The future growth prospects of today’s early-stage (that is

lower-income-some growing and others not) developing countries will be of huge importance in red

ucing poverty further. Although these countries face significant headwinds, they could also seize imp

ortant new growth opportunities-especially with the help of digital platforms.

The headwinds are certainly considerable. For starters, advances in digital technolo

gies-robotics, machine learning, sensors, and vision-directly threaten the labor-intensive manu

facturing and assembly upon which lower-income, nonresource-rich economies have traditionally relied.

Moreover, climate change has had its greatest economic impact on the tropical and subtropical regio

ns where most of the lower-income countries are located. The effects of global warming are highly disrup

tive in fragile economies, and, taken together, constitute a major new obstacle to growthle

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Learning to work together in an orderly, high trust lev

, and supported by diverse interest groups will prevent conflicts among stakeholders in the South China Sea,” Santarita said.

China is in the midst of implementing a host of reforms, which are focused on opening up its economy to foreign compet

ition and strengthening its private sector. They are needed to upgrade its industries and avoid the dreaded middle-income trap.

Many of these reforms are exactly what the United States is asking for in the trade negotiation

s, but China is actually pursuing these reforms primarily to achieve its own long-term internal economic goals.

He said Asia’s emphasis on “respect for authority, respect for the environm

ent and the discipline to control the use of resources” will also see Asian leaders purs

uing a more eco-friendly development path and honor their commitments to the Paris climate agreement.

“If there is harmony, discipline, stability and the primacy of family and com

munity over the individual, then any problem can be easily addressed,” Santarita said.

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Only toward the end of the last century, global econom

 integration-trade, investment and finance-began benefiting large emerging and developing econ

omies. To be sustainable, globalization cannot serve just a few wealthy advanced economies. It m

ust also serve poorer and faster-growing economies, which today account for most of the global growth.

So, by flirting with trade protectionism and punitive tariffs on imports, adva

nced economies are seeking to implement the wrong policies at the wrong time. As the adv

anced countries have fallen into secular stagnation, they desperately need growth. Therefore, the rise of poorer eco

nomies is not a win-lose game, because it benefits the advanced economies, too.

In the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis, all major advanced econom

ies would have faced another Great Depression without the support of large emerging economies, particularly Ch

ina. And the contribution of these countries to global GDP growth is expected to climb to 80 percent by 2050.

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This issue is similar to the environment. External critics

ent. External critics of China don’t appreciate that Chinese themselves realize there

are issues to be addressed. They are doing so. These developments should be encouraged.”

President Xi Jinping, who spoke at the Second Belt and Road Foru

m for International Cooperation in Beijing recen

tly, listed areas in which China will improve the environment for foreign investment.

The president said the nation will work hard to create a business environ

ment that respects the value of intellectual prop

erty, will improve the legal system for IPR protection at all levels, will strengthen law enforcement and pr

otection for the legitimate rights and interests of foreign IP owners and will bar the

forced transfer of technology, improve protection of trade secrets and crack down on infringement.

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Hospital in Boao has business license revoked over ille

Hainan provincial health authorities have revoked Boao Yinfeng Healthcare International H

ospital’s business license, for illegally administering HPV 9-valent vaccines, according to a statement Sunday.

Located in the Boao Lecheng International Medical Tourism Pilot Zone, the hospit

al has since January last year vaccinated 37 customers with HPV 9-valent, charging each 9,000 yuan.

They did so without obtaining an official vaccination outpatient license, said the statement.

It said the local health commission of Qionghai, where the Boao pilot zone is loc

ated, on April 18 issued the hospital a notice of penalties, including a warning, confiscati

on of illegal income, a fine of 8,000 yuan, and a revocation of its business license as a medical institution.

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President calls on think tanks to boost teamwork, Belt, Roa

President Xi Jinping called on Wednesday for exchanges and cooperation between Chinese and foreign think

tanks for more high-quality research results to push Belt and Road construction to a higher level.

