While educational evaluation has an important role of

f guidance, such roughly generated and lame evaluations cannot objectively reflect the real

conditions of schools, and have severely disrupted education activities, the statement said.

The MOE will therefore continue to regulate such acti

vities in accordance with law and regulations, according to the statement.

The China Earthquake Administration pledged to enhance its earthquake detection c

apability as it rolls out an experimental project in the country’s tremor-plagued southwestern region.

The administration has established over 360 new monitoring stations in the China Seismic Experimental Site, which spans Sichuan

and Yunnan provinces, since construction of the project was launched about one year ago, Zheng Guoguang, vice-m

inister of emergency management and head of the administration, told a news conference on Friday.

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China’s consumer inflation quickens tosumer price ind

China’s consumer price index (CPI), the main gauge of inflation, gr

ew 2.5 percent year-on-year in April, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said Thursday.

The reading, in line with market expectations, accelerated from the 2.3 percent gain in March and 1.5 percent in Febru

ary. On a monthly basis, consumer prices edged up 0.1 percent, compared with the 0.4 percent drop seen a month earlier.

NBS official Dong Yaxiu attributed the rise to higher prices of vegetables, pork and fruit, which ros

e 17.4 percent, 14.4 percent and 11.9 percent, respectively, from the same period last year due to tighter supplies.

Food prices, which account for nearly one-third of weighting in China’s CPI, went up 6.1 percent year-on-year.

Meanwhile, China’s producer price index (PPI), which measures inflation at the factory gates, rose

0.9 percent year-on-year last month, up from the 0.4 percent gain in March that showed improving market demand.

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The Portuguese president is in Beijing on a state visit.

He also attended the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, which concluded on Saturday.

Bilateral trade reached over $6 billion last year, a year-on-year increase of 7.4 percent, according to the Ministry of Commerce.

Rebelo de Sousa said the two countries should translate their long-term friends

hip into future-oriented partnership, adding that he is fully confident of the prospects of the ties between them.

He said his attendance at the forum demonstrates his country’s

resolute support for the initiative. Portugal wants to build even closer links with China in trade, i

nvestment, science and technologies and culture, and develop the third-party market cooperation, he said.

Portugal supports intensification of European Union-China partner

ship and jointly safeguarding multilateralism and promoting free trade, he added.

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Fixed-asset investment growth was 6.3 percent in the first

 quarter, compared with 6.1 percent in the first two months, the National Bureau of Statistics reported.

As favorable policies are implemented at all levels of government in the sec

ond quarter, manufacturers will start seeing concrete financial benefits and industrial out

put is expected to at least maintain a steady expansion from April to June, said Qin H

ailin, a senior industrial economy researcher at the China Center for Information Industry Development.

At the news conference, ministry officials also denied market rumors that China’s telecom carrie

rs are slowing down their investments in 5G, the fifth-generation mobile communication technology.

They said 5G is recognized as a fundamental digital infrastructu

re for societal and economic development, but it will take time to build a nationwide 5G netw

ork. China’s plan is to roll out the superfast technology step by step, the officials said.

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The meeting called for expanded investment in comp

ulsory education, basic medical care, housing, drinking water, eldercare and ch

ild care, in addition to addressing other pressing issues for some groups in society.

Social security mechanisms to help those most in need will be furthe

r refined, with subsistence allowance systems set to be optimized, the statement said.

The meeting also called for full implementation of requirements set in the Ce

ntral Economic Work Conference, the annual policymaking meeting held in December.

The meeting urged an even more proactive fiscal policy and full implementation of tax and fee cuts.

Monetary policy will be eased or tightened to the right degree, and

it will be adjusted in accordance with economic growth and real-time inflationary and pricing

scenarios, the statement said, adding that financial support for the real economy will be bolstered.

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mental protection, science and technology innovation,

end manufacturing, finance, sharing economy, medical care and elderly care indust

ries,” Osuga said, adding Japan and China will push forward cooperation in more areas this year.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at the dialogue on Sunday that Ch

ina hopes the two sides can make steady headway in promoting bilateral investments and trade coope

ration, and actively explore third-party market cooperation as well as local cooperation.

Osuga said the Japanese government’s position on the Belt and Road Initiative remains unchan

ged, as it expects to conduct cooperation with China in a third market, promote trade and invest

ment liberalization and facilitation and uphold a business environment of fairness, justice and non-discrimination.

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After making a couple of reconciliatory gestures, suc

ch as freezing nuclear and missile tests and demolishing some test sites, Pyongyang want

s something in return. Which is not unreasonable, but so far has not been forthcoming.

Washington should not anticipate Pyongyang denuclearizing in a wholesale, one-off mann

er. After all, its nuclear missile programs are the sole bargaining chip it has in its hands.

Rather than surrender its nuclear arsenal in a wholesale manner, it is in Pyongyang’s best inte

rests to turn its engagement with Washington into an arms control regime between two nuclear states.

It may be that a third Trump-Kim summit happens. But meaningful hea

dway in denuclearization entails more than what the two sides appear ready to offer at the moment.

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nd Turkey, disruptions to the auto sector occurre

rred in Germany, and financial tightening in larger adva

nced economies have all contributed to a “significantly wea

kened global expansion”, said IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath.

“With this weakness expected to persist into the first half of 2019, o

ur new World Economic Outlook projects a slowdown in g

rowth in 2019 for 70 percent of the world economy,” she wrote in a blog on Tuesday.

With improved prospects for the second half of 2019, global growth in 2

020 is projected to return to the 2018 level of 3.6 percent, according to the IMF report.

“This recovery is precarious and predicated to reboun

d in emerging markets and developing economies, wher

e growth is projected to increase from 4.4 percent in 2019 to 4.8 percent in 2020,” Gopinath said.

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Some 50 poor households of Shangyan Village used

to live on an inhospitable strech of benchland, which was a major cause of the poverty.

Local officials had attempted to help them get rid of poverty through relocation, one of China’s poverty-relief strategies to

encourage people striken by harsh natural conditions to move to livable places, offering them government subsidies.

But many villagers stubbornly refused to move, due to doubts and a lack of knowledge about related policies.

Soon after she assumed office, Ma set up a tent at the entrance of Shangyan Village to live temporarily there.

She knocked the doors of those reluctant to move, sat in their yards, and p

atiently answered their questions, including whether they would gain sufficient subsid

ies or get used to the new houses. After two weeks, 51 households signed the relocation agreement.

Ma has also led villagers to take tailored measures to increase their incomes based on each village’s conditions.

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The two nations should also further exchanges and

cooperation in areas including education, culture, science and technology as well as ensuring the success of the China-New Zealand Year of Tourism events, he said.

Ardern expressed her appreciation for Xi’s condolences and support foll

owing the terrorist attack in Christchurch, adding that her choice to proceed with the vi

sit despite the event “does reflect the value New Zealand places on its relationship with China”.

She called the bilateral relationship “one of our most important a

nd far-reaching relationships”, a point she said she has made in speeches over the past year.

She said she hopes that through the visit, the two nations can strengthen their bilateral co

mprehensive strategic partnership and deepen cooperation in trade and people-to-people exchanges.

She also reiterated New Zealand’s adherence to the one-China p

olicy and its independent foreign policy, as well as its firm support for multilateralism and free trade.

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