Festival will mark 80th anniversary of popular cantata

The Central Conservatory of Music will hold a festival from May 23 to 27 to celebrate the 80th anniversary of The Yellow River Cantata.

Written by composer Xian Xinghai (1905–1945) in Yan’an, Shaanxi pro

vince, in early 1939, the piece was inspired by a patriotic poem by Guang Weiran, and the lyrics

were adapted for the cantata. Premiered on April 13 of the same year in Yan’an, the work became, and remains, popular.

The conservatory’s symphony orchestra, choirs and chamber music grou

ps will join in the festival with 20 concerts, including the opening concert on May 23 condu

cted by Yu Feng, president of the university. The Yellow River Cantata will be performed by young singers.

Veteran Chinese musicians and singers, including Guo Shuzhen and Wang Xiufen, will perform during the festival.

Besides concerts, masterclasses and forums will be held in Yan’an.

The music festival will also celebrate the 70th birthday of the country.

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Disaster-proofing the world’s largest infrastructure ini

nitiative is a challenge, but achievable,” she said, adding that at the heart of this challenge lies great potenti

al for innovation and creativity, such as new disaster risk prediction and analysis, and disaster-resilient infrastructures.

Huang Runqiu, vice-minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, said dis

aster risk reduction of natural hazards along the initiative is crucial for its success and sustainability.

Regions at the heart of the initiative, such as the Tianshan-Pamir Platea

u, the Himalayas, eastern parts of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and South Asia, are facing serio

us disaster threats due to tectonic movements, fragile ecosystems and extreme weather, he said.

Henrik Slotte, a senior disaster management expert from the UN Environm

ent Program, said poorly managed infrastructure projects can damage the ecosystem.

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Winter Games: 1,000 days to gontdown activity unfolds in Be

With 1,000 days to go before the 2022 Winter Olympics, pr

eparations are well underway for a successful and sustainable event.

Built for the 2008 Summer Games, Olympic Park in Beijing’s north

ern downtown area entered the spotlight again on Friday as the country began its cou

ntdown. The 2022 Winter Olympics, will be held in Beijing and co-host Zhangjiakou in adjacent Hebei province.

As the symbolic “1,000” flashed on a digital clock on the park’s Lin

glong Tower, a broadcasting facility for the 2008 Games, expectations were heig

htened for the winter sports extravaganza, which will run from Feb 4 to 20 in 2022. Three zones will feature athl

etic events — downtown Beijing, the city’s northwest Yanqing district and Zhangjiakou’s mountain district Chongli.

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He underlined the importance of properly mitigating

various social conflicts, and said efforts must be made to address legitimate and lawful concerns to safeguard public int

erests, and also guide the public in voicing their concerns in a law-based manner to maintain social order.

Strong pressure must be maintained to crack down on crimes such as organized gang activity, violent and terroristic cri

mes, as well as those related to fraud, robbery, food and drug safety, and environmental protection, Xi said.

Calling social fairness and justice a lifeline for judicial and law enforcement work, Xi called for improving the mec

hanism of the use of power in law enforcement as well as the supervision over such powers.

Efforts should be made to help the public feel fairness and justice in every case, Xi said.

He also urged public security staff to improve their work so that human rights can be guarant

eed while crime is fought, and fairness can be ensured while efficiency of law enforcement is pursued.

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Faster checks for inbound pets in placegs, cats to got

No need for dogs, cats to go through quarantine if they meet set conditions

Pets owners no longer need to be separated from their beloved dogs or cats when they ar

rive in China from overseas if they meet certain conditions, under a regulation that took effect on May 1.

Dogs or cats with valid electronic chips arriving from 19 designated c

ountries or regions no longer have to undergo weeklong quarantines if they pass on-site inspe

ctions at ports of entry, according to the regulation released by the General Administration of Customs earlier this year.

