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It aims to increase the share of gas in its energy mix to

percent of the nation’s primary energy demand by 2020, according to the commission.

“Demand for gas has surged in China in recent years, which has posed a pot

ential threat to the country’s energy security. Underground gas storage, on the other hand, could w

ell meet the peak for gas consumption and is a necessary part of the natural gas industrial chain,” he said.

“Sufficient storage facilities and competent peak load regulation capacity is necessary for a stable supply of natural gas.”

According to Zhang, major gas consumers around the world have set up gas storage sy

stems, with gas in storage contributing more than 10 percent of annual gas consumption.

Bloomberg Intelligence estimated earlier that nationwide gas storage will rise to 4.1 percent of demand in 2020, compared with 2.8 percent in 2015.

The approach — particularly the threats of re-election reperc

  ussions — stemmed defections from several Republicans up for re

-election in 2020, but ultimately failed to stop the Senate from passing the resolution.

  Trump tweeted about the political advantage he expects those who supported him will receive.

  ”I’d like to thank all of the Great Republican Senators who bravely voted for Strong Bo

rder Security and the WALL. This will help stop Crime, Human Trafficking, and Drugs entering our Cou

ntry. Watch, when you get back to your State, they will LOVE you more than ever before!” Trump tweeted Friday.

  Trump’s veto sends the resolution back to the US House of Re

presentatives, which is expected to pick it up after the week-long congressional recess. The Hous

e is not expected to have the two-thirds of the chamber’s support needed to override the President’s veto.

Intervention won’t resolve Venezuela crisisg about the situation

Alexander Shchetinin, director of Russian Foreign Ministry’s Latin American Department, criticized US National Security Advis

er John Bolton earlier this week for suggesting that restrictions on Cuba be tightened for supporting Venezuelan President Nicolas Mad

uro. More important, the United States has not ruled out military intervention in Venaezuela, as the White Hou

se supports Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido’s claim to be the “legitimate” president of the country.

However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told US Secretary of State Mike Po

mpeo at a meeting last weekend that Russia is ready to hold talks on Venezuela.

This, along with the fact that the two separate resolutions moved by the US and Russia on the Venezuelan political crisis fa

iled to pass in the UN Security Council on Feb 28, shows Venezuela has become a pawn on the geopolitical ches

sboard of some major powers, as they have high stakes in the political future of the country.

Bayer will continue to support green and digital developmen

German company Bayer’s agriculture division Bayer Crop Science in China and China’s National Ag

ricultural Technology Extension Service Center (NATESC) under the Ministry of Agriculture jointly lau

nched the Action Plan for Enhancing Green Development Capability in Beijing on Wednesday.

The plan, a large non-profit training project co-sponsored by Bayer and the NATESC, is an

important topic under the framework of Sino-German agricultural cooperation.

To respond to the needs of green and quality development in Chinese agriculture, it a

ims to build green development capacities among key players, such as local officials and tec

hnicians in agriculture, executives in new types of agribusinesses, serve organizations and lead in co-operatives.

The project will be implemented for five years from 2019, covering all provincial regions.

Pompeo said that he wished they had “gotten a little bi

  n nailing down steps toward the ultimate goal of denuclearization. “It’s been a steady stream

of progress towards getting to where we want them to be,” Pompeo said. “We just didn’t get far enough.”

  He seemed to intimate that the teams made some progress, telling reporters that, “We all wen

t back and tried to sharpen our pencils and see if we couldn’t get a little further and we ac

tually did.” But he cautioned there will be no quick fixes in what is likely to be a lengthy negotiation.

  ”It is a long ways, we have always known it was a long ways,” Pompeo said. And a

t the end of the day, he acknowledged, the potential for real progress is ultimately in the leaders’ hands.

  ”You don’t know which ones you are actually going to get until the two l

eaders actually have a chance to get together,” Pompeo said. “There was a lot of pre

paratory work. We were prepared for the potentiality of this outcome as well. And tomorrow we will get right back at it.”

China to emerge as global smartphone powerhouse by 2025

China will become the world largest smartphone superpower by 2025, according t

o a report by GSM Association (GSMA), the organizer of the Mobile World Congress in Spain, on Monday.

