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Croatia, April 13 — China and the Central and Eastern European Count
ries (CEECs) on Friday agreed to enhance connectivity to achieve more development.
The agreement was part of the Dubrovnik Guidelines for Cooperation between China and t
he CEECs, which was released after the eighth China-CEEC leaders’ meeting in the Croatian city of Dubrovnik.
According to the guidelines, China and the CEECs are willing to pro
mote railway projects cooperation in line with respective laws and regulations and through
consultations, in particular by strengthening exchanges and cooperation on railway planning, railway organiza
tion development, management, technology development, logistics and freight terminal construction.
China and the CEECs will jointly explore utilization and construction of logistics hubs, said the guidelines, adding that China is
welcome to participate in joint development of new freight lines in connecting markets in Asia and Europe, u
nder the understanding that it respects the principles of transparency and non-discrimination.
d further enhance border management to safeguard the safety and stability of the border region, Xi said.
China-Myanmar relations have developed well in all areas, Xi said, add
ing that the two countries have made new progress in jointly building the Belt and Road.
Cooperation between the two countries and the two armies has maintained sustainable and healthy dev
elopment, Xi said, adding that the visit is expected to bring new progress in their defense and military cooperation.
Min Aung Hlaing said Myanmar and China have a long history of traditional friend
ship, and the two countries and two armies have maintained good development.
Myanmar is grateful for China’s support for the development of the country and the ar
my, he said, adding that Myanmar appreciates China’s support of its domestic peace process.
Myanmar welcomes and supports the building of the Belt and Road, and the country wo
uld like to take effective measures to maintain the stability of the border region, he added.
Min Aung Hlaing is making his fifth visit to China since becoming Myanmar’s commander-in-chief of defense services in 2011.
China’s consumer price index (CPI), a main gauge of inflation, rose 2.3 p
ercent year-on-year in March, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said Thursday.
The increase was up from 1.5 percent in February.
Food prices climbed 4.1 percent year-on-year in March, up from 0.7 perc
ent in February, yet on a month-on-month basis food prices went down 0.9 percent, the NBS said.
Due to low vegetable yields in spring and cold rainy weather, prices of fresh vegetables posted a fast growth of 16.2 perce
nt year-on year in March, contributing 0.42 percentage points to the year-on-year CPI growth.
The growth of the pork price rebounded after declining for 25 consecutive months, rising 5.1 percent year-on-year in March.
On a month-on-month basis, the pork price moderately went up 1.2 percent on average nati
onwide as outbreaks of African swine fever were gradually contained, according to the NBS.
ntry in the forest sector by the middle of this century in a guideline on promoting the greening of the homeland issued in November. The count
ry also aims to increase its percentage of forest cover from 21.7 percent in 2018 to about 23 percent in 2020, and 26 percent in 2035.
China’s digital trade is expected to lead global trade development, with the economic value of di
gital trade-enabled productivity benefits to the Chinese economy estimated to reach 37 trillion yu
an ($5.5 trillion) by 2030,according to a report on how China can capture digital trade opportunities at home and abroad.
Digital trade has become increasingly important; there are a lot of definitions of digital trade going on, with
the most common one being e-commerce, including monetary transactions and exchanges of goods and services, said re
search project head Konstantin Matthies, noting the report studies digital trade with a much broader approach.
“Digital trade” refers to the production, distribution, marketing, sale or delivery of goods and servi
ces – domestically and abroad – supported by cross-border digital flows. This consists of trade in digi
tally enabled products and services and cross-border data flows that create economic value in the domestic economy, acc
ording to the report jointly released by the Center for China and Globalization as well as the Hinrich Foundation.