Italian side, respect each other’s major concerns, jointly build the Belt and Road, explore cooperation with third parties, boost
cultural exchanges and local-level cooperation, and strengthen popular support for bilateral relations, Xi said.
The Chinese president stressed that in recent years, China’s National People’s Con
gress and the Italian Senate have established a regular exchange mechanism.
China supports the two countries’ legislative bodies to carry out multi-level, wide-ranging and multi-c
hannel exchanges and cooperation, and share successful experience on major issues such as legislative supervision, state gov
erning, national economy and the people’s livelihood, on the basis of mutual respect and mutual learning, Xi said.
He said he hopes that the Italian Senate will continue to play an active facilitating role, and cr
eate better conditions for and inject greater momentum into the development of bilateral relations.
ricultural goods, will be cut to 9 percent, said the statement.
“The VAT reform is not simply lowering the tax rate, but focusing on the integration with the overall tax reform. It has continued to ma
ke progress toward the long-term goal of establishing a modern VAT system, and it also leaves room for cutting the number of VAT brac
kets from three to two in the future,” said Wang Jianfan, director of the department of taxation under the Ministry of Finance.
To implement the statutory taxation principle, China will also accelerate legislation to deepen VAT reform, Wang said.
The joint statement came after Premier Li Keqiang said on Wednesday that China will imp
lement a series of measures to cut VAT rates and ease the tax burden in almost all industries.
Earlier this month, Li said in his 2019 Government Work Repo
rt that VAT reform was key to improving the tax system and achieving better income distribution.
The blast occurred on Thursday at the Chenjiagang Industrial Park in t
he city of Yancheng, in Jiangsu province, and the fire was brought under control on Friday.
Meng’s union has been offering free food and drinking water to those donating blood since the center was set up Thursday.
Gao Shuibao, a volunteer at the local Red Cross society, estimated at least 280 people do
nated their blood on Thursday and the number stood at more than 200 on Friday morning.
Zhang Yinlong, whose home is about 20 kilometers away from the donation point, had come in for the fourth time on Friday to give blood.
“I came at 5 pm yesterday, but only found an extremely long line. I went back home and
came back again at about 8 pm, but had to give it up after waiting for two hours,” said the 38-year-old.
attending the unveiling ceremony for a paving stone dedicated to Charles Cao Quin, senior advisor on China-UK partnerships at the school.
Over the past years, Charles Cao Quin of the Beijing Conservatory has worked closely with Upping
ham School, an English boarding school famed for its rich tradition of all-around education, especially of music.
The school flew the Chinese national flag in tribute to the visit of Wang Yongli, minister counselor for education at the Chinese embassy in London.
Charles was the first person from China honored with an engraved paving slab in his name.
Doctor Richard Maloney, headmaster of Uppingham School, praised that Charles has contr
ibuted a lot to the communication between China and the UK in terms of music and education partnership.
North Korea is withdrawing from a joint liaison office near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) with Sout
h Korea, a key symbol of the rapprochement and ongoing peace process between the two countries.
The move comes after the US slapped two Chinese firms with sanctions for doing busin
ess with Pyongyang, the first action taken by Washington against North Korea since the second summit bet
ween North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in Hanoi ended early with no agreement.
South Korea’s Unification Ministry announced the move Friday, say
ing the decision had been taken by the North on “instructions from the superior authority.”
In its communication with the South, Pyongyang said it would not mind Seoul’s representatives “remaining in the office,” whi
ch is based in Kaesong, a part of North Korea near the de facto border between the two countries.
sent to Heathrow Airport burst into flames after being opened by staff. Nobody was injured by the devices and no arrests have been made.
The packages were posted with Irish stamps and had return addresses in Dublin, prompting Irish police to join the investigation. The packages were all A4-size
d white postal bags containing yellow padded bags, which were capable of igniting when opened.
Police Scotland confirmed that a controlled explosion was carried out on the p
ackage found at the University of Glasgow on March 6 as a precautionary measure.
The Metropolitan Police and Police Scotland said in a joint statem
ent that the devices “bore similarities” to past packages “linked to dissident groups asso
ciated with Northern Ireland related terrorism,” and that “officers were already looking at this as a line of enquiry.”
The devices did not cause any injuries or damage.
move like this that would even give the appearance of support to the incumbent pri
me minister is — it will be viewed by some as problematic,” said Jonathan Schanzer, an expert at the Fo
undation for Defense of Democracies who has previously called for the US to recognize the Golan Heights.
But Schanzer pointed out that past US presidents have also sought to sway Israeli electi
ons. President Bill Clinton, for example, invited Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres to the White Ho
use to sign an anti-terror pact at the White House just under a month before Peres faced reelection.
Trump, though — who enjoys sky-high popularity in Israel — will welcome Netanyahu to the White House for meetings
and a dinner over two days just two weeks before Israeli elections. And he is handing Netanyahu an achievement sought by successive Israeli adm
inistrations.Trump has sought to leave his imprint on the politics of another close US ally, the United Kingdom.
After openly advocating for the United Kingdom to vote to leave the European Union as a presidential candidate, Trump as president has done little
to disguise his views of UK’s May and her handling of the matter, which has drawn scorn from all sides in the United Kingdom.
Hours before he met May at her Chequers estate outside London in July, the Sun newspaper published an interview with Trump in which he underc
ut his counterpart and suggested one of her political rivals, former London mayor Boris Johnson, might perform the job better.
going to give effect to that vote?” Bolton said in an interview with the British broadcaster Sky.
Trump Jr. was more forceful in an opinion article published in the Telegraph, comparing the Brexit referen
dum to his father’s election and asserting both were subject to interference by a class of political elites.
”With the deadline fast approaching, it appears that democracy in the UK is all but dead,” wrote Trump Jr., who hasn’t weighed in previous
ly on foreign matters and isn’t a known expert in British politics. “Why is this important for us Americans? Because Brexit is an example of
how the establishment elites try to subvert the will of the people when they’re given the chance.”
The White House declined to say whether Trump Jr.’s op-ed reflected the views o
f the administration, or whether he consulted with the White House about his message.
On Brexit at least, Trump was not completely breaking from presidential norm. His predecessor President Barack Oba
ma traveled to London in the months leading up to referendum and encouraged voters against a decision to leav
e the EU, saying such a move would leave them at the “back of the queue” for a trade deal with the US.
China will expand opening-up in education, enhance mutual learning with different countri
es and jointly push forward the development of education, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday.
Xi made the remark during a meeting with Ha
rvard University President Lawrence Bacow at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
Xi said China advocates mutual learning, encourages its students to
study overseas and supports exchanges and cooperation in education with other countries.
He said he hopes more positive outcomes can be achieved from people-to-people exchanges between China and the United States.
Bilateral exchanges and cooperation in education are impor
tant for China-US relations because they help enhance public support for those relations, he said.
ing with her request for a short delay.She herself told a rowdy session of parliament that she c