nt of a comprehensive social security system in record time. Having set up the foundation,
it can now focus on targeted improvements. For example, in 2017, China provided special funds for pre-preg
nancy and other medical checkups for women, benefiting 12 million women, or 91.7 percent of the target group.
The country’s modernization could not have occurred without the people increasing their capabilities. Beyond general educ
ation for the population, the government has increased the knowledge and experience of officials to be at the fore
front of solving problems. Specialist schools and academies have been set up in multiple fields, including a national soci
al security school in Beijing to build the capacity of social security officers across the nation.
It is the totality of the Chinese experience over the past four decades, in rebuilding the
country in so many ways, that has become an inspiration for other countries. C
hina has been a diligent student learning from others. Today, it also has many experiences to share with the world.
Italian side, respect each other’s major concerns, jointly build the Belt and Road, explore cooperation with third parties, boost
cultural exchanges and local-level cooperation, and strengthen popular support for bilateral relations, Xi said.
The Chinese president stressed that in recent years, China’s National People’s Con
gress and the Italian Senate have established a regular exchange mechanism.
China supports the two countries’ legislative bodies to carry out multi-level, wide-ranging and multi-c
hannel exchanges and cooperation, and share successful experience on major issues such as legislative supervision, state gov
erning, national economy and the people’s livelihood, on the basis of mutual respect and mutual learning, Xi said.
He said he hopes that the Italian Senate will continue to play an active facilitating role, and cr
eate better conditions for and inject greater momentum into the development of bilateral relations.
up more sectors for equity investment, improving IPR regime, encouraging innovation and technological development.
Major reforms have been announced to boost market and investors’ confidence. The policy measu
res and programs announced today are considered as key drivers for continued economic growth of Ch
ina. China’s economic development is vitally important for the healthy development of world economy and for Nep
al it is more so as the economies of Nepal and China get increasingly inter-connected.
Moreover, China’s economic policies are more and more relevant for Nepal as we pursue our path of economic develop
ment in a faster pace by further strengthening economic ties with China. We are seeking expanded cooperation in inve
stment, connectivity (more specifically cross-border transport infrastructures including railways), to
urism, technology transfer, industrial development, agricultural development and development of digital technology, an
d we foresee greater investments, tourism and trade between Nepal and China in the year ahead.
Therefore, China’s continued growth, and stable socio-economic
development have paramount importance for Nepal. I wish a complete success in their end
eavor of developing China a moderately prosperous society in all respect by 2021.
(2 a.m. ET) and close at 2 p.m. (8 a.m. ET) Saturday, but reports soon emerged of widespread delays.
In the megacity of Lagos, CNN visited multiple polling stations, all of which opened hours la
ter than planned. Voters said they had lined up for hours before electoral officers arrived with voting materials.
To cast their ballots Saturday, voters were expected to complete an accreditation process in which officials from Nigeria’s Independent National Elec
toral Commission take their fingerprints and scan their permanent voting cards.
A nurse told CNN she turned up at a polling station after working a night shift, only to face a long wait.
”I am supposed to be resting now, but I came to the polling station (at) 7:30 a.m. thinking they the electoral commissi
on officials) will be here, but it’s two hours now, and they have not come,” Juliet Emoedin said.
Festus Okoye, a national commissioner for the electoral commission, sa
id stations that opened late would close an hour later, according to the Nigerian Television Authority, the state