to ease permanent residency requirements in large cities

China said Monday it will ease the requirements for permanent residency in many large cities as part of its new urbanization push.

Restrictions on permanent residence permits should be scrapped in cities with populations betw

een 1 million and 3 million, according to a document outlining key urbanization tasks this year release

d by the National Development and Reform Commission, the country’s top economic planner.

For cities with populations of 3 million to 5 million, the qualifications for such permits should be “fully relaxed,” and the restrict

ions for certain key groups of people to get such permits should be removed, the document said.

Previously, the country has already gradually abolished permanent residency r

estrictions in small and medium-sized cities and towns with populations below 1 million.

The NDRC document also demanded cities with populations abo

ve 5 million to improve their policies and drastically expand the scale of permanent residency.

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The Temburong Bridge, the largest infrastructure

unei’s history, will become the country’s longest sea-crossing bridge with a total length of about 30 km. It is scheduled to open to traffic by the end of November 2019.

The CC4 section of the bridge is constructed by China State Construction Engineering C

orp. At around 11.6 km of the 11.8 km-long section will be a land viaduct traversing the mangrove swamp of the

Labu Forest Reserve, the company has established a set of strict safety and green construction evaluation systems to mee

t the high demand for environmental protection and cope with unprecedented difficulty in construction.

The Padma Bridge, 25 meters in width and 10 km in length, will

be built over the Padma River, one of the three major rivers in Bangladesh.

In June 2016, China Railway Major Bridge Engineering Group Co Ltd was awar

ded a $1.55-billion contract by the Bangladeshi government to build the core structure of the bridge.

The bridge is the country’s largest infrastructure project, as wel

l as the largest foreign bridge project undertaken by Chinese companies in terms of total cost.

Once completed, travel time between the capital, Dhaka, and the southern city of Khulna will be shortened to about three hours from 13 hours.

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Obscure parliamentary procedures have been resurrecte

 providing daily drama from the House of Commons but making the future of Britain’s biggest change in generations no clearer.

After finally recognising that her minority Conservative g

overnment could not push through a Brexit deal on its own, May started talks this w

eek with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in the hope of coming up with a cross-party solution.

But that means accepting the need for more time, including the possibility of Britain hol

ding European Parliament elections on May 23, which May has long hoped to avoid at all cost.

“The United Kingdom proposes that this period should end on 30 June 2019,” May said in the letter.

“The government will want to agree a timetable for ratification that allows the United Kin

gdom to withdraw from the European Union before 23 May, 2019, and therefore cancel the European Parlia

ment elections, but will continue to make responsible prepara

tions to hold the elections should this not prove possible.”

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Yorobe said on-site studies have shown that the vari

ieties introduced to the Philippines through the Green Super Rice project are capable of thriving in harsh environments and maintaining steady yields.

“After Typhoon Haiyan swept through Leyte Island in the central Phi

lippines in November 2013, we found that the Green Super Rice variety was one of the few that w

as still growing when submerged in saline water,” he said. “Local farmers were elated and regained hope.”

In West Africa, six Green Super Rice varieties with high-yield potential and strong tolerance to drought, salinity and iron to

xicity have been developed, and about 14.5 metric tons of such seeds were distributed to local rice breeders, ac

cording to Baboucarr Manneh, a researcher with the African Rice Center in Cote d’Ivoire.

“Moreover, about 500 scientists, technicians and farmers hav

e been trained in fields such as breeding, seed production and crop management th

rough the project. The training helps increase their capability and achieve sustainable growth in the future,” he said.

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Besides, most of the steel firms in the region still

use blast furnaces that are more polluting than electric furnaces, which res

ults in huge energy consumption and pollution discharge burdens, according to Lyu.

To better protect the environment, it is not enough to relocate the production capacity f

rom one place to another within a province as some local governments have done, he added.

Lyu made the remarks at the 2019 China Iron and Steel Develo

pment Forum, which was jointly held by the China Metallurgical Industry Planning & Res

earch Institute and the Chinese Academy of Engineering in Beijing over the weekend.

Since 2016, China has made remarkable progress in reducing overcapacity in the sector, fulfilling th

e upper overcapacity reduction goals for the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) two years in advance. The util

ization rate of crude steel capacity has risen from 70 percent in 2015 to more than 80 percent now, according to Lyu.

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The UK now faces a deadline of April 12 to present the EU

  with a new plan, or crash out of the bloc without an agreement.

