ization reforms and enhance communication with member countries and regions to deal with trade issues. That will stre
ngthen the WTO and jointly maintain free trade and the multilateral trade system, he said.a
Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition welcomed its first tourist peak by serv
ing more than 320,000 tourists during the four-day May Day holiday, the organizer said Saturday.
Lei Lei, an official with the organizing committee, said the Chinese Pavilion, the Inte
rnational Pavilion, the Life Experience Pavilion, the Botany Pavilion and the Gui
Some 132 activities, including float parades, world ethnic and folk cultural perform
ances, and culture and art carnivals staged by central and eastern European countries, were held during the holiday.
With the theme of “Live Green, Live Better,” the expo opened to the public on M
onday at the foot of the Great Wall in the capital’s Yanqing District and will last until Oct 7.
rui Theater were among the most popular destinations, which h
ave received a total of over 734,000 visitors during the holiday.
Croatia, April 13 — China and the Central and Eastern European Count
ries (CEECs) on Friday agreed to enhance connectivity to achieve more development.
The agreement was part of the Dubrovnik Guidelines for Cooperation between China and t
he CEECs, which was released after the eighth China-CEEC leaders’ meeting in the Croatian city of Dubrovnik.
According to the guidelines, China and the CEECs are willing to pro
mote railway projects cooperation in line with respective laws and regulations and through
consultations, in particular by strengthening exchanges and cooperation on railway planning, railway organiza
tion development, management, technology development, logistics and freight terminal construction.
China and the CEECs will jointly explore utilization and construction of logistics hubs, said the guidelines, adding that China is
welcome to participate in joint development of new freight lines in connecting markets in Asia and Europe, u
nder the understanding that it respects the principles of transparency and non-discrimination.
China should be good partners with inclusive interests and pursue common development. Xi called on the two count
ries to boost mutual political trust, enhance communication of policies and support each other’s major concerns and core interests.
China appreciates Italy’s contributions to promoting relations between China and Europe, Xi said, adding that China would like to enhance cooperation with Italy under
multilateral frameworks, including the United Nations and the G20, to support multilateralism and free trade.
Saying that the world is facing unprecedented challenges, Xi added that China w
ould like to make joint efforts with the international community to build a more beautiful world.
This year is the 15th anniversary of the China-Italy comprehensive strategic partners
hip, and next year will be the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries.
China and Italy have respected, trusted and helped each other for nearly half a century, and t
he two countries have strengthened high-level exchanges and boosted strategic mutual trust, Xi said.
Several gunmen opened fire at two mosques in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday afternoon, leaving 50 people dead.
• New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the attack as one of her country’s “darkest days”
• An Australian citizen in his late 20s appeared in court Saturday, charged with murder
• Two others were arrested in the immediate aftermath of the shootings
• Suspect reportedly uses modified semi-automatic weapons
• Major social media remove shooting video of terror attacks
The death toll in the New Zealand mosque shootings rose to 50 on Sunday after police found another victim at one of the m
osques, and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said bodies of those killed would begin to be released to families for burial.
Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday. Tarrant w
as remanded without a plea and is due back in court on April 5 where police said he was likely to face more charges.
Friday’s attack, which Ardern labeled as terrorism, was the worst ever peacetime m
ass killing in New Zealand and the country had raised its security threat level to the highest.
Chinese consumers opened their wallet during Spring Festival, not only on things like digital home appliances and importe
d fresh food but also on experiences such as travel and entertainment, government figures showed.
Shopping, dining out, travel and entertainment accounted for most of the consumer spending during the week-long hol
iday. Analysts and officials said the strong domestic demand will inject further growth momentum into the eco
nomy in 2019 as the government unveils more policies to spur consumption.
Spending on retail and food services during the Spring Festival period, from Feb 4 to Sunday this year, exceeded 1 trilli
on yuan ($147.41 billion) for the first time, up 8.5 percent year-on-year, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
The ministry said a key term for Lunar New Year holiday spending was “seeking higher quality” as the government’s em
phasis on upgrading consumption continues. Emerging areas for spending such as the internet, customized pr
oducts, experiences, digital products and services were growth areas during the holiday.