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China has urged its young guns to play their part in making this year’s FIBA World Cup
a tournament to remember after the host nation discovered its group-stage opponents over the weekend.
Saturday’s star-studded draw ceremony at Shenzhen Bay Arena, where the 32 teams were assigned to eight groups, heig
htened anticipation levels for the event, which will be staged from Aug 31-Sept 15 in eight Chinese cities.
Rising forces such as Spain and Argentina are expected to pose a stiff challenge to t
wo-time defending champion the United States, but after being drawn in a relatively easy Group A with
Cote d’Ivoire, Poland and Venezuela, Team China is also planning to make its mark.
“After the dust settles, I would love to hear from our players that they’ve done their utmost and they’ve made their coun
try proud,” said Yao Ming, chairman of the Chinese Basketball Association, at the ceremony.
Aug 31, followed by a match against Poland on Sept 2 before facing Venezuela two days later. All three games will be played at the 18,
000-seat Wukesong Arena in Beijing, where China finished eighth at the 2008 Summer Olympics to tie its best record at the Games.
At the 2010 FIBA World Championship, China beat Cote d’Ivoire 83-73, but its last m
atch against Venezuela, at the 2016 Olympics, ended in a 68-72 defeat. China and Poland have never met before in official competition.
Despite the favorable draw, Team China’s head coach Li Nan warned against undere
stimating the opposition.Spearheaded by former NBA player Yi Jianlian, fellow center Wang Zhel
in-a second-round draft pick for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2016-and young playmaker Guo Ailun, China’s primary aim
is to finish the tournament as the top Asian team in order to qualify directly for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
However, Bryant, the tournament’s global ambassador, has urged China to aim even higher.
Information consumption has become a new engine for China’s economy, playing a vital role in d
riving domestic demand, creating jobs and pushing forward industrial upgrades, People’s Daily reported.
Last year, China’s information consumption rose 11 percent year-on-year to
5 trillion yuan ($745.39 billion), accounting for 6 percent of the GDP, according to the Internet Society of China.
To further boost information consumption, the Ministry of Industry and Inform
ation Technology and the National Development and Reform Commission unveiled an action plan in August.
According to the plan, by 2020, China’s spending on information consum
ption is expected to be 6 trillion yuan, with average annual growth of more than 11 perce
nt. Information technology is estimated to drive 15 trillion yuan in related consumption.
material and objects — known as Foreign Object Debris, or FOD — being left inside an
aircraft as it comes off the production line is not a design or safety risk, it is a
”FOD is really about every person, everyone in the workforce, f
ollowing those procedures and bringing a culture of discipline for safety,” Roper said.
Top US general says Google ‘is indirectly benefiting the Chinese Culture
is something that I’m not going to believe becaus
e we have a good month, or a good two months, that the culture is back. I’m
going to believe it when I see month after mo
nth for a long time that yes, those practices are now things that aren’t just
being done because they have to be done, th
ey are being done because the workforce says, ‘This is a product we deliver to the Air Force,'” he added.
Boeing will now have to conduct spot inspections on the aircraft during product
ion, including specific areas of the planes that may be sealed as part of the production processes.
”I certainly think they are going to have to have a good team,” to carry out
the new inspection program, Roper said.
rty cooperation and political consultation. It is a major channel for socialist consultative democracy and a specialist consultative body.
As of 5 pm on March 7, political advisors had submitted 5,113 proposals since the session started on Marc
h 3, ranging from the “three critical battles” against major risks, poverty, and pollution, to developing socialist democracy.
A resolution on a work report of the Standing Committee of the CPPCC National Committee, a report on the exa
mination of proposals, and a political resolution on the annual session were approved at the closing meeting.
China will inevitably face an array of interwoven opportunities and challenges in 2019, the political resolution reads.
It calls on political advisors to follow the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chin
ese Characteristics for a New Era, and work to maintain stable growth, advance reform, make stru
ctural adjustments, improve living standards, guard against risks, and ensure stability.
dual responsibility of offering suggestions and building consensus, and shoulder its political responsibilities of impleme
nting the CPC Central Committee’s decisions and plans, of meeting its requirements for CPPCC wo、
rk, and of pooling the wisdom and strength of all Chinese people, at home and overseas, for national rejuvenation, it says.
ang Yang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and cha
irman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), presides over the closing meet
ing of the second session of the 13th CPPCC National Committee at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 13, 2019.
Basketball legend Yao Ming has always voiced his support for physical education during the two sessions.
This year is no exception. Utilizing his position as a member of the Chinese People’s Polit
ical Consultative Conference’s National Committee, Yao called for more cross-departmental coope
ration and better coaching to further expand a school basketball program launched last year.
The program is meant not just to deepen the sport’s talent p
ool but, more importantly, to teach students life lessons that classroom study cannot.