tain a breakneck pace of economic development, which has brought booming economic prosperity.
Unfortunately, it has also brought a deteriorating environment. Seeing heavy smog, for ex
ample, many people feel that a worsening environment will destroy the happiness brought by economic growth.
Since 2012, the new leadership under President Xi Jinping has put forward a series of ecol
ogical ideas. On Sunday, Xi said at the opening ceremony of the exhibition that “green mountains and cle
ar waters are indeed mountains of gold and silver, and environmental improvement means great productivity”.
This idea, dubbed the theory of two mountains, enjoys immense popular support in China.
Xi, who is also general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party o
f China, urged officials at all levels never to sacrifice the environment for economic growth.
China on Monday published a report elaborating on the progress, contributions and prospects of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
The document, prepared by the office of the leading group for promoting the BRI, was released ahead
of the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be held from April 25 to 27 in Beijing.
The Belt and Road Initiative is an initiative for peaceful
development and economic cooperation, rather than a geopolitical or military alliance, said the rep
ort. “It is a process of open, inclusive and common development, not an exclusionary bloc or a ‘China club’.”
“It neither differentiates between countries by ideology nor plays the zero-sum
game. Countries are welcome to join the initiative if they so will,” according to the report.
The BRI has turned ideas into actions and vision into reality, and i
tself into a public product widely welcomed by the international community, the report said.
ecially the development of the tourism sector, a pillar industry of China.
In fact, after the four-day holiday was announced on March 22, tourism-related stocks rose sharpl
y. Also, the number of tourists and tourism revenue during May Day holiday this year are set to increase by ab
out 8 and 9 percent year-on-year, respectively, according to China Tourism Academy.
But the actual number of holidays has not increased because April 28 and
May 5 being Sundays are make-up working days. And since there is a debate on whether t
he government should put people’s demand for longer holidays above economic development, the four-day hol
iday without reducing the number of working days will help the government and companies to strike a balance bet
ween maintaining economic development and meeting people’s need for longer holidays.
But why do Chinese people crave for longer holidays? They do so be
cause some employers, especially in some underdeveloped regions, have not given (or
have been reluctant to give) the paid leave to their employees. Besides, national holidays put