Xi made the remark in a congratulatory letter to the i

naugural meeting of the Belt and Road Studies Network held in Beijing on Wednesday.

The launch of the think tank network took place ahead of the Second Belt and Road Fo

rum for International Cooperation being held from Thursday to Saturday in the capital.

Xi said in the letter that the development of history, the prosper

ity of civilizations and the progress of mankind are closely connected with the guidance of advanced thought.

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Lu Zhenwang, CEO of Shanghai-based Wanqing Consul

ltancy, said: “The lawsuit against Liu will bring damages to the image and reputation of JD, hav

e an impact on investors’ confidence, and cause fluctuations in its share price. Moreover, emp

loyees’ trust in the company may also be affected as the Beijing-based tech heavyweight is laying off staff to cut costs.”

Shen Meng, director of boutique investment bank Chanson & Co, said Liu’s case won’t chan

ge his actual control over JD, which is now making some innovations to reassure investors. Liu owns

15.8 percent of JD’s stock and controls nearly 80 percent of the company’s voting rights.

Liu was detained in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on suspicion of criminal sexual c

onduct on Aug 31 and later released without charge or bail. He returned to China on Sept 3.

In December, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, the prosecutorial office handling the case announced that no sexual as

sault charges would be brought against Liu as prosecutors could not prove his guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

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and serve the WTO’s interests and goals, and how sh

the organization’s reform be carried out? Two experts share their views on the issue with China Daily’s Liu Jianna. Excerpts fo

llow:China’s developing country status has not changedBai Ming, a senior research fellow at and deputy direc

tor of the Institute of International Market, Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Coope

rationDespite the large size of its economy and remarkable GDP growth, China remains the largest developing economy

. Even though there are no WTO definitions of “developed” and “developing” countries, compared with China, p

eople in developed countries enjoy higher living standards. Besides, China still has to lift millions of people out of pov

erty, especially in its central and western regions.Due to its huge population-the largest in the world-China’s per c

apita GDP is still very low in relation to that in developed countries. For instance, China’s per capita GDP of less th

an $10,000 in 2018 was meager compared with the US’ nearly $60,000, and low

er than the over $10,000 per capita GDP of some other developing countries such as Russia and Argentina.

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Qiu said the country’s capacity for hazardous waste tre

tment reached 75 million tons in 2017, 2.3 times that of 2012. Meanwhile, about 40 million tons of ind

ustrial hazardous waste was generated in 202 major cities across the country in 2017, according to the ministry.

China, however, still lacks a sound system for hazardous waste management. According to an enforcement

report of the Solid Waste Control Law released by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, the to

p legislature, in November 2017, the total amount of hazardous waste in the country remains unverified.

Over 40 percent of China’s capacity for processing hazardous waste oft

en remains idle. Every year, more than half of the hazardous waste generated across the cou

ntry was utilized or disposed of by its respective producers, and most of this activity was unsupervised, the report said.

Wang Yi, a member of the NPC Committee of Environment Pr

otection and Resources Conservation Committee, told China Daily in March that sup

ervisors lack a clear idea of how much hazardous waste is being produced annually nationwide.

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US zoo holds farewell party for giant pandas Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo in the US state of California held a special ceremo

ny on Saturday to kick off a three-week farewell event for two giant pandas.

Twenty-seven-year-old female giant panda Bai Yun and her son, six-year-old Xiao Liwu, will leave the zoo in late April and b

e sent back to China, as the zoo’s conservation loan agreement with China has ended.

According to the zoo, their staff are working with their colleagues in China on future panda conservation and research.

The zoo’s giant panda program is the first joint research program established between Chi

na and the United States as early as in 1994, said China’s Consul General in Los Angeles Zhang Ping.

“Like other joint giant panda research and conservation programs in the United States, t

his program has not only promoted the friendship and understanding bet

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