Henrik Slotte, a senior disaster management expert fro

m the UN Environment Program, said poorly managed infrastructure projects can damage the ecosystem.

He said it is key for scientists to communicate with government officials to create better planning and new solut

ions, and more interdisciplinary research into natural disasters and risk management is also helpful.

Guanxi, compadrazgo and bapakism. Three words from China, the Philip

pines and Indonesia that encapsulate the same values of the vast continent through the ag

es-a shared belief in the importance of the family and the community over the individual.

These values, rooted on Asia’s culture and history and centered on consens

us, social harmony, stability and discipline, are more important and relevant than ever i

n the face of challenges-such as protectionism and terrorism-confronting the world today.

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he premier attached great importance to such measur

asures as reducing the rate of the value-added tax, increasing the

tax exemption for research costs and reforming individual income tax.

The measures should not only ease the tax burden for manufacturing com

panies but also reduce taxes for construction enterprises, which provide a great num

ber of jobs, Li said, adding that all industries should be covered by the benefits of tax cuts.

Li pledged more efforts to urge government departments and State-owned e

nterprises to pay off their debts so that the effects of tax reduction are not diminished.

The government will take further measures to deepen reform and opening-up, en

courage innovation and entrepreneurship and promote fair competition, Li said, adding that com

panies should also seize the opportunity to promote high-quality growth.

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The Information Technology Industry Council also w

arned against further raising tariffs. “Increasing tariffs will only continue to harm America

n consumers and businesses of all sizes and across all sectors, as well as threat en American econ

omic growth and leadership in innovation,” said Naomi Wilson, the council’s senior director of policy for Asia.

US chemical manufacturers also called for sensible trade policy solutions.

Cal Dooley, president and CEO of the American Chemistry Council, said on Monday he believed t

he risks of continuing to use tariffs as a negotiating tactic with China are simply too high, and potential benefits remain unclear.

Several organizations, including Tariffs Hurt the Heartland — the national campaign compose

d of more than 150 of the largest US trade organizations in retail, technology, manufacturing and agric

ulture — have in recent days highlighted the negative impact of tariff increases on the US economy and job market.

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The legislation states that Washington should condu

ct “regular sales” of “defense articles” to Taiwan and back its participation in international organizations.

“We urge the US side to keep its promise, abide by the one-­China policy a

nd the three joint communiques, and block the bill’s progress,” Geng said.

He urged the US to “appropriately handle the Taiwan question to avoid serious da

mage to Sino-US cooperation in key areas, and the peace and security of the region”.

Experts said the bill will further damage Sino-US relations, and the confr

ontational approach taken by the US against China will damage regional peace and security.

Yuan Zheng, director of US foreign relations research at the Institute of American Studies under the Chinese Academy of

Social Sciences, said the recent passage of US naval vessels through the Taiwan Straits, arms sales and

political support to Taiwan are meant to help Taiwan separatists and pressure Beijing.

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A woman mourns the victims in Moscow on Monday

She added that 28 passengers are now in the airport terminal, and five have been taken to a hospital.

A group of experts trained in providing psychological assistance

to survivors and relatives of victims has been sent to the airport.

President Putin has offered his condolences over the incident.

Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said Putin has ordered “th

e most thorough investigation” to find out the cause of the disaster.

According to Russia’s ITAR-Tass News Agency, a criminal case was opened after the incident on charges of violating flight safety rules.

Markovskaya said a commission headed by Russian Transport Minister Yevgeny Dietrich is working at Sheremetyevo.

Authorities in the Murmansk region have declared a three-day period of mourning. Andre

i Chibis, the region’s acting governor, announced the mourning period on Facebook.

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Boosting rural areas will help solve dilemmas of ove

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

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The volunteer team, having stayed in Lunar Palace

an environmentally contained research facility where occupants simulated l

ong-duration self-contained missions with no outside inputs for 200 days — broke the previous

record of 180 days set by researchers in Russia. The team recently won a China May Fourth Medal.

“President Xi has called upon young people to overcome hardships, and that is what our team has been doing,” Yi said.

Qiu Shuiping, Party secretary of Peking University, said the learning institution is pro

ud to be part of history. The university has chosen May 4 as the day to celebrate its founding.

“The choice of the date indicates our resolve to move forward along the path set by the movem

ent to realize national rejuvenation,” he said. “Our teachers and students will work harder to accelerate the

pace of building Peking University into a world-leading academic institution.”

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He described the Belt and Road as a grand and peace

ful initiative, and credited the initiative for connecting countries from different regions, with different nationalities and cultures.

The BRI will provide a strong impetus for global economic growth and prosperity, he added.

Switzerland supports the BRI and commits to promoting the initiative in Europe, Maurer said.

He added that the country hopes to deepen bilateral cooperation in trade, investment and innovation with the initiative’s framework.

China and Portugal signed a series of cooperation documents on Monday — includin

g a framework agreement on third-party market cooperation — to strengthen their bilateral ties.

President Xi Jinping and Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sou

sa witnessed the signing of the documents in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

In talks with Rebelo de Sousa, Xi said China and Portugal are important strategic partn

rs for each other, with great convergence in their interests and strong complementary aspects in their economies.

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Xi added that the two countries should jointly prom

mote the building of the Asia-Pacific free trade zone and maintain the multilateral trading system.

He said China and Latin American countries should support each other, make full use

of their complementary advantages and achieve win-win cooperation. The two sides should pursue comm

on development and jointly build a community with a shared future for China and Latin America, Xi added.

The Chilean president said the Belt and Road Initiative, put forward by Xi, has show

n the glorious history of the ancient Silk Road and promoted exchanges between different cultures in the new era.

Chile supports the building of the Belt and Road, and it hopes t

o learn from China’s experience in innovative and green development, he said.

Pinera said Chile, which is dedicated to maintaining multilateralism and the multilateral t

rading system, would like to enhance coordination with China on regional and multilateral affairs.

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The meeting highlighted the importance of implementi

ting the spirit of December’s Central Economic Work Conference.

Macro policies should be stable, micro policies should be flexible and social policies should guarantee the basic needs of the grassroots

people, the statement said. Macro policies should focus on promoting high-quality growth and stimulating market vitality.

The importance of manufacturing’s high-quality development in stabilizing economic growt

h was stressed. Traditional industries should be guided to upgrade, and new industries should grow stronger.

The development of small and medium-sized companies and private businesses should be supported through measures like s

peeding up the supply-side structural reform of finance and providing better loan services, the stat

ement said. It also reaffirmed that houses should be used for living rather than for profit.

Reform should be further deepened and opening-up boosted, and forei

gn capital should have bigger access to the Chinese market. Poverty reduction is a key meas

ure of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, which must be achieved by the end of next y

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