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rcrowding and rampant construction plaguing cities, and the development of cities will also offer unique ways to bring about rural revitalization,” Chen said.
“As restrictions on hukou will gradually be removed, cities need to be well-prepared to offer
accommodation and employment opportunities, and allow children of migrant workers to have equal access to education,” Chen added.
China has made steady progress in urbanization, as the ranks of permanent urban r
esidents stood at 831 million at the end of 2018, up 17.9 million from the previous year, said the National Bureau of Statistics.
Last month, the National Development and Reform Commission said it
plans to increase the urbanization rate by at least 1 percentage point by the end of this year.
Shen Chi, vice-director of the China Center for Urban Development, said the government’s new
plan will help foster high-quality and sustainable economic development across the nation.
“Relaxing the hukou policy will be a key step in promoting the free flow of labor across
the nation,” Shen said. “A systematic consideration and arrangement of the integratio
rch and field development resources to expand in the Chinese market over the coming years, he said.
Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng said last month that the t
wo countries’ negotiating teams are hashing out the text of a deal, including an enfo
rcement mechanism, based on mutual respect and benefit. Both countries, the world’s two biggest eco
nomies, have been intensifying their consultations and aiming to break the deadlock in a timely manner.
In the ninth round of trade consultations, negotiators discussed tec
hnology transfers, protection of intellectual property rights, non-tariff measures, the servi
ce sector, agriculture, trade imbalances and enforcement mechanisms.
Trade between China and the US amounted to 815.86 billion yuan ($121.7 billion) i
n the first quarter of the year, an 11 percent year-on-year decline, according to the General Administration of Cus
toms. In March, Sino-US trade climbed 0.1 percent to 291.35 billion yuan, according to the administration.
ard the bilateral collaboration and joint research on protection and conservation of endangered species of wildlife and biodiversity,” he said.
Erica Kohler, director of operations of the San Diego Zoo, told Xinhua it
is sad to see the two pandas leaving for China. However, it is also a time to celebrate the successful coll
aboration with China on the joint research of panda breeding and wild life protection.
Dubbing the pandas “the friendship ambassadors” from China, she said Bai Yun and Xiao Liwu attracted about 2 million visitors to the zoo each year.
As the first panda on loan, Bai Yun, arrived at the San Diego Zoo in 1996. The cuddly panda soon became an iconic imag
e of the zoo and one of the most popular animals. The name of her son, Xiao Liwu, means Little Gift in English.
Gaylene Thomas, animal care supervisor of the San Diego Zoo, told Xi
nhua that they learned a lot from the giant pandas and gathered data from them.
Thomas said as a great mother of six baby pandas, Bai Yun has a very good character, is very easy-going.
accelerate the process to fully lower the market access threshold for foreign investments in
banking, securities and insurance, the premier said. Service sectors, including medical care and educ
ation, will be opened up along with transportation, infrastructure and energy, he said.
Li said China will further make it easier for foreign companies to set up a venture capital presence and will improve regulati
ons on foreign investors’ strategic investments in listed companies and their mergers with and acquisitions of domestic enterprises.
Also, preferential policies for investments from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan w
ill remain unchanged, and greater development opportunities will be offered for them, Li said.
Wang Huiyao, president of the Center for China and Globalizaton, said he was impressed by Li’s speech to cl
ean up rules and regulations inconsistent with the Foreign Investment Law as well as to launch a more streamlined negative list.
“It shows China’s attitude of further opening-up, which is a higher-level and more concrete commitment of China,” he said.
Leif Johansson, chairman of global biopharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, said
Li’s speech reflects the determination to create a more open, fair and transpare