The panda house at the Copenhagen Zoo, designed by

 Danish architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group, is inspired by the Chinese yin and yang symbol. The facility allows the male and fe

male pandas to live apart most of the year, yet in proximity and with easy access to a common area when the female is in heat.

Copenhagen Zoo CEO Jorgen Nielsen hailed the impending

arrival of the two pandas as one of the biggest events in the zoo’s 160-year history.

China’s Belt and Road Initiative, proposed by President Xi Jin

ping nearly six years ago, has made practical progress, with 125 countries and 29 inter

national organizations having signed 173 cooperation agreements under the initiative framework as of March 27.

Under the initiative’s five cooperation priorities of policy coordination, facilities connectivity, unimpeded trade, finan

cial integration and people-to-people bond, there are a batch of projects, such as transportation const

ruction and industrial infrastructure, in full swing or already having yielded fruitful results.

Here are some of the amazing projects achieved worldwide under the initiative.

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Crude steel production capacity in Hebei, Tianjin to be

Crude steel production capacity in Hebei province and Tianjin will be capped at 200 million metric tons

and 15 million tons by 2020, as part of China’s efforts to optimize the iron and steel industry, a senior government official said.

“There is too much capacity in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and

the surrounding areas, as well as the Yangtze River Delta region,” said Lyu Guixin, an ins

pector with the raw material department of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

“The Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region takes up only 2.2 percent of

China’s territory, but accounts for 25 percent of the nation’s crude steel output.”

Although official figures from the Chinese authorities are not av

ailable, Zeng Jiesheng, chief analyst with steel e-commerce platform Ouyeel.com, told Chi

nese media earlier that the iron and steel capacity of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region stood at about 280 million tons.

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The government has ruled out holding another referendu

um on Britain’s EU membership, but could change its mind if there appeared no other way to pass a Brexit deal.

Britain voted 52 percent to 48 percent to leave the EU in 2016. Since then, polls sugge

st the “remain” side has gained in strength, but it’s far from clear who would win a new referendum.

The new vote could leave Britain just as divided over Europe as it is now.

The Chinese aid team sent to cyclone-stricken Mozambique provided medical services to about 1,30

0 people and food to more than 1,000 on Wednesday, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management.

The first squad offered medical services to more than 500 people in a shelter 10 kilomete

rs away from its Beira city camp, and also disinfected an area of almost 10,000 square meters.

Having received information from an unmanned aerial vehicle, the seco

nd squad visited another shelter more than 70 kilometers away from the Chinese tea

m’s camp, carrying food and medicine, the ministry said in a statement late Thursday.

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Since 2015, more than 100 foreign experts and students fr

om countries involved in the BRI have visited Hainan annually to study agricultural technology, including Nanf

an’s breeding program, which is “playing the role of Silicon Valley for the country’s seed industry”, Wang said.

Hainan’s climate and biological resources have made Nanfan an important nati

onal center of seed propagation. Every winter, more than 7,000 domestic agricultural scientists and

workers are busy at the Nanfan centers. More than 70 percent of the country’s 7,000 crop varieties have been cul

tivated in the tropical island province, which is building a global resources center, National Business Daily reported.

“With good stress resistance and higher yields, hybrid rice seeds developed by Nanfan’s cen

ters are being welcomed in Southeast Asian countries,” said Xie Zhenyu, an assistant research fellow at the R

esearch Institute of Tropical Crop Germ Plasm under the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences.

“We have sent farming experts to hybrid rice growing areas overseas, and we give local farmers guidance, training and planni

ng for future development,” said Xie, who has worked as an expert in Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Gambia.

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The country will further open up its financial sector and

accelerate the process to fully lower the market access threshold for foreign investments in

banking, securities and insurance, the premier said. Service sectors, including medical care and educ

ation, will be opened up along with transportation, infrastructure and energy, he said.

Li said China will further make it easier for foreign companies to set up a venture capital presence and will improve regulati

ons on foreign investors’ strategic investments in listed companies and their mergers with and acquisitions of domestic enterprises.

Also, preferential policies for investments from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan w

ill remain unchanged, and greater development opportunities will be offered for them, Li said.

Wang Huiyao, president of the Center for China and Globalizaton, said he was impressed by Li’s speech to cl

ean up rules and regulations inconsistent with the Foreign Investment Law as well as to launch a more streamlined negative list.

“It shows China’s attitude of further opening-up, which is a higher-level and more concrete commitment of China,” he said.

