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China's economic planner says confident of 6.5% annual growth
China's economic planner expressed confidence in this year’s growth target of 6.5 percent.
The National Development and Reform Commission says it expects domestic consumption to become a stronger engine for economic development.
It says emerging industries, services and consumption are likely to contribute 60 percent to this year's growth.
US, South Korea to meet on military cost-sharing deal
Officials from the US and South Korea will meet in Hawaii this week to renew a military cost-sharing agreement.
A State Department official says the agreement is expected to take effect next year.
US President Donald Trump said last year that South Korea should pay for the deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system, which experts believe will be discussed during the meeting.
China to take new measures to boost foreign investment
China says it will offer more market access to foreign investors.
The National Development and Reform Commission says the country also plans to attract more foreign direct
investment in the western, inland and border extension areas.
China reported a 2017 GDP growth of 6.9 percent.
Six C919 jets to go on test flight
Six commercial C919 planes will conduct test flights in Shaanxi and Shandong provinces this year.
China's first domestically-produced large passenger aircraft will undergo over 1,000 tests to obtain an airworthiness certificate from China's Civil Aviation Administration.
It will also have to be approved by the US Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency if it is to tap the global market.
The C919 is comparable to the updated Airbus 320 and Boeing's new generation 737.
Kim Jong-un, S. Korean envoy reach 'satisfactory' agreement on summit meeting
North Korea’s leader wants to advance ties with South Korea.
This, after meeting senior South Korean officials for the first time in Pyongyang.
The North Korean Central News Agency says Kim Jong-un has made "a satisfactory agreement" with the South Korean envoy over a summit intention.
Medium-speed maglev in pipeline
China is developing a new type of medium to low-speed maglev train that can attain a top speed of 160 kilometers per hour.
The maglev train is expected to roll off the production line in Zhuzhou, Hunan Province in the middle of the year.
The new train will reach a substantial speed increase, given the worldwide top speed for this kind of maglev vehicles is currently 100 kilometers per hour.
US State Department incompetent on fighting foreign Interference on election despite huge budget
And a report from the New York Times says the US State Department has yet to spend any of the $120 million allocated by Congress to fight foreign influence on US elections.
American intelligence officials and lawmakers have warned that Russia is working to influence upcoming elections by using a coordinated campaign of Internet trolls and disinformation to influence voters.
And that’s People’s Daily Tonight. Thanks for joining us.
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