We bring the best wishes of President Trump. He’s aske

ed us to state that he also places great importance on his personal relationship with you,” Lighthizer said.

“We have had two very good days of negotiations. We feel that we have made headway on some very

, very important and very difficult issues,” he said. “We have additional work we have to do but we are hopeful.”

Xi asked Lighthizer and Mnuchin to extend his sincere greetings to President Trump, saying that he cherishes their good wor

king relationship and would like to keep in contact with him.
Cooperation based on fully respecting mutual interests is the best way for the two c

ountries to renew their trade and economic relations with a deal that is in line with the interests of both countries. If that has been the shared und

erstanding during this week’s talks, and it is carried forward in the negotiations in Washington next week, hopef

ully the two sides will be able to narrow the differences between them sufficiently so that the two leaders can pe

ncil in a date for a meeting at which they can shake hands on a deal that sets the right course for future relations.

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Festival brings to fore importance of demographic data

Spring Festival, celebrating the start of the Chinese Lun

ar New Year, is unique beyond being the most important festival in the world’s most populous country.

Not only is it the longest holiday that most workers in China are entitled to, it also pr

oduces the largest annual human population movement in the world, th

anks to the age-old tradition of family reunions that are at the center of the occasion.

This year, the Year of the Pig, which is strongly believed to be associated with good fortune, has seen hundreds of millions

of workers based in cities and big towns returning to their smaller towns and villages of origin to reunite a

nd feast with their families-including their parents, and, for many, also their spouses and children. The official fo

recast is that this year, nearly 3 billion trips will be generated during the 40-day travel rush from Jan 21 to March 1.

While it might not be so obvious, this huge social phenomenon both shapes and is shaped by the sheer size and dis

tribution of China’s population linked to births, deaths and migration, and the way these three sets of vital events interact.

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It could be the number of deaths among the elderly in rur

ral areas are at their lowest in February and March after discounting for the effects of winter’s cold snaps. Currently, a

bout one-fifth of the population aged 80 and above have moderate to severe disabilities and chronic illnesses, but it is als

o a fact that happier people cope better with illness and disability, regardless of age. Several studies in China clearly show tha

t a key factor in elderly people’s life satisfaction is spending quality time with their children and close friends.

It also wouldn’t be surprising if monthly births registrations in many villages and s

mall towns show a spike around November and December this year, as a re

sult of the coming together for an extended period of millions of spouses during the Spring Festival.

Furthermore, Chinese society places a high premium on marriage and childbearing with

in marriage for young adults, and Spring Festival is the peak time

for matchmaking in rural areas. So, we may expect this year’s holiday period to have yielded above average levels of suc

cessful matchmaking of future spouses by pro-active parents. This social function of the festival should not be o

verlooked, especially with the persistently rising age of people getting married for the first time in China.

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He anticipated that the plan would further connect the

echnology sectors of Hong Kong and the mainland, facilitating more career opportuniti

es for Hong Kong local talent as well as offering a larger market for knowledge transfer.

Tam Yiu-chung, a Hong Kong member of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, the country’s top legislat

ure, estimated that the plan would lay out development priorities for the area, and the key tasks each city should carry out.

Hong Kong will thus have a clearer direction for future development, and better understand how it can fully contribute, Tam said.

The Greater Bay Area encompasses Hong Kong and Macao, as well as nine cities in Guangdon

g province: Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Dongguan, Huizhou, Zhongshan, Foshan, Zhaoqing and Jiangmen.

In 2017, the 11 cities produced one-eighth of China’s gross domestic product while containin

g only 5 percent of the nation’s population and only 0.6 percent of China’s total landmass.

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hina refutes report of contact with Venezuelan opposition

BEIJING – China said on Wednesday that it hoped relevant media would report news abiding by principles of being objective and fair.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying made the remarks when asked for comments on The Wall Street Jou

rnal reporting that Chinese diplomats had contact with Venezuelan opposition representatives in Washington.

“Recently, some media have been cooking up fake news. I don’t know what the purpose is,” said Hua at a press br

iefing. “We hope relevant media will report news abiding by principles of being objective and fair.”

As for the current Venezuela issue, China advocates seeking a political settlement through dialogue and consultation, Hua said.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, scheduled to launch a US Air Force navigation satellite, sits on Launch Complex 40 after the

launch was postponed after an abort procedure was triggered by the onboard flight computer, at Cape Canavera

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Former PBOC governor wins 2019 lifetime achievement award

Zhou Xiaochuan, former governor of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), has won the UK’s 2019 Central Banking lifetime achievement award, according to the publication’s website.

Zhou, the sixth winner of the award, stands out for his high levels of integrity, intellectual ri

gor and bold reforms that have served the public interest in China and elsewhere, said a statement of the website.

