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future for mankind in his speech at the headquarters of the United Nation
s in September 2015, and in his report for the 19th National Congress of the Communist Part
y of China in October 2017, Xi has pledged on different occasions to build a peaceful, safe, prosperous, open, incl
usive, clean and beautiful world to let the sunshine of a community of shared future for mankind illuminate the world.
The world, which is going through a phase of adjustment that features huge development and fundamental changes, faces
great and unfamiliar turbulent situations — the overall trends of peace and development are irreversible, while ins
tability and uncertainty are prominent. Some problems and challenges are unprecedented, and the interna
tional community faces crucial choices concerning the future of the world and the fate of humanity.
te exchanges among civilizations and dialogues based on harmony in
diversity and inclusiveness. We need to undertake the cultural responsibility of int
ernational communicators, and let exchanges of culture and among civilizations, as well as mutual learning, con
stantly serve as bridges for people’s friendship, the impetus of international cooperation and bond of world peace.
Second, we should become builders of world peace and development. The wheel of humanities’ development is uns
toppable. Peace, reconciliation and harmony are historical trends. Equality, mutual trust and win-win cooperation are hi
storical necessities. Yet, as international conventions are attacked and multilateral mechanisms are cha
llenged, the anti-globalization tendency rises, and unilateralism and trade protectionis
eing restored as well. We have no room for even the slightest error,” Song said.
Liu Qingzhu, a cultural heritage expert at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said, “In anci
ent times, thunderstorms were the biggest threats for wooden architecture. They became much safer after l
ighting rods were widely installed. However, the use of electricity in restorations has created a new problem.”
Unlike the stone structures of much ancient architecture in the W
est, wood was the primary building material in ancient China. “If a fire similar to the one at Notre
Dame in Paris happened at a Chinese building, the whole building would probably burn down,” Liu said.
Hours after the fire in Paris, the Palace Museum in
Beijing, China’s former imperial palace from 1420 to 1911 and also known as the Forbidden City, held an eme
rgency meeting to go over its fire-prevention efforts. It is the world’s biggest architectural complex made of wood.
China’s consumer price index (CPI), a main gauge of inflation, rose 2.3 p
ercent year-on-year in March, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said Thursday.
The increase was up from 1.5 percent in February.
Food prices climbed 4.1 percent year-on-year in March, up from 0.7 perc
ent in February, yet on a month-on-month basis food prices went down 0.9 percent, the NBS said.
Due to low vegetable yields in spring and cold rainy weather, prices of fresh vegetables posted a fast growth of 16.2 perce
nt year-on year in March, contributing 0.42 percentage points to the year-on-year CPI growth.
The growth of the pork price rebounded after declining for 25 consecutive months, rising 5.1 percent year-on-year in March.
On a month-on-month basis, the pork price moderately went up 1.2 percent on average nati
onwide as outbreaks of African swine fever were gradually contained, according to the NBS.
better deal with the relationship between ‘capital’ and ‘city’, which is to strengthen the four funct
ions of Beijing — the national center of politics, culture, international communications and scient
ific innovation,” said Cai Qi, Party secretary of Beijing, last month during the two sessions.
According to the municipal authority, the new economy — industries with intensive innovation a
nd knowledge — now makes up 33 percent of the city’s economy, and this ratio is expected to keep growing.
President Xi Jinping’s three-nation visit to Europe last month prod
uced tangible fruits and showed that despite any differences that may exist between China and
the European Union, they have the common desire to strengthen cooperation.
Thanks to mutual efforts from both sides, China-EU interaction has been displaying good momentum. Over the years, their economic
interests have become increasingly intertwined, and people-to-people exchanges have flourished, formin
g a solid foundation on which bilateral ties have been able to grow and prosper in an all-around way.