The Organizing Committee on Friday also unveiled its

 plans for volunteer recruitment and training. International recruit

ment, which will be launched in December through an online system, aims to select 27,000

volunteers to directly serve the Games’ operation, while another 80,000 or so will work as city volunteers.

The Games’ official mascot will be unveiled in the second half of this year.

hina expects to participate in more international assessments of t

he impacts of climate change and human activities on Arctic ecosystems, a senior official said.

Protection of Arctic species and the natural restoration of ecosystems can be a key in such cooperation, said Wang Hong,

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All of this has inspired confidence that the Chinese eco

Chinese economy can reach its indicative growth target of 6-6.5 percent in 2019.

Lower growth rate may mean more room for adjustment

Most Chinese economists seem quite comfortable with this targeted range. One explanati

on is that China’s potential growth rate is 6-6.5 percent, and a target should be set accordingly. Another is that a

lower growth rate would give the economy more room for structural adjustment.

From 1978 to 2008, China averaged an impressive 9.5 percent annual g

rowth rate. Then the global financial crisis struck, causing growth to plummet from 9.7 p

ercent in the third quarter of 2008 to 6.6 percent in the second quarter of 2009. A 4-trillion-yuan ($640 billion) sti

mulus package, introduced in November 2008, soon brought about a powerful rebound, with GDP growth rea

ching 12.1 percent in the first quarter of 2010. But since then China’s economic growth has been declining, partly b

ecause the government withdrew its stimulus. Last year, China’s GDP grew by 6.6 percent.

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He underscored the importance of information technol

ogy to the country and people, and called for propelling the development of cloud computing, big data, artificial intell

igence and the industrial internet in a bid to advance the building of a digital China and a smart society.

He also said more work is needed to promote the integration and sharing of infor

mation resources between urban and rural areas to narrow digital gaps and unleash the vitality of digital sectors.

Zhuang Rongwen, head of the Cyberspace Administration of China, said enterprises are being encouraged to ramp up inve

stments and make breakthroughs in core technologies, and to make full use of international innovative resources.

Zhuang also called for speeding up the commercialization of 5G a

nd the deployment of the Internet Protocol version 6 network, as well as pushing forw

ard the digital economy so as to cultivate new driving forces and promote high-quality development.

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nd Turkey, disruptions to the auto sector occurre

rred in Germany, and financial tightening in larger adva

nced economies have all contributed to a “significantly wea

kened global expansion”, said IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath.

“With this weakness expected to persist into the first half of 2019, o

ur new World Economic Outlook projects a slowdown in g

rowth in 2019 for 70 percent of the world economy,” she wrote in a blog on Tuesday.

With improved prospects for the second half of 2019, global growth in 2

020 is projected to return to the 2018 level of 3.6 percent, according to the IMF report.

“This recovery is precarious and predicated to reboun

d in emerging markets and developing economies, wher

e growth is projected to increase from 4.4 percent in 2019 to 4.8 percent in 2020,” Gopinath said.

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Pan prepared each lesson very carefully. When I made teach

ng slides, I didn’t allow enough time for the transition between them, so Pan gently pointed

out how I should express myself when I changed slides so the students would understand more nat

urally. I was very impressed,” said Namgal, who like many Tibetans only uses one name.

Zhang Dazhong, her second mentor, taught her how to get the best results from th

e papers she assigned her students. Now, the average score for her class has jumped to second place in the grade.

“The Jiangsu teachers are all very nice and willing to tutor me. They all

have their own teaching techniques and tips that I always want to learn,” Namgal said.

In addition to providing teaching guidance, the Jiangsu teache

rs introduced a prestudy system. At the beginning of every semester, teachers of the

same subject sit together to analyze the textbooks and compile a document that outlines the key points of each lesson.

When the students read the document, they know what they should focus on and the problems they will be expected to solve in class.

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In recent years, some US Congress members have been trying

trying to foment trouble across the Taiwan Straits. The US has already made a highly provocative move by

introducing the Taiwan Travel Act a year ago, as it allows high-level diplomatic exchanges between the US and the island. And now som

e in the US say Tsai, who doesn’t acknowledge the 1992 Consensus that there is only one China, should be invited to visit the US Congress.

