kely to attract millions of people across Chin

to skiing, skating and other winter sports, which in turn will promote more national and int

ernational winter sports events. With the aim to better develop winter sports, governments at all levels shou

ld issue policies to encourage more people, in particular, teenagers, to follow and play winter sports.

Besides, the government should learn from the experiences of Nordic countries how to increase the popularity of winter sports.

Li Hai, director of the School of Economics and Management, Shanghai University of Sport

Concerted efforts to develop winter sports

Winter sports have become increasingly popular in recent years, especially after China won the bid to host the 2022 Winte

r Olympics, creating a huge opportunity for the development of the winter sports industry.

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ledges at forum draw overseas experts’ praise

The international community has hailed President Xi Jinping’s call on Friday to ease mar

ket access for foreign capital and increase imports so that opening-up reaches a higher level.

Xi said in his keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the

Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing that the purpose of bu

ilding the Belt and Road is to achieve win-win cooperation and common development.

China will increase its imports of goods and services and will further lower its tariff rates, Xi said.

Francis Chua, chairman emeritus of the Philippine Chamber of Comm

erce and Industry, noted Xi’s emphasis on quality imports and state-of-the-art products.

“China will keep its commitments,” said Chua, who was attending the forum as a member of the Philippine business delegation.

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hina sees the BRI as a method by wermanent c

hich it can make a substantial and permanent contributi

on to lasting peace, common security and global prosperity.

“While some Westerners may scoff at the impact they think the BRI may have on these is

sues, Xi genuinely sees the BRI as a global development project and will continue to wholeh

eartedly put China’s money, resources and energies into this project,” he said.e of these concerns is the

need for infrastructure projects to be more responsive to the local circumstances of BRI me

Chen Weihua in Brussels, Bo Leung in London,

Zhao Huanxin in Washington, Edith Mutethya in Nairobi and Chen Yingqun in Beijing contributed to this story.

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A total of about $786 million was poured into the

project, 95 percent of it provided by China through preferential and b

uyers’ loans. China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation, a State-funded policy-oriented i

nsurance company, provided insurance services for the project, which helped the local government sacure $680 milli

on in business loans from Chinese banks, greatly reducing pressure on the project’s financing.

Mozambique’s President, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, had long nursed ambitions of one day seeing a bridge lin

king Maputo city center and Katembe, and when it was finally opened in November he said it wou

ld greatly facilitate transport and connectivity between Mozambique and other parts of Africa.

Wang said the bridge will give great economic stimulus to Katembe, long underdeveloped because of its poor tran

sport access. It also eases demographic pressures on Maputo, a city with a population of 1.7 million.

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Vision China events have been previously held in B

eijing, Hangzhou, Johannesburg and London. The events have been broadcast live on inter

net and multimedia platforms, reaching an international audience, particularly young people.

This upcoming event will also be broadcast live on the China Daily website and ap

p, as well as China Daily’s account on Sina Weibo, Tencent Video, Toutiao, Bilibili, Facebook and Twitter platforms.

A former Peking University student suspected of killing his mother has been captured after th

ree years on the run, said a Fuzhou Public Security Bureau official on Thursday, Beijing News reported.

Wu Xieyu was caught at Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport when boa

rding a plane on April 21, the newspaper reported, quoting sources close to the police.

The Belt and Road Initiative aims to build the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and deliver polici

es, infrastructure, trade, financial and people-to-people connectivity via a new platform for a brighter futur

Man suspected of killing mother arrested after three years on the run

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President Xi’s speech deeply motivated us and touch

ed our heart. I have the same feeling about world development. The speech really firms our belief in a more intercon

nected and mutually developed world. China’s policy of persisting in reform and opening up is an inspiring polic

y to the world. It will build so many bridges of mutual development for the belt and road region. China is going to main

tain a friendly and peaceful development attitude, and it will help the Belt & Road countries to get investment wit

h high quality. Also, President Xi really showed us a new model of development and investment, focusing on s

ustainable development, green economy, which helps the world to become a better place to live.

More Chinese will take medium- and short-distance trips during the May Day holiday after it was ext

ended to four days and travel time by high-speed train was shortened, according a travel report released recently.

The Labor Day holiday this year has been extended from one to four

days, according to the State Council’s response to an appeal from the public in March.

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The Belt and Road Initiative aims to build the Silk R

oad Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and deliver policies, infrastructu

re, trade, financial and people-to-people connectivity via a new platform for a brighter future.

Tesla Inc lost $700 million in the first quarter but predicted it wou

ld return to profit in the third quarter as it cuts costs an

d improves delivery after facing issues ramping up shipments outside the United States.

Shares of Tesla were about flat after the results, which came more than an hour afte

r they were expected and after a sales contraction in the quarter raised investor concerns.

The company, which many analysts predict will need to raise

funds for its expansion, said it ended its first quarter wi

th $2.2 billion in cash after paying off a $920 million convertible bond obligation in March.

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There is some merit to raising capital,” said Chief Exec

cutive Elon Musk on a call discussing the results. “It’s probably about the right time.”

He also said he would prefer Tesla to be private but “that ship has sailed.”

The company which is ramping up production of its Model 3 electric sedan, the vehicle Tesla sees as the key to future succ

ess, stood by its 2019 delivery forecast of 360,000 to 400,000 vehicles and said it may produce as many as 50

0,000 vehicles if its factory in Shanghai reaches volume production in the fourth quarter.

Tesla said it would make a loss in its second quarter but predicted a return to profit in the third.

Musk said that global deliveries were “the most difficult logistics problem” he had ever seen.

Haris Anwar, senior analyst a financial markets platform Investing.com, called guida

nce for the second quarter “bleak”. “I continue to see a very volatile 2019 for Tesla and its shares,” Anwar said.

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New plan puts greater water efficiency on tap

An action plan has been introduced to tighten water consumption as part of high-quality development moves, which aims to improve

efficiency in the use of natural resources and better protect the environment while boosting economic growth.

By 2020, water consumption per 10,000 yuan ($1,487) of GDP is expect

ed to drop by 23 percent from that in 2015, with a 20-percen

t reduction in using water to produce 10,000 yuan in industrial added value, according to the plan promulgated by t

he National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Water Resources on April 15.

In addition, China’s overall water consumption will be constrained within 670 billion c

ubic meters by 2022, with improved conservation, the document said. Furthermore, the figure will be con

trolled within 700 cu m with water conservation and recycling at a world-leading level by 2035.

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New films features scenes featuring iconic French cathedral

Chinese romance which opened across the country on April 19, has some scenes shot in Paris, including the Notre Dame Cathedral.

The film, directed by Huo Jianqi, a renowned figure among China’s “Fifth Gene

ration” directors, features supermodel-turned actress Du Juan and actor Chen Xiao.

During a recently promotional screening, director Huo says the film examines the meaning of love and marriage.

In the movie, there are several scenes featuring the lovebirds shown against the backg

round of the Notre Dame Cathedral, which was damaged in a fire on April 15.

The film, based on a short story penned by journalist An Dun, the features a violinis

t and an interior designer, who encounter each other in a museum in Paris and soon fall in love.

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