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Sang Shulou, 36, was discharged from the hospital after recei

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.

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cultural relics home, but 17 million overseasAccording to

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.

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More air links can be expected as the two sides agreed

to facilitate airlines from each other to do business and ease the market access for them, according to the communique.

During his state visit to Italy from March 21 to 24, Xi held talks with Italian President Sergio Mattar

ella and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on bilateral ties, as well as regional and international issues of common interest.

The communique said the two sides have agreed to advance China-Italy comprehe

nsive strategic partnership in the spirit of mutual respect and mutual benefit for win-win outcomes.

Actions will be taken to fully implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, it added.

The two sides reiterated their commitment to promote multilat

eralism and maintain the international system with the United Nations at its core. They agre

ed to oppose protectionism of any form, promote trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, maintain the

World Trade Organization (WTO)’s central role and jointly push for necessary reforms to the WTO.

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The two sides agreed to work with each other on coopera

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.

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The visit is meant to consolidate the stability and strate

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.

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He said he hopes that the Italian Senate will continue to pl

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.

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Economy moves closer to ‘high-income’ statusn automobile plant in

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.

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The United States principals will be accompanied by Dep

eputy USTR Jeffrey Gerrish and other senior officials from the USTR Office and the Department of the Treasury.

“The United States looks forward to welcoming a delegation from China led by Vic-P

remier Liu He for meetings in Washington starting on April 3,” the statement said.

The message echoed an announcement by China’s Ministry of Commerce on Thursday that the two sides will start the eigh

th round of trade talks in Beijing, followed by the ninth round in Washington early next month.

The two sides have recently had several phone conversations on eco

nomic and trade issues and agreed on the schedule, according to ministry spokesman Gao Feng.

Negotiations led by Vice-Premier Liu and USTR Lighthizer from Feb 21 to 24 in Washington yielded “substantial prog

ress” on specific issues such as technology transfer, protection of intellectual property rights, non-tariff barri

ers, services industry, agriculture and exchange rates, according to a statement from the Chinese delegation.

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The welder spent another three hours on Friday morning but

had to quit again as he had to pick up his son from primary school at noon. He joined the line again aft

er lunch, but he didn’t have any idea about when his turn will come when

China Daily interviewed him at 4:30 pm.

There were so many donators that the organizers brought dozens of stools to the site so that people could rest after waiting a long time.

Many people also came to Xiangshui People’s Hospital to offer free food and

medicine for those hospitalized. Chen Y

ueru, a member of local volunteer association, said they have received 2,177

boxes of packed food for lunch, more tha

n 10,000 bottles of water, 24 boxes of ham sausage and 14 boxes of instant noodle and 500 breads at the hospital.

She said clothes are in demand for many of the injured as the belongings of many

have been buried in debris and stained with blood and dirt.

Gao, the red society volunteer, said a company has donated about 600 bottles of a spe

cial medicine for wound sterilization and has also sent medicine for the injured.

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“If Thailand had not missed several good opportunities, the

Chinese squad would be in an even more embarrassing position.

“Chinese soccer is no longer among the best in Asia … for a long time now, we have been in th

e second tier. Although we call our league the Chinese Super League, the word ‘super’ only exists in the name.”

Retired Chinese international Li Yi, who helped Shenzhen win the 2004 CSL title, also expressed his concern online.

“The current Thailand national team players are all in their prim

e, and they will be strong opponents for Team China for the next few years,” said Li.

“Now the old generation of Chinese players is retiring, but the young guns still cannot sho

ulder the responsibility. The qualifying games for the next World Cup are coming. We must try harder!”

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