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After the successful landing of the Chang’e-4 lunar probe on the far side of the moon on Jan 3, Ch

ina is planning to launch Chang’e-5, a more advanced lunar probe, later this year to collect samples from the moon.

The Chang’e-4 mission, the first such mission in history, was an important m

ilestone in the lunar exploration program of not only China but also the wo

rld. About 50 years ago, the United States’ Apollo 11 landed the first humans on the moon, marking a critical step in spa

ce exploration. But no human has landed on the moon after 1972. Since Apollo 11, according to the US, effectively en

ded its space race with the Soviet Union, the Americans abandoned all ambitions to further explore space.

“Project Apollo” did not prompt other countries to join the space race because no country ot

her than the US and the Soviet Union could afford the huge costs. Even the US found it extremely difficult to s

ustain the project. For example, the cost of launching the Saturn V rocket, the carrier of Apollo 11 in 1969, was nearly $40

0 million, almost equal to the total budget of the US National Science Foundation that year.

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Consumers are more willing to spend money this year

Whether it is filial piety to the elderly or rewarding children or themselves, trading volu

me has kept growing. Spending on entertainment and travel also grew fast,” said Chen Han, a data analyst at China UnionPay.

Consumption has become the biggest driver for the economy, contributing 76.2 percent of the co

untry’s economic growth last year, up 18.6 percentage points over the previous year, the National Bureau of Statistics said.

“Judging from major economic indicators, domestic demand has become a decisive force of China’s economic gro

wth,” said Wang Bin, deputy director-general of the ministry’s department of market operation and consumption promotion.

Several factors will support steady consumer spending growth in China. Residential inco

me has been increasing fast and deeper pockets facilitate more spending. The second China Int

ernational Import Expo in Shanghai will also offer more access to global products, Wang said.

Wang Jun, a researcher at the China Center for International Economic Exchanges, exp

ects more favorable policies to further boost domestic shopping this year as nationwide tax cuts continue.

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Film academy probes PhD actor accused of academic plag

The Beijing Film Academy is investigating actor Zhai Tianlin, who has been the target of plagiarism allegations, Beijing Youth Daily reported on Monday.

The academy organized an investigative team to look into Zhai’s case and has zero tolerance for academic misconduct, the newspaper said, citing the academy.

Zhai, 32, has a PhD from the academy and is a postdoctoral candidate at Peking University. He

found himself in hot water on social media recently after a Sina Weibo blogger accused him of plagiarism last week.

Zhai, who is said to have the highest academic qualificat

ions in China’s entertainment industry, has frequently flaunted his academic achievements in his

social media posts, which have detailed the difficulties he said he had while working on his papers.

He raised a flurry of chatter online in August when he said in a live video appearan

ce that he did not know what the China National Knowledge Infrastructure was. CNKI is the largest a

nd most widely used online academic library in China for university students writing theses and dissertations.

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Global economic growth entering slowdown growth in

The global economy is projected to grow at 2.6 percent between 2020 and 2035 and enter a low

-speed growth period, Economic Daily reported citing the Development Research Center of the State Council.

Considering changes in major factors such as technology, urbanization, population and environment, global eco

nomic growth is expected to experience a declining trend with slower growth rate long-term, the center said.

Developed economies’ overall growth is predicted to slow down further to about 1.7 percent — below t

he average growth rate over the past 50 years — while for developing countries, the annual average growth rate is expected to be 4.9 percent.

Over the next 15 years, some developing countries will continue their urbanization process. A new round of tec

hnology revolution and urbanization still carries potential for economic growth in some developing countries.

The global urbanization rate is expected to be 61.7 percent by 2035, becoming a key driver for future growth, the center asserted.

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More than 12 mln entry, exit trips made during Spring Fes

Border inspection agencies across China have seen more th

an 12.5 million entry and exit trips made during the week-long Spring Festival holiday that started Mo

nday, an increase of nearly 11 percent than that of last year, the National Immigration Administration (NIA) said Sunday.

Inbound trips exceeded 6.22 million, rising by about 9.5 percent than the figure of 2018, wh

ile outbound trips increased by nearly 12.5 percent to over 6.31 million, according to the NIA.

Over 7.22 million entry and exit trips during the holiday were made by mainland residents for personal p

urposes, including traveling and visiting family members, growing by nearly 16 percent year on year.

Destinations visited most included Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, the Republic of K

orea, Singapore, Malaysia and the United States, as well as Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, the NIA said.

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The second opportunity is China’s reform. He said reform

has been and will continue to be a key driver of China’s economic growth. In 2018, corporate and individual tax cuts to

taled 1.3 trillion yuan, and industrial profit increased by 11.8 percent, compared with the previous year.

