repaired and replaced. Some 202 of them, including images of sunflowers, landscapes
, workers and soldiers, have been placed on the two sets of railings on the bridge to maintain its original appearance.
Guo Jian, deputy director of the Nanjing Center of Public Project Construction, said
the bridge could be used safely for another 100 years if properly maintained.
“The comprehensive examination before the bridge was closed showed that it was in its prime,” he
said. “The bridge has been reliable for years, even after several ships collided with the piers. The flow of traf
fic and the speed of vehicles have far exceeded the original design but have not affected its solidity.”
Yang, from the Nanjing Institute for Urban and Transportation Planning and Des
ign, said the bridge will continue to serve as a major road, rail and marine structure.
“It has been a witness to and participant in the country’s 40 years of fast development. It will g
reatly help the economic and traffic development of Nanjing, the province and the country,” Yang added.
The number of Chinese studying abroad grew at a slower rate in 2018 compared with 2017, as more students have come to realize
that overseas study does not necessarily guarantee a well-paid job on foreign shores, or back home, education experts said.
In 2018, 662,100 Chinese went abroad to study, up 8.83 percent from a year earlier, w
hile the growth rate was 11.7 percent in 2017, according to the Ministry of Education.
Ran Wei, vice-president of New Channel International Education
Group, said that while one should not read too much into the lower growth rate last year because of the la
rge base in 2017, the major motivation for Chinese students going abroad seems to be evolving.
The main driver now for enrolling in offshore schools is to make re
sumes more attractive for job searches back in China rather than seeking a new life abroad.
accelerating its transition from high-speed growth to high-quality develo
pment, as its economic structure continues to upgrade, and new momentum sustains remarkable growth.
China has adopted a proactive fiscal policy this year with greater intensity and enhanced efficiency, rolling out substa
ntial tax cuts and fee reductions, and its economic growth in the first quarter has gotten off to a good start, Liu said.
The minister said his country will continue to significantly relax ma
rket access, enhance the protection of intellectual property rights, and carry out larg
er-scale tax cuts and fee reductions, so as to create a more attractive investment and business environment.
On the sidelines of the Development Committee meeting, Liu met with David Malpass, the new World Bank president, as scheduled.
magnitude earthquake at a depth of 19 kilometers was detected at 12:47pm on Sunday
in Beijing’s Huairou district, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.
It is the second earthquake in a week that occurred in the capital, following a 2.9-magnitude earthquake in Beijing’s Haidian district last Sunday.
Earthquake experts said minor quakes are normal in the area, as Beijing is located in the earth’s rift zone. There is no need for worry.
Since Beijing is at the junction of the earthquake zone of Shanxi province, the North China Plai
n and Yanshan Mountain, it’s normal for the capital to experience small quakes at a magnitude of two to thre
e, said Sun Shihong, a researcher at the China Earthquake Networks Center, as quoted by Beijing News.
“There will be no major impact on those living or working in the capital,” he said.
Seven rift belts are scattered through the plains in Beijing, mostly lyin
g from the northeast to the southwest. Among those rift belts, active ones are more likely to trigger quakes.
Firm likely to be largest smartphone vendor in the world by end of this year
Huawei Technologies Co said on Thursday that it aims to grow the revenue of its consumer business group, which chiefly includes
smartphones and personal computers, to $100 billion in three years and to $150 billion in five years.
The announcement came after the company’s consumer busin
ess group posted $52.5 billion in revenue last year, up 45 percent year-on-year. Th
at also marked Huawei achieving the target of $50 billion two years ahead of schedule.
Yu Chengdong, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group, said five years later, smartphone
s will account for about two-thirds of its $150 billion revenue goal, and computers, smartwatches as well as oth
er internet of things devices are likely to account for about one-third or 40 percent of its CBG revenue.
According to Yu, Huawei is likely to become the largest smartphone vendor by the end of this year at the earliest, althoug
h its products are not available in the United States and South Korea due to “nonmarket factors”.