lliance on international disaster risk reduction, which included around 30 institution
s and universities from countries including Italy, Belgium, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The alliance will serve as a new platform for international coordinati
on and provide scientific support for disaster relief and sustainable development.
The conference was co-hosted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the China Association for Science and Technology, the U
nited Nations Environment Program, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Alliance of Int
ernational Science Organizations, a group created to connect the scientific communities of BRI participants.
Bai Chunli, president of the academy, said in the conference’s opening ceremony on Saturday that areas along the Si
lk Road are prone to various natural disasters that have resulted in massive loss of life and economic damage.
The growth of manufacturing activity in China eased in April but remained within expansion territory, adding to the confidence that the country’s economy is stabilizing.
The purchasing managers index for the country’s manufacturing sector came in at 50.1 in A
pril, slightly down from 50.5 in March, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday.
A reading above 50 indicates expansion, while one below it reflects contraction.
Senior NBS official Zhao Qinghe said in a statement that factory activity continued a steady ex
pansion in April, with the subindexes for production and for new orders standing respectively at 52.1 and 51.4. T
he readings are slightly lower than those in March, but they are higher than the average performance of the first quarter.
“Market demand is driving a stable growth in production,” Zhao said, adding strong growth in e
merging industries, such as high-tech and equipment manufacturing, also contributed to the steady performance.
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.
A 2.9-magnitude earthquake at a depth of 17 kilometers was detected at 1:25 pm on Sunday in Be
ijing’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 changes in crustal stress, and th
ere 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 e
xperience one to two earthquakes at around magnitude-3 degree every year,
according to past exper
ience,” Sun Shihong, a researcher at the
China Earthquake Networks Center, added.
Like Gray, more women and men in the US are single — more than 45 percent of all Americans age 18 or older, the US Census Bur
eau reported in 2017 — and the number of single households around the world also is increasing.
Singles make up about 14.6 percent — about 200 million — of Chi
na’s population, the largest singles population in the world, People’s Daily reported.
Sweden has the highest rate of people staying single, 51 percen
t of all households, according to 2017 data from the European Union’s Eurostat.
Sweden is followed by Denmark, Finland and Germany, which all have more than 40 percent one-person households.
The never-married population age 16 years and over in England a
nd Wales increased by 3.9 million from 2002 to 2017, while the number of married pe
ple increased only by 1.2 million during the same period, UK Census reported.