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President’s message calls for tackling legal, security, governance challenges
President Xi Jinping called on Sunday for strengthened cooperation among countries to explo
re opportunities of digital, internet-based intelligent development and to properly address le
gal, security and governance challenges arising from big data industry development.
He made the remarks in a congratulatory letter to the China Internati
onal Big Data Industry Expo 2019, which kicked off in Guiyang, Guizhou province.
The new generation of information technology, represented by the internet, big data an
d artificial intelligence, is booming at present and has significant and profound influence on various cou
ntries’ economic development, social progress and people’s lives, Xi said in the letter.
months of 2019, up 6.4 percent year-on-year, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics.
Xinjiang is the last province to release its local GDP figures. During the
first quarter, Xinjiang’s GDP reached 217.77 billion yuan, up 5.3 percent year-on-year.
In terms of GDP growth rate, a total of 17 regions saw their GDP numbers exceed the “nation
al line” of 6.4 percent. Among them five came from the eastern region and six each from central and western areas.
All the top three came from China’s western area. Yunnan province posted the fastest
growth rate of 9.7 percent year-on-year, followed by Guizhou (9.2 percent) and Tibet (9.1 percent).
The bottom three are Jilin province, Tianjin municipality and Heilongjiang pro
vince, Jilin province, with a growth rate of 2.4 percent, was the weakest performer.
ciple. So every country has important principles, and we absolutely c
annot make concessions on such issues of principle,” the vice-premier said.
Liu, however, added that he hoped both sides would exhibit flexibility in the talks.
He refuted the criticism of the US side that China reneged on its promises in the draft trade text.
“We believe that it is only natural to have changes before a final deal; it is something that surely occurs in the process, so we
don’t think the Chinese side has back-walked,” he said, adding that he disagreed with the wording of “renege”.
“We just had differing views on how to phrase some things in t
he text, and we hope to resolve it, so it’s unnecessary to overreact to the issue,” he said.
tween China and economies related to the Belt and Road Initiative ex
ceeded $130 billion between 2013 and 2018, injecting new growth momentum into BRI-rela
ted countries and contributing to recovery of the global economy, senior Chinese officials said on Monday.
China’s direct investment in BRI-related countries grew by 5.2 percent a
nnually on average to surpass $90 billion between 2013 and 2018, Song Lihong, an officia
l in the Ministry of Commerce’s Comprehensive Department, said at a news conference.
Song said that in the same period, China had received a total of
$40 billion in inbound investment from BRI countries as two-way investment deepened.
Within the five years, the value of the projects completed
by Chinese companies in BRI economies amounted to $400 billion, Song said.
The value of trade in goods between China and BRI-related economies exceeded $6 trillion in the same period, an av
rage annual growth of 4 percent, higher than the overall growth of China’s foreign trade, he added.