“As reform deepens in all areas, including sweeping fiscal and tax reform and stren

gthening of IPR protection, China will create more opportunities for the world,” he said.

China’s opening-up is the third opportunity. Liu said despite the steep drop in glo

bal FDI, foreign investment flowing into China totaled $135 billion, which was up by 3 percent last year.

The country is also lifting the restrictions on foreign ownership in joint-venture companie

s in sectors including banking, insurance, securities, auto manufacturing, and shipbuilding.

Moreover, as the Chinese people have an increasing appetite for overseas products, the country is moving from being a global seller to a global buyer.

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Portuguese president vow closer bilateral tiesg Liyuan, stand

President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, stand with Portuguese President M

arcelo Rebelo de Sousa at Belem Palace, the official presidential residence in Lisb

on, Portugal, on Dec 4, 2018. [Photo/Agencies]
President Xi Jinping and his Portuguese counterpart, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, vowe

d on Friday to make concerted efforts to advance bilateral ties to benefit the two countries and the two peoples.

The two presidents made the statement in exchanging congratulations on the 40th

anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Portugal.

In his congratulatory message to Rebelo de Sousa, Xi said that over the past four d

ecades, the two nations have been promoting sound development of bila

teral ties in the spirit of mutual respect, treating each other as equals and benefiting from win-win cooperation.

He hailed the proper resolution of the question of Macao by the two countries in 1999

as a good example of how nations can solve problems left from history through friendly consultations.

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Chongqing to transform rural houses, toiletsvisit tothe

  Colorful lights offer a beautiful night view of Chongqing’s Hongyadong area, on May 28, 2018. PhotoVCG

  HONGQING — Authorities in the southwestern municipality of Chongqing plan to

transform rural houses and toilets to boost development in the countryside.

  A total of 30,000 dangerous houses will be renovated in 2019, in addition to 375,000 toilets. Authorities also plan to build 24,000 km of new roads.

  According to the local government, polluted water in the countryside will be p

roperly treated, and agricultural waste will be utilized effectively. The aut

horities will also strengthen protection for rural culture and traditions.

  A series of projects will be implemented to help with the supply-side reform in Chongqing.

Philip drove Barack Obama and his wife Michelle to lunch at Windsor Castle during their st

ate visit to Britain in 2016, prompting the former US president to remark: “I have to say I have never been dr

iven by a Duke of Edinburgh before, but I can report it was very smooth riding.”

The queen, a trained military driver during World War II, is said to have sh

ocked Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah, then crown prince, by climbing in

to the driver’s seat and taking him for a ride around her estate during a visit to Britain in 1998.

At the time, women were banned from driving in Saudi Arabia.

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Britain’s Prince Philip gives up driving licence after crash

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth’s 97-year-old husband Prince Philip has voluntarily given up his driving licence after a crash last month, Buckingham Palace said on Saturday.

Philip escaped without injury on Jan 17 when the Land Rover he was driving flippe

d in a collision with a car close to the royals’ Sandringham residence in eastern England.

“After careful consideration The Duke of Edinburgh has taken the decision to volun

tarily surrender his driving licence,” the royal palace said in a statement.

The other driver, a 28-year-old woman, suffered cuts to her knee and a 45-year-old wo

man passenger in the car, which also had a nine-month-old baby on board, sustained a broken wrist.

Witnesses said Philip pulled into a main road from a drive.

Philip, who suggested low sun had affected his sight for the crash, also re

ceived a warning from police for driving without a seatbelt two days after the crash.

Philip retired from public life in 2017, although he still occasionally appears with his 92-year-old wife at official events.

There is no legal age in Britain to stop driving, but drivers over 70 must renew their licences every three years.

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The woman told girlfriends dyeing AIDS With wuji bai

  After a physical examination, wang li (a pseudonym) has become a “AIDS patients”.After 12 years, my roommate and best friend zhai a packed in wuji baife

ng pills into “anti-aids drugs”, for the price of a bottle of 670 yuan to 21000 for her.

  Until when debugging a suspicion of fraud was indicted.Crime of fraud of the ch

aoyang court of first instance to zhai was sentenced to a prison for 10 years, a fin

e of 50000 yuan, and ordered the fraud by the range of more than 640000 yuan.Zhai one refuses to appeal.On Jan

uary 29th morning, Beijing three then rejected a second trial zhai a certain appeal, upheld.

  Girlfriends to hide a hospital checking results

  Women’s “AIDS” for 12 years

  In 2004, Beijing wang li met zhai a migrant workers, as well, two people beg

an to rent together.In 2006, wang li accidental pregnancy, zhai a as girlfriends

accompany her to the hospital for surgery.Postoperative wang li always feeling unwell, and debugging a accom

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