Under the guideline, released by the Central Committee of

the Communist Party of China and the State Council, China’s cabinet, Chinese authorities will consolidate the produc

tion capacity of such products as edible-oil crops and cotton through improving quality and efficiency.

The nation will also improve the subsidy policy for soybean and corn producers this year, while also

scaling up imports of agricultural products in shortage and diversifying import channels, the g

uideline read. China will also cultivate a group of multinational agricultural enterprises.

Jiao Shanwei, editor-in-chief of grain portal cngrain.com in Central China’s Henan Province, told the Global Times that the guide

line, which is issued at the beginning of each year and widely interpreted as laying a policy framework for

China’s agricultural industry, sends a clear signal to the market that China will take measures such as importing from alte

rnative sources like Russia and Brazil as well as encouraging domestic cultivation, to be less reliant on US soybean imports this year.

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Authorities guarded Boeung Kroam Lake for more

than a month before the event – to prevent illegal fishing and ensure there would be enough to catch at the annual event.

It kicked off in the early morning with hundreds of villagers racing to the lake, spo

rting straw hats and traditional scarves to shield themselves from the blazing sun.

The mood was light-hearted and many opted to grill the morning’s catch by the lake over a smoldering fire.

But for villagers who had attended the event for several years, the day’s haul proved disappointing.

“Before, there were bigger fish,” said Chin Khoung, 50.

“Now the fish are small and there’s less [of them].”

The Southeast Asian country, which boasts the mighty Mekong River and its man

y tributaries, is heavily reliant on fish as a major source of protein for its population.

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Preynat was suspended by the church that year

ally emerged that his cardinal, Philippe Barbarin, had confronted him about “the

rumors” in 2010 but the priest claimed he had changed.

Four years later Barbarin, who is now archbishop of Lyon in southeastern

France, informed the Vatican about the case but did not tell the police.

The 68-year-old cardinal and five former aides have recently been tried for their part in the cover-up and a verdict is expected on March 7.

The film’s title comes from Barbarin’s exclamation of relief that the abuse was thought to be covered by the statute of limitations.

It tells the story of the scandal while sticking closely to its emotional impact on three vict

ims-turned-activists, who begin to confront their trauma publicly with the support of their families.

Ozon said the reaction from several French bishops and senior clergy who have seen the fil

m had been positive, adding that he hoped it would provoke debate beyond France.

Ozon changed the names of the victims in the film, but not those of Preynat or Barbarin.

He argued that everything in the film had already been reported in the press, and that Preynat had confessed to the abuse of around 80 boys.

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Many private enterprises pledged equity to borrow money

stock or real estate investment, instead of investing in their main business, which is not recommended. What we should encourage is tha

t companies should finance R&D and technology, which is conducive to economic development.

Cai Fang, vice president of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

What lies behind the economic slowdown is the disappearance of the demographic dividend, which has ca

used a decline in the potential growth rate, meaning there is no longer a gap between actual growth rat

es and potential rates. Now, the natural unemployment rate has climbed from 4 to 5 percent, indicating there is no cyc

lical unemployment at present and thus excessive strong stimulus is unnecessary.

The government should focus policymaking on public employment services like

training and appropriately use macroeconomic policy tools to regulate the economy.

Lou Jiwei, chairman of the National Council for Social Security Fund

Industrial policy played a certain role in the early economic developmen

t stage, but later, the actual role of industrial policy was not all positive. Take the auto ind

ustry as an example. The current “big three” private car manufa

cturers have basically broken the constraints of industrial policies to grow up.

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Fan Gang, director of China’s National Economic Research

 Institute and vice president of the China Society of Economic Reform

Structural reform on the supply side and the macro adjustment to the demand-side can be done at the same time.

While we must push forward with reforms continuously, whenever there are econom

ic fluctuations, it is still necessary to take some macro-control measures.

That’s what developed countries and market-economy countries have done to stabilize their economies over the years.

We can’t hold back some necessary adjustment me

asures on the demand side just because supply-side reform fails to see results. We need action on both sides.

When we discuss reforms, don’t forget that if the reform isn’t rolled out amid a stable develop

ment environment and the economy doesn’t move at a stable growth level, it will be hard to advance many reforms.

Huang Yiping, deputy dean of the National School of Development of Peking University

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bilateral trade is expected to further increase provided that

there is a relatively stable world economy. The high-technology sector and e-commerce can be

especially fast-growing given their rapid development in both countries, Li Xin, director of the Ru

ssian Center for Central Asian Studies at the Shanghai Institute of International Studies, told the Global Times on Thursday.

Li added that some traditional industries, such as energy, could witness a decrease in total trade as international fuel prices decline.

The expansion in China-Russia trade in 2018 was largely due to stable international economic growth and a closer

bilateral relationship, rather than a consequence of the China-US trade dispute, Li said.

