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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
rch and field development resources to expand in the Chinese market over the coming years, he said.
Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng said last month that the t
wo countries’ negotiating teams are hashing out the text of a deal, including an enfo
rcement mechanism, based on mutual respect and benefit. Both countries, the world’s two biggest eco
nomies, have been intensifying their consultations and aiming to break the deadlock in a timely manner.
In the ninth round of trade consultations, negotiators discussed tec
hnology transfers, protection of intellectual property rights, non-tariff measures, the servi
ce sector, agriculture, trade imbalances and enforcement mechanisms.
Trade between China and the US amounted to 815.86 billion yuan ($121.7 billion) i
n the first quarter of the year, an 11 percent year-on-year decline, according to the General Administration of Cus
toms. In March, Sino-US trade climbed 0.1 percent to 291.35 billion yuan, according to the administration.
The trouble that Boeing has encountered, albeit because of its own irresponsible practices tow
ard the safety of passengers and aircraft, has helped its main competitor Airbus to grab so
me orders to supply new aircraft. Airbus’ gain and Boeing’s loss in stock market since the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on March 10 re
flects a duopoly market’s sentiment, and demand and supply relations. Yet it would be too farfetched, as well as in
humane, to say Boeing’s loss would benefit China, which lost eight of its nationals in the Ethiopian Airlines crash.
Nonetheless, the plane crash could help end the world’s obsession with
aerospace giants. Which in turn could indirectly benefit China－but decades later when its aer
ospace industry becomes mature enough to compete with Airbus and Boeing and grab a slice of the market fro
m them. Also, China should learn a lesson from the 737 Max crash to focus more on passengers’ safety.
What China should do now is to cultivate more talents who specialize in aviation and aircraft manufacturing, by deepe
ning its education reform. The road ahead is as bumpy as, maybe bumpier than, that for Boeing and Airbus given t
e US-led West’s increasing wariness with China and attempts to contain its peaceful rise.
lish class, which is taught by a Jiangsu teacher who is humorous and friendly. Memorizin
g vocabulary can be a dull task, so the teacher brings snacks, desserts or small gifts as incentives.
To spice up the classes, the teacher finds ancient Chinese poems that
have been translated into English and lets the students work out the original versions.
“My teachers in primary school didn’t use lots of multimedia. They were all too serious, so
the students rarely interacted or joked with them. But the Jiangsu teachers know how to use multimedia, and
always tell us things outside of our textbooks. The class is always great fun,” Tashi Lhamo said.
Chemi Drolma, an 18-year-old senior, plans to apply for a “normal” university－one that te
aches a range of subjects－after taking the gaokao, the national college entrance exam, in June.
Her favorite subject is geography, because it is the most ac
tive class. The school has a special geography classroom, and the teacher often uses a proje
ctor to display maps and images of different terrains to help the children better understand the lesson.