plemented more favorable visa policies for Chinese student

he said. The report also found that studying overseas is no longer limited to wealthy fam

ilies, and the number of students from middle-class families studying overseas keeps growing.

According to the survey on parents’ professional backgrounds, most parents whose children prefer studying overseas hold o

rdinary positions at work, accounting for 43 percent of the total, up 14 percentage points from 2015.

Parents who are middle-level managers accounted for 35 percent, and those who are high-level executives accounted for 22 per

cent, the report said. The number of students studying overseas for master’s degrees continues to increase, a

counting for 70 percent of the total, up from 57 percent in 2016. They are studying ov

erseas to obtain higher academic qualifications and be more competitive in the domestic job market, it said.

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Fixed-asset investment growth was 6.3 percent in the first

 quarter, compared with 6.1 percent in the first two months, the National Bureau of Statistics reported.

As favorable policies are implemented at all levels of government in the sec

ond quarter, manufacturers will start seeing concrete financial benefits and industrial out

put is expected to at least maintain a steady expansion from April to June, said Qin H

ailin, a senior industrial economy researcher at the China Center for Information Industry Development.

At the news conference, ministry officials also denied market rumors that China’s telecom carrie

rs are slowing down their investments in 5G, the fifth-generation mobile communication technology.

They said 5G is recognized as a fundamental digital infrastructu

re for societal and economic development, but it will take time to build a nationwide 5G netw

ork. China’s plan is to roll out the superfast technology step by step, the officials said.

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Meanwhile, massive rescue operations are underway at

the explosion sites, the police said.Television footage showed ambulances r

ushing the injured to the Colombo National Hospital, the Batticaloa Hospital in

the east and the Negombo Hospital on the outskirts of the capital where the explosions took place.

There has been no claim of responsibility so far for the multiple blasts.

In just one church, St. Sebastian’s in Katuwapitiya, north o

f Colombo, more than 50 people had been killed, a police official told Reuters.

Media reported 25 people were also killed in an attack on a church in Batticaloa in Eastern Province.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe called a national security council meeting at his home for later in the day.

One of the explosions was at St Anthony’s Church in Kochcikade, Colombo.

St. Sebastian’s church posted pictures of destruction inside the church on its Fa

cebook page, showing blood on pews and the floor, and requested help from the public.

Out of Sri Lanka’s total population of around 22 million, 70 percent are Buddh

ist, 12.6 percent Hindu, 9.7 percent Muslim, and 7.6 percent Christian, according to the country’s 2012 cen

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This is an unprecedented move,” said Robert Mann

 president of R.W. Mann & Co, an aviation consulting firm. “I think it will be a good thi

ng for Max aircraft, but I’m not sure it will be a good thing overall if it creates an international bureaucratic proce

ss for future certification that will take longer than any individual oversight agency would now require.”

James Hall, managing partner of Hall & Associates, an aviation consulting firm in Washin

gton and former chairman of the NTSB, said it’s unclear how the FAA’s new panel will m

esh with investigations of Boeing launched by the US inspector general, US Justice Department and Congress.

“Will the technical review team look at the certification pro

cess, or is it an attempt to get the plane back in the air?” Hall said. “We’ll see.”

Boeing said it would work closely with the new task force.

“We welcome the Joint Authorities Technical Review and look forward to working wi

th the panel,” Paul Bergman, a spokesman for Boeing in Seattle, said in a statement. “Safety is our top priority.”

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The Chinese government has never imposed any policy

 to force foreign companies to transfer their technology,” Gao added, sayi

ng that the country’s Foreign Investment Law bars forced technology transfers.

The newly passed law, approved this month and set to take effect in January, stipulates that China will treat foreign and Chi

nese enterprises equally and protect their intellectual property rights. Under the law, foreign enterprises will recei

ve pre-establishment national treatment, in addition to a negative list system for market access.

A negative list shows areas where investment i

s limited or prohibited for foreign investors, with all other areas presumed to be open.

Gao said the ministry is working with relevant de

partments to conduct research on shortening the negative list for market access.

