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roductivity in the service sector, which is an important thing that China is focusing on to stabilize economic growth,” Zhu said.
Chen Yulu, a vice-governor of the PBOC, also supported a “full-scale” opening of the financial sector. In the future, foreign invest
ors are welcome to conduct all forms of financial business in China, excepting those being named on a neg
ative list, and authorities are researching a new regulatory system, Chen said at the forum on Saturday.
Li Daokui, director of the Academic Center for Chinese Economic Practice and Thinking at Tsing
hua University, said China “should be more confident” in accelerating opening-up of its financial sec
tor, which will help global investors seize numerous opportunities in the Chinese market.
Domestic financial institutions are now capable of engaging in fiercer competition with global peers as their serv
ice abilities in many aspects, such as banking and insurance, have improved a lot over the past years, Li said.
Given that the US economy is driven by domestic demand, consumption in particular, instead of exports, a high rate of eco
nomic growth will widen the trade deficit, as it would have to import more products than it exports. In such a situa
tion, the implementation of large-scale infrastructure construction projects would further increase the trade deficit.
To make up for the increasing savings gap, the US needs to introduce and use more foreign ca
pital, which will further enlarge the trade deficit. Therefore, the US cannot simultaneously maintain a high g
rowth rate, invest massively in infrastructure, reduce the trade deficit and restrict the inflow of foreign capital.
What is really questionable is that, despite its contempt for over-regulation of the economy, the US administration has been tryi
ng to impose regulations on international trade, even for its trade partners’ domestic economic management.
ew stage of preparation for the Games,” said Chen Jining, mayor of Beijin
g and executive president of the 2022 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee. “We will end
eavor to deliver a fantastic, extraordinary and excellent Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.”
The 1,000-day countdown — launched near the iconic Bird’s Nest and the
Water Cube, both 2008 venues — underlined Beijing’s focus on sustainability in prepa
ring a second time for an Olympic extravaganza by reusing existing resources built for the Summer Games.
According to the 2022 Winter Olympics organizing committee, 11 of the 13 v
enues needed in Beijing’s downtown, where all ice sports will be staged, will use existing faciliti
es built for 2008. Repurposing projects, such as transforming the Water Cube (which hosted swimming in 2008) into a
curling arena by filling the pool with steel structures and making ice on the surface, are well underway.
The call made by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, for more study of the
May Fourth Movement, will help younger generations better understand the value of its spirit, observers said.
Xi underlined the need to strengthen studies of the May Fourth Move
ment and its spirit during a speech at the group study session of the Political Bureau of the C
PC Central Committee on Friday, according to a news release issued on Saturday.
This year is the 100th anniversary of the movement launch
ed by young intellectuals and participated in by people from all walks
of life. It was a political, anti-imperialist movement that stemmed from student demonstrations in Beijing on May 4, 1919.
Presiding over the session on the historical significance and modern value of the movement, Xi said the studies shoul
d elaborate on why the movement is of great and far-reaching significance for development and progress in conte
mporary China, and why Marxism has become a guide for the cause of the Chinese people’s revolution, construction and reform.