Top economic planner bullish on reaching annual growth

China’s economy, despite headwinds, has enjoyed a good start in the first quarter of 2019, and the country has the confide

nce to achieve the annual projected growth goal, said the country’s top economic planner.

“The first quarter’s stable economic development has laid a solid foundation for the an

nual growth,” said Yuan Da, spokesperson with the National Development and Reform Commission.

“The economy has stayed on the track of steady growth. We have the confidence, conditio

ns and capability to meet the projected targets for economic and social development this year.”

Yuan made the remarks at the NDRC press conference on Thursday in Beijing.

According to data from the National Bureau of Statistics, China’s economy expanded at a faster-than-expected 6.4 perce

nt year-on-year in the first quarter. The growth was unchanged from that in the fourth quarter in 2018.

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In 2017 the institute’s bioethics review committee

n evaluated and approved the experiment before applying for National Natural Scie

nce Foundation of China funds, with the project gaining the foundation’s support.

“Experimenting on nonhuman primate models to research the brain’s cognitive function, de

velopment and related diseases have great scientific and medical values,” the statement said.

“For research purposes, there are precedents of scientists implanting human genes int

o lab animals such as mice, rats, and macaque monkeys, and these researchers have made great con

tributions to understanding life, disease mechanisms and clinical drug development.”

In 2008 US scientists implanted macaque monkeys with Huntington’s disease to further understand the condition and possib

ly identify a new form of treatment, with the project’s findings published in the journal Nature.

In 2009 Japanese scientists created the world’s first transgenic primates

and bred monkeys with a gene that made the animals’ skin glow a fluorescent green.

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to ease permanent residency requirements in large cities

China said Monday it will ease the requirements for permanent residency in many large cities as part of its new urbanization push.

Restrictions on permanent residence permits should be scrapped in cities with populations betw

een 1 million and 3 million, according to a document outlining key urbanization tasks this year release

d by the National Development and Reform Commission, the country’s top economic planner.

For cities with populations of 3 million to 5 million, the qualifications for such permits should be “fully relaxed,” and the restrict

ions for certain key groups of people to get such permits should be removed, the document said.

Previously, the country has already gradually abolished permanent residency r

estrictions in small and medium-sized cities and towns with populations below 1 million.

The NDRC document also demanded cities with populations abo

ve 5 million to improve their policies and drastically expand the scale of permanent residency.

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Besides, most of the steel firms in the region still

use blast furnaces that are more polluting than electric furnaces, which res

ults in huge energy consumption and pollution discharge burdens, according to Lyu.

To better protect the environment, it is not enough to relocate the production capacity f

rom one place to another within a province as some local governments have done, he added.

Lyu made the remarks at the 2019 China Iron and Steel Develo

pment Forum, which was jointly held by the China Metallurgical Industry Planning & Res

earch Institute and the Chinese Academy of Engineering in Beijing over the weekend.

Since 2016, China has made remarkable progress in reducing overcapacity in the sector, fulfilling th

e upper overcapacity reduction goals for the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) two years in advance. The util

ization rate of crude steel capacity has risen from 70 percent in 2015 to more than 80 percent now, according to Lyu.

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Detailed analysis of the fragment indicated that the

 bird’s reproductive system was not behaving normally. The eggshell consists of two layers instea

d of one as in normal, healthy bird eggs, indicating the egg was retained too long inside the abdomen, Bailleul said.

This condition occurs in living birds as a result of stress. Unlaid eggs may be coated with a second laye

r, or sometimes more, of shell. This abnormality has also been documented in sauropod dinosaurs, and in fossil and living turtles.

In addition, the eggshell was extremely thin, thinner than a sheet of paper, and did not have the proportions of a healthy egg, Bailleul said.

hina’s civil aviation regulator has temporarily stopped issuing airworthine

ss certificates for Boeing 737 Max 8s because of safety concerns, a move an expert said will bring huge economic losses to Boeing.

Two Boeing 737 MAX 8s have crashed in the last five months. All 157 pa

ssengers and crew members of a 737 MAX 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines died on Mar 10, includi

ng eight Chinese nationals. In October, the same model of plane, operated by Lion Air, went down over the Java Sea, killing 189.

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hina posts rising power generationis installed at the Fuqing nu

China’s power generation rose 2.9 percent year on year to hit 1.09 trillion kwh in the

first two months of the year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

The expansion was 3.4 percentage points lower than that for December.

NBS attributed the slowing growth to a high comparative base from the same period last year and the warm weather this year.

In February alone, the power generation climbed 6.8 percent from the previous year, much faster than the growth in January.

In breakdown, generation of hydroelectricity posted faster growth in Jan.-Feb. period, rising 6.6 percent year on

year, compared with a 0.9-percent decrease last December, while solar power production saw a 3.8-percent increase.

Electricity generated by thermal, nuclear and wind power facilities expanded at a slower pace, the NBS data showed.