In the Mobile Economy 2019, three new smartphone superpower

s will emerge by 2025, and China will take the lead with about 1.46 billion smartphone connections.

The report also mentions key highlights such as 5G, mobile internet and artificial intelligence . The fifth-generation tech

nology or 5G will add $2.2 trillion to global economy over the next 15 years, the report said.

5G connections number will account for 15 percent of the world’s total to 1.4 bill

ion by 2025, and the connections figure is forecast to reach around 30 pe

rcent in China and Europe, respectively, and about half of the total in the US.

Moreover, the number of Chinese who go abroad is closely

residents’ disposable income levels and income growth. Data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed that in 2017, the per ca

pita disposable income of the high-income group reached 64,934 yuan ($9,604.71). For most of the residents in the high-inco

me group, overseas tours remain as a kind of luxury spending, thus the per capita disposable income for residents that traveled abroad

should be raised to at least 120,000 yuan a year. Yet this group probably numbers less than 100 mil

lion residents. In other words, the number of people who can afford the average cost of going abroad is theoretically less than 100 million.

Although many research institutions are optimistic about the development pr

ospects for Chinese people’s overseas tourism, the growth rate of private outbound trip

s was only 5.7 percent in 2017, compared to 22 percent in 2010 and 10.6 percent in 2015, showing a do

wnward trend. This may actually reflect the decline in the growth rate of disposable income.

I don’t agree with the so-called “consumption downgrade,” as the Engel coefficient – the propor

tion of money spent on food in household expenses – fell to 28.4 in 2018. Yet, the slowdown in consumption growth, increased leverage r

atio in home purchases and other factors have all impeded the pace of the consumption upgrade.

Innovation in science and technology bolsters Guangdong’s e

Despite China’s ongoing trade war with the United States, Guangdong province, an economic powerhouse, has found new ways to attain sustainable economic development.

In addition to the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, which helped the province maintain its strong growth momentum, inn

ovation in science and technology was the key to sustainable economic growth last year, Wang Ruijun, director-general of

the provincial Department of Science and Technology, told local media recently.

Wang said the provincial government spared no effort to promote innovation after President X

i Jinping urged Guangdong to further develop its innovative industries during last year’s tw

o sessions – the annual meetings of China’s top legislature and advisory body.

Wang said Guangdong has invested more than 4 billion yuan ($593 million) to help build seven provi

ncial-level laboratories and 72 other major scientific research projects to support economic development.

It has also actively integrated its scientific and technological development into the country’s de

velopment plan for major scientific and technological projects, while building the Guangdong-H

ong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Innovation Center of Science and Technology, he said.

Burst! 4 dead and 1 seriously injured, tower crane co

At 9:15 on January 23, Huarong Yongsheng Construction Machinery Leasin

g Co., Ltd. is located in Zhongli City Project Department, Huarong County.

When the tower crane was dismantled, there was a collapse accident. Six worke

rs, Yan Ruodong, the driver of the tower crane, and the dismantler, were on the spot.

Wang Zhongyi, Wang Yun, Tian Aimin and Zhang Shiya, the security personnel He Xuehua, died on the spot after rescue, 3 pe

ople were injured and sent to hospital for rescue (2 of them died ineffective rescue).

After the accident, Liu Tiejian, Secretary of Hu

arong County Party Committee, Tao Weijun, deputy secretary and county head, and Li Chaohui, county leader

Hu Jun, Zhang Dahong and Fan Wenke rushed to the scene for the first time to orga

nize and direct accident rescue, and the county Party committee office, the propaganda department,

Public security, civil affairs, security super

vision, health planning, fire protection, residential construction, Zha

nghua Town and Tianjiahu Ecological New Area and other departments and units and townships actively rescue.

At present, the owner’s unit Zhongli City, the construction party Yueyang Taishan Com

pany, the tower crane leasing company and the person in charge of the sce

ne have been controlled by the public security organs, and the cause of the accident is under investigation.

Yangtze River Information Newspaper reporters have learned that the medical emer

gency expert group dispatched by Yueyang City Health Planning Commission is in urgent assistance.