Baquba, told the Xinhua News Agency that “mallows spread tremendously this winter. It reminds me of Iraq from a long time ago.”
“Some valleys, close to my hometown of Mandli, 90 kilometers east of Baqub
a, are now being called mallow valleys due to the spread of the weed,” he said.
Arkan al-Nadawi, a local villager, said that “mallows spread this y
ear in wheat and barley fields, and in most of the fields of northern and eastern regions.”
“Mallows taste great and most of the people in villages and countryside love it, and it is the dish of the poor,” he added.
Monshed al-Zaidy, a government employee, who was standing close to a road in the village of Gazania, 96 kilo
meters east of Baquba, was helping his wife to harvest mallow plants and keep it in a plastic bag.
Institute and vice president of the China Society of Economic Reform
Structural reform on the supply side and the macro adjustment to the demand-side can be done at the same time.
While we must push forward with reforms continuously, whenever there are econom
ic fluctuations, it is still necessary to take some macro-control measures.
That’s what developed countries and market-economy countries have done to stabilize their economies over the years.
We can’t hold back some necessary adjustment me
asures on the demand side just because supply-side reform fails to see results. We need action on both sides.
When we discuss reforms, don’t forget that if the reform isn’t rolled out amid a stable develop
ment environment and the economy doesn’t move at a stable growth level, it will be hard to advance many reforms.
Huang Yiping, deputy dean of the National School of Development of Peking University
According to the latest data released by the State Administration of Foreign Exchange, China’s tourism trade deficit reached $237.4 billion in 2018, an increase of $21.4 billion over the prev
ious year. While the record high figure reflects the growing scale of outbound tourism consumption by domestic residents, it remains qu
estionable whether the domestic demand is so strong that it even caused the record outbound tourism consumption.
However, by analyzing relevant reports and statistics, I believe some of the figures about China’s tourism industry may
be dodgy, which could therefore be misleading for investment decision-making and should be clarified.
According to the preliminary statistics of the China Tourism Academy, Chinese travelers made 140 million outbound trips in 2018, up 1
1 million from 129 million in 2017. To a certain extent, the steady increase in the number of Chinese o
utbound trips indicates that the consumption is still growing and not falling.
But the important question is how many people actually traveled abroad
out of the 140 million outbound trips. According to the Annual Report of China Outbound Tou
rism Development 2018, Chinese trips to foreign countries and regions accounted for about 33.3 percent of total out
bound trips in 2017. Assuming that the ratio remained unchanged in 2018, then the number of trips to foreign c
ountries and regions came to about 46.67 million. Again assuming that half of the people who went abroad on av
erage twice last year, then the number of Chinese who went to foreign countries and regions was approximately 31 million.