nal proportions. But nothing can obliterate the tangible benefits the development initiative has brought. In less than six
years, the nascent Belt and Road are already changing development landscapes in multiple places and dime
nsions. Thanks to the initiative, East Africa has seen its first expressway, the Maldives its first cross-sea bridge, Belar
us its own car-manufacturing enterprise, and landlocked Kazakhstan finally has access to the sea.
And while China-Cambodia trade may not look to be in perfect balan
ce at this point, Belt and Road cooperation between the two neighbors is laying a solid fo
undation for the latter’s future progress. Take the Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone for instance. An exem
plary project under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, it is expected to host 300 enterprises, create 100,0
00 industrial jobs, and serve as a resident-friendly new community housing 200,000 people.
ational Cooperation, to be held in Beijing on Thursday through Saturday, S
ong said the ministry will help deepen economic and trade cooperation with other coun
tries. “China will build more free trade zones with countries that are willing to do so,” Song added.
“As for the existing free trade zones, we will reduce administrative barriers in trade
and investment and push the formation of a big Belt and Road marketplace.”
While some critics have argued that the initiative will lead countries i
nto debt traps, Song said debt can be solved through joint efforts to promote the devel
opment of BRI economies. “Even though some countries may have high debt levels, as their pace of indus
trialization, urbanization and modernization accelerates, their debts will gradually decrease.”
Joe Kaeser, president and CEO of Siemens AG, said, “If an initiative like the BRI unifies more than two-thirds of the global
population, it will create massive infrastructure and economic movement that will build its own rules.”
A slew of new policies aimed at encouraging consumption
in key sectors will be unveiled soon, China Securities Journal reported.
rcent year-on-year to 9.78 trillion yuan ($1.46 trillion) in the January-M
arch period, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). In March alone, retail sales went up 8.7 pe
rcent to 3.17 trillion yuan, quickening from the 8.2-percent rise seen in the first two months.
In recent years, the government has, on the one hand, frequently intro
duced policies to promote opening-up, increase import and improve consumer welfare. On
the other hand, it has reduced and scrapped import tariffs on some consumer goo
ds. This has played an active role in consumption, Lian Ping, chief economist at Bank of Comm
unication said, adding that consumption still is the key driver for economic growth.
tory as a mirror, and combining their personal ideals with the dream of national rejuvenation, Hu Xianzhong, a senior re
searcher at the China Youth and Children Research Center, said in an article published by China Youth Daily on Sunday.
Since the movement began nearly a century ago, the country’s youth
has been collectively marching with the times and the people under the leadership of the C
PC－whether in periods of revolution, construction, or in the nation’s campaign of reform and openingup, Hu said.
As the centenary of the movement draws near, a good understanding of its history will make yout
hs know more about why their futures are closely connected with the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation so that
they will find their niches and play bigger roles in the country’s socialist cause, he added.
Chen Yuhao, a postgraduate student at the U
niversity of International Business and Economics, said the spirit of patriotism, progress, democracy and s
cience is still the core value of Chinese youth, and should be upheld and carried forward in the new era.
reforms to foster an investor-friendly legal system, represented by strengthened information disclosure, prot
ection of investors’ rights and interests, and crackdown on legal breaches, Liu said.
China must promote the healthy development of the capital m
arket through key institutional innovations, the Political Bureau of the Communist Part
y of China Central Committee, the Party’s core leadership, said a statement released after a meeting on Friday.
Dong said the revised law is likely to be adopted by the end of the first half of the ye
ar, adding it is imperative and possible to expedite rolling out the revised version.
“Previously, controversies over the registration-based IPO system reform ha
ve prolonged the revision process, but now this factor has been largely lifted,” he said.
“As foreign investors are set to play a bigger role in China’s capital
market development, the revised law should also consider clarifying the rights and oblig
ations of overseas investors, to help them form a stable policy expectation,” said Xue Yi, an associate p