hina’s economic growth will remain stable in the first quarter, and is expected to land at 6.3 percent or even higher year-on-year when it is released this week, e
conomists said after some economic indicators for March surprised the market on the upside.
“Downside pressure began to ease in the first quarter, as signaled by the r
ather substantial recovery in various economic indicators in March,” said Yao Jingyuan, form
er chief economist at the National Bureau of Statistics and a researcher for the Counselors’ Office of the State Council.
Chinese banks’ lending in yuan, a leading indicator for the real economy
, surged in March by 1.69 trillion yuan ($252 billion), up 52 percent from a year earli
er, according to the People’s Bank of China, the central bank. The manufacturing purchasing managers inde
x for March, which was back into expansion territory, may be a sign of accelerating industrial activities.
Exports in March also picked up, rising 14.2 percent in US dollar ter
ms from a year ago, versus 0.1 percent for the January-February period, customs data showed.
Curtis Wilbur and Coast Guard’s cutter Bertholf through the Taiwan Straits. On March 13, t
wo US B-52H bombers flew near Chinese islands in the South China Sea for the second time this month.
Wu said China resolutely opposes the “provocative actions” by the
US warplanes, and will continue to take necessary actions to safeguard national sec
urity. “The facts have shown that the US is the one militarizing the South China Sea,” he said.
Regarding the US military’s recent interactions with its Taiwan counterpart, Wu said China resolutely opposes any milit
ary interaction between the two sides, whether it involves arms sales to Taiwan or official military exchanges.
“The Taiwan question is a domestic matter for China, and it is related to China’s core interests and the feelings of the Chi
nese people. It cannot be interfered with by outside forces,” Wu said, adding that the one-China policy is a reco
gnized consensus in international relations, and the political basis for Sino-US relations.
“Any attempt to undermine this principle is no different than trying to shake the foundatio
n of Sino-US ties. This does not fit with the basic interests of either nation, and it is very dangerous,” he said.
attention, because it can seriously affect their health and growth,” she said. Such a group should sleep at least eight hours a day, she added.
Zhao Zhongxin, a professor specialized in treating sleep disorders
at Shanghai Changzheng Hospital, said getting adequate sleep is very important.
“Sleep promotes growth, protects the brain and improves the immune system,” he said. “Long-term deprivation of sleep will
bring risks of diseases and conditions such as dementia and cause lasting health damage.”
Wang Guanghai, a member of the Chinese Sleep Research Society and a psychological consultant, said the exces
sive use of electronics products in China is depriving children and teens of sleeping time.
“Some of them use tablets for more than four hours a day,” he said. “It has become a serious problem that affects minors’ health.”
More than 60 percent of children and teenagers in China do not get enough sleep, according to a report released by the Chinese Sleep Research Society on Sunday.
The survey showed 63 percent of children and teenagers in China sleep for less than eight ho
urs a day, the minimum sleeping time to ensure health for such a group, the report said.
The survey, conducted at the end of last year and January this year, covered nearly 70,000 ch
ildren and teenagers aged from 6 and 17 across China, including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.
Heavy school work loads and popularization in the use of electronics products are th
e top two major causes for lack of sleep among children and teenagers in China, the report said, addi
ng that 8.4 percent of the group are still busy with homework after 11 pm from Monday to Thursday.