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orwegian-born John Hou Sæter, a midfielder with Beijing Guo’an, received his temporary Chinese ID card Tuesday, becoming the first naturalized Chinese footballer.
Known as Hou Yongyong in China, the 21-year-old is expected to make his Guo’an debut in the Chinese Football Assoc
iation (CFA) Super Cup match between Shanghai SIPG and Beijing Guo’an next weekend, according to The Paper.
Guo’an has also registered him up for the upcoming AFC Champions League.
It has also been predicted that he may receive a national team call-up in the future.
Hou Sæter made his debut for Norwegian side Rosenborg in a domestic cup game against Orkla F
K in 2014. The appearance made him, at 16 years and 101 days, Rosenborg’s youngest ever senior player.
In September 2014 he made his debut in the Norwegian top f
light against Aalesund, coming on as an 81st-minute substitute in a 3-0 win. This made him his sid
e’s youngest ever league debutant, at 16 years and 258 days, beating the previous record by nine days.
Speaking on the speculation that Hou Sæter may one day play for the Chinese national side, h
is mother, Hou Yurong, said that it would be “both my wish and his own choice. I’m always his biggest fan.”
Zhou Xiaochuan, former governor of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), has won the UK’s 2019 Central Banking lifetime achievement award, according to the publication’s website.
Zhou, the sixth winner of the award, stands out for his high levels of integrity, intellectual ri
gor and bold reforms that have served the public interest in China and elsewhere, said a statement of the website.
The Central Banking Awards were established to recognize outstanding perform
ance in individuals and organizations in the central banking community.
Zhou, who stepped down as PBOC governor in March 2018, had served in his position from
December 2012-2018, which makes him China’s longest serving central bank governor since 1949.
The award recognizes the impact Zhou had on the central bank and the Chinese economy.
“While in office, Zhou demonstrated high levels of integrity in his pursuit of public s
ervice. He brought academic rigor to real-world decision-making, acting as a prag
matic policymaker with a strong sense of what was in the public interest,” the statement said.
Whether it is filial piety to the elderly or rewarding children or themselves, trading volu
me has kept growing. Spending on entertainment and travel also grew fast,” said Chen Han, a data analyst at China UnionPay.
Consumption has become the biggest driver for the economy, contributing 76.2 percent of the co
untry’s economic growth last year, up 18.6 percentage points over the previous year, the National Bureau of Statistics said.
“Judging from major economic indicators, domestic demand has become a decisive force of China’s economic gro
wth,” said Wang Bin, deputy director-general of the ministry’s department of market operation and consumption promotion.
Several factors will support steady consumer spending growth in China. Residential inco
me has been increasing fast and deeper pockets facilitate more spending. The second China Int
ernational Import Expo in Shanghai will also offer more access to global products, Wang said.
Wang Jun, a researcher at the China Center for International Economic Exchanges, exp
ects more favorable policies to further boost domestic shopping this year as nationwide tax cuts continue.
Border inspection agencies across China have seen more th
an 12.5 million entry and exit trips made during the week-long Spring Festival holiday that started Mo
nday, an increase of nearly 11 percent than that of last year, the National Immigration Administration (NIA) said Sunday.
Inbound trips exceeded 6.22 million, rising by about 9.5 percent than the figure of 2018, wh
ile outbound trips increased by nearly 12.5 percent to over 6.31 million, according to the NIA.
Over 7.22 million entry and exit trips during the holiday were made by mainland residents for personal p
urposes, including traveling and visiting family members, growing by nearly 16 percent year on year.
Destinations visited most included Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, the Republic of K
orea, Singapore, Malaysia and the United States, as well as Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, the NIA said.
President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, stand with Portuguese President M
arcelo Rebelo de Sousa at Belem Palace, the official presidential residence in Lisb
on, Portugal, on Dec 4, 2018. [Photo/Agencies]
President Xi Jinping and his Portuguese counterpart, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, vowe
d on Friday to make concerted efforts to advance bilateral ties to benefit the two countries and the two peoples.
The two presidents made the statement in exchanging congratulations on the 40th
anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Portugal.
In his congratulatory message to Rebelo de Sousa, Xi said that over the past four d
ecades, the two nations have been promoting sound development of bila
teral ties in the spirit of mutual respect, treating each other as equals and benefiting from win-win cooperation.
He hailed the proper resolution of the question of Macao by the two countries in 1999
as a good example of how nations can solve problems left from history through friendly consultations.
New Year. And I wish our friends success and progress,” he said.
In a video message on the occasion of the Lunar New Year, United Nations Se
cretary-General Antonio Guterres thanked China and the Chinese people for
their commitment to the UN and called for efforts to build a peaceful and prosperous world.
“I’m pleased to send you my best wishes on this
auspicious occasion,” he said, adding “Happy Spring Festival” in Mandarin.
“Despite the headwinds in our world today, we know that when we work together, we get things done. In that sp
irit, I wish you and your families health, success and happiness in this new year,” he said.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan sent his best wishes to the Chinese people on the eve of the Chinese New Year.
“We are proud of the achievements of our iron brother, a good neighbor and strategic partner,” he said.