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.
A constant temperature of 27 degrees, a water bowl that never freezes, a comfy mat, and no dogs allowed.
Those are the amenities for felines in a neighborhood in Beijing’s Sh
unyi district, where stray cats can loll around contentedly all winter, nibbling food and sipp
ing water, safe from the weather and provided with love through an artificial intelligence platform. It is purrfection.
Wan Xi, an engineer at Baidu Brain－the open AI platform of Baidu－had the idea of build
ing a smart shelter for strays when he found a kitten huddled on his car tire in the winter of 2017.
Winter is rough for stray animals, as they require extra calories to stay warm. Only around 40 perc
ent of stray cats find enough food and shelter to make it through the harsh temperatures.
Although volunteers offer water, food and even heating pads to stray animals, Beijing’s freezin
g winters can turn a bowl of water into ice before a cat can drink. Many stray cats don’t live more than two ye
ars. Those that are not neutered or spayed face more health problems and spawn more homeless cats.
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.
dual responsibility of offering suggestions and building consensus, and shoulder its political responsibilities of impleme
nting the CPC Central Committee’s decisions and plans, of meeting its requirements for CPPCC wo、
rk, and of pooling the wisdom and strength of all Chinese people, at home and overseas, for national rejuvenation, it says.
ang Yang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and cha
irman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), presides over the closing meet
ing of the second session of the 13th CPPCC National Committee at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 13, 2019.
Basketball legend Yao Ming has always voiced his support for physical education during the two sessions.
This year is no exception. Utilizing his position as a member of the Chinese People’s Polit
ical Consultative Conference’s National Committee, Yao called for more cross-departmental coope
ration and better coaching to further expand a school basketball program launched last year.
The program is meant not just to deepen the sport’s talent p
ool but, more importantly, to teach students life lessons that classroom study cannot.