kely to attract millions of people across Chin

to skiing, skating and other winter sports, which in turn will promote more national and int

ernational winter sports events. With the aim to better develop winter sports, governments at all levels shou

ld issue policies to encourage more people, in particular, teenagers, to follow and play winter sports.

Besides, the government should learn from the experiences of Nordic countries how to increase the popularity of winter sports.

Li Hai, director of the School of Economics and Management, Shanghai University of Sport

Concerted efforts to develop winter sports

Winter sports have become increasingly popular in recent years, especially after China won the bid to host the 2022 Winte

r Olympics, creating a huge opportunity for the development of the winter sports industry.

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hina sees the BRI as a method by wermanent c

hich it can make a substantial and permanent contributi

on to lasting peace, common security and global prosperity.

“While some Westerners may scoff at the impact they think the BRI may have on these is

sues, Xi genuinely sees the BRI as a global development project and will continue to wholeh

eartedly put China’s money, resources and energies into this project,” he said.e of these concerns is the

need for infrastructure projects to be more responsive to the local circumstances of BRI me

Chen Weihua in Brussels, Bo Leung in London,

Zhao Huanxin in Washington, Edith Mutethya in Nairobi and Chen Yingqun in Beijing contributed to this story.

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Beijing to enlarge collaborative outreachcorations are pre

Beijing’s municipal government has built bridges between Chinese co

mpanies and countries associated with the Belt and Roa

d Initiative in recent years and plans to enlarge its communication in more fields in the future.

Xiong Jiuling, head of Beijing’s Foreign Affairs Office, said the capital w

ill make greater efforts in nongovernmental exchange programs this year by enh

ancing cooperation in commerce, technology, culture, education and urban management with other nations.

“We will employ better arrangements and methods to coordinat

e different departments to realize our target without increasing government spending,” she said.

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Benat opened the scoring for the home side with a

spectacular 41st minute free kick, but Borja Baston equalized four minutes later in a game in which both teams looked flat in their third game in seven days.

Leganes and Celta Vigo drew 0-0, which draws Celta a point closer to

survival and means they remain unbeaten since Iago Aspas returned to the side after injury.

In overseas ventures, insurance gives firms a sure footing

Overseas investment inevitably means risks and uncertainties for Chinese comp

anies, but many have started using insurance services to help control and reduce risks.

“Chinese companies face new situations while investing overseas, namely that global politi

cs and economics have become more complex,” said Wang Tingke, general manager of China Export and Cr

edit Insurance Corporation, or Sinosure, China’s State-funded policy-oriented insurance company.

“So while going abroad, Chinese companies need to i

ncrease their awareness of risks and set up comprehensive risk management systems.”

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Xi’s speech draws positive reactions at Second Belt and Road

Editor’s note: President Xi Jinping delivered a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing

on Friday.China is going to open much more as it did before f

or foreign investment, and this is quite important for the whole initiative.

Here is a collection of comments from foreign ministers, delegates, and reporters attending the forum.

President Xi offered a vision of the Belt and Road Initiative t

hat inspires confidence in us, especially as small island developing states.

Facing challenges such as global warming and lack of development

financing, we in the Caribbean region welcome the opportunities presented by the initiative.

President Xi must be commended for his visionary leadership an

d his boldness in offering a new path for a brighter and shared future.

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President Xi’s speech was an assurance to Africa an

 the rest of the world that the Belt and Road Initiative is a helping hand try to help Africa get out of the problems of poor infras

tructure. For me, I think it is very important. And African countries should clap hands for this assistance.

Improving the infrastructure, which is very key in reducing the cost of doing business

in Africa and at the same time creating job opportunities, will help Africa in a few years.

What really interests me is that President Xi talks about the fact that the

initiative boosts the developments of countries along the Belt and Road Initiative.

He talks about the fact that different railways have been built. Some other pipeli

nes have been also constructed. The Belt and Road Initiative has connected many different areas which are very importa

nt. We really need this kind of interconnection. So now countries will become closer due to the Belt and Road Initiative.

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President Xi invited the world to take part in the Belt

and Road initiative, calling on free and inclusive trade, global cooperation in the spirit of peace and pr

ogress, and the exchange and enhancement of the cultural foundations of human mankind. His rem

arks were very well received by the attending heads of states and other distinguished delegates. He called on the world

to give up on protectionism, nationalism and isolationism. Xi added that the B&R is building bridges to make the world a better place.

We heard from the Chinese president about the me

aning and the importance of the initiative, which is cooperation and benefits for all.

A new law in China about foreign investment opens the do

or for businessmen from outside to come in. It shows that China not only announced the inves

tment but at the same time it shows us how the procedures to continue to develop this initiative.

The initiative is important not only for China but for the world.

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President Xi’s speech deeply motivated us and touch

ed our heart. I have the same feeling about world development. The speech really firms our belief in a more intercon

nected and mutually developed world. China’s policy of persisting in reform and opening up is an inspiring polic

y to the world. It will build so many bridges of mutual development for the belt and road region. China is going to main

tain a friendly and peaceful development attitude, and it will help the Belt & Road countries to get investment wit

h high quality. Also, President Xi really showed us a new model of development and investment, focusing on s

ustainable development, green economy, which helps the world to become a better place to live.

More Chinese will take medium- and short-distance trips during the May Day holiday after it was ext

ended to four days and travel time by high-speed train was shortened, according a travel report released recently.

The Labor Day holiday this year has been extended from one to four

days, according to the State Council’s response to an appeal from the public in March.

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The remote sensing can also be used in making elec

ctric and visual files for water source protection zones after matching the satellite remote sensing images and the ground si

tuation. Such work has been trialed in four cities. In the future, satellite remote sensing will become a nor

mal method in everyday law enforcement of water sources and long-term supervise.

“The innovation of using satellite remote sensing in water protection has

made water source protection precise and intelligent. The management of water sour

ce no longer totally depends on manpower,” said Yao Yanjuan, expert of satellite center with the Ministry of Ecol

ogy and Environment.Baishatuo Yangtze River railway bridge, a decades-old structure in Southwest China’s Cho

ngqing municipality, was officially retired from service on Tuesday. Completed in 1959, the 820-meter-long tru

ss bridge which carries two tracks of the Chongqing-Guiyang Railway was the first bridge over the Yangtze River in Chon

gqing and only the second along the main stretch of the river between Yibin city and the river mouth in Shangha

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Developments in space plans announcedious types

China aims to place a scientific research station near the

moon’s south pole in about 10 years, as well as conduct other explor

ation missions using astronauts on the lunar surface, a senior space official said on Wednesday.

Zhang Kejian, head of the China National Space Administrati

on, made the announcement at the opening ceremony of t

he 4th China Space Day in Changsha, Hunan province. He did not elaborate on the plans.

He noted ongoing plans to launch the Chang’e 5 lunar probe later thi

s year to collect samples and return them to Earth an

d that Shaoshan, the hometown of Mao Zedong, will be one of the permanent storage centers for the lunar samples.

Zhang added that the country plans to launch its first probe to explore Mars next year.

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