nqin project, said that the project has been going smoothly.

“So far nearly 200 Chinese scientists from more than 30 dome

stic research institutions and universities and about 30 researchers from at l

east eight other countries-including Russia, Italy, Germany and France-have participated in the pr

oject,” said Tu, who is also director of the gravitation center at the Wuhan university.

Shen Zhiqiang, head of the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, and a membe

r of the EHT team, said the success of the first black hole image has encouraged Chinese scientists to engage in mo

re international collaboration and boost the country’s ability in studying deep space.

Chinese scientists participated in Hawaii and Spain in the observations

that yielded the black hole image. They were highly involved in follow-up data analysis and th

eoretical explanation throughout the two years that followed the five-day observations in April 2017.

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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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European Union leaders gave Theresa May a new Brexit deadline of Oct 31, four months longer than the p

rime minister asked for, in a move the EU summit chair said would let Britain resolve its domestic deadlock on the issue.

“EU27/UK have agreed a flexible extension until 31 October,” European Council Pres

ident Donald Tusk tweeted after eight hours of talks that went into the early hours of Thursday.

“This means (an) additional six months for the UK to find the best

possible solution,” Tusk added on the eve of what would otherwise have been the day Britain

crashed out of the bloc with no deal to smooth the departure for businesses and citizens.

Britain, he stressed, could still leave earlier if May secures parlia

mentary backing for her Brexit treaty, or it could amend what it wants from a future trade pact. “Until t

he end of this period, the UK will also have the possibility to… cancel Brexit altogether,” Tusk added.

The agreement gives May more than the three months to June 30 that she asked for to bui

ld a parliamentary majority behind the withdrawal treaty she negotiated with the EU last year.

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e before Britons would have to vote in a May 23-26 election to the European Parliament — a condit

ion for the country to remain a member of the bloc beyond June 1 under the EU’s accord.

Many leaders had wanted a much longer extension, to the end of the year or even next March, but French President Emma

nuel Macron mounted stiff resistance throughout the evening, eventually forcing the compromise.

Macron questioned May’s ability to persuade parliament to her treaty, EU officials sa

id, and said that a tighter deadline would focus British minds. Others argued that an even longer exten

sion could spook May’s pro-Brexit critics into backing her deal for fear Brexit might stall.

Leaving at midnight on Oct 31 — Halloween, as social media commentators wer

e quick to note — would correspond with the end of the mandate of the present EU executive Commission.

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rred in Germany, and financial tightening in larger adva

nced economies have all contributed to a “significantly wea

kened global expansion”, said IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath.

“With this weakness expected to persist into the first half of 2019, o

ur new World Economic Outlook projects a slowdown in g

rowth in 2019 for 70 percent of the world economy,” she wrote in a blog on Tuesday.

With improved prospects for the second half of 2019, global growth in 2

020 is projected to return to the 2018 level of 3.6 percent, according to the IMF report.

“This recovery is precarious and predicated to reboun

d in emerging markets and developing economies, wher

e growth is projected to increase from 4.4 percent in 2019 to 4.8 percent in 2020,” Gopinath said.

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omic value in the domestic economy in 2017, equivalent to nearly 4 percent of China’s 82.08 trillio

n yuan GDP that year.This is significant, considering the economic value estimated for other Asia-Pacific economi

es ranges between 1 and 3 percent, said the Hinrich Foundation’s Director of Public Affairs and Strategy Berenice Voets.

The potential economic value of digital trade is expected to be the equivalent of 22 percent of China’s projected GDP in 2030, accor

ding to the report, outlining an optimistic outlook for digital trade development in China in the following years.

Li is scheduled to have talks with EU leaders, attend high-level meetings

Premier Li Keqiang touched down at Brussels Airport on Monday, beginning a five-day trip aimed at sending a clear signal to t

he world of the growing mutual trust and deepening strategic cooperation between China and European nations.

Li is in Belgium for the 21st China-EU Leaders’ Meeting. He will also make an official visit to Croatia and at

tend the eighth Leaders’ Meeting of China and Central and Eastern European Countries in the coastal city of Dubrovnik.

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 up a fifth of the total number in China. Up to 51 companies in the district realized annual revenue of more than 10 billion yuan. Baidu Inc, Cambricon Techno

logies Corp and Beijing Dream Ink Technologies Co have become global leaders in various cutting edge technologies.

“The fruitful results in Haidian’s scientific innovation sector are due to the increasing investment i

n research and development,” said Dai Binbin, head of the district. “In 2018, Haidian’s R&D intensit

y was 4.6 times the national level, and higher than levels in the Republic of Korea and Japan.”

Beijing’s Xicheng district, where many domestic and oversea

s financial companies and organizations are located, has carried out a series of policies to boost the

financial sector’s development, and is another example of the capital’s high-quality growth.

For instance, the district government provides subsidies of up to

50 million yuan to newly set up financial organizations. For financial companies that m

ove into the district, the government gives subsidies to help them offset rent and capital purchases.

For high-end talent, both local and foreign, the district offer

s better resources in medical care, education and living arrangements.

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 Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi province, during the break.

“The city is charming, with its long history and modern urban life, as well as its

diversified snacks and world-famous Terracotta Warriors,” she said on Sunday.

“The only annoyance was that there were too many people crowding every attraction, but it’s the holiday.”

Some travelers opted to go overseas, and many of them stretched the holiday into a six-day vacation.

The Lvmama report said that Thailand and Japan remained the tw

o top choices for Chinese mainland travelers during the Tomb Sweeping holiday, followed by Indones

ia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Macao, Malaysia, France, Australia, the United States and the Maldives.

On Wednesday, Ctrip, another online travel agency in Shanghai,

estimated that Chinese travelers would make about 110 million visit

s during the holiday break to 790-plus domestic and overseas destinations in 88 countries and regions.

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nts, and health departments would assist schools in measures such as in

creasing outdoor activities, as well as reducing electronic device use and homework.

Health departments will also carry out a special monitoring program on the eyesight of

school-age children and allocate more resources to the eyesight examinations, and counselling services, he said.

Education departments will supervise schools to take concrete measures and ev

aluate their performance, Minister of Education Chen Baosheng said at the meeting.

China to revise laws, regulations related to foreign investment law

The State Council, China’s cabinet, said Wednesday it was necessary to amend laws and sup

porting regulations and policies to ensure the implementation of the foreign investment law.

Draft amendments for administrative licensing law, trademark law, construction law and electronic signature law were

passed Wednesday at a State Council executive meeting presided over by Premier Li Keqiang.

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 Danish architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group, is inspired by the Chinese yin and yang symbol. The facility allows the male and fe

male pandas to live apart most of the year, yet in proximity and with easy access to a common area when the female is in heat.

Copenhagen Zoo CEO Jorgen Nielsen hailed the impending

arrival of the two pandas as one of the biggest events in the zoo’s 160-year history.

China’s Belt and Road Initiative, proposed by President Xi Jin

ping nearly six years ago, has made practical progress, with 125 countries and 29 inter

national organizations having signed 173 cooperation agreements under the initiative framework as of March 27.

Under the initiative’s five cooperation priorities of policy coordination, facilities connectivity, unimpeded trade, finan

cial integration and people-to-people bond, there are a batch of projects, such as transportation const

ruction and industrial infrastructure, in full swing or already having yielded fruitful results.

Here are some of the amazing projects achieved worldwide under the initiative.

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