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.
hina’s economic growth will remain stable in the first quarter, and is expected to land at 6.3 percent or even higher year-on-year when it is released this week, e
conomists said after some economic indicators for March surprised the market on the upside.
“Downside pressure began to ease in the first quarter, as signaled by the r
ather substantial recovery in various economic indicators in March,” said Yao Jingyuan, form
er chief economist at the National Bureau of Statistics and a researcher for the Counselors’ Office of the State Council.
Chinese banks’ lending in yuan, a leading indicator for the real economy
, surged in March by 1.69 trillion yuan ($252 billion), up 52 percent from a year earli
er, according to the People’s Bank of China, the central bank. The manufacturing purchasing managers inde
x for March, which was back into expansion territory, may be a sign of accelerating industrial activities.
Exports in March also picked up, rising 14.2 percent in US dollar ter
ms from a year ago, versus 0.1 percent for the January-February period, customs data showed.
o eye with his fan.”I buy a lot of albums, and it is the design of the covers that catches my eye first,” Yang
tells the fan. “Apart from the quality of the sound on the record, these things are pieces of art.”
In the two-hour meeting, they listen to the new vinyl and talk about their affection for physical records.
“I recall the summer of 1993 when I was 20 years old,” Yang says. “I bou
ght cassette tapes of the Chinese rock band Tang Dynasty and the rock singer-songwriter
Cui Jian. The songs coming from these spinning tapes stunned me and I wanted to make music like them. That’s wh
y I still stock and support the physical format. It’s something for me to keep and something to hand down to my kids.”
For Wang Zhuohui, owner of Free Sound, Yang’s arrival is one of a series of events to celebrate Record Store Day.
Wang’s shop does its bit for Record Store Day by staging live performances, fan meetings and ex
clusive releases. Record Store Day is a way to help keep a dying industry alive, Wang says. For him one big attra
ction of record stores is that unlike social media where everything is delivered at the push of a button, they offer a p
was “extremely unlikely” any of the 27 countries would veto a delay.
AP”If one country was to veto an extension and, as a result, impose hardship on us, real problems for the Dutch and Belgians
and French as neighboring countries (to the UK)…they wouldn’t be forgiven for it,” he told Ireland’s RTE radio.
magnitude earthquake at a depth of 17 kilometers was detected at 1:25 pm on Sund
ay in Beijing’s Haidian district, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.
Two earthquake experts said the minor quake was a normal activity in the earth’s crust caused by chan
ges in crustal stress, and there is no need for the public to panic, according to a report on huanqiu.com.
“It is a normal and isolated event,” said Guo Xun, dean of the Civil Engineering School at the Institute of Disaster Prevention.
“As Beijing is at the junction of the earthquake zones of Shanxi province, the Hebei Plain
and Yanshan Mountain, the city will experience one to two earthquakes at around magnitude-3 degree ev
ery year, according to past experience,” Sun Shihong, a researcher at the China Earthquake Networks Center, added.
the foreign investment law, a landmark legislation that will provide stronger protection a
nd a better business environment for overseas investors. The law will become effective on Jan 1, 2020.
Artificial intelligence will bring about changes as fundamental as t
hose enabled by electrification, argues Li Kaifu, Chinese artificial intelligence specialist and fo
under of the venture capital firm Sinovation Ventures. He says that China is leading in real-world applications of AI to bus
inesses, factories and cities, and is catching up with the United States in basic research.
Li’s technological optimism contrasts with a widespread pessi
mism about technology prevalent among thinkers from Silicon Valley.
For example, famed venture capitalist Peter Theil uses the slogan “We wanted flying cars, ins
tead we got 140 characters” as the subtitle of his investment fund. In many interviews, he ha
s explained that we’ve seen “innovation in the world of bits, but not in the world of atoms”.