President Xi Jinping will deliver a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Conferen
ce on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations to be held on May 15 in Beijing, a senior official said Thursday.
Xu Lin, deputy head of the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China Cen
tral Committee and director of the State Council Information Office, made the announcement at a press conference.
Under the theme of “exchanges and mutual learning among Asian civilizations and a community with a shared futu
re,” the conference includes an opening ceremony and sub-forums, said Xu, also vice president of the event’s executive committee.
More than 2,000 government officials and representatives of various circles from 47 Asia
n countries and other countries outside the region will attend the opening ceremony and forums, said Xu.
A grand Asian culture carnival, an Asian civilization week, and an Asian food festival will also be held during the event.
ival, Tomb-sweeping Day, May Day and Dragon Boat Festival, all saw a marked increase in the number of domestic tourists.
During the three-day Tomb-sweeping Day holiday that ende
d on April 7, the number of domestic tourists reached 112 million, a 10.9 increase year-on-year.
Apart from sightseeing, more Chinese tourists now opt to exp
erience the cultural essence of their destinations by visiting local museums.
Over the past three years, visitors to Chinese museums have been growing by about 100 mi
llion each year, Liu Yuzhu, head of the National Cultural Heritage Administration, told reporters earlier this year.
During the week-long Spring Festival Holiday in 2019, more than 40 percent of the 415 milli
on domestic tourists visited museums, a report from the China Tourism Academy showed.
unei’s history, will become the country’s longest sea-crossing bridge with a total length of about 30 km. It is scheduled to open to traffic by the end of November 2019.
The CC4 section of the bridge is constructed by China State Construction Engineering C
orp. At around 11.6 km of the 11.8 km-long section will be a land viaduct traversing the mangrove swamp of the
Labu Forest Reserve, the company has established a set of strict safety and green construction evaluation systems to mee
t the high demand for environmental protection and cope with unprecedented difficulty in construction.
The Padma Bridge, 25 meters in width and 10 km in length, will
be built over the Padma River, one of the three major rivers in Bangladesh.
In June 2016, China Railway Major Bridge Engineering Group Co Ltd was awar
ded a $1.55-billion contract by the Bangladeshi government to build the core structure of the bridge.
The bridge is the country’s largest infrastructure project, as wel
l as the largest foreign bridge project undertaken by Chinese companies in terms of total cost.
Once completed, travel time between the capital, Dhaka, and the southern city of Khulna will be shortened to about three hours from 13 hours.
development in China, and the EU welcomes China’s willingness to share its development opportunities.
Chinese enterprises are welcome to invest in European countries, said the European leaders, adding that they will not adopt restrictive measures against specific com
panies, and are willing to provide a fair, open and transparent business environment for all foreign enterprises.
During the visit, Peng Liyuan, Xi’s wife, also attended a number of events aimed at deepeni
ng cultural and educational exchanges between China and the European nations.
As a special envoy of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for the advanceme
nt of girls’ and women’s education, Peng was invited to visit the headquarters of the UNESCO in Paris.
Wang said Peng’s visit highlighted China’s image of a hardworking, responsible maj
or country that actively participates in international education, gender equality and other affairs.
tion with China on jointly building the Belt and Road, She said.
Noting that the history of Italy-China exchanges for the past 50 years has been a history of dia
logue and friendship, the speaker said the Italian Senate is willing to facilitate exchanges between the two cou
ntries’ legislative institutions, and continue to make contributions to deepening Italy-China friendly cooperation.
Xi arrived in Rome Thursday for a state visit to Italy, the first stop of his three-nation Europe tour, which will also take him to Monaco and France.
hinese authorities have unveiled detailed measures to implement valu
e-added tax reform, a key step to boost market vitality and stabilize economic growth.
Starting April 1 this year, the 16 percent VAT rate that applies to manufa
cturing and other sectors will be lowered to 13 percent, while the rate for construction, tran
sport and other sectors will be reduced from 10 percent to 9 percent, said a joint statement released on Th
ursday by the Ministry of Finance, State Taxation Administration and the General Administration of Customs.