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echnology sectors of Hong Kong and the mainland, facilitating more career opportuniti
es for Hong Kong local talent as well as offering a larger market for knowledge transfer.
Tam Yiu-chung, a Hong Kong member of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, the country’s top legislat
ure, estimated that the plan would lay out development priorities for the area, and the key tasks each city should carry out.
Hong Kong will thus have a clearer direction for future development, and better understand how it can fully contribute, Tam said.
The Greater Bay Area encompasses Hong Kong and Macao, as well as nine cities in Guangdon
g province: Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Dongguan, Huizhou, Zhongshan, Foshan, Zhaoqing and Jiangmen.
In 2017, the 11 cities produced one-eighth of China’s gross domestic product while containin
g only 5 percent of the nation’s population and only 0.6 percent of China’s total landmass.
ceful exploration of space and its openness to cooperation with any country in its development of space technology, the US will not give up its desire to hav
e dominance in this domain, and it is devoting a great deal of effort to presenting China and Russia as threats to serve this purpose.
Its huge investment in the development of a “Space Force” will, as a result, inevitably give rise
to an arms race off the Earth, which will shatter the human dream of the peaceful exploration of space.Be
ijing’s environmental watchdog is considering adopting the National VI (B) emission standards ahead of the cou
ntry’s scheduled time, aiming to reduce vehicle emissions and enhance air pollution control in the capital.
According to a draft plan published by the Beijing Municipal Ecological Environment Bureau on Monday, the new st
andard would come into effect first for diesel-powered trucks in public transportation and environmental sa
nitation industries and heavy-duty vehicles powered by gas in July, and then extend to other vehicles beginning in 2020.
Sales of these vehicles would be banned after the respective deadlines, but owners could
still register vehicles that meet the current standard one month after these deadlines, according to the draft.
After the successful landing of the Chang’e-4 lunar probe on the far side of the moon on Jan 3, Ch
ina is planning to launch Chang’e-5, a more advanced lunar probe, later this year to collect samples from the moon.
The Chang’e-4 mission, the first such mission in history, was an important m
ilestone in the lunar exploration program of not only China but also the wo
rld. About 50 years ago, the United States’ Apollo 11 landed the first humans on the moon, marking a critical step in spa
ce exploration. But no human has landed on the moon after 1972. Since Apollo 11, according to the US, effectively en
ded its space race with the Soviet Union, the Americans abandoned all ambitions to further explore space.
“Project Apollo” did not prompt other countries to join the space race because no country ot
her than the US and the Soviet Union could afford the huge costs. Even the US found it extremely difficult to s
ustain the project. For example, the cost of launching the Saturn V rocket, the carrier of Apollo 11 in 1969, was nearly $40
0 million, almost equal to the total budget of the US National Science Foundation that year.
Whether it is filial piety to the elderly or rewarding children or themselves, trading volu
me has kept growing. Spending on entertainment and travel also grew fast,” said Chen Han, a data analyst at China UnionPay.
Consumption has become the biggest driver for the economy, contributing 76.2 percent of the co
untry’s economic growth last year, up 18.6 percentage points over the previous year, the National Bureau of Statistics said.
“Judging from major economic indicators, domestic demand has become a decisive force of China’s economic gro
wth,” said Wang Bin, deputy director-general of the ministry’s department of market operation and consumption promotion.
Several factors will support steady consumer spending growth in China. Residential inco
me has been increasing fast and deeper pockets facilitate more spending. The second China Int
ernational Import Expo in Shanghai will also offer more access to global products, Wang said.
Wang Jun, a researcher at the China Center for International Economic Exchanges, exp
ects more favorable policies to further boost domestic shopping this year as nationwide tax cuts continue.
for a house than in a big city,” he said. “I attended the first job fair to be held in my hometown on Sunday. I’m considering some job interviews and the salaries offered.”
Ningbo, Zhejiang province, will hold 44 job fairs from Tuesday to late March－42 percent more than last year.
Among them are eight large job fairs starting on Feb 16. More than 900 companies are ex
pected to attend each of the fairs, which will be held on Saturdays and Sundays for a month.
Starting in March, Ningbo will organize more than 2,200 compa
nies and government-affiliated institutions to attend 100 job fairs in 40 cities across Ch
ina, including Hangzhou, Zhejiang province; Xi’an, Shaanxi province; and Changchun, Jilin province.
Cities such as Taizhou, Zhejiang province; Heze, Shandong province; and Nantong, J
iangsu province, will also hold many fairs for job hunters and employers in February and March.