Quotes of the Day from Xinhua World News, April 20

Source: Xinhua| 2019-04-20 23:28:25|Editor: huaxia
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NEW YORK -- "The greater emphasis on both fiscal measures and on supply-side measures, in contrast to purely demand management measures, is somewhat of a break with the past and deserves to be highly applauded," Sourabh Gupta, a senior fellow at the Washington-based Institute for China-America Studies, told Xinhua.

China's buoyant economic expansion for the first quarter (Q1) has been largely propelled by the country's fiscal stimulus as well as energetic reform and opening-up, Gupta said.

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MOSCOW -- The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has facilitated the alignment of development strategies between China and Russia and raised bilateral relations to a higher level, Chinese Ambassador to Russia Li Hui said.

Putin's participation in the first and second forums demonstrates that the China-Russia ties are special, Li said.

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GENEVA -- The China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) may help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) tackle infrastructure obstacles they encounter in global trade, Arancha Gonzalez, head of the International Trade Center (ITC) told Xinhua.

The BRI tries to address big infrastructure issues, she said, suggesting that the BRI would be also focused on softer connectivity issues. "That's what helps them (SMEs) connect to the big trade highways," she said.

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WASHINGTON -- "I'm convinced we still have a real opportunity to achieve that outcome (the denuclearization), and our diplomatic team will continue to remain in the lead," said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a joint press conference with visiting senior Japanese officials.

Pompeo's remarks came after Pyongyang test-fired a new tactical guided weapon earlier this week. Enditem