KUNMING - Archaeologists in Southwest China's Yunnan province said Wednesday that they had discovered 17 cave tombs dating back thousands of years.
Abe, for his part, said that Japan attaches high importance to its relationship with China. It is willing to take the opportunity of the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Japan-China Treaty of Peace and Friendship to promote comprehensive improvement of bilateral ties, to realize high-level exchanges, and to expand cooperation under the framework of strategic relationship of mutual benefit.
It will do overall planning and coordinating on major foreign aid issues, offer advice and advance the country's reforms in matters involving foreign aid. It also will draft foreign aid plans, identify major programs and supervise and evaluate implementation of such programs.
The 21-member board of trustees includes Pan Jianwei, a leading quantum scientist, and neurobiologist Rao Yi, former dean of Peking University's School of Life Sciences.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening-up policy, and socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, Xi said.
According to the plan on reforming institutions of the State Council made public last month, the agency will be in charge of tasks such as drafting strategic guidelines, planning and policies for foreign aid.
China's year-on-year GDP growth was 6.9 percent in 2017, higher than the "around 6.5 percent" target set by the government. Analysts generally forecast that growth will ease this year but remain on track.
The site in Xi'an City where the statues were excavated along with clay chariots and horses has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is now part of a museum.