“The country has always adhered to international treaties, such as the Charter of the United Nations, the United Natio
ns Convention on the Law of the Sea, and the Spitsbergen Treaty, as well as other international laws and upheld the p
rinciple of respect, cooperation and common winning and sustainability when actively participating in Arctic affa
irs and contributing Chinese wisdom and power in the sustainable development of the Arctic region,” he said.
The annual Arctic Circle Forum, established in 2013 and initi
ated by Iceland’s then-president Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, is a platform to help the inter
national community care for, understand and protect the Arctic and discuss Arctic governance.
ent. External critics of China don’t appreciate that Chinese themselves realize there
are issues to be addressed. They are doing so. These developments should be encouraged.”
President Xi Jinping, who spoke at the Second Belt and Road Foru
m for International Cooperation in Beijing recen
tly, listed areas in which China will improve the environment for foreign investment.
The president said the nation will work hard to create a business environ
ment that respects the value of intellectual prop
erty, will improve the legal system for IPR protection at all levels, will strengthen law enforcement and pr
otection for the legitimate rights and interests of foreign IP owners and will bar the
forced transfer of technology, improve protection of trade secrets and crack down on infringement.
ctural reform and consolidate outcomes in its efforts to cut overcapac
ity, reduce excess inventory, deleverage entities and lower costs, the statement said.
More efforts will also be made to strengthen the dynamics of micro-entities, im
prove industry chains and ensure unimpeded flow of goods and services in the national economy.
The meeting also pledged major new outcomes through enhanced reform and opening-up.
More work will be done to seize new opportunities, improve scientific
and technological innovation capacity and speed up green development, said the st
atement, which also stressed the need for the country to take part in the reform of the global economic governance system.
It is also important to resolutely guard against the practice of forma
lities for formalities’ sake and excessive bureaucracy, as well as prevent fraud to ens
ure implementation of requirements set in the Central Economic Work Conference.
Qiu Yanpeng (middle), deputy commander of the PLA Navy, attends a press confer
ence for the upcoming multinational naval activity to mark the 70th anniversary of the People’s Liber
ation Army Navy at the press center in Huanghai Hotel in Qingdao, Shandong province, Ap
ril 20, 2019. About 200 journalists from home and abroad attended the press conference.Chinese Navy
will send 32 warships and 39 aircraft to take part in a joint sea parade in waters near Qingdao.
Nearly 20 ships from about 10 countries will participate in t
he sea parade on Tuesday, deputy commander of the PLA Navy Qiu Yanpeng said.
A Singapore Navy frigate arrived on Friday in Qingdao, Shan
dong province, becoming the first foreign warship to arri
ve ahead of a grand event to honor the 70th birthday of the People’s Liberation Army Navy.
The PLA Navy will hold multinational naval activities in Qingdao and nearby waters from
Monday to Thursday to celebrate its founding anniversary. They will include a joint sea parade, high-level sympo
siums, public tours of ships, military music performances and other cultural exchanges.
Chinese Navy will send 32 warships and 39 aircraft to take part in a joint sea parade in waters near Qingdao.
Nearly 20 ships from about 10 countries will participate in the sea parade on Tuesday, deputy commander of the PLA Navy Qiu Yanpeng said.
A Singapore Navy frigate arrived on Friday in Qingdao, Shandong province, becoming the first for
eign warship to arrive ahead of a grand event to honor the 70th birthday of the People’s Liberation Army Navy.
The PLA Navy will hold multinational naval activities in Qingdao and nearby waters from Mo
nday to Thursday to celebrate its founding anniversary. They will include a joint sea parade, high-level sy
mposiums, public tours of ships, military music performances and other cultural exchanges.
A press center opened on Wednesday in Qingdao for the upcoming multi
national naval activity.eputy commander of the PLA Navy, attends a press conference for the u
pcoming multinational naval activity to mark the 70th anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army Navy at t
Mainland slams response by island’s leader, who called exercise ‘a threat’
A spokesman for the Chinese mainland said a military drill by Chinese bombers and warships around Taiwan on Monday was routin
e and slammed the island’s administration for misleading the Taiwan people and hyping tensions.
On Monday, various warships, bombers and reconnaissance aircr
aft of the People’s Liberation Army Eastern Theater Command conducted “necessary train
ing” around Taiwan as a means to test the joint assault capability between different branches of the military, Senior Colone
l Zhang Chunhui, the theater command’s spokesman, said in a statement on Monday.
The exercise took place in waters east of Taiwan and was part of a scheduled PLA exercise, he said.
“It is completely within the normal legal rights of a sovereign cou
ntry, and it’s beneficial for maintaining peace and security in the Taiwan Straits,” Zhang said.
ons has voted against remaining in the EU and every version of leaving the EU,” tweeted James Cleverly, the Conservative Party’s deputy chairman.
Nevertheless, some proposals fared better than May’s deal had done two weeks ago, and parlia
ment was due to hold more indicative votes on Monday after refining the options most likely to secure a majority.
Many Conservative eurosceptics had made clear they would only c
onsider supporting May’s deal if she gave a firm commitment to resign, hoping a new leader
would be more sympathetic to their views when negotiating the terms of Britain’s future relationship with the EU.
“I have heard very clearly the mood of the parliamentary party,” May told a meeting of Conservative lawmakers (MPs).
“I know there is a desire for a new approach – and new lead
ership – in the second phase of the Brexit negotiations – and I won’t stand in the way of that.”
But within hours of May’s offer, the Democratic Unionist Party, which props up her minority gov
ernment, said it would vote against the deal if May brought it back a third time.
China will implement a group of measures to cut value-added ta
x rates, ensuring that the tax burden on all industries will only go down, according to a
decision made by the State Council’s executive meeting presided over by Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday.
The Government Work Report this year set out a plan for l
arger tax cuts, including lowering the VAT rate in manufacturing and other industries from 16 t
o 13 percent and the VAT rate in transportation, construction and other industries from 10 to 9 percent.
A number of concrete measures were decided upon at the
Wednesday meeting to achieve the targets, which will be enacted on April 1.
Input VAT eligible for deduction will be expanded and will cove
r passenger transportation services. Taxpayers will be able to get their input tax on real esta
te payments deducted in full on a one-time basis, instead of on two occasions in two years.
g to “negotiate with the Obama administration” about trade. In fact, the prev
ious administration sought to conclude a Transatlantic Trade and Investm
ent Partnership — or TTIP — with Europe, though was unable to get the deal across the line. Trump’s own talks on t
rade with Europe have been inconclusive, after he threatened to spark a trade war.
Trump vs. his global counterparts
Trump’s comments on Brexit also illustrated the tendency of a Pre
sident who admires dictators to throw allied leaders under the bus.
He criticized Prime Minister Theresa May, whose credibility has been shredded by parliamentary defeats.
”She didn’t listen to that and that’s fine, I mean, she’s got to do what she’s got to do,” said Trump, who was forced into
a rare apology last year after hammering May’s Brexit strategy on the eve of meeting her in the UK.
mote the reform and opening-up. There are many things in the pipeline for foreign direct i