The Central Banking Awards were established to recognize outstanding perform

ance in individuals and organizations in the central banking community.

Zhou, who stepped down as PBOC governor in March 2018, had served in his position from

December 2012-2018, which makes him China’s longest serving central bank governor since 1949.

The award recognizes the impact Zhou had on the central bank and the Chinese economy.

“While in office, Zhou demonstrated high levels of integrity in his pursuit of public s

ervice. He brought academic rigor to real-world decision-making, acting as a prag

matic policymaker with a strong sense of what was in the public interest,” the statement said.

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Midway through our flight from Auckland to Shanghai, th

the pilot informs us that Chinese authorities had not given this plane permissi

on to land, so we needed to turn around,” Eric Hundman, an assistant professor at New York University Shanghai, said on his Twitter account.

He described the experience as “a new level of China

An official with CAAC said the administration has begun an investigation into the incident.

Air New Zealand also said they are investigating and an official explanation will be released later on Sunday.

All the passengers have been accommodated and another flight is to be arranged on Sunday night to send the passengers to Shanghai.

“Air New Zealand wishes to sincerely apologize for the return and subsequent retiming of your flight NZ289,” the carrier said in the short message to its passengers.

The rearranged flight is scheduled to take off at 11pm New Zealand time on Sunday and land at Pudong airport at 6am local time Monday.

Bad,” which caused heated debate on the social network.

“Obviously Air New Zealand forgot to get approval for this plane in advance… You ca

n blame Air New Zealand, but this mistake has nothing to do with ‘China Bad’,” a netizen replied.

Hundman later told Shanghai Daily that he did not mean to blame China since it was still un

clear who is at fault. “I mean that I had a frustrating, highly unusual experience while en route to China,” he added.

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The fourth opportunity is the Belt and Road Initiative, Liu

said. In 2018, trade in goods between China and countries within the re

gion covered by the BRI stood at $1.3 trillion, a 16.3 percent increase year-on-year. It w

as 3.7 percentage points higher than the growth rate of China’s overall external trade.

More than 13,000 China Railway Express trains have traveled along the BRI routes to date, l

inking cities in China with 49 cities in 15 European countries, including London, he added.

Rona Fairhead, the UK’s minister of state for trade and export promotion, said trade be

tween the two countries is worth more than 66 billion pounds ($86 billion) annually.

“UK exports to China continue to go from strength to strength,” she said. “In this n

ew year, I very much look forward to continuing our close level of engagement w

ith China. It is clear that there is still untapped demand for British goods and services in the Chinese market.”

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Premier Li Keqiang sent a congratulatory message to the event in

which he lauded the efforts of The 48 Group Club in enhancing China-UK fri

endship. He said he hopes the organization will continue to carry forward the spirit of the “icebreaking tr

ip” and make greater contributions to the deepening of friendship between the two peoples.

The year 2019 marks the 65th anniversary of the establishment of the China-UK diplomatic relationship at the leve

l of charge d’affaires. Liu said he believes there are four major opportunities for the two countries.

The first is the Chinese economy remaining robust. Its 6.6 percent growth rate in 2018 was on

e of the fastest among major economies and contributed nearly 30 percent of global growth. China’s

overall GDP has exceeded $13.6 trillion, with the increment equaling the total GDP of a middle-income country.

According to Liu, China is shifting from high-speed growth to high-quality growth. Last year,

consumption contributed 76.2 percent of China’s economic growth, and online retail sales

increased by more than 20 percent. New industries, new products, and new business models have emerged.

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World leaders send greetingsscination with the zodiac sign

World leaders send greetings
By MO JINGXI | China Daily | Updated: 2019-02-09 04:28

A child’s fascination with the zodiac sign for the new lunar year is captured in a photograph in Hong Kong on Thursday. Perform

ers put on lion dances and set off fireworks in San Francisco on Tuesday to celebrate Chinese New Year. [Ph

oto/Xinhua]
Contributions of Chinese, hope for coming year noted

World leaders sent Lunar New Year’s greetings as Chinese people around the globe cel

ebrated their most important holiday season of the year — Spring Festival.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev extended his greetings to the Chin

ese people on Thursday, the third day of the Chinese New Year.

“We are glad that today we have the opportunity to meet and convey our warmest words and wishes to the Chinese peop

e,” Medvedev said to a gathering at the Chinese embassy in Moscow. “We are hopeful that in the new year, we will contin

ue our effective contact to develop our strategic partnership and interaction that has distinguished our countries in recent years.”

Medvedev said his visit to the embassy “also has a symbolic meaning”, given this year’s 70th

anniversary of the establishment of Russia-China diplomatic relations.

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