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n Tuesday afternoon, Xi called for efforts to make new advances in the development of the countr
y’s central region. Xi presided over the meeting,
at which he was briefed by the Party secretaries of Shanxi, Anhui, Jiangxi, He nan, Hubei and Hunan provinces, as well as He Lifeng, head of the National Developm
ent and Reform Commission. Promoting the rise of the central region is an important strategic decis
ion made by the CPC Central Committee, Xi said, adding that it has great significance in ac
e goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects. Xi said that although China is still in an impor
tant period of strategic opp ortunity for its development, the country faces an increasingly complicated international situation.
tween China and economies related to the Belt and Road Initiative ex
ceeded $130 billion between 2013 and 2018, inj
ecting new growth momentum into BRI-rela ted countries and contributing to recovery of the global economy, senior Chinese officials said on Monday.
irect 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 Compreh
ensive 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 coun
tries 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.
ent of the Belt and Road Initiative, are boosted by China and Azerbaijan
via linking people of the two countries in cultural ex
change, education, human itarian dialogue and tourism cooperation. China and Azerbaijan signed a m
emorandum of understanding to stim ulate tourism between the two countries. “Data from 2018 shows 15,000 Chinese tourists visited Azerbaijan last year, w
hich is not enough of course, and we aim to do mor
e to attract more visitors in the coming years,” Hajiyev said. He also highlighted education exchanges between the two countries, as China has sent students to study language in Azerba
ijan and viceAs Azerbaijan has a favorable political and geographic location
, the country aims to become a tran sport hub connecting Europe and Asia under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative. “The point of the transp
ortation network is to integrate it with the original countries,” Hajiyev said, adding Azerbaijan has built a network of transp
ortation including seaports, airports, railways and land roads.-versa. “We are looking forward to increase the numb
er of (students) because we see they can play the role of a humanitarian bridge between our countries.”
d further enhance border management to safeguard the safety and stability of the border region, Xi said.
China-Myanmar relations have develope
d well in all areas, Xi said, add ing that the two countries have made new progress in jointly building the Belt and Road.
tion between the two countries and the two armies has maintained sustainable and healthy dev elopment, Xi said, adding that the visit is expected to bring new progress in their defense and military cooperation.
Hlaing said Myanmar and China have a long history of traditional friend ship, and the two countries and two armies have maintained good development.
Myanmar is grateful for China’s support for the d
evelopment of the country and the ar my, he said, adding that Myanmar appreciates China’s support of its domestic peace process.
Myanmar welcomes and supports the building of the Belt and Road, and the country wo
uld like to take effective measures to maintain the stability of the border region, he added.
Min Aung Hlaing is making his fifth visit to China since becoming Myanmar’s commander-in-chief of defense services in 2011.
mmercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC), for example. At the earliest, COMAC will get the airworth
iness certificate for C919 in 2021. Besides, just obtaining the certificate does no
t reduce even a bit of the difficulty in making and delivering the aircraft. As the history of aircraft manufacturing shows, it is almost impossible for manufacturer
s to obtain airworthiness certificate and deliver aircraft to the purchasers on time. M
ore often than not, aerospace companies ta ke several years more than the promised time to deliver the aircraft. For instance, both Boeing 787 Drea
mliner and Airbus 380 were delivered years b
ehind schedule. Which means delayed delivery is a norm in the aerospace industry. In short, it would take decades for Chinese manufacturers to mass-produce airplanes irrespective of the rise and fall of other aircraft makers.
China has made great strides in industrialization during the 40 years of reform and opening
-up, but for that it learned from develop
ed countries’ experiences and put its own experiences to good use. The complete system of research, development, safety, production, supply chain and service that took Boein
g and Airbus decades to establish should be what Chinese aircraft manufacturers should strive for. With continuo
us efforts, C919 could earn its place in the civil aviation industry－perhaps 10, even 20, years later.