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better deal with the relationship between ‘capital’ and ‘city’, which is to strengthen the four funct
ions of Beijing — the national center of politics, culture, international communications and scient
ific innovation,” said Cai Qi, Party secretary of Beijing, last month during the two sessions.
According to the municipal authority, the new economy — industries with intensive innovation a
nd knowledge — now makes up 33 percent of the city’s economy, and this ratio is expected to keep growing.
President Xi Jinping’s three-nation visit to Europe last month prod
uced tangible fruits and showed that despite any differences that may exist between China and
the European Union, they have the common desire to strengthen cooperation.
Thanks to mutual efforts from both sides, China-EU interaction has been displaying good momentum. Over the years, their economic
interests have become increasingly intertwined, and people-to-people exchanges have flourished, formin
g a solid foundation on which bilateral ties have been able to grow and prosper in an all-around way.
For residents in Huojugou village in China’s Changbai Mountains, a train whistl
e is a euphonious sound that will bring gurgling water to their kitchen and bathhouse.
For 44 years, the mountainous village and several others in northeast China’s Jilin Province
have relied on a train, which only has one locomotive and one tank car, to provide their water supply.
The train commutes between the towns of Songshu and Baihe, nestled deep in Changbai Mountain. Since 1975, it has run for m
ore than 1.6 million km, delivering water to over 2,600 nearby villagers that had limited access to clean water.
Though cisterns have been built to store water unloaded from the trains, villagers along the line
still keep the tradition of welcoming the train in person, clanking their buckets and bottles.
Fetching water used to be a big headache. We had to travel to a far-away river to get water and e
ven make a hole in the ice during winter,” said Li Zuopei, an 80-year-old resident in Yingbishan village.
“Then the small train sent water right to our doorsteps, and it’s amaz
ing that the service has been going on uninterrupted for so many years,” said Li.
unei’s history, will become the country’s longest sea-crossing bridge with a total length of about 30 km. It is scheduled to open to traffic by the end of November 2019.
The CC4 section of the bridge is constructed by China State Construction Engineering C
orp. At around 11.6 km of the 11.8 km-long section will be a land viaduct traversing the mangrove swamp of the
Labu Forest Reserve, the company has established a set of strict safety and green construction evaluation systems to mee
t the high demand for environmental protection and cope with unprecedented difficulty in construction.
The Padma Bridge, 25 meters in width and 10 km in length, will
be built over the Padma River, one of the three major rivers in Bangladesh.
In June 2016, China Railway Major Bridge Engineering Group Co Ltd was awar
ded a $1.55-billion contract by the Bangladeshi government to build the core structure of the bridge.
The bridge is the country’s largest infrastructure project, as wel
l as the largest foreign bridge project undertaken by Chinese companies in terms of total cost.
Once completed, travel time between the capital, Dhaka, and the southern city of Khulna will be shortened to about three hours from 13 hours.
end of 2017, accounting for about 16 percent of the population, ac
cording to the National Bureau of Statistics. Marriage registrations have fallen every year
since 2014, while the divorce rate has risen for 16 consecutive years, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
Dining, traveling and pursuing activities individually have also become increasingly popular with singles in China.
Tang Chuan, a researcher with Sinolink Securities, said that without family burdens, singles
seem to be less inclined to save money, and their willingness to spend offers great potential for boosting the economy.
Sinolink Securities conducted research on singles born from 1985 to 1995 and found that about 40 percent of those in first- an
d second-tier cities live from paycheck to paycheck, while in lower-tier cities, the proportion is as high as 76 percent.