The development of winter sports will help meet th

diversified needs of sports fans, which is conducive to soci

al and economic development. Notably, the General Admi

nistration of Sport has issued a document emphasizing the importance of planning in the development of the winter

sports industry. For instance, some departments have made efforts to optimize their resources by building m

ore winter sports venues so they can encourage more people to take up winter sports.

The Beijing municipal government and Hebei provincial gov

ernment have worked out policies to encourage more scho

ol students to play winter sports, and take part in winter sports events on campuses.

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fornia synagogue shooting suspect identified as

 The suspect of Saturday’s synagogue shooting in San Diego, C

alifornia, has been identified as 19-year-old John Earnest, authorities said.

The suspect has no prior contact with law enforcement, said San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore.

Authorities are aware of an online manifesto that Earnest wrote, and are looking

into digital evidence and checking the authenticity of the document, according to Gore.

“We are serving search warrants for the suspect’s home, car and the Ch

abad of Poway,” he said, adding that officials are checking Earnest’s possible involvement in the

arson and vandalism of mosque in Escondido, a city northeast of downtown San Diego.

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Only in this way can the development be sustainable,

Zhonghao Overseas Construction Engineering Co, a Beijing-based private company established in 2001, has been drill

ing wells in countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, including in Algeria, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda.

Tian Chao, president of the company, said those projects have provid

ed jobs for local people, solved their water problems and helped balance foreign exchange.

“The projects are platforms for more influential good things that we can do for those countries,” he said.

The company said it has drilled about 10,000 wells in 275 projects in those countries, with a total c

ontract value of $510 million. The wells ensure that more than 20 million African people can drink clean water, Tian said.

At present, the company employs around 200 Chinese in Africa, with an average age of 30. The company has been inve

sting in projects that are beneficial to local communities in Africa, with the help of Beijing’s Foreign Affairs Office.

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Barca has won 26 league titles in Spain, compared to

 33 for Real Madrid. But Barca have won

eight of the last 11 leagues and 10 of the last 15 (all 10 with Messi in the squad).

Earlier in the day, second-placed Atletico Madrid won 1-0 at home over struggling Valladolid to delay Barca’s celebrations.

The only goal of the match came in the 66th minute when Valladolid’s Joaquin Fernandez put the ball into his own net, but

the visitors were convinced they should have had a penalty after Santiago Arias clearly handed the ball in his own area.

Referee Melero Lopez checked with the VAR but decided the handball was accidental.

Athletic Club Bilbao remains seventh after a 1-1 draw at home with Alaves in the Basque derby.

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Chen Zhongjie, general manager of Hongdong Fishe

a company based in Fujian province, said that as a private fishery company, it is difficult for it to o

btain loans for investing overseas, and his knowledge about overseas markets is limited.

Sinosure’s insurance services have helped Hongdong obtain financing and accelerated Hongdo

ng’s construction of a whole industrial chain fishery plant in Mauritania, where infrastructure was very poor.

“Chinese companies do invest in the fishing industry overseas, but ev

erybody faces different situations, including differences in policies, regulations and cul

tures,” Chen said. “Sinosure has given us a lot of information about investment destinations. Its insurance services have increas

ed our credit and helped us obtain financing from banks, which in turn has helped ensure the success of our project.”

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Xi’s speech draws positive reactions at Second Belt and Road

Editor’s note: President Xi Jinping delivered a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing

on Friday.China is going to open much more as it did before f

or foreign investment, and this is quite important for the whole initiative.

Here is a collection of comments from foreign ministers, delegates, and reporters attending the forum.

President Xi offered a vision of the Belt and Road Initiative t

hat inspires confidence in us, especially as small island developing states.

Facing challenges such as global warming and lack of development

financing, we in the Caribbean region welcome the opportunities presented by the initiative.

President Xi must be commended for his visionary leadership an

d his boldness in offering a new path for a brighter and shared future.

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President Xi’s speech was an assurance to Africa an

 the rest of the world that the Belt and Road Initiative is a helping hand try to help Africa get out of the problems of poor infras

tructure. For me, I think it is very important. And African countries should clap hands for this assistance.

Improving the infrastructure, which is very key in reducing the cost of doing business

in Africa and at the same time creating job opportunities, will help Africa in a few years.

What really interests me is that President Xi talks about the fact that the

initiative boosts the developments of countries along the Belt and Road Initiative.

He talks about the fact that different railways have been built. Some other pipeli

nes have been also constructed. The Belt and Road Initiative has connected many different areas which are very importa

nt. We really need this kind of interconnection. So now countries will become closer due to the Belt and Road Initiative.

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President Xi’s speech deeply motivated us and touch

ed our heart. I have the same feeling about world development. The speech really firms our belief in a more intercon

nected and mutually developed world. China’s policy of persisting in reform and opening up is an inspiring polic

y to the world. It will build so many bridges of mutual development for the belt and road region. China is going to main

tain a friendly and peaceful development attitude, and it will help the Belt & Road countries to get investment wit

h high quality. Also, President Xi really showed us a new model of development and investment, focusing on s

ustainable development, green economy, which helps the world to become a better place to live.

More Chinese will take medium- and short-distance trips during the May Day holiday after it was ext

ended to four days and travel time by high-speed train was shortened, according a travel report released recently.

The Labor Day holiday this year has been extended from one to four

days, according to the State Council’s response to an appeal from the public in March.

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The news came as a surprise and has led to a number of t

 of travel plan changes, as many choose new destinations a short or medi

um distance away instead of suburban trips, said Feng Rao, data research center mana

ger of Mafengwo, a major online travel service provider and tourist information-sharing platform in China.

Travel plans to Sanya, Luoyang and Enshi, three Chinese tourist cities, grew most rapidly — by 15.4

%, 13.6% and 11.6% respectively — due to the extended holiday, according to a report from Mafengwo.

With a new railway operating plan put into use from April 10 offeri

ng more high-speed train routes, high-speed train trips are easier and more convenient.

Take Luoyang in Henan province as an example. People living in Suzhou, Xuzhou an

d Jiaozuo, places where travel time to Luoyang by high-speed train is five hours or less, have turned their eyes to the city.

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Vision China to focus on BRIThemed “Belt and Road, Share

Themed “Belt and Road, Shared Future,” the sixth session of Vision China, a series of talks h

osted by China Daily, will be held at Beijing Language and Culture University in Beijing on April 27.

The event coincides with the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be

held in Beijing on April 25 – 27. With the theme of “Belt and Road Cooperation, Shaping a Brighter Shared Fu

ture,” the second BRF aims to bring about high-quality cooperation under the BRI framework.

At Vision China, four Belt and Road experts, including Zhao Baige, chairwoman of the Advisory Committee of t

he Belt and Road Initiative International Think Tank at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and Ivona Lad

jevac, head of the center for the Belt and Road Initiative at the Institute of International Politics and Economics in Se

rbia, will share their perspectives on the BRI six years after it was proposed by President Xi Jinping in 2013.

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