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I made some minor mistakes in the forward and backward

dives, but did a good job in the next four routines. It is a special pressure competing the sync

hro because I don’t want to drag my partners down. I tried to catch up with the pace of each partner, whil

e I just need to concentrate on my own in the individual,” Cao said after the 10m platform final in the morning.

Cao stood atop the podium of the 3m springboard synchro later in the evening with Xie Siyi, wi

nning 469.08, well ahead of the runners-up Jahir Ocampo Marroquin/Rommel Pacheco Marrufo of Me

xico (413.61) and Philippe Gagne/Francois Imbeau-Dulac of Canada (399.48).

Daniel Goodfellow/Jack Laugher of Britain placed second after five dives but made a big mistake in their last dive 109C for zero point.

“I had a quick rest at noon and managed to make myself excited for the evening final. I was happy that we performed our best,” Cao said.

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China’s Dark Matter Particle Explorer detected unexpected and

and mysterious signals in its measurement of high-energy cosmic rays, which might bring scientists a step closer to shedding light on invisible dark matte

r. It is the first time a space experiment has reported a detailed and precise electron and positron spectrum up t

o about 5 tera-electron-volts (TeV, corresponding to 1 trillion times the energy of visible light). In this energy ran

ge, the Chinese researchers detected a spectral break at 0.9 TeV and a possible spike at 1.4 TeV.

7.BREAKTHROUGH IN STUDYING WATER STRUCTURE

Using China-developed new atomic force microscopy, scientists have observed the atomic structur

e of the hydrated ions in their natural environment. It is the first time visualizing the atomic structure of hyd

rated ions since the notion was proposed more than 100 years ago. Scientists also discovered that exactly three water molecules are needed to allo

w a single sodium ion to travel 10 to 100 times faster than other ion hydrates – a process that could lead to more ef

ficient ion batteries, anti-corrosion coatings and seawater desalination plants.

8.SUPER-RESOLUTION IMAGING TECHNIQUE

A team of Chinese and U.S. scientists developed a new imaging tec

hnology that can perform high-speed, long-term and super-resolution imaging of intracellular phy

siological processes. Using this technique, a variety of new interactions between organelles were discovered.

9.BALANCED PLANT GROWTH

Crops can be bred with high yields and less fertilizer, as Chinese resea

rchers found a growth-regulating transcription factor GRF4 that had the opposite effect of

a growth-inhibiting protein called DELLA in crops. GRF4 and DELLA existed in a balance that regulated plant gr

owth and nitrogen metabolism. The finding could aid efforts toward reaching sustainable global food safety.

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Flight inspections at new Beijing airport complete ddays early

  Beijing’s new international airport finished its flight inspections on Sunday, 19 days ahead of schedule, according to the civil aviation authority.

  At 10:20 am, an aircraft taking off from Beijing Capital Internation

al Airport in the northeastern part of the city landed smoothly on the northern run

way at Beijing Daxing International Airport. The Civil Aviation Administration’s North China Regional Bu

reau called the event a “successful completion” in a news release, referring to its series of flight inspections.

  The inspections, which lasted for 34 days, started on Jan 22 and were suppo

sed last until March 15 to cover the airport’s four runways, six landing systems, lighting facilities and other services.

  Flight inspections, which all airports must undergo before opening, are designed to ensure the airport’s flight pro

cedures and aviation navigational aids will be ready for operation, according to the news release.

  Daxing airport is scheduled to be completed by June 30 and enter commercial operation before Sept 30.

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Aid is piling up on Venezuela’s border. Here’s why it’s not

  On February 23, humanitarian aid will enter Venezuela one way or another,” the country’s self-declared president Juan Guaido d

eclared earlier this month. But not so fast — President Nicolas Maduro, who won reelection in a widely-criticized vote last year, has pr

omised to block the supplies, and organizations including the Red Cross and United Nations have refused to help.

  The slow advance of aid toward impoverished Venezuela has become a proxy measure of

the power struggle between its two rival presidents. At the same time, there is little doubt that the Ve

nezuelan people are in need of help. So why is it so hard to agree on aid?

  What is happening?

  Venezuela is dealing with the worst economic crisis in its history. One

in 10 Venezuelans are undernourished, and the economic crisis has triggered an exo

dus of at least three million people, according to the International Organization of Migration.

  Venezuela closes key maritime, air borders with neighbors amid growing aid crisis

  Guaido has thrown all his weight behind a “humanitarian channel” that would bring tons of mu

ch-needed aid from foreign countries into Venezuela. But the plan isn’t just benevolent — it’s als

o a direct jab at Maduro, who for years has denied that a humanitarian crisis was happening in Venezuela.

  ”The impact of the humanitarian aid is highly political,” admits Jua

n Miguel Matheus, an MP for the opposition. “Our first and primary goal is to provide relief for

the Venezuelan population, but after that, with this move we want to checkmate Maduro.

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