ew stage of preparation for the Games,” said Chen Jining, mayor of Beijin
g and executive president of the 2022 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee. “We will end
eavor to deliver a fantastic, extraordinary and excellent Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.”
The 1,000-day countdown — launched near the iconic Bird’s Nest and the
Water Cube, both 2008 venues — underlined Beijing’s focus on sustainability in prepa
ring a second time for an Olympic extravaganza by reusing existing resources built for the Summer Games.
According to the 2022 Winter Olympics organizing committee, 11 of the 13 v
enues needed in Beijing’s downtown, where all ice sports will be staged, will use existing faciliti
es built for 2008. Repurposing projects, such as transforming the Water Cube (which hosted swimming in 2008) into a
curling arena by filling the pool with steel structures and making ice on the surface, are well underway.
President says gathering sets stage for more Belt and Road progress, cooperation
More than $64 billion in deals were signed during the Second Belt a
nd Road Forum for International Cooperation, President Xi Jinping told members of the me
dia from home and abroad in Beijing after the three-day event concluded on Saturday.
In addition, Xi said, during the preparation and holding of the fo
rum, parties reached 283 pragmatic outcomes, including intergovernmental cooperation agre
ements, cooperative projects and the launch of multilateral cooperation platforms.
The outcomes fully demonstrate that joint building of the Belt and Road conforms to the trend of the times, wi
nning the hearts of the people, improving livelihoods and benefiting the whole world, he said.
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.
clone Idai would be the deadliest tropical cyclone on record to have hit southern Africa.
Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said there was no power in Beira and surr
ounding areas, and nearly all communication lines had been destroyed.
”Main roads leading into Beira have been cut off, buildings have been submerged and se
verely damaged, and all business has been shut down,” said the aid agency, adding that “medical acti
vities in Beira hospital, in local health centers, and throughout the community have ceased completely.”
Though the cyclone hit Mozambique on Thursday, the extent of
the damage has taken days to come into focus due in part to the country’s poor infrastructure.
The scale of #CycloneIdai in Beira, Mozambique, is truly heartbreaking. Initial assessments from @ifrc estimate at le
ast 90% of the area is completely destroyed. Read what IFRC aid workers are witnessing in the ar