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Opponents of Brexit feel the political tide may be turnin

 in their favor. Hundreds of thousands of people marched through London on Saturday calling for a new referendum on whether to leave the EU or remain.

But with the deadline for a Brexit decision less than three weeks away, British poli

ticians remain divided, and increasingly despairing about the country’s political gridlock.

“Brexit is like the Death Star of politics,” Conservative legislator George Freeman said. “I always fea

red it would be like this. It’s destroying and soaking up all the prime minister’s room for maneuver and political goodwill.

“I’ve never known this country so divided, so angry and in such a dangerous state,” he said.

France is willing to support the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, with the best way forward

being to work together on a project-by-project basis, former French prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin told China Daily.

In an exclusive interview ahead of the state visit of President Xi Jinping to France

on Monday and Tuesday, Raffarin said it is in France’s national interest to be part of the BRI.

“We also want our companies to propose projects which are good for the BRI, but also go

od for our enterprises,” said Raffarin, who served as prime minister from 2002 to 2005.

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Major world social media including Facebook, Googl

  and Twitter are working hard to take down posts containing graphic footage of terror attacks on two mosques in Christchurch Friday.

  One of the shooters appeared to have live-streamed the attacks on Facebook that pur

portedly showed a gunman walking into a mosque and opening fire on the prayers.

  The account of the shooter has now been removed from Facebook, and many other pos

ts that had originally shared the footage have also disappeared from the platform.

  Mia Garlick of Facebook’s New Zealand office said in a statement to American internet media BuzzFeed journa

list Ryan Mac that the company is working to block the shooting video from spreading in the Facebook community.

  Twitter also pulled down the original video and suspended the account that shared it on

its platform, saying the user had violated its policies banning graphic, hate or terror content.

  YouTube stated on its Twitter account that it was working vigilantly to suspend any violent footage.

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Trump also, as he often does, used his position to slyly sh

  out out one of his businesses, in this case, a golf course in Ireland.

  ”I have a very warm spot for Doonbeg, I will tell you that and it just a great place really.”

  While praising Ireland, Trump promptly switched to a characteristic boast about his own

success, his management of the economy and how he held “all of the records … every single record for the stock market.”

  Trump’s obsession with Obama — a defining characteristic — appeared like a nerv

ous tick twice in his photo-op, twinned with a willingness to spout untruths.

  First, he claimed that the former President had predicted in 2016 that British vote

rs would reject leaving the European Union in a referendum while he had predicted they would vote to exit the bloc.

  Obama did not bet on the outcome. But he did however warn Britons they would go “to the back of the queue” for a trade deal with the US if they left the EU.

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China reports new African swine fever case in Shaanxi

BEIJING — China’s agriculture ministry said Wednesday that a new case of African swine fever had been confirmed in Shaanxi province.

The outbreak occurred on a farm with a total of 11,334 pigs in the city of Yulin, the Ministry of A

griculture and Rural Affairs said, citing a China Animal Disease Control Center report.

Up until now, 62 pigs on the farm have died from the viral disease, while 150 have been infected, the ministry said.

A team was dispatched to the area immediately, and local authori

ties have initiated an emergency response to block, cull and disinfect affected pigs.

Transport of all pigs and related products out of or into the blockaded region is forbidden, the ministry said.

African swine fever is believed to only infect pigs, and no humans or other species have thus far been infected.

China reported its first case of the disease in August 2018 in the northeastern province of Liaoning.

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cadres, residents in Beijing ahead of Spring Festival

Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, visits residents’ homes in Qian

men area in central Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 1, 2019. Pr

esident Xi Jinping on Friday visited residents and primary-level officials in Beijing and exte

nded Lunar New Year greetings to Chinese people of all ethnic groups. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)

BEIJING, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) — President Xi Jinping on Friday visited Beijing’s primary-level ca

dres and residents in downtown neighborhoods ahead of the Sp

ring Festival and extended Lunar New Year greetings to Chinese people of all ethnic groups.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Milit

ary Commission, also inspected the preparation work for the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

When inspecting the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, Xi stressed the cit

y’s glorious mission and weighty responsibility to safeguard the social stability of the national capital as 2019 ma

rks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

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