By suggesting such an outrageous idea, these people are playing with fire, because if Tsai were

to visit the US, Sino-US relations would suffer a serious blow, and the security and stability across the Straits would be damaged.

US must not worsen already tense situation

To make matters worse, last week the US and Taiwan announced the launch of a new “dialogue

mechanism” to achieve closer “bilateral cooperation” and to defend and promote “shared values”. Titled

the “Indo-Pacific Democratic Governance Consultations”, the new “dialogue mechanism” is aimed at “exploring” way

s to increase “US-Taiwan exchanges” and pursue joint projects, said Brent Christensen, the highest-ranking US official posted in Taiwan.

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young man in Central China designed, constructed and

decorated a unique cement pipe room in 45 days, and made short videos to record the whole process and put them online, attracting many followers.

The man surnamed Long, 28, used to serve in the army and now runs a home “agritainmen

t” inn in Shaoshan, Central China’s Hunan province, the Xiaoxiang Morning Herald reported Wednesday.

Long said he has been a fan of Japanese animation and manga since childhood — especially

Doraemon, in which a pile of cement pipes is a place for Nobita Nobi to play with his friends and a shelter from bullies.

Inspired by the scene, Long has always dreamed of actually living in a concrete tube.

In January, Long started his ambitious construction plan. He used planks to form the tube frame fast

ened by steel bars, and filled it with cement. After the tube was done, he set out on interior design and decoration.

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The first, he said, resulted from issues like state-sponsore

  hacking and criminal behavior; the second from entities like ad-based revenue models “t

hat commercially reward clickbait and the viral spread of misinformation”; and the last produced pro

blems such as “the outraged and polarized tone and quality of online discourse.”

  The first web page was created by CERN, he European Organization for Nuclear Research.

  He urged governments, companies and citizens to “ensure the other half (of the world) are

not left behind offline, and that everyone contributes to a web that drives equality, opportunity and creativity.”

  Berners-Lee launched a campaign called “Contract for the Web” at the Web Summit tech conference in Lisbon, Portugal, last year.

  More than 50 companies and organizations, including Facebook, Google and t

he French government have signed the contract, which will be published in full in May 2019.

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Infrastructure construction of a new location for the inst

itute kicked off in 2017 and is now progressing smoothly, said Ling Yun, mayor of Hefei and an NPC deputy.

Once approved, the institute will be replaced by the national laboratory, accor

ding to Pan, adding that the main building of the institute is almost completed.

Ling said the provincial capital had already allocated 200 hectares of land in the Hefei National Hightech Industry Develo

pment Zone for the institute and will reserve another 330 hectares for its future development.

To date, 7 billion yuan ($1.04 billion) has been planned for the first phase of the institute’s infrastructure construction, acco

rding to material provided by the local government when construction began in 2017.

The province will provide another 10 billion yuan thro

ugh a specific fund to promote quantum science industrial development, said Ling.

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Government Work Report: Diplomats’ viewsvered the Gover

There are several sectors in the Government Work Report that have special interest to Mexico.

China is today Mexico’s second-most important trading partner in the world. We pay special atten

tion to China’s economic growth, social development, and how the new reforms will influence the market so that cons

umption will increase and the Mexican businesses will be able to export more products to China.

We also closely watch China’s domestic social development such as fighting poverty and combating corruption.

We’re interested to see how China will continue to develop and what ki

nds of reforms will be launched. Foreign diplomats are interested in seeing how the

market will continue to open up, and what conditions the foreign investment will have in China.

We’ve observed that China is serious about innovations in various

aspects as well as in poverty alleviation and fight against pollution.

I think the work report is in accordance with the result of the 19th Nati

onal Congress of the CPC in 2017. Lots of things have been carried out by China in 2018

–improving the life of the people, getting people out of poverty, developing the country, and facing the challenges of int

ernational environment. I think it’s a very positive and an enthusiastic report for this year. I am also impressed when the

Chinese premier talked about what China has been doing to improve the life of the people.

I think the targets set this year are feasible. If you see what c

hina has been doing every year, I don’t have any doubt that they will be achieved.

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