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.
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.
ing in China. For one, pet cats are good stress-busters. And in these hectic, stressful times in urban areas, they could prove very useful, experts said.
Agreed Huang Xinyi, 28, a Beijing-based film producer. “Every time my cat purrs at me
, head-butts my face, and rubs against my leg, I want to hug him and kiss him all over.”
Many of her generation, aged 25 to 35, are busy pursuing busy careers in cities, far from their
hometowns. “I get lonely sometimes, but my cat has always been good company,” Huang said.
“Moreover, cats are more independent. I don’t have to walk my cat every day, but I play with him whenever I find some spare time.”
That is important for most young people struggling to find work-life balance in urban areas due to hectic lifestyles.
According to a report from Frost & Sullivan China, keeping cats for pets costs a little less than maintaining dogs.
sic NBA games will be offered to nearly 700 million consumers acr
oss Alibaba’s platforms, including leading B2C marketplace Tmall, social commerce des
tination Taobao, video-streaming platform Youku and browser and content platform UC.
The original programming will cover a wide range of popular basketball and cultural topics, including game predi
ctions, fashion, sneakers, and memorabilia. The content will be available throughout the regular season, NBA
All-Star, the NBA Playoffs and The Finals, bringing the latest NBA trends and news through various interactive fo
rmats, such as short videos and livestreaming by celebrities and influencers.
The NBA and Alibaba will also provide business partners with r
obust marketing solutions to promote their products and brands across Alibaba’s platforms.
technologies to support farmers to practice sustainable agricultural production.
“The combining chance of advanced breeding technologies that makes the seeds smarter and
more productive, together with modern crop protection products that are friendlier to the envir
onment, coupled with biological technologies that really helps explore the power of microorganisms in the soil, w
ith digital tools as integrators, you bring all of these together.”
In June 2018, Bayer completed its acquisition of Monsanto, a US seeds and agrochemic
als company, and became the world’s largest supplier of seeds and agricultural chemicals.
“We are a leader of agriculture,” Madrazo said, “when you look
at our new, integrated company there are three specific aspects that excite us: First one is our
top innovation ability; Second one is leading the digital transformation in agriculture; and the third one is we have a re
al opportunity to shape sustainability for the benefit of farmers, consumers and our planet.”
China’s private hospitals, as a beneficial supplement to the country’s public hospitals, sho
uld target market segments and offer high-value service to get market approval, experts said.
“Private hospitals are facing huge growth potential. They should p
osition themselves correctly, serve customers well, and offer good service,” said Zhang Che
ngyu, president of Shanghai United Family Pudong Hospital, a private hospital in Shanghai.
“Before restructuring in 2000, the annual revenue of Beijing Jiangong Hospital was 40 million yuan ($5.90 million), but in
2017, it reached 650 million yuan, a sixteen-fold increase, which demonstrates the effect of re
structuring,” said Cheng Libing, president of CR Medical, the parent company of the hospital.
According to Sun Baishun, deputy director of Beijing Jiangong Ho
spital, in 2017, total visits to the hospital reached 880,000, and there were 8,000 opera
tions performed to treat lung cancer. “Our hospital is a perfect supplement to public hospitals,” Sun said.