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interest in philosophy, history, literature, culture, music and sports, and that he first cul
tivated many of these interests back in middle sch
ool and they have stayed with him ever since. His job is serving the people, and he works hard with a busy schedule, but takes great pleasure in his work, Xi wrote.
The Niles N
orth students also inquired whether Xi likes the US. Xi answered in the letter that he has visited their country many times and is impressed with the “beautiful landscape, hos
pitable people and diverse culture”, and he made
a lot of friends, including some young people. He said the students are “wonderful” and expressed hope that they will make greater progress in studying Chinese.
g Chinese will help them better understand China, a d get acquainted with more Chinese friends and Chinese-speaking friends across the world, Xi said.
by the smugglers, Sun said. Busts were made in several locations, which were not disclosed. The case is still under investigation.
Since early this year, 182 smuggling cases involving e
ndangered species have been investigated, the administration said on Monday. More than 500 tons of endangered animals and animal products were seized, 8.48 t
ons of wh
ich was ivory tusks or products made of ivory. In those cases, 171 suspects were detained. The Chinese government suspended imports of ivory and all ivor
y products in 2015 and ended commercial processing
and sale of ivory at the end of 2017. The ban has had significant positive effects, with fewer people purchasing ivory, according to a report j
ointly released last year by the World Wildlife Fund and TRAFFIC, an NGO that tracks the global trade in wild animals.
“We will str
engthen our anti-smuggling efforts, continuing to work with international organizations and depart ments and allowing no tolerance of those illegal activities,” said Hu Wei, deputy director of the administration.
d further enhance border management to safeguard the safety and stability of the border region, Xi said.
China-Myanmar relations have develope
d well in all areas, Xi said, add ing that the two countries have made new progress in jointly building the Belt and Road.
tion between the two countries and the two armies has maintained sustainable and healthy dev elopment, Xi said, adding that the visit is expected to bring new progress in their defense and military cooperation.
Hlaing said Myanmar and China have a long history of traditional friend ship, and the two countries and two armies have maintained good development.
Myanmar is grateful for China’s support for the d
evelopment of the country and the ar my, he said, adding that Myanmar appreciates China’s support of its domestic peace process.
Myanmar welcomes and supports the building of the Belt and Road, and the country wo
uld like to take effective measures to maintain the stability of the border region, he added.
Min Aung Hlaing is making his fifth visit to China since becoming Myanmar’s commander-in-chief of defense services in 2011.
After 40 years of high-speed growth, China’s economy ha
s entered a high-quality development phase. S
tarting today, China Daily will feature a series of reports to sh ow the new landscape across the country. This is the first installment of the series.
Beijing’s municipal government has been making e
fforts to develop high-end industries suc h as 5G, artificial intelligence and the industrial internet in order to build the city into the nation’s scientific and innova
er, which is a core strategy of the capital’s high-quality growth plan, a senior officials said recently. Lin Keqing, executive vice-mayor of Beijing, said the city is aimin
g to make
new information technology and medical health twin drivers of the municipality’s growth. “Beijing will make better use of resources to develop the biomedical indus
try and extend its value chain,” Lin said. “We have unveiled an international medical-use ro
botics innovation center in Zhongguancun, China’s Silicon Valley, and a group of companies in the sector.”