kely to attract millions of people across Chin

to skiing, skating and other winter sports, which in turn will promote more national and int

ernational winter sports events. With the aim to better develop winter sports, governments at all levels shou

ld issue policies to encourage more people, in particular, teenagers, to follow and play winter sports.

Besides, the government should learn from the experiences of Nordic countries how to increase the popularity of winter sports.

Li Hai, director of the School of Economics and Management, Shanghai University of Sport

Concerted efforts to develop winter sports

Winter sports have become increasingly popular in recent years, especially after China won the bid to host the 2022 Winte

r Olympics, creating a huge opportunity for the development of the winter sports industry.

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The development of winter sports will help meet th

diversified needs of sports fans, which is conducive to soci

al and economic development. Notably, the General Admi

nistration of Sport has issued a document emphasizing the importance of planning in the development of the winter

sports industry. For instance, some departments have made efforts to optimize their resources by building m

ore winter sports venues so they can encourage more people to take up winter sports.

The Beijing municipal government and Hebei provincial gov

ernment have worked out policies to encourage more scho

ol students to play winter sports, and take part in winter sports events on campuses.

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Nation remains on the right track of maintaining gro

The National Bureau of Statistics reported last week that China’s top-line GDP growth rate

in the first quarter was 6.4 percent, at the upper end of the government’s target of 6 to 6.5 percent grow

th for 2019. This faster-than-expected growth gives policymakers some breathing room to continue a stable mone

tary policy and to implement fiscal policies aimed b

oth at transforming the economy and at reducing the risks of accumulated debt.

Chinese policymakers are dealing with the hard dilemma of simultaneously transformi

ng the long-term nature of the economy while avoiding short-term inflation or recession. To transform the econo

my, the nation needs to continue to reduce outstanding debt levels and shift from overcapacity heavy and extractive indu

stries to a more innovative, consumer-focused economy. The danger is that moving too fast in that direction coul

d throw lots of people out of work or cause the financial collapse of companies.

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Messi shines as Barca secure their 8th league title in year

Leo Messi scored the only goal of the game as FC Barcelona

beat Levante 1-0 to assure the 2018-19 Liga Santander title on Saturday night.

Barca coach Ernesto Valverde again rotated his starting 11 for the game and Messi spent the fir

st 45 minutes watching from the sidelines. Barca controlled the first half with Luis Suarez and Philippe Cou

tinho testing Levante keeper Aitor Fernandez, who was his side’s best player in the opening 45 minutes.

Despite Barca’s dominance, they were unable to open the scorin

g and Messi replaced Coutinho at the start of the second half to try and find a way through.

He was on target for the 34th time in the league this season in the 62n

d minute as he fired home a left foot shot following a headed pass from Arturo Vidal.

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Vision China events have been previously held in B

eijing, Hangzhou, Johannesburg and London. The events have been broadcast live on inter

net and multimedia platforms, reaching an international audience, particularly young people.

This upcoming event will also be broadcast live on the China Daily website and ap

p, as well as China Daily’s account on Sina Weibo, Tencent Video, Toutiao, Bilibili, Facebook and Twitter platforms.

A former Peking University student suspected of killing his mother has been captured after th

ree years on the run, said a Fuzhou Public Security Bureau official on Thursday, Beijing News reported.

Wu Xieyu was caught at Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport when boa

rding a plane on April 21, the newspaper reported, quoting sources close to the police.

The Belt and Road Initiative aims to build the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and deliver polici

es, infrastructure, trade, financial and people-to-people connectivity via a new platform for a brighter futur

Man suspected of killing mother arrested after three years on the run

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Xi’s speech draws positive reactions at Second Belt and Road

Editor’s note: President Xi Jinping delivered a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing

on Friday.China is going to open much more as it did before f

or foreign investment, and this is quite important for the whole initiative.

Here is a collection of comments from foreign ministers, delegates, and reporters attending the forum.

President Xi offered a vision of the Belt and Road Initiative t

hat inspires confidence in us, especially as small island developing states.

Facing challenges such as global warming and lack of development

financing, we in the Caribbean region welcome the opportunities presented by the initiative.

President Xi must be commended for his visionary leadership an

d his boldness in offering a new path for a brighter and shared future.

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President Xi’s speech deeply motivated us and touch

ed our heart. I have the same feeling about world development. The speech really firms our belief in a more intercon

nected and mutually developed world. China’s policy of persisting in reform and opening up is an inspiring polic

y to the world. It will build so many bridges of mutual development for the belt and road region. China is going to main

tain a friendly and peaceful development attitude, and it will help the Belt & Road countries to get investment wit

h high quality. Also, President Xi really showed us a new model of development and investment, focusing on s

ustainable development, green economy, which helps the world to become a better place to live.

More Chinese will take medium- and short-distance trips during the May Day holiday after it was ext

ended to four days and travel time by high-speed train was shortened, according a travel report released recently.

The Labor Day holiday this year has been extended from one to four

days, according to the State Council’s response to an appeal from the public in March.

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By now, China Railway Express (Chengdu) has linked

overseas cities and 14 Chinese cities. It has seven international railway ch

annels and five international rail-sea combined channels to further open up the city.

Six years ago, when the initiative was put forward, Chengdu opened the first direct freight railway to reach L

odz in Poland, bridging a gap to link to Europe. Through the logistics channel, the products and servic

es from Chengdu were exported to meet the demands of countries and regions involved in the initiative. It beca

me an important platform for Chinese companies to go global and for foreign capital to be introduced.

For example, China Railway Express-Skyworth Express, with 41 full containers of televisio

ns and accessories, left Chengdu International Railway Port to reach Europe in March.

The express provided a more convenient channel for Shenzhen-ba

sed television manufacturer Skyworth Group to enter overseas markets.

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There is some merit to raising capital,” said Chief Exec

cutive Elon Musk on a call discussing the results. “It’s probably about the right time.”

He also said he would prefer Tesla to be private but “that ship has sailed.”

The company which is ramping up production of its Model 3 electric sedan, the vehicle Tesla sees as the key to future succ

ess, stood by its 2019 delivery forecast of 360,000 to 400,000 vehicles and said it may produce as many as 50

0,000 vehicles if its factory in Shanghai reaches volume production in the fourth quarter.

Tesla said it would make a loss in its second quarter but predicted a return to profit in the third.

Musk said that global deliveries were “the most difficult logistics problem” he had ever seen.

Haris Anwar, senior analyst a financial markets platform Investing.com, called guida

nce for the second quarter “bleak”. “I continue to see a very volatile 2019 for Tesla and its shares,” Anwar said.

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The 29-clause plan sets six key tasks, including control

 of overall water consumption, reducing agricultural, industrial and urban use and technological innovation. In the meantime, two measu

res will deepen reform in establishing the water price and cultivate a competitive service ma

rket. The plan encourages private capital to join and expand financing channels.

China has a water shortage, the commission said on its website

. Each year, the country faces a shortfall of 50 billion cu m of fresh water. In the mea

ntime, public awareness of conserving water and preventing waste has to be improved.

In 2017, water consumption per $10,000 in GDP was 500 cu m, 66.6 perce

nt more than the average number for developed economies, the commission said.

China’s water resource per capita is only one-third of the world’s aver

age, according to the Zhongshang Industrial Research Institute’s website chnci.com. Regi

onal disparity has made it worse. Southwestern and southern parts of the country have rich

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