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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.”
months on how the petition has been processed, according to the SPP.
Prosecuting authorities have been treating t
he protection of human rights as being as important as fighting crime, Zhang said. “Our work is based on facts and laws as well as the principle of ‘no one is let off, no one is wronged’,” he said.
prosecutors turned down police requests to formally arrest 168,458 people and dropped charges against 34,398 others — up by 15.9 percent and 14.1
percent year-on-year — because of insufficien
t evidence or because their actions did not constitute a crime. “Even one wrongful case is too much,” Zhang said, adding that prosecutors will make consist
to prevent wrongful cases and make timely rectification once such a case is detected. “We should be responsible to the law, history and the people,” he said.
”Good girls” do what they’re told, are quiet, don’t argue or risk embarrassing their families. Reem and Rawan say they had turned being “good girls” into a fine art.
”In our house, we (were) always the good girls th
ey wanted us to be. So, if they want us to clean, we will clean. If they want us to cook, then we will cook,” 18-year-old Rawan says.
t two years it was really bad, because I just forget who I am, I am just pretending (to be) like an Islamic girl,” says her 20-year-old sister, Reem. They went to school, studied hard and avoided confrontation. Of course, the same rules d
idn’t apply t
o their brothers. Beat your sisters, the siblings say their brothers were told, it’ll make you better men. Reem and Rawan are reluctant to talk about the abuse at the hands of their family. They say it
pen all the time, just enough to remind them of the rules. And enough to fill them with terror ab out what might happen if anyone found out about their plan or, worse still, caught them carrying it out.
ment bond issuance or implement more tax cuts, Economic Information Daily reported Wednesday, citing the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
A total of 2.61 trillion yuan ($386.46 billion) of bond quota was unused by the end of 2018
, accounting for 14.1 percent of total local debt, the academy said in a report. This means China can extend bond issuance, or undertake 14 percent of tax and fee cuts.
balance stood at 18.39 trillion yuan at the end of last year, well below the official ceil ing of 21 trillion yuan, and accounting for 109 percent of total fiscal revenue of local governments.
In 2018 lo
cal authorities raised a total of 4.17 trillion yuan through bond issuance, down from 4.36 trill ion yuan in 2017, according to the Ministry of Finance. The local debt ratio was 76.6 percent last ye
antly lower than the international warning line of 100-120 percent. Last year local governments’ implicit debt risk was controlled effectively, however, the total debt level was still huge, the academy said.
In 2018 new explicit debts rose 13.5 percent to 2.18 trillion yuan, while the in-balance-sh
eet interest payment reached 734.5 billion yuan, with a 17.1 percent growth rate, about 2.75 times that of fiscal revenue.
A rapid increase in interest payments put pressure on future fiscal guarantees and service capacity, the academy added.
Whether it is filial piety to the elderly or rewarding children or themselves, trading volu
me has kept growing. Spending on entertainme
nt and travel also grew fast,” said Chen Han, a data analyst at China UnionPay. Consumption has become the biggest driver for the economy, contributing 76.2 percent of the co
untry’s economic growth last year, up 18.6 perce
ntage points over the previous year, the National Bureau of Statistics said. “Judging from major economic indicators, domestic demand has become a decisive force of China’s economic gro
wth,” said Wang Bin, deputy director-general o
f the ministry’s department of market operation and consumption promotion. Several factors will support steady consumer spending growth in China. Residential inco
me has been increasing fast and deeper pockets faci
litate more spending. The second China Int ernational Import Expo in Shanghai will also offer more access to global products, Wang said.
Wang Jun, a researcher at the China Center for International Economic Exchanges, exp
ects more favorable policies to further boost domestic shopping this year as nationwide tax cuts continue.