past couple of years, and the country also constructed one of the biggest seaports in the Caspian Sea,” Hajiyev said, addi
ng all these are important pillars of the ancient Silk Road. Besides infrastructure construction such as transport
ation hubs, Azerbaijan is working on information communication technology lines to build a modern Silk Road.
The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway became operational on Oct 30, 2017, and aims to complete a tra
nsport corridor linking Azerbaijan to Turkey and Central Asia and China to Europe by rail. “It works as a majo
r exporter and middle corridor under the Belt and Road Initiative, and Azerbaijan is also working on the East-West l
ine and North-South Line, linking the railway systems of Iran and Russia.”Thanks to its geographic locatio
n, Azerbaijan boasts great wine as well as tea, dried fruit, fruit juice and sweets. The country has had extensive discus
sions about exporting Azerbaijan agricultural products to China, Hajiyev said, adding A
zerbaijani companies are actively taking part in food and agricultural exhibitions in China to promote t
heir products, as the Chinese market is the one of the biggest markets in the world with immense opportunities.
The city of Shanghai has become the first local government to answer the call of the central gove
rnment to promote automobile consumption by providing subsidies, since 10 mi
nistries and commissions of the country released six major methods of promoting car sales in January.
The official WeChat account of the Shanghai Municipal Government announced yesterday it will launch a car trade-i
n program, encouraging car owners to trade in their vehicles for new gas-powered cars complying with State-VI emi
ssions standards or new energy vehicles, according to a report by the 21st Century Business Herald.
The government will provide a subsidy of 10,000 yuan ($1,489) for a trade-in gas-powered
vehicle and 15,000 yuan for a trade-in new energy vehicle, the announcement said.
China’s automobile market saw a sales decline in 2018 for the first time
in 28 years, with passenger vehicle sales slumping for 10 consecutive months from last y
ear to March, according to the China Passenger Car Association. As the central government halved subsidies for new energy
vehicles this year, the promotion of car consumption depends more on local governments and enterprises.
After 40 years of high-speed growth, China’s economy ha
s entered a high-quality development phase. Starting today, China Daily will feature a series of reports to sh
ow the new landscape across the country. This is the first installment of the series.
Beijing’s municipal government has been making efforts to develop high-end industries suc
h as 5G, artificial intelligence and the industrial internet in order to build the city into the nation’s scientific and innova
tion center, which is a core strategy of the capital’s high-quality growth plan, a senior officials said recently.
Lin Keqing, executive vice-mayor of Beijing, said the city is aimin
g to make new information technology and medical health twin drivers of the municipality’s growth.
“Beijing will make better use of resources to develop the biomedical indus
try and extend its value chain,” Lin said. “We have unveiled an international medical-use ro
botics innovation center in Zhongguancun, China’s Silicon Valley, and a group of companies in the sector.”
ard the bilateral collaboration and joint research on protection and conservation of endangered species of wildlife and biodiversity,” he said.
Erica Kohler, director of operations of the San Diego Zoo, told Xinhua it
is sad to see the two pandas leaving for China. However, it is also a time to celebrate the successful coll
aboration with China on the joint research of panda breeding and wild life protection.
Dubbing the pandas “the friendship ambassadors” from China, she said Bai Yun and Xiao Liwu attracted about 2 million visitors to the zoo each year.
As the first panda on loan, Bai Yun, arrived at the San Diego Zoo in 1996. The cuddly panda soon became an iconic imag
e of the zoo and one of the most popular animals. The name of her son, Xiao Liwu, means Little Gift in English.
Gaylene Thomas, animal care supervisor of the San Diego Zoo, told Xi
nhua that they learned a lot from the giant pandas and gathered data from them.
Thomas said as a great mother of six baby pandas, Bai Yun has a very good character, is very easy-going.
accelerate the process to fully lower the market access threshold for foreign investments in
banking, securities and insurance, the premier said. Service sectors, including medical care and educ
ation, will be opened up along with transportation, infrastructure and energy, he said.
Li said China will further make it easier for foreign companies to set up a venture capital presence and will improve regulati
ons on foreign investors’ strategic investments in listed companies and their mergers with and acquisitions of domestic enterprises.
Also, preferential policies for investments from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan w
ill remain unchanged, and greater development opportunities will be offered for them, Li said.
Wang Huiyao, president of the Center for China and Globalizaton, said he was impressed by Li’s speech to cl
ean up rules and regulations inconsistent with the Foreign Investment Law as well as to launch a more streamlined negative list.
“It shows China’s attitude of further opening-up, which is a higher-level and more concrete commitment of China,” he said.
Leif Johansson, chairman of global biopharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, said
Li’s speech reflects the determination to create a more open, fair and transpare