Upbeat Prospects is about the better-than-expected economic results and stability for the first half of the year, due to industrial performance, export growth and domestic consumption. The service sector dominated the growth, well ahead of manufacturing, and the growth rate has been between 6.7 and 6.9 percent for eight consecutive quarters, reflecting growing domestic consumption and global economic recovery, and it is within reach for China to realize a doubling of GDP and per-capita income by 2020.
Bonding in Bucharest focuses on an important meeting in Bucharest, Romania, by 16 Central and Eastern European countries and China on connectivity, cooperation and development inspired by the Belt and Road Initiative. The China-CEE Countries Political Parties Dialogue was co-chaired by the International Department of the CPC Central Committee and Romania’s ruling Social Democratic Party to advance the connections between Asia-Pacific and European economies.
Legendary Buildings is about the historical villas of Kulangsu, which was recently added to the World Heritage List of UNESCO. The architectural styles of time-honored buildings of this small island in Fujian Province are a window into China’s modern history since the opening of nearby Xiamen as a commercial port in 1843. They reflect the melding of Western styles with Chinese elements.
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