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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.
public remarks made by Xi from September 2013 to July 2018.
Since Xi proposed the BRI in 2013, he has spoken about the initiative on many occasions.
The discourses have provided guidance for the country to develop international cooperation, i
mprove global economic governance and promote the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.
Russia – There is no alternative to the peaceful solution of nuclear and
other issues on the Korean Peninsula, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday, follow
ing a meeting with top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un.
Russia, for its part, is ready to continue cooperation to reduce tensions on the peninsu
a, and to strengthen security in Northeast Asia as a whole, said Putin at a reception in honor of Kim.
Putin said he was convinced that with active participation of the international community and all inte
rested states, the goal of ensuring lasting peace, stability and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula can be achieved.
alia. In fact, any organizations or individuals providing communication services to Australia
are subject to its jurisdiction, whether its “company, server, manufacturing location” is locat
ed in Australia or not. More shockingly, the law imposes an extraordinary duty of confidentiality. The priva
te sector, which assists law enforcement, cannot disclose the details of the instructions it receives, or even the ins
tructions themselves. Otherwise, the violators will be put into prison for up to five years.
In The Spirit of the Laws, Montesquieu warned: “Constant experience shows us that every
man invested with power is apt to abuse it, and to carry his authority as far as it will go.” The bill, with its secrecy, broa
d jurisdiction and powers that can set up “backdoors” of systems, has caused widespread fear among Austr
alians, with many thinking the law has opened “Pandora’s box” of “surveillance states”.
tween China and economies related to the Belt and Road Initiative ex
ceeded $130 billion between 2013 and 2018, injecting new growth momentum into BRI-rela
ted countries and contributing to recovery of the global economy, senior Chinese officials said on Monday.
China’s direct investment in BRI-related countries grew by 5.2 percent a
nnually on average to surpass $90 billion between 2013 and 2018, Song Lihong, an officia
l in the Ministry of Commerce’s Comprehensive Department, said at a news conference.
Song said that in the same period, China had received a total of
$40 billion in inbound investment from BRI countries as two-way investment deepened.
Within the five years, the value of the projects completed
by Chinese companies in BRI economies amounted to $400 billion, Song said.
The value of trade in goods between China and BRI-related economies exceeded $6 trillion in the same period, an av
rage annual growth of 4 percent, higher than the overall growth of China’s foreign trade, he added.
ational Cooperation, to be held in Beijing on Thursday through Saturday, S
ong said the ministry will help deepen economic and trade cooperation with other coun
tries. “China will build more free trade zones with countries that are willing to do so,” Song added.
“As for the existing free trade zones, we will reduce administrative barriers in trade
and investment and push the formation of a big Belt and Road marketplace.”
While some critics have argued that the initiative will lead countries i
nto debt traps, Song said debt can be solved through joint efforts to promote the devel
opment of BRI economies. “Even though some countries may have high debt levels, as their pace of indus
trialization, urbanization and modernization accelerates, their debts will gradually decrease.”
Joe Kaeser, president and CEO of Siemens AG, said, “If an initiative like the BRI unifies more than two-thirds of the global
population, it will create massive infrastructure and economic movement that will build its own rules.”