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ures are consistent with the top-line measured GDP growth number. For example, production and
supply of electricity, thermal power, gas and water increased by 7.1 percent in the quarter. Pl
us, value-added index of transport, storage and post increased by 7.3 percent.
A closer look at the highest growth sectors shows that the economy is moving toward the long-term goal of shif
ting away from a development strategy based on heavy investment in industry and
infrastructure to one based on services and domestic consumption. Also, more productive industries that tur
n out higher-value added goods are growing at a much faster rate than traditional heavy industry.
Among large companies, State-owned enterprises grew 4.5 percent yea
r-on-year while shareholding enterprises grew almost twice as fast, at 7.8 percent. So, stro
ng progress is being made toward the goal of promoting private enterprise, which was re
inforced by many policies announced at last month’s meeting of the National People’s Congress.
Growth in China’s energy consumption remains robust while the forms
of energy continued to diversify in 2018, according to an annual report on China’s energy devel
opment released Sunday by the China Electric Power Planning and Engineering Institute.
Total energy consumed last year reached 4.64 billion metric tons o
f standard coal, a year-on-year growth of 3.3 percent – a five-year record, according to the report.
Consumption of clean energy, including natural gas, hydropowe
r, nuclear power and wind power, accounted for 22.1 perc
ent of energy consumption last year, up 1.3 percent compared with the same period in 2017.
Non-fossil energy accounted for 14.3 percent, up 0.5 percentage points year-on-year, the report said.
China produced 3.77 billion tons of standard coal last year, up 5 percent year-on-year, a seve
n-year high. It has also become the world’s largest natural gas importer, with a heavier reliance on energy imports.
A total of 12 million yuan ($1.78 million) of cash will be granted to 12 international scientists for their
groundbreaking academic contributions to the fields of quantum computation and quantum com
munications, according to a press release by the newly founded Micius Quantum Foundation on Friday.
With a combined donation of 100 million yuan from Chinese entrepreneurs, the foundation based in Hefei, East China’s Anhu
i province, will give each of the six annual laureates one million yuan. The foundation, a non-profit organization, ai
ms to promote development of quantum information science and technology.
The Micius Quantum Prize’s 2018 and 2019 laureates were announ
ced at the same time, as selection of first-year nominees took longer than expected, said Luo
Yi, president of the foundation and a scientist from the University of Science and Technology of China, based in Hefei.
President says gathering sets stage for more Belt and Road progress, cooperation
More than $64 billion in deals were signed during the Second Belt a
nd Road Forum for International Cooperation, President Xi Jinping told members of the me
dia from home and abroad in Beijing after the three-day event concluded on Saturday.
In addition, Xi said, during the preparation and holding of the fo
rum, parties reached 283 pragmatic outcomes, including intergovernmental cooperation agre
ements, cooperative projects and the launch of multilateral cooperation platforms.
The outcomes fully demonstrate that joint building of the Belt and Road conforms to the trend of the times, wi
nning the hearts of the people, improving livelihoods and benefiting the whole world, he said.
ancing needs, sustainable development and debt sustainability, according to Finance Minister Liu Kun.
“We will build a high-standard and high-quality financing system to s
upport long-term and sustainable BRI investment while preventing debt risks,” Liu said.
He suggested promoting financing cooperation for projects in
third-party countries, equity investment and attracting more private funding.
Enhancing debt and risk management is a key consideration for deepening BRI financi
ng cooperation, said Yi Gang, governor of the People’s Bank of China, the central bank.
“The debt issue in developing countries should be treated objective
ly. If debt growth is accompanied by infrastructure improvement, enhancement of people’s liveliho
ods and productivity and poverty reduction, it will be beneficial for the sustainability of long-term debt,” Yi said.