The designated countries and regions are New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hawaii and Guam of the Unite

d States, Jamaica, Iceland, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Cyprus, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, J

apan and Singapore, as well as China’s Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions.

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China and the US have been expediting their econo

ic and trade consultations, with a goal of implementing the consensuses President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump r

eached in December, said Xue Rongjiu, deputy director of the China Society for WTO Studies in Beijing.

China has made various moves recently to expand the new round of reform and opening-up — such as the approval of the Foreign Investm

ent Law in March and further facilitating trade connectivity under the Belt and Road Initiative. It will cont

inue opening its market in a proactive, steady and orderly manner, in accordance with its own development ne

eds and its own pace and timetable, to benefit Chinese and global consumers across the world, said Tu Xinquan, a pro

fessor of international trade at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.

James Collins, CEO of Corteva Agriscience, the agricultural division of US-bas

ed DowDuPont, said he hopes the two countries will reach a positive resolution, to benefit both countries and the re

st of the world. Collins said his firm was “not so much affected” in the short term by China-US trade tensions.

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“It is the predictability, transparency and nondiscr

rimination bent of the law which, in my view, will lead to a significan

t inward flow of foreign capital in key services and advanced manufacturing sectors,” he said.

Overholt said “the list of issues that President Xi has addr

essed are the issues that the business community is concerned about”.

“It is excellent that President Xi recognized some problems,” especially those associated with its Belt and Road Ini

tiative, such as transparency and corruption, said Craig Allen, president of the US-China Business Council.

Experts also were interested in how the reform policies and laws would be implemented, something Xi addressed in his speech.

“People are very positive about the direction, but they need t

o know the details” of how the promises would be delivered, Overholt said.

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Xi also called for the two countries to further enhan

ce exchanges between their legislatures, political parties, youth, think tanks, media

and local authorities to cement their people’s support for friendly bilateral ties.

Bhandari said the joint building of the Belt and Road is a historic initiative and has an important global influence.

The initiative has served as a good platform for Nepal-China cooperation, she said.

The Nepali president expressed her congratulations on the 7

0th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, and s

aid it is admirable what the Chinese people have achieved under the leadership of the Communist Party of China.

China is a true friend of Nepal, and Nepal sees opportunities in China’s prosperity and stability, Bhandari said.

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A leak that may have come from the Australian Secu

ty Intelligence Organization suggested that Chinese-Australians contesting local government elections represented securit

y threats because they might have belonged to an organization called the “Australian Council for the Promotion of Peace

ful Reunification of China”. Actually, none of the candidates mentioned has ever been associated with ag

itation or lobbying on issues of concern to Beijing such as the South China Sea, Taiwan or Tibet.

Worst example of anti-China prejudice

One of the worst examples of anti-China prejudices comes from a bo

ok written by a professor of public ethics, Clive Hamilton-Silent Invasion published in earl

y 2018. On pages 280-281 Hamilton writes that up to 40 percent of the Chinese in Australia are disloyal. Speci

fically, he says they are ready “to take to the streets to express their loyalty to Beijing-in other words, to Australia’s enemy”.

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Other commonly used disaggregated growth meas

ures are consistent with the top-line measured GDP growth number. For example, production and

supply of electricity, thermal power, gas and water increased by 7.1 percent in the quarter. Pl

us, value-added index of transport, storage and post increased by 7.3 percent.

A closer look at the highest growth sectors shows that the economy is moving toward the long-term goal of shif

ting away from a development strategy based on heavy investment in industry and

infrastructure to one based on services and domestic consumption. Also, more productive industries that tur

n out higher-value added goods are growing at a much faster rate than traditional heavy industry.

Among large companies, State-owned enterprises grew 4.5 percent yea

r-on-year while shareholding enterprises grew almost twice as fast, at 7.8 percent. So, stro

ng progress is being made toward the goal of promoting private enterprise, which was re

inforced by many policies announced at last month’s meeting of the National People’s Congress.

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