the school because speaking fluent Chinese is necessary for them to work in China or do business with China, Sun said.
The government in Ruili has invested 2.6 million yuan ($388,000) in improv
ing school facilities, including building a new school building, canteen and playground. The sch
ool has established a special foundation with donations from teachers, parents and officers at the insp
ection station to sponsor impoverished Chinese and Burmese students in pursuing their studies, he said.
Ruili, an important land port for southwestern China, is described by a famous Chin
ese song, There is a Beautiful Place, which describes its natural beauty and colorful folklore.
At the school, the students also can be heard singing another so
ng, “Two countries, one school, hand in hand, heart to heart, forever love.”
fossils representing more than 50 previously undescribed animal species dating back 518 million years.
The soft tissues of their bodies, including muscles, organs, eyes and mouths are still visible in some
of the 4,351 fossils discovered in Yichang, Hubei province, according to a new study published in the journ
al Science on Friday. The excavated fossils represent 109 species, including known jelly fish, arthropods and algae.
Fu Dongjing, associate professor at Northwest University in Xi’an, Shaanxi, also the first author of the paper, said the research g
roup started exploring the ancient ruins in the summer of 2007, in Changyang Tujia autonomous county. It was lo
cated on the bank of Qingjiang River where a representative insect from the Cambrian period was first found.
The new trove of fossils called the Qingjiang biota－the living organisms of a region－ha
ve the potential to greatly inform the understanding of early animal evolution, according to the study.
About 542 million years ago, life on earth diversified at an extremely rapid pace, known as t
he Cambrian explosion. Almost all present animal categories appeared at that time. Many creatures wen
t extinct in the process of evolution, but others became the initial form of future organisms.
that was put forward by Xi, and the initiative is expected to promote the interconnectivity of the Eurasian continent.
The BRI is also a road of cultural exchanges, he said, adding that Italy would like to enhance cooperation with China in tourism and culture. Italy ad
mires China’s achievements in economic development, and it appreciates China’s opening-up policies, he said.
Both Italy and China are ancient civilizations, and the people of the two countries have sufficient wisdom to deal with
challenges nowadays, he said, adding that China’s rejuvenation will bring new contributions to peace and prosperity.
China will take a solid step toward becoming a high-income country this year,
reating more space to deepen reform and expand opening-up, economists said on Friday.
A more balanced growth pattern will help the world’s second-largest ec
onomy pass the “middle-income trap”, with consumption and high-tech man
ufacturing leading growth, they said at a Beijing seminar leading up to the 2019 China Development Forum, which starts on Saturday.
Italian side, respect each other’s major concerns, jointly build the Belt and Road, explore cooperation with third parties, boost
cultural exchanges and local-level cooperation, and strengthen popular support for bilateral relations, Xi said.
The Chinese president stressed that in recent years, China’s National People’s Con
gress and the Italian Senate have established a regular exchange mechanism.
China supports the two countries’ legislative bodies to carry out multi-level, wide-ranging and multi-c
hannel exchanges and cooperation, and share successful experience on major issues such as legislative supervision, state gov
erning, national economy and the people’s livelihood, on the basis of mutual respect and mutual learning, Xi said.
He said he hopes that the Italian Senate will continue to play an active facilitating role, and cr
eate better conditions for and inject greater momentum into the development of bilateral relations.
llati said, noting that the Italian and Chinese peoples have always trusted each other and
maintained profound friendship, with close ties in such fields as economy and trade, and culture.
The Senate speaker said she agrees with Xi on his remarks about the traditional friendly exchanges between the two cou
ntries dating back over 2,000 years, published in leading Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera ahead of his visit.
China and Italy are major countries that boast a rich culture, she said, adding that Italy is willing to boost communication and c
ooperation with the Chinese side in such fields as culture, art, language, heritage protection, tourism, science and tec
hnology, and innovation, and encourage their youths to increase exchanges and mutual understanding.
tion with China on jointly building the Belt and Road, She said.
Noting that the history of Italy-China exchanges for the past 50 years has been a history of dia
logue and friendship, the speaker said the Italian Senate is willing to facilitate exchanges between the two cou
ntries’ legislative institutions, and continue to make contributions to deepening Italy-China friendly cooperation.
Xi arrived in Rome Thursday for a state visit to Italy, the first stop of his three-nation Europe tour, which will also take him to Monaco and France.
hinese authorities have unveiled detailed measures to implement valu
e-added tax reform, a key step to boost market vitality and stabilize economic growth.
Starting April 1 this year, the 16 percent VAT rate that applies to manufa
cturing and other sectors will be lowered to 13 percent, while the rate for construction, tran
sport and other sectors will be reduced from 10 percent to 9 percent, said a joint statement released on Th
ursday by the Ministry of Finance, State Taxation Administration and the General Administration of Customs.