nal proportions. But nothing can obliterate the tangible benefits the development initiative has brought. In less than six
years, the nascent Belt and Road are already
changing development landscapes in multiple places and dime nsions. Thanks to the initiative, East Africa has seen its first expressway, the Maldives its first cross-sea bridge, Belar
us its own c
ar-manufacturing enterprise, and landlocked Kazakhstan finally has access to the sea. And while China-Cambodia trade may not look to be in perfect balan
ce at this point, Belt and Road cooperat
ion between the two neighbors is laying a solid fo undation for the latter’s future progress. Take the Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone for instance. An exem
t under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, it is expected to host 300 enterprises, create 100,0 00 industrial jobs, and serve as a resident-friendly new community housing 200,000 people.
A slew of new policies aimed at encouraging consumption
in key sectors will be unveiled soon, China Se
curities Journal reported. rcent year-on-year to 9.78 trillion yuan ($1.46 trillion) in the January-M
arch period, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). In March alone, retail sales went up 8.7 pe
rcent to 3.1
7 trillion yuan, quickening from the 8.2-percent rise seen in the first two months. In recent years, the government has, on the one hand, frequently intro
duced policies to promote opening-up, increase import and improve consumer welfare. On
the other hand, it has reduced and scrapp
ed import tariffs on some consumer goo ds. This has played an active role in consumption, Lian Ping, chief economist at Bank of Comm
unication said, adding that consumption still is the key driver for economic growth.
learly what it feels like to be a patient in need of transplant surgery and eagerly waiting for an
organ, since such organs are scarce,” he said. “I
want to do the same to save others.” With the number of registered organ donors increasing rapidly in China, it is expected that more patients with terminal illn
ess in need
of organ transplants will be fortunate, like Zhao, and not have to wait very long. By the end of February, the number of registered organ donors in China exceeded 1.05 mill
ared with 1,087 in 2010, the year China began to pilot organ donations, according to the Chin a Organ Donation Administrative Center. More than 64,000 organs have been donated since then, the center added.
The turning point came in 2015, when China ba
nned the use of organs harvested from executed prisoners, which made voluntary donations the only legitimate source of organs. Since then, the number of organ donations and the num
ber of organ donors have continued to increase rapidly, according to data from health authorities.
on stadium-style bleachers along the road, who shout and clap, egged on by animated cheerleaders, to a soundtrack of patriotic music.
Military personnel in full regalia perform
elaborate fast-paced marches and high kicks in a show of one-upmanship. Then the soldiers lower and fold the flags of their respective countries and shake hands, before flinging the border gates shut with a final flourish.
It’s a po
werful show of pride, which draws attendees from both sides of the border, as well as international tourists. But anyone hoping to watch the ceremony on Friday will have been left disappoint
ed. Beating Retreat was canceled on the Indian side a
s officials awaited the return of their pilot. Shashank Joshi, defense editor at The Economist and former sen
ior research fellow at the Royal United Services I
nstitute (RUSI), a defense and sec urity think tank, said Wagah was probably chosen as the site of the handover for logistical reasons.
”It’s a high-security location,” Joshi told CNN via telephone. It did, however, suffer
a deadly suicide attack on the Pakistani side in 2014 following the Beating Retreat ceremony.