eceiving treatment on his face. Sang, with long bloody scars on his cheek, mouth and nose, said that he was blessed to have survived the blast that happened just 100 meters away from him.
“I was driving a car passing the explosion site and suddenly felt the car pushed away fiercely by a wave,” he said.
According to rescue headquarters, more than 1,600 houses near the explosion site have been repaired, and the
remaining houses that suffered slight damage, such as broken windows and doors, will be repaired in a week. Owners of houses beyo
nd repair will get financial compensation or move to newly-established communities.
he State Council, China’s Cabinet, set up a special investigation group for the blast. The group on Saturday said the probe wo
uld be thorough and with no leniency. It also severely criticized the local government and the company invol
ved for not learning lessons from previous environmental violations and failing to make effective rectifications.
Official records show that the Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical Company, where the explosion too
k place, had been punished several times previously for using safety loopholes and violating environmental prote
ction regulations. Chenjiagang Chemical Park experienced several similar safety accidents in past years, too.
ment signed by China and Italy on Saturday, a total of 796 Chinese cultural relics that were taken overseas, which cover a wid
e spectrum of Chinese history ranging from 5,000 years ago to the early decades of the last century, will be returned to China.
This is the largest number of Chinese cultural relics to be returne
d from overseas since 1998, when the United Kingdom returned about 3,000 smuggled artifacts.
Yet 796 is rather small compared with 1.64 million, which is the total number of Chinese cu
ltural relics displayed by over 200 museums overseas, located in 47 countries and regions.
Combining the ones that are not exhibited, the total number of Chinese artifacts overseas might be as high as 17 million.
And the majority of the 17 million Chinese cultural relics were taken overseas in a way much worse
than illegal trade. Most of the lost relics were stolen during the invasions China suffered after the first Opium War in 1839, acco
mpanied by pillage of Chinese cities and villages, killing of innocent Chinese nationals, and the suffering of the whole nation.
ation in fields such as environment and sustainable energy, agriculture, sustainable urbani
zation, health, aviation, space technology, infrastructure and transportation, according to the communique.
The two sides also expres
Visiting President Xi Jinping met with Italian Senate Speaker Maria Elisabetta Alberti
Casellati here Friday on expanding exchanges and cooperation between the two countries’ legislative institutions.
China and Italy have enjoyed a traditional friendship, with the ancient Silk Road closely linking the two peoples, Xi said.
Since they established diplomatic relations nearly 50 years ago, the China-Italy ties have seen heal
thy and stable development, and the two countries have become important partners who trust each other and work together, Xi said.
sed willingness to strengthen cultural cooperation that includes heritage protection and figh
t against relic trafficking, education cooperation that highlights language studies, judicial coope
ration that involves extradition and anti-graft experience sharing, and law enforcement cooperation.
During Xi’s visit, the two sides signed 19 intergovernmental bilateral cooperation documents, the communique said.
gic nature of the China-Italy relations in the long term, and comp
rehensively elevate the level of their mutually beneficial cooperation, Xi said.
China is willing to enhance high-level guidance with the Italian side, respect each other
‘s major concerns, jointly build the Belt and Road, explore cooperation with third parties, boost cu
ltural exchanges and local-level cooperation, and strengthen popular support for bilateral relations, Xi said.
The Chinese president stressed that in recent years, China’s National People’s Congress and the Italian Senate have established a regular exchange mechanism.
China supports the two countries’ legislative bodies to carry out multi-level, wide-ranging and multi-channel exch
anges and cooperation, and share successful experience on major issues such as legislative supe
rvision, state governing, national economy and the people‘s livelihood, on the basis of mutual respect and mutual learning, Xi said.
play an active facilitating role, and create better conditions for and inject greater momentum into the development of bilateral relations.
The Italian Senate warmly welcomes Xi for his visit, Casellati said, notin
g that the Italian and Chinese peoples have always trusted each other and maintained pr
ofound friendship, with close ties in such fields as economy and trade, and culture.
The Senate speaker said she agrees with Xi on his remarks about the traditional friendly exchanges betwe
en the two countries dating back over 2,000 years, published in leading Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera ahead of his visit.
China and Italy are major countries that boast a rich culture, she said, adding that Italy is willing to boost communication and co
operation with the Chinese side in such fields as culture, art, language, heritage protection, tourism, science and tec
hnology, and innovation, and encourage their youths to increase exchanges and mutual understanding.
hina will take a solid step toward becoming a high-income country this year, creatin
g more space to deepen reform and expand opening-up, economists said on Friday.
A more balanced growth pattern will help the world’s s
econd-largest economy pass the “middle-income t
rap”, with consumption and high-tech manufacturing leading growth, they said at a B
eijing seminar leading up to the 2019 China Development Forum, which starts on Saturday.
After decades of rapid GDP growth, China’s economy has entered
a new era of moderately slowing expansion and a transition to a high-quality growth model. T
hat has pushed economists to reconsider some long-term issues, such as whether the economy would cool down sh
arply 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 country is to
adjust industrial structures and promote productivity,” said Zhu Min, an influ
ential Chinese economist and former deputy managing director at the International Monetary Fund.