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players, especially when they happen at home. I hope that 10 years la
ter this team of players will still be remembered for what they did at the World Cup.”
Around 8,000 spectators packed into the arena to witness the draw, whi
ch was conducted by Chinese pop star Yang Chaoyue, a member of the idol group Rock
et Girls 101, and NBA legend Kobe Bryant, and was staged in conjunction with FIBA’s global partner Tencent Sports.
After going 0-5 at the 2016 Rio Olympics and failing to qualify for the last World Cup, in 2
014 in Spain, Asian Games champion China is under heavy pressure to deliver an improved performance at home.
Should China emerge from Group A, it will face one of the top two
teams from a tougher-looking Group B, which features Argentina, Russia, South Korea and Nigeria.
Outpatient drugs for chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, will be reimbursa
ble by 50 percent through China’s basic medical insurance program this year, Premier Li Keqiang said at a news conference on Friday.
The measure will relieve financial burdens on patients with the two diseases, which number 400 million in China, he said.
The government will also take steps this year to further relieve medical expenditure by
patients with serious diseases through adjusting medical insurance policies, Li said.
The government has been making efforts to improve people’s access to quality medical services and reduce their medical expenditure, Li said.
Last year the prices of 17 anti-cancer drugs were cut by more than 50 percent on av
erage, and were included in the basic medical insurance program so they were reimbursable, he said.
China’s basic medical insurance program has covered almost the entire population in China, he said.
ce the efficiency of financing services, shortening the approval time from two to three months to five to seven working days, according to Zhu.
To increase financial support for small and micro firms, the country also vows to strengthen control and su
pervision of counter-cyclical adjustment, urge banks to provide better loan services, and improve the financial service enviro
nment, Zhu added.China should step up the construction of underground gas storage facilities to meet increasing dema
nd during the peak consumption period in winter, according to Zhang Mingsen, former deputy chief engineer of the Beijing Research Institute of Che
ical Industry under the State-owned oil giant China Petroleum and Chemical Corp.
The government should provide fiscal and tax subsidies for the construction of underground gas stor
age facilities and improve the pricing mechanism for natural gas to achieve a more open gas market system, said Zhang in his sug
gestions to the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.
China consumed 280.30 billion cubic meters of natural gas in 2018, u
p 18.1 percent year-on-year, according to the National Development and Reform Commissi
on, the nation’s top economic regulator. The increase is in line with the country’s aim to encourage the use of gas instead of coal to combat air pollution.
a voice to all the nation’s many minorities.
”I am Hindu, I come from a privileged background, so for people like me, no matter which part
y comes to power, we aren’t going to face the brunt of it. The most affected are the minorities and
the poor… If a certain party comes to power, these people will face huge problems.
”They are the people I want to keep in mind when I choose a party.”
For Aastha Kulshrestha, a 23-year-old law student from New Delhi, her expectation of the n
ext government is that it should not pit one group or religion against the other. “It is a great impe
diment to the growth of the nation, a nation that is democratic, socialist and a republic,” she told CNN.
”If you want to make a change… you vote”oung voters could have a huge influence on the
outcome. For some, casting their ballot is an exciting “coming of age” moment. But many are disenchanted.
John Simte, 22, a law student in Bengaluru, says he is “thrilled to be a part of the world’s la
rgest democratic project.” He admits a “deep sense of apathy” amongst his peers but is nonetheless optimistic.
”comment on Brexit,” but characteristically unable to constrain himself, could barely leave the topic alone.
At the start of his meeting, Trump welcomed Varadkar, and pointin
g out that his visitor was in a difficult position over Britain’s tortured attempts to com
plete its withdrawal from the European Union, which could harm Ireland’s peace and prosperity.
Trump also, as he often does, used his position to slyly shout out one of his businesses, in this case, a golf course in Ireland.
”I have a very warm spot for Doonbeg, I will tell you that and it just a great place really.”
While praising Ireland, Trump promptly switched to a characteristic boast about his own success, his mana
gement of the economy and how he held “all of the records … every single record for the stock market.”
Trump’s obsession with Obama — a defining characteristic — app
eared like a nervous tick twice in his photo-op, twinned with a willingness to spout untruths.