The development of winter sports will help meet th

diversified needs of sports fans, which is conducive to soci

al and economic development. Notably, the General Admi

nistration of Sport has issued a document emphasizing the importance of planning in the development of the winter

sports industry. For instance, some departments have made efforts to optimize their resources by building m

ore winter sports venues so they can encourage more people to take up winter sports.

The Beijing municipal government and Hebei provincial gov

ernment have worked out policies to encourage more scho

ol students to play winter sports, and take part in winter sports events on campuses.

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he aim is to develop technologies and business mo

dels that will foster new growth and development. To do this, Ch

ina is committed to spearheading the Belt and Road Science, Technology and Innova

tion Cooperation Action Plan to advance information and communications technology infrast

ructure development with the aim of improving internet connectivity and security, Zondi said.

Oh Ei Sun, a senior fellow at the Singapore Institute of Inte

rnational Affairs, noted Xi’s emphasis on high-quality development, free trad

e and people-to-people bonds, “all of which are sorely needed around the world”.

“The shift toward high-quality development is a na

tural extension of what China has been doing for the past few y

ears. Now that the BRI is five years old, it’s about time to upgrade quality joint development,” he said.

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The zone is located in a labor-intensive area in Cambodi

 which means the project will provide a large number of jobs to lo

cal communities,” he said. “It is expected that up to 100,000 to 200,000 locals will be d

rawn to the new economic zone after its completion. They will rise out of poverty by working in this zone.”

The project will be beneficial to both China and Cambodia, Qian said.

“Many Chinese companies go overseas to expand their businesses. However, because of a la

ck of experience and related knowledge, most of them face huge obstacles abroad,” he said. “Our company has done overseas business for mo

re than 40 years and will provide a familiar business environment for other Chinese companies in the new economic zone.”

Some Chinese companies have decided to join the investment in the ne

w Cambodia project, Qian said, adding that in his opinion, a company should follow the nati

onal policy and direction such as Belt and Road Initiative while being profitable at the same time.

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Messi shines as Barca secure their 8th league title in year

Leo Messi scored the only goal of the game as FC Barcelona

beat Levante 1-0 to assure the 2018-19 Liga Santander title on Saturday night.

Barca coach Ernesto Valverde again rotated his starting 11 for the game and Messi spent the fir

st 45 minutes watching from the sidelines. Barca controlled the first half with Luis Suarez and Philippe Cou

tinho testing Levante keeper Aitor Fernandez, who was his side’s best player in the opening 45 minutes.

Despite Barca’s dominance, they were unable to open the scorin

g and Messi replaced Coutinho at the start of the second half to try and find a way through.

He was on target for the 34th time in the league this season in the 62n

d minute as he fired home a left foot shot following a headed pass from Arturo Vidal.

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Bridge of dreams brings two halves together

It’s so close, and yet it always seemed so far away. To get to the rur

al district just a few hundred meters away on the other side of the bay, locals used to have to ju

mp on a boat or drive about 160 kilometers-part of that journey on dusty, unsealed road.

Now anyone wanting to get from downtown Maputo

, capital of Mozambique, to Katembe, or vice versa, can do so with ease, and in a matter of min

utes, thanks to the longest twin-tower suspension bridge in Africa, that hangs over Maputo Bay.

“Mozambique had long planned to build a bridge linking the north and south of the bay, bu

t nothing came of them because of a lack of financing and technological difficulties,” said Wang Li

jun, vice-president of China Road and Bridge Corporation, which built the bridge.

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As the bridge was being built the price of land in

Katembe rose, and industrial parks are being planned in the region,” Wang said. “So the bridge will deliver huge economic benefits.”

The project also benefits China. For example, as Mozambique is short of construction materials and equipment, the p

roject has driven the export of more than 70,000 metric tons of steel products and equipment worth $68 million from China.

Even though CRBC was no stranger to building bridges when it took

on the Maputo-Katembe project, particular difficulties were presented by the fact that

both countries have different evaluation systems and standards of construction, Wang said.

The bridge was designed to Chinese standards but subjected to local and European standards, and the company g

ot a German engineering services provider, Gauff, to oversee the project’s quality.

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Vision China events have been previously held in B

eijing, Hangzhou, Johannesburg and London. The events have been broadcast live on inter

net and multimedia platforms, reaching an international audience, particularly young people.

This upcoming event will also be broadcast live on the China Daily website and ap

p, as well as China Daily’s account on Sina Weibo, Tencent Video, Toutiao, Bilibili, Facebook and Twitter platforms.

A former Peking University student suspected of killing his mother has been captured after th

ree years on the run, said a Fuzhou Public Security Bureau official on Thursday, Beijing News reported.

Wu Xieyu was caught at Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport when boa

rding a plane on April 21, the newspaper reported, quoting sources close to the police.

The Belt and Road Initiative aims to build the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and deliver polici

es, infrastructure, trade, financial and people-to-people connectivity via a new platform for a brighter futur

Man suspected of killing mother arrested after three years on the run

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Xi’s speech draws positive reactions at Second Belt and Road

Editor’s note: President Xi Jinping delivered a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing

on Friday.China is going to open much more as it did before f

or foreign investment, and this is quite important for the whole initiative.

Here is a collection of comments from foreign ministers, delegates, and reporters attending the forum.

President Xi offered a vision of the Belt and Road Initiative t

hat inspires confidence in us, especially as small island developing states.

Facing challenges such as global warming and lack of development

financing, we in the Caribbean region welcome the opportunities presented by the initiative.

President Xi must be commended for his visionary leadership an

d his boldness in offering a new path for a brighter and shared future.

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I think the Belt and Road Initiative is very good . Five

pillars of the initiative are important. The most and best (part) of it, I think, is connectiv

ity and inter-culture exchange, sustainable development agenda, and knowledge transfer.

China is the biggest market in the world. We have enough resources in our country. We want our p

roduct get access to the market and we also want to live in good infrastructure, such as roads, railw

ays, schools, hospitals. I also hope knowledge of China come to our country. We have sea access, and good infra

structure can help our country and neighboring countries get access to the Maritime Silk Road.

China has become the second-largest investor of our count

ry in the past 10 years. It’s investing infrastructure, mining

and agriculture. We have Confucius Institute, facilitate Chinese and Portuguese learning. The Belt and Road

Initiative helps Mozambique boost its industrialization, technology and finance.

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President Xi invited the world to take part in the Belt

and Road initiative, calling on free and inclusive trade, global cooperation in the spirit of peace and pr

ogress, and the exchange and enhancement of the cultural foundations of human mankind. His rem

arks were very well received by the attending heads of states and other distinguished delegates. He called on the world

to give up on protectionism, nationalism and isolationism. Xi added that the B&R is building bridges to make the world a better place.

We heard from the Chinese president about the me

aning and the importance of the initiative, which is cooperation and benefits for all.

A new law in China about foreign investment opens the do

or for businessmen from outside to come in. It shows that China not only announced the inves

tment but at the same time it shows us how the procedures to continue to develop this initiative.

The initiative is important not only for China but for the world.

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