Premier Li Keqiang urged government departments to speed up the implement ation of tax reductions to invigorate the country’s economy, amid rising uncertainties about growth on Friday. Li was speaking with entrepreneurs from the manufacturing, constructio n and service sectors at the Zhongnanhai leadership compound in Beijing. The businesspeople said they have received benefits from the tax reduction measures in t he past months, after the measures were introduced by Li in the Government Work Report in March. Th ey also offered advice on how to further ease the tax burden on businesses. After hearing their opinions, Li called tax reduction a great decision madeRead More →

various social conflicts, and said efforts must be made to address legitimate and lawful concerns to safeguard public int erests, and also guide the public in voicing their concerns in a law-based manner to maintain social order. Strong pressure must be maintained to crack down on crimes such as organized gang activity, violent and terroristic cri mes, as well as those related to fraud, robbery, food and drug safety, and environmental protection, Xi said. Calling social fairness and justice a lifeline for judicial and law enforcement work, Xi called for improving the mec hanism of the use of power in law enforcement as well asRead More →

Investigation underway to find out cause of fire that claimed 41 lives at Moscow airport President Xi Jinping extended condolences to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday over the victims of a fire on a passenger plane on Sunday in Moscow. The landing plane was engulfed in flames, leaving at least 41 dead on Sunday at Sheremetyevo Airport. Xi said in his message that he was shocked that the plane burst into flames as it ma de an emergency landing at She­remetyevo Airport in Moscow, which led to major casualties. On behalf of the Chinese government, the Chinese people and himself, Xi extended deepRead More →

President Xi Jinping delivered a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing on Friday. Here are the highlights. Belt and Road opens up new space for global economic growth Joint building of the Belt and Road has opened up new space for the world’s economic grow th. It also created a new platform to boost international trade and investment, expanded new practices to optim ize the global economic governance, and made new contributions to improving people’s well-being of all countries. High-quality development of Belt and Road stressed The principle of extensive consultation, joint contributionRead More →

British Prime Minister Theresa May has given the green light to Chinese telecom giant H uawei to help build the country’s 5G network, said the Daily Telegraph newspaper. UK’s National Security Council, which is chaired by May, agree d on Tuesday to allow Huawei limited access to help build parts of the network such as antennas and other “noncore” infrastructure, the report said. Huawei is already present in Britain’s existing noncore mobile network, said a Reuters report. Previously, Huawei said it “poses no threat” and the best way to win trust is thr ough “transparency” in response to criticism from some in the United Kingdom.Read More →

Mandarin learners encouraged to play parts in fostering bilateral friendship President Xi Jinping encouraged a group of United States high-school students to boost friendship between China and the US as he replied to their letter written to him in Chinese. “I hope you will make the best of your time, study hard and contribute y our part to a deeper friendship between the people of our two countries,” Xi wrote in th e letter, saying the young generations represent the future of the Sino-US friendship. Over 40 students from Niles North High School in the state of Illinois who are studyi ng Mandarin Chinese recentlyRead More →

China would like to enhance strategic communication and deepen cooperation with Myanmar no matter how the international situation changes, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday. Xi made the remark while meeting with Myanmar Commander-in-Chief of Defen se Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The two countries should deepen their comprehensive strategic cooperation to bring more practi cal benefits for the people of both countries and contribute to regional stability and prosperity, Xi said. Noting that military cooperation is an important part of China-Myanm ar relations, Xi said that the two armies should enhance pragmatic cooper ationRead More →

President outlines goals for improving, protecting country’s natural heritage President Xi Jinping has called for mobilization at the national level and joint particip ation from the whole of society to move forward with large-scale campaigns to make the homeland greener. Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Commit tee, made the remark as he took part in a voluntary tree planting event in Beijing on Monday. Working alongside students, Xi shoveled soil and emptied water buckets before planting seven trees in a forest park in the capital’s Tongzhou district. He underscored the importance of giving play to China’s honored tradition ofRead More →

  It’s very likely that any consensus that could be reached across the Commons would be a softer Brexit than the one May is currently pursuing.   That, I am afraid, is still a fairly open-ended answer. It might mean the need to renegotiate, which would mean a longer exten sion, which would mean being in the EU elections, which could mean a second referendum, ultimately.   The key point here is that cross-party consensus might soun d nice, but on an issue as divisive as Brexit, it’s as likely as anything to blow up both main parties.   While things are far from rosy and three weeks isRead More →

  said Van Jackson, a former Defense Department official in the Obama administration.   ”Historically, there have been many — I know of half a dozen instances myself personally — where senior North Korean officials were brought around and shown what capi talist industrialism looks like. They were shown what the stock market floor looks like on the New York Stock Exchange, or they were brought out to so me tech lab in Silicon Valley,” said Jackson, author of “On the Brink: Trump, Kim, and the Threat of Nuclear War.”   ”We’ve shown them what capitalism looks like … the idea that they will see something in VietnRead More →