  But May’s government is considering a fourth vote on her deal, bolstered by their suc

cess in narrowing margin of defeat to 58 votes on Friday from 230 votes in January.

  The EU has given Britain until April 12 — two weeks away — to decide

whether it wants to ask for another postponement to Brexit. The bloc has called an eme

rgency Brexit summit for April 10 to deal with a British request, or prepare for a no-deal Brexit.

  Without a delay, Britain will leave the bloc at 11 pm U.K. time (6 pm EDT) on April 12 without a divor

ce agreement to smooth the way. Most politicians, economists and business groups think such a no-deal scenario would be disa

strous, erecting customs checks, tariffs and other barriers between Britain and its biggest trading partner.

  Parliament has voted repeatedly to rule out a no-deal Brexit — but it remains the def

ault position unless a deal is approved, Brexit is canceled or the EU grants Britain another

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The second squad brought 60 liters of drinking water and

 foodstuffs to more than 1,000 people in the shelter, and also provided medical services to more than 800 people, the ministry said.

The Chinese aid team arrived in Mozambique on Monday as the first foreign

aid team sent abroad by the country’s recently established top emergency management authority.

The UN said Tuesday that Cyclone Idai has affected almos

t 3 million people in southern Africa, with almost 500,000 driven from their homes.

The cyclone hit Mozambique early March 15 and unleashed hurricane-force winds and rain th

at flooded much of the center of the country and then hit eastern Zimbabwe and Malawi.

According to an Agence France-Presse toll, compiled from government and UN figu

res, more than 700 people have been killed in Mozambique and Zimbabwe and hundreds are missing.

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Mattarella said that Italy supports the Belt and Road Initiati

 that was put forward by Xi, and the initiative is expected to promote the interconnectivity of the Eurasian continent.

The BRI is also a road of cultural exchanges, he said, adding that Italy would like to enhance cooperation with China in tourism and culture. Italy ad

mires China’s achievements in economic development, and it appreciates China’s opening-up policies, he said.

Both Italy and China are ancient civilizations, and the people of the two countries have sufficient wisdom to deal with

challenges nowadays, he said, adding that China’s rejuvenation will bring new contributions to peace and prosperity.

China will take a solid step toward becoming a high-income country this year,

reating more space to deepen reform and expand opening-up, economists said on Friday.

A more balanced growth pattern will help the world’s second-largest ec

onomy pass the “middle-income trap”, with consumption and high-tech man

ufacturing leading growth, they said at a Beijing seminar leading up to the 2019 China Development Forum, which starts on Saturday.

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North Korea has yet to issue any direct public statement on

  the decision to withdraw. Chad O’Carroll, an analyst and chief executive of the K

orea Risk Group, said the move was to be expected following the failure of the Hanoi summit.

  ”North Korea’s pull-out Friday from the Kaesong Lias

on Office has been on cards since Hanoi, given recent no-shows there,” he said on Twitter.

  He added that the move was designed to send a message that from

Pyongyang’s perspective “Seoul has insufficient influence” over the US-North Korea rela

tionship and that intra-Korean talks are increasingly pointless, “when sanctions prevent practical cooperation.”

  Following the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi, the US and South Korea canceled major war ga

mes that have long been a source of tensions on the Korean Peninsula in order to “support diplomatic efforts” with Pyongyang.

  Speaking on Thursday, Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he was “absolutely confide

nt” that smaller exercises held in place of the traditional war games enabled the US and South Korean forces to “maintain readiness.”

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Vice-Premier Liu to hold trade talks with US officials in Beijing

  Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He will hold a new round of high-level China-US economic and trade consultation with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer a

nd Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in Beijing from March 28 to 29, the Ministry of Commerce said on Thursday.

  Liu will visit Washington in early April for further cons

ultation, the ministry said.The Government Work Report released on March 5 has charted a co

urse for China’s economic development for this year. By setting fairly robust growth targets, the country is s

et to be the locomotive pulling the world economy amid global economic headwinds. A number of pro-growth eff

orts have been unveiled to spur innovation and continue opening-up. The country has also released the Foreign Inv

estment Law to better protect the rights of foreign businesses in China. China Daily polled senior executives from mul

tinational corporations to understand their positioning, perception and predictions of the Chinese market.

  Q1: The year 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. What in your opini

on are China’s biggest achievements to date? What are the biggest achievements made by your company so far?

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