Leif Johansson, chairman of global biopharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, said

Li’s speech reflects the determination to create a more open, fair and transpare

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After decades of rapid GDP growth, China’s economy has en

entered a new era of moderately slowing expansion and a transition to a high-quality grow

h model. That has pushed economists to reconsider some long-term issues, such as whether the economy wo

uld cool down sharply before a considerable rise in wealth, especially after a period of fast growth.

“The key method to ensure China’s role as a high-income cou

ntry is to adjust industrial structures and promote productivity,” said Zhu Min, an inf

luential Chinese economist and former deputy managing director at the International Monetary Fund.

High-tech manufacturing, the service industry and the digital economy will be the new engines

for the economy, while some traditional driving forces, such as injecting funds into the market, are losing momentum, Zhu said.

China’s total GDP exceeded 90 trillion yuan ($13.4 trillion) in 2018, and the per cap

ita GDP was about $9,700. Economists predict that if the country maintains growth of at least 6 percent th

is year, which is likely given the current momentum, its per capita GDP this year would surpass $10,000.

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Erdou” and “Guazi” are two such cat celebrities on Douyin

one of China’s most popular video-sharing platforms. They are owned by the same person who posts their videos on an account called “Liu Erdou who can speak”.

The account became very popular quickly, attracting over 46 million followers and 390 million “thumbups” (or “likes”).

The account manager began to receive advertising opportunities from recogni

zed brands. The latter requested her to endorse certain products in her short videos.

That’s just one form of making money in the cat economy.

Many people are making products, or offering services, that make cats’ lives fancier, and their owners happier.

An electric scalp massager retails for about 120 yuan, and a FURminat

or (cat grooming comb) for over 100 yuan, with a freebie thrown in, in the form of a comb for t

he cat owner! Then, there is an indoor slide for 300 yuan, all kinds of beds, what have you.

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The rules, coming into effect on Jan 1, 2019, also stipulate

that a stay of less than 24 hours on the mainland will not be counted as a day, and the count started from Jan. 1 this year.

The adjustment marked more generous tax exemptions on overseas-sourced incomes of foreigne

rs and non-mainland citizens working in the mainland. The move will attract more foreign investm

ent and overseas talent to work in the mainland, the STA said in a statement on its website.

Previously, the exemption was for tax residents who have lived on the mainland for less than five years.A house collapse triggered by a lan

dslide in North China’s Shanxi province has caused 10 deaths and left another 10 missing, local authorities said Sunday.

As of 10 am Sunday, 16 people had been pulled out of the debris and sent to hospital, but three failed to respond to medical treatment. Seven were found dead at the site.

So far, three of the 13 injured have left hospital after treatment, while 10 remain missing.

The rescuers are searching for the missing with the help of rescue dogs and equipment, the local government said.

The accident occurred at around 6:10 pm Friday in the township of Zaoling in Linfen

city, when a landslide toppled two residential buildings, a makeshift house and a public bathhouse.

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Chen Jingxue, a researcher with Kantar Worldpanel, sai

many Chinese leave their hometowns to make a living in big cities, where they live alone. This makes it inevitable that they will do things on their own at times.

“Due to life’s stresses, sometimes they will actively look for the chance to escape from social interaction to enjoy solitude. As a re

sult, dining, traveling and singing karaoke or watching movies alone has become more common,” she said.

Chen added that the perception of single people has witnessed profound

changes, as there is no longer any stigma attached to them and many prefer to remain alone.

“Whether in TV shows or movies, there are increasing scenarios that tell people they sho

uld remain independent, and it is possible to live a nice life without getting married, especially for women,” she said.

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Zhang said a reasonable and moderate rise in military

expenditure is to meet the need of safeguarding national security and facilitating military reform with Chinese characteristics.

“Starting in 2016, the increases in our defense budget have been sta

ying inside single digits each year, as opposed to double-digit rises in the five consecutive years be

fore that year,” the spokesman said. “Compared with other countries, our defense spending in 2018 accounted for

about 1.3 percent of our GDP for that year, while some developed nations maintained a 2-plus percent proportion.”

China raised its defense budget by 8.1 percent in the fiscal year of 2018.Escaping the stre

ss of work and social bustle and finding yourself in a winter wonderland is a magical feeling. Although some people are most conv

ersant with summer vacations and destinations, there are a number of winter destinations that you need to visit. We h

ave taken the liberty to pen down some of the best winter locations in the world that are not so known by the lot. Th

ese locations have the capacity to keep you spellbound for the rest of your life! Endeavor to

make any of these destinations your target in the coming summer vacation and you will be happy you did!

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