan ($4.46 billion) to 50 billion yuan in the next five years or so, and could

join the top five global dairy producers, bolstered by strong demand in China.Strengthening the safeguarding and utilization of cultural relics and inh

eritance of intangible cultural heritages were mentioned in this year’s Government Work Report.

This year’s two sessions witnessed a heated discussion among many NPC deputies

and CPPCC members about the issue of protecting, utilizing and developing cultural heritage.

In terms of how to realize the target and boost cultural self-confiden

ce based on China’s national condition, many NPC deputies and CPPCC members shared their opinions.

Gao Yun, an NPC deputy and secretary of the Huangpu district committee of the CPC, said that

we should establish the system of classified protection and proper use of historical buildings, formulate

the law of protection of historical buildings, and establish the system of property redemption of buildings.

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Thanks to the impact of the China-US trade conflicts,obal for

gn direct investment is in the dumps. The Global Investment Trends Monitor

issued by the UN Conference on Trade and Development shows global foreign dir

ect investment fell by a large margin-19 percent-last year, marking a third straight year of decline.

But China bucked the trend, as 60,533 foreign-invested enterprise

s started business in China last year with the actual use of foreign investment reaching $132

.12 billion, a year-on-year growth of 69.8 percent and 0.9 percent, respectively. Among which, high-tech ma

nufacturing grew 35.1 percent, reflecting foreign investors’ optimism on China’s growth potential.

The draft foreign investment law shows China’s firm resolve to build an open economy. And the strength of the draft law

is that it complies with the trends and changes in the global investment system and stipulates more thorough and expl

icit implementation of the pre-establishment national treatment with the negative list for foreign investment, and

embodies foreign investors’ appeal to ensure freer and more convenient investment.

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Roger Federer claims 100th title with revenge victory

  Federer, who moves back to number four in the world, had endured a frustrating wait since lifting his 99th tour-lev

el trophy last October in Basel, while the 20-year-old Tsitsipas was fresh from claiming the Marseille Open crown last weekend.

  ”I’m delighted. It’s great to win my eighth here in Dubai and in combination with my 100th si

ngles title,” he said.Federer imposed himself on his youthful opponent from the start, brea

king him in the very first game and then saving two break points when serving for the opening set.

  The second was closer, but Federer made his breakthrough against the Tsitsipas del

ivery in the ninth game and served out to love to clinch the title and enter the tennis history books.

  ”I don’t know if he was born when I won my first title,” he joked about his youthful

opponent in the on-court interviews, but Federer’s longevity has been remarkable.

  Since his first title as a 19-year-old, Federer has won at least one trophy in every season si

nce with at least four titles in 16 of the past 18 seasons, including a record 20 grand slam crowns.

  Frenchman Julien Boutter faced him in that Milan final

and at the time had no inkling he would go on to dominate tennis for so many years.

  ”He was still so young, still far from the top 10, never mind the best

player in the world. It’s not possible to say, but it’s not impossible for him,” he told CNN.

  Only Connors with 109 titles stands ahead of him, within Federer’s reach if he can stay motivated and injury free.

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