On the China-CEEC leaders’ meeting, Chen said the

mechanism has made good achievements in economic cooperation over the past several years, including freight trains running between C

hina and Europe. The mechanism should continue focusing on concrete projects in infrastructure and other key areas, she said.

People-to-people exchanges, including education and tourism, should also be stren

gthened to improve mutual understanding between their people, Chen added.

China will take key measures in a new push to improve its cities through boosting the urban pop

ulation and bolstering the nation’s high-quality and stable economic growth, the country’s top economic planner said.

Measures include relaxing residency curbs, promoting investmen

t and financing mechanisms and increasing infrastructure spending in cities.

The National Development and Reform Commission issued on Monday key tasks for 2019’s new urbanizatio

n boost, which will help maintain the country’s sustainable and healthy economic growth and overall social stability.

China aims to increase the urbanization rate by at least 1 percentage point by the end of this year, accordi

ng to a document posted on the NDRC’s website. The proportion of urban population to total population reached 59.58 percent in 2018.

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Sun Jing, a 26-year-old woman from Shanghai, visited

 Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi province, during the break.

“The city is charming, with its long history and modern urban life, as well as its

diversified snacks and world-famous Terracotta Warriors,” she said on Sunday.

“The only annoyance was that there were too many people crowding every attraction, but it’s the holiday.”

Some travelers opted to go overseas, and many of them stretched the holiday into a six-day vacation.

The Lvmama report said that Thailand and Japan remained the tw

o top choices for Chinese mainland travelers during the Tomb Sweeping holiday, followed by Indones

ia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Macao, Malaysia, France, Australia, the United States and the Maldives.

On Wednesday, Ctrip, another online travel agency in Shanghai,

estimated that Chinese travelers would make about 110 million visit

s during the holiday break to 790-plus domestic and overseas destinations in 88 countries and regions.

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hina to ease permanent residency requirements in lar

China said Monday it will ease the requirements for permanent residency in many large cities as part of its new urbanization push.

Restrictions on permanent residence permits should be scrapped in cities with populatio

ns between 1 million and 3 million, according to a document outlining key urbanization tasks this year release

d by the National Development and Reform Commission, the country’s top economic planner.

For cities with populations of 3 million to 5 million, the qualifications for such permits should be “fully relaxed,” and the restrictions

for certain key groups of people to get such permits should be removed, the document said.

Previously, the country has already gradually abolished permanent residency restrictions in

small and medium-sized cities and towns with populations below 1 million.

The NDRC document also demanded cities with populations above 5

million to improve their policies and drastically expand the scale of permanent residency.

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The water-delivering trains are a special service on the Hu

unbai Railway, a scenic line with diesel trains. They were launched to address the limited access to drin

king water in the area, where the underground water is undrinkable due to complex mineral components.

“Water coming out of the wells used to render us with Kaschin-beck disease, and we treated ev

ery drop of (safe) water like it was oil,” said Zhou Aiqin, another resident at Huojugou.

Running the train all year around is no easy task, especially in winter when temperatures easily dro

p below minus 20 degrees Celsius. Some of the fuel is spent heating the water during the journey to prevent freezing.

“Water often drips onto our clothes and instantly freezes. We cannot bend our arms or legs

and have to move like a gorilla,” said Jia Lin, a veteran worker at the line’s Quanyang station.

Train crew and station workers, like residents along the line, have been attached to

the delivery missions, even as demands have greatly shrunk due to improved water infrastructure and relocation o

f villagers. The trains now run three times a month, down from three times a week, to serve only 300 residents.

“But as long as the demand exists, our small train will keep on running,” said Xin Yuehong, head of Quanyang station.

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The 142-km Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway, connec

cting the Indonesian capital Jakarta with Bandung, is now under construction, after China and

Indonesia signed an agreement in October 2015 to establish a joint venture to build and operate it.

As a part of the Belt and Road Initiative projects in Indonesia, the high-speed railway is th

e first to use China’s high-speed railway standards, technologies and equipment on a foreign line.

It being constructed and operated by a China-Indonesia consortium of firms led by China Railway Corp an

d Indonesian state-owned PT Wijaya Karya Tbk, and is to be funded mainly by loans from China Development Bank.

The high-speed rail, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, will have a maximum design speed

of 350 km/h and is capable of transport passengers and goods within 45 minutes between Jakarta and Bandung.

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government and China Communication Constru

Piraeus Port is the largest port in Greece. On Aug 10, 2016, COSCO Shipping (Hong Kong) Co Ltd, a subsidiary of China COSC

O Shipping Group, became a controlling shareholder of the port and started operating the facility.

Around 290 million euros are expected to be invested by the company for the expansion of a crui

se terminal, improvement of a ship repair wharf and a new multi-storey garage of roll-on roll-off ship wharf.

The port, as an important meeting point of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Cent

ury Maritime Silk Road, has become one of the fastest-growing container ports in the world in recent years.

Under the joint operation of Chinese and Greek enterprises, the port’s infrastruct

ure conditions and operational capabilities have been greatly improved. The freight hub has become increas

ingly prominent, not only providing more jobs, but also promoting local economic development and be

coming a model of win-win cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative.

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With 32 turbines by the blue sea, the Punta Sierra wind far

rm has been in operation since Feb 4, 2018.

It is the first Pacific Hydro wind farm in Chile and the first wind farm invested in by China in the South American country.

The $150 million project, financed and constructed by China State Power Investment Corpo

ration, has an installed capacity of 82 MW and will generate about 282 GWh/year, which can meet electri

city demands for 130,000 households and reduce carbon emissions by 157,000 tons per year.

Located in Russia’s Yamal Peninsula in the Arctic, the Yamal liquefied natural gas project reached f

ull production capacity with its three production lines, each of which has a capacity of 5.5 milli

on tons per year, with operations starting in December 2017, August 2018 and December 2018, successively.

The project is the world’s largest of its kind within the Arctic Circle and is also the first m

ega- energy cooperation project implemented in Russia after the Belt and Road Initiative was proposed.

It is owned by Russia’s Novatek (50.1 percent), France’s Total (20 percent), China N

ational Petroleum Corporation (20 percent) and China’s Silk Road Fund (9.9 percent).

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great strain on the tourist sites and limited tourigreat str

ces, including the transport system, which reduces the quality of tourists’ experience to a large

extent. So a good solution would be more paid leave on the one hand and flexibility for people to avail themselves of the holidays on the other.

Jiang Yiyi, a professor at the School of Leisure Sports and Tourism, Beijing Sport University

Too much pressure on transportation

The four-day May Day holiday would put the transport system to a se

vere test. Confronted with rising pressure on transportation facilities nationwide, the transp

ort department should intensify supply-side reforms to ensure people can travel without hassles during holidays.

Several transport sector problems need immediate attention. First, due to a lack of proper

planning, many tourist and public areas don’t have enough parking lots nearby-as a result, drivers find it extre

mely difficult to park their vehicles. In fact, some cities in Southwest China cannot receive the tourists they have tried s

o hard to woo because of the lack of parking lots near tourist sites and the ensuing traffic jams.

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Obscure parliamentary procedures have been resurrecte

 providing daily drama from the House of Commons but making the future of Britain’s biggest change in generations no clearer.

After finally recognising that her minority Conservative g

overnment could not push through a Brexit deal on its own, May started talks this w

eek with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in the hope of coming up with a cross-party solution.

But that means accepting the need for more time, including the possibility of Britain hol

ding European Parliament elections on May 23, which May has long hoped to avoid at all cost.

“The United Kingdom proposes that this period should end on 30 June 2019,” May said in the letter.

“The government will want to agree a timetable for ratification that allows the United Kin

gdom to withdraw from the European Union before 23 May, 2019, and therefore cancel the European Parlia

ment elections, but will continue to make responsible prepara

tions to hold the elections should this not prove possible.”

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So, I think I won’t get married until I’m 33,” Gray said

Like Gray, more women and men in the US are single — more than 45 percent of all Americans age 18 or older, the US Census Bur

eau reported in 2017 — and the number of single households around the world also is increasing.

Singles make up about 14.6 percent — about 200 million — of Chi

na’s population, the largest singles population in the world, People’s Daily reported.

Sweden has the highest rate of people staying single, 51 percen

t of all households, according to 2017 data from the European Union’s Eurostat.

Sweden is followed by Denmark, Finland and Germany, which all have more than 40 percent one-person households.

The never-married population age 16 years and over in England a

nd Wales increased by 3.9 million from 2002 to 2017, while the number of married pe

ple increased only by 1.2 million during the same period, UK Census reported.

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