Both countries have introduced policies encouraging trade cooperation, and these policies have clearly borne fruit, Li said.

However, the US-China trade conflict, which is hitting global confidence, could potentially play hav

oc with the world economy including trade between China and Russia if it escalates further in 2019, according to Li.

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s not merely for the Pearl River Delta Area but also integrat

with China’s overall development plan,” said Chen.The guideline covers the period from now to 2022 in the near term and extends to 2035 in the long term.

By 2022, a first-class international bay area with urban clusters should be basically established, fe

aturing outstanding innovation ability and beautiful environments. By 2035, high-level interconnectivity in the ma

rkets in the Greater Bay Area should be realized with synergized regional development.

The grand plan calls for measures to strengthen cooperation in innovat

ion and technology, enhance the building of basic innovation capacity, improved the

in-depth integration of industries, academia and research, and deepen reform of innovation systems and m

echanisms in the region, as well as step up the protection and exploitation of intellectual property rights.

Chen said the Greater Bay Area will play a significant role in the country’s fu

rther reform and opening-up under the “one country, two systems” principle.

“The principle should be continuously upheld as it is important to maintain (each region’s own advantages),” said Chen.

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It was after his retirement that Li’s influence reached the

pinnacle. Since the end of the 1980s, he had made his voice heard constantly and had been labeled the “CPC veteran cadre + CPC critic.”

As a representative figure among veteran outspoken officials, he was hailed among Chinese liberals and Western public opin

ion. Among his propositions, the most famous was opposing the construction of the Three Gorges Dam.

Looking back on Li’s life, the prime of his life was embedded in the wave of the Chinese Revolu

tion and the country’s early development; he suffered a lot during that period of time.

In his later years, he participated in the creation of a special type of “veteran cadre + critic.” Stronger opinion was not at al

l unusual in those years, but the label of a retired official helped increase the gravity of Li’s voice and consolidated his stance.

Li’s later years were a success from another perspective as well. He had been enjoying a

generous pension and lavish benefits after retirement until he died in Beijing Hospital.

While benefiting from the privileges the state provided, he was also supported by China’s do

mestic anti-establishment forces and some Western powers. He was one of China’s least lonely old men and veteran cadres.

It should be noted that Li in his later years became a symbol of the diversificat

ion of Chinese society. Considering the meaning of this symbol, different conclusions can be drawn.

Supporters may hold that he had added a voice and more importantly a “scarce voice,” while

opponents would argue that he had become a tool for hostile and unfriendly forces to attack the Chinese system.

Li’s later years demonstrated a special way of boycotting China’s mainstream path. Such a role played by him may reflect various value judgments.

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In his opinion, the development was beyond ridiculous

More than 84 million Nigerians have been registered to vote in the postponed elections.

Ahead of the elections, enthusiasm had been high among citizens of the most populous African country. The election had also dra

wn the attention of the international community given the position and prospects of Nigeria in the global arena.

Many netizens of the country have continued to express disappointment at the postpo

nement of the elections, each one regarding it as a huge failure on the side of INEC.

Some social media commentators even called on the electoral chief to resign.

One Facebook user Olufunmilayo Odunaike said that i

f at all there was a reason for the postponement, that should have been done a few weeks earlier.

“You don’t want to be me. Woke up, dashed to the bathroom to have my bath, m

ade sandwiches, only to learn elections have been postponed,” Odunaike queried.

Temitope Adeboye, another Facebook user, called for a thorough probe of the postponement.

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With many Chinese not having traveled abroad yet, raising

According to the latest data released by the State Administration of Foreign Exchange, China’s tourism trade deficit reached $237.4 billion in 2018, an increase of $21.4 billion over the prev

ious year. While the record high figure reflects the growing scale of outbound tourism consumption by domestic residents, it remains qu

estionable whether the domestic demand is so strong that it even caused the record outbound tourism consumption.

However, by analyzing relevant reports and statistics, I believe some of the figures about China’s tourism industry may

be dodgy, which could therefore be misleading for investment decision-making and should be clarified.

According to the preliminary statistics of the China Tourism Academy, Chinese travelers made 140 million outbound trips in 2018, up 1

1 million from 129 million in 2017. To a certain extent, the steady increase in the number of Chinese o

utbound trips indicates that the consumption is still growing and not falling.

But the important question is how many people actually traveled abroad

out of the 140 million outbound trips. According to the Annual Report of China Outbound Tou

rism Development 2018, Chinese trips to foreign countries and regions accounted for about 33.3 percent of total out

bound trips in 2017. Assuming that the ratio remained unchanged in 2018, then the number of trips to foreign c

ountries and regions came to about 46.67 million. Again assuming that half of the people who went abroad on av

erage twice last year, then the number of Chinese who went to foreign countries and regions was approximately 31 million.

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