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interest in philosophy, history, literature, culture, music and sports, and that he first cul
tivated many of these interests back in middle sch
ool and they have stayed with him ever since. His job is serving the people, and he works hard with a busy schedule, but takes great pleasure in his work, Xi wrote.
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orth students also inquired whether Xi likes the US. Xi answered in the letter that he has visited their country many times and is impressed with the “beautiful landscape, hos
pitable people and diverse culture”, and he made
a lot of friends, including some young people. He said the students are “wonderful” and expressed hope that they will make greater progress in studying Chinese.
g Chinese will help them better understand China, a d get acquainted with more Chinese friends and Chinese-speaking friends across the world, Xi said.
After 40 years of high-speed growth, China’s economy ha
s entered a high-quality development phase. S
tarting today, China Daily will feature a series of reports to sh ow the new landscape across the country. This is the first installment of the series.
Beijing’s municipal government has been making e
fforts to develop high-end industries suc h as 5G, artificial intelligence and the industrial internet in order to build the city into the nation’s scientific and innova
er, which is a core strategy of the capital’s high-quality growth plan, a senior officials said recently. Lin Keqing, executive vice-mayor of Beijing, said the city is aimin
g to make
new information technology and medical health twin drivers of the municipality’s growth. “Beijing will make better use of resources to develop the biomedical indus
try and extend its value chain,” Lin said. “We have unveiled an international medical-use ro
botics innovation center in Zhongguancun, China’s Silicon Valley, and a group of companies in the sector.”
that was put forward by Xi, and the initiative is expected to promote the interconnectivity of the Eurasian continent.
The BRI is also a road of cultural exchanges, he said, adding that Italy would li
ke to enhance cooperation with China in tourism and culture. Italy ad mires China’s achievements in economic development, and it appreciates China’s opening-up policies, he said.
and China are ancient civilizations, and the people of the two countries have sufficient wisdom to deal with challenges nowadays, he said, adding that China’s rejuvenation will bring new contribut
ions to peace and prosperity. China will take a solid step toward becoming a high-income country this year,
reating more space to deepen reform and expand o
pening-up, economists said on Friday. A more balanced growth pattern will help the world’s second-largest ec
onomy pass the “middle-income trap”, with consumption and high-tech man
ufacturing leading growth, they said at a Beijing seminar leading up to the 2019 China Development Forum, which starts on Saturday.
en’s rights and speaking out against the death penalty — it is utterly outrageous that Ir
an’s authorities are punishing her for her human rig
hts work,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty Int ernational’s Middle East and North Africa res
earch and advocacy director, in a statement on Monday. Last June, Sotoudeh was arrested at her home in Tehran and taken to Evin prison, a notorious jail just outside the capital.
ng to Amnesty International, Iran conducted its “worst” crackdown in a decade in 2018, arresting over 7,000 dissidents. Women in Iran have been protesting the obligatory Islamic headscarf by taking theirs off and waving them on sticks.
Sotoudeh, a winner of the European Parliament
‘s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, is serving a jail sentence for a secon d time. In 2010, she was sentenced to 11 years in prison on charges related to her work defending detained Iranian dem
onstrators during the 2009 Green Movement, a protest movement sparked by widespread accusations of electoral fraud.