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Concern over the recent escalation of tensions between Palestinians and Israelis have been temporarily relieved after Palestin
ian leaders in Gaza agreed a cease-fire with Israel early on Monday. Right now, nothing is more important than u
pholding the cease-fire as the atmosphere between the two rivals has not been so combustible since 2014.
Since Friday, militant groups in Gaza have fired more than 600 rockets a
nd other projectiles at southern Israeli cities and villages, killing four Israeli civilians, wit
h Israel retaliating with air and artillery strikes, killing 27 people, including 14 civilians, in Gaza.
The latest border clashes, the most deadly since 2014, have occurred against the backdrop of the changing Middle East po
licy of the United States, which has seen the US drop any pretense of impartiality and make clear its support of Israel.
tain a breakneck pace of economic development, which has brought booming economic prosperity.
Unfortunately, it has also brought a deteriorating environment. Seeing heavy smog, for ex
ample, many people feel that a worsening environment will destroy the happiness brought by economic growth.
Since 2012, the new leadership under President Xi Jinping has put forward a series of ecol
ogical ideas. On Sunday, Xi said at the opening ceremony of the exhibition that “green mountains and cle
ar waters are indeed mountains of gold and silver, and environmental improvement means great productivity”.
This idea, dubbed the theory of two mountains, enjoys immense popular support in China.
Xi, who is also general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party o
f China, urged officials at all levels never to sacrifice the environment for economic growth.
move 100 million rural residents, mostly migrant workers, to cities by 2020.
Under the plan, cities with a population under 3 million should remove all limits on hukou — hous
ehold registration — and cities with populations between 3 million and 5 million should relax restrictio
ns on new migrants. Having hukou in a city generally confers more social benefits on residents.
Megacities including Beijing and Shanghai should improve the points system to qu
alify for household registration, allowing more people to settle in those cities.
“In the future, the main driving force of China’s urbanization will be conferring the benefits of urban
citizenship on rural migrant workers,” said Xu Lin, former director of the NDRC’s development plan
ning department. “In this process, it is key to offering new migrants treatment equal to that of city residents.”
China has made steady progress in urbanization, as permanent urban residents amounted
to 831 million at the end of 2018, up by 17.